[oomph] eats. moku kitchen.

there are so many restaurants popping up around town, it's hard to keep up. but during the holidays, there's always a reason to get together, so i've been making it a point to try somewhere new each time. last night, i went to moku kitchen, a new eatery in kaka'ako's SALT district which supports local, organic, sustainable farming, fishing, ranching, and all that good stuff.

we arrived around 5pm with reservations. paid parking is fairly abundant, but since i was early, i circled a few times around several blocks and found street parking. the restaurant was filling up when we got there and was bustling with people by the time we left a few hours later. i'm not sure how long the wait would be for a table, but i would recommend making reservations.

love the signage, although i didn't see this until we left as i arrived on the backside.

the restaurant was clean with rustic elements of wood paneling inside and brick outside. i appreciated the simplicity of the furniture and decor. there was a bar and an outside patio as well.

in the glass: montepulciano d'abrezzo pinot noir

i was told there were only two wines available that night...a pinot noir and a pinot grigio. i didn't quite understand why when i saw a number of wines on tap...maybe they were out or maybe they only offer a few from the list each night? so i went with the red, of course, which turned out to be excellent anyway.

they have happy hour from 3-5:30pm during which many of their handcrafted cocktails are $3 off. they also have an extensive microbrew list.

there was live music in one corner of the restaurant. it was enjoyable because it was "background" music rather than loud music that competed with our conversations.

roasted brussel sprouts and garlic truffle oil fries.

while i only took one photo of our small plates, we also ordered pizzas, szechuan stir-fry green beans with mac nuts, roasted squash ravioli, and wood roasted wings to name a few more. all were excellent, but i enjoyed the brussels and green beans the most.

their dessert menu was simple...a small variety of cream pies (strawberry, banana, haupia, chocolate mac nut) and sorbet. i ordered a couple of strawberry slices (for the birthday girls) which looked simply like whipped cream with strawberries on top; but whatever it was, it was nicely presented and tasted good.

service was excellent. our server was attentive and there were a lot of expediters running food and drinks to the tables. we didn't have to wait long for anything, which made for a pleasant experience. 

i look forward to coming back to try more of their menu offerings. highly recommend. 
you can walk around SALT with me here on periscope.

have you tried moku kitchen yet?
tell me about a new eatery in your neighborhood.


POPSUGAR Must Have Box. November.

christmas came early! i love receiving my pink must have box full of happy surprises. november's POPSUGAR must have box was perfectly curated for entertaining this holiday season.

my favorite thing about the must have box is that you get full-sized products in every box. for only $39.95, your box value will be well over $100. now you can take $5 off your first box with code: Shop5. 

don't forget to check out the limited edition boxes, too! for $100 per box, you get full-sized luxe products worth over $200+. for the guys, they currently have a men's box available.

here's what was in my november box:

2) Stowaway Cosmetics Dawn to Dusk Palette
3) AJ Goods Nest Wire Bowl
4) Pehr Chambray Wine Runner 
5) Meri Meri Star Party Picks

you can find more information on each product here.

wearing this pink lip color to match from too faced that i won from kim @ a very sweet blog.

do you subscribe to any subscription boxes?
if so, which ones?

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join POPSUGAR Must Have now and get the Must Have box for $39.95 or the MINI Must Have for only $18.95!

see my october unboxing here.
see my july unboxing here.
see my june Must Have box here.
see my august Must Have box here.
see my november Must Have box here.


black friday haul.

did you fare well on black friday or cyber monday?
i did surprisingly well considering i wasn't prepared with a list...but under pressure, i managed to check off quite a few names. so here's hoping none of those people see this post!

i first came across wanderlust & co. in my Rocksbox. they were offering 40% off storewide, so i purchased this x double gold ring:

oops, those were for me.

ok...i popped into Brookstone to see if there were any gadgets for my secret santa. there were a few things, but not for my secret santa. now, i wanted a FlipBelt when i was training for the marathon two years ago but never got one. recently, my sister mentioned she wanted one...so when i saw it at Brookstone, i snapped this photo, sent it to her and told her where to find it. i didn't even notice the sign until she told me, "$15?? Grab it for me!" it was half off on clearance, plus the entire store was buy one, get one 50% off. so...i grabbed one for myself. finally. two years later. now that i'm not running as much. but plan to. eventually.

so...that wasn't a gift either. i promise i did get gifts!

this was just cool. i didn't even give it a second look until someone said it was headphones + the ears are speakers. you can turn on the speakers so that others can hear what you're listening to. these wired cat ear headphones are only $69. fun gift for a teen?

so...i found my secret santa gift at the J. Crew store. they were offering 40% off storewide (only a few exclusions). these stretch chinos in 484 fit and linen hoodie made the bag.

this cotton-linen hoodie is sold out online, but you might be able to find it at your local store. it was already on sale + additional 40% off.

when i got home, i jumped online and grabbed a few things. stocked up on my favorite chino shorts + these new balance sneaks that were already on sale + 40% off.

now this next item took care of most of my list. all the girls are getting this super cute mermaid tail blanket. i found this one at ROMWE.

i did get a few toys for the younger ones on my list leaving me with just one or two things left to buy. all i need is a tree to put the gifts under! it feels great to be done with my shopping...for once i can just relax and enjoy the holidays...yay me!

have you started your christmas shopping?
what were your black friday/cyber monday purchases?

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