Lena Hanson

San Francisco: Cotogna and Brenda’s

I’m still trying to catch up on my blogs, so here’s one of the last ones for San Francisco. They’re worth the wait, I promise!If you are looking for a brunch spot, people will probably steer you to Brenda’s French…

San Francisco: Dinner at Skool

We were looking for a nice but casual place to eat for our night before the Bay to Breakers run, and one of my online friends, Phil Napsha, suggested we go to Skool. If you haven’t heard of it, you…

San Francisco: Off The Grid

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to one of their Off The Grid food truck rallies. When I first blogged about it in 2010, it seemed so big, with more than a dozen trucks, carts, and…

San Francisco: Playing tourist

My travel companions, Lena Hanson (@LenaHanson) and Edwina Minglana (@Eminglana) have never been to San Francisco before, so we decided to hit some touristy spots when they landed. Here are some things a Hawaii first-timer might do in San Francisco:…

Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Makeup with Lena

I had always wanted to do a video with my friend, Lena Hanson, who is a renowned makeup artist, brow stylist and licensed esthetician. Aside from her work on brides, films, and regular folk who just need some personal grooming…

Jade Dynasty’s grand opening

I’ve been waiting to try Jade Dynasty in Ala Moana Center’s Ho’okipa Terrace. I know they opened after Christmas, but I had been hearing that they were still tweaking the menu to adjust to local tastes. Word on the street…

Tweets from the road: Marathon 2010

Me and my friends at the Honolulu Marathon start line. —Taken with my iPhoneYesterday was (I think) my 17th marathon. I want to say that I knew going in to the 38th annual Honolulu Marathon that this would be my slowest…

The Good Table 2010

Last night was the biggest fundraiser of the year for Lanakila Pacific’s Meals on Wheels, an event called The Good Table. It’s different because instead of having one event in one spot like most other organizations, Lanakila Pacific enlists the…

High tea and a merry un-birthday

I got a message from Mari Taketa that she had a friend blowing through town for a very short time but wanted to make time to have coffee with us to talk about South Africa, since she’d be traveling there…

Dinner at Azul

It was my last night at the Ihilani, so I decided to treat myself to dinner at Azul, the hotel’s signature restaurant. They recently put together a prix fixe tasting menu for just $45 ($20 extra for wine pairing), so…

Fia Fia at the Ihilani

Over the past year, I’ve had a run of luck when winning random prize drawings — I’ve been winning hotel stays around the island. No joke! I even stuck my hand into a pile of envelopes and won a night’s…