Travel Guide: Oahu [Honolulu Focus]

Oahu is one of the most built up and developed Hawaiian Islands. With so much to do and see, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to even start! As such, I’m hoping that by the end of this post, you’ll have a better idea of all the different kinds of activities to choose from on the island!

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Skookum Eats with Lil’ L: Donair Dude (Granville St)

A ways back, I visited Donair Dude’s location on Davie St. and I was ASTONISHED by the sheer portions and flavours backed into such a good deal! After hearing about it as well, Lil’ L and I ventured out to their new location down on Granville St. to see if they live up to the original’s name!

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New Novelty Sweet & Restaurant (p.1.)

Since this place has garnered plenty of acclaim, I plan on returning for their lunch/dinner specials in the future. For now, however, this visit focuses entirely on their samosas.

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Yu Xiang Yuan Restaurant

Being the incredibly lucky person I am, I somehow came down with the Stomach Flu on Canada Day (best way to celebrate, right?). So after a week of nothing but bland, plain food, I was ecstatic to hear about a relatively well priced noodle joint! Located on Fraser St., not too far from another amazing noodle place (Deer Garden Signatures), Yu Xiang Yuan was the destination of today’s adventure!

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Wu Fung Dessert (2nd Visit)

The time has come….TO REVIEW THEIR WINGS! I tried it once YEARS ago, but due to the vast expanse of time since then, I deemed it time for a second try! Although the milk tea came out in a flash, like last time, it took a heck of a long time for the wings to actually arrive…(slow as molasses!)

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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House

I know I typically visit restaurants in the cheaper range, but today’s visit is an exception! Today, we head out to Pink Peppercorn Seafood House on Kingsway for a swanky feast! If this means anything to you, this joint is owned by the guy who used to run “The Cannery” restaurant that used to be at the end of Victoria Drive near the cranes in downtown.

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Bon Crepe

After our short jaunt to Mango Thai, Foreveryeung and I decided to visit the little crepe place adjacent to Konbinya on Robson to try some of their Matcha Soft Serve. It was a wee bit slow at first due to the fact the owner runs back and forth between the in store counter and the outside window.

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Mango Thai

Maybe I’m blind, or just haven’t been looking hard enough, but I haven’t seen THAT many Thai places around. The ones I have seen have been in the more expensive range so when I stumbled upon this little joint on Urbanspoon, I was elated, to say the least! Accompanied by Foreveryeung, we headed deep into hipster territory in search of Mango Thai.

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Homegrown Music: Yamato Kono

Although not TECHNICALLY homegrown, the fact he’s contributing to the local music scene is enough! Yamato is a very well traveled young man, having busked in several countries from Japan to Australia, and finally to Canada! He’s got a very “small-town-boy-trying-to-make-it-big” vibe about him and is very friendly and likable if you do decide to talk to him. You can catch him at Granville Island nearly everyday belting out a mix of soft pop covers and his own Japanese/English songs. Check him out before he leaves for Japan at the end of August!