The Art + Flea Hawaii Experience

Everyone knows Hawaii for it’s white sandy beaches, palm trees, surf, and all that good stuff. But, only a few know about Hawaii’s alternate nightlife.

Art + Flea, brought to you by Mori is a unique shopping experience held under Hawaii’s moonlight. The event is more than a display of art and a flea market. Imagine a trendy, contemporary, energetic vibe that brings life to the night.

Held near the heart of Kakaako and right next to the Ward Theaters, the Art & Flea brings together local vendors of clothing, jewelry, art of various genres, music, and FOOD! Yes food! Eat while you shop, dance, and drink (not necessarily in that order). It is entertainment filled as they hold local live band performances, dance numbers, and eating contests. A full bar is also available to relax your vibe a bit more out under the Honolulu stars.

Check it out every last Thursday of every month. Today the Art + Flea makes 5 successful years of bringing a unique and wonderful shopping experience to lively up Hawaii nightlife.

1020 Auahi St. BLDG. 3

Behind Marukai Market In Ward Village

5-10 PM All Ages | $3 at the door | $2 with an ALOHA SHIRT

I Love Country Cafe Review

After getting an awesome tow service from Anthony with Oahu Towing Service, I went to my meeting and thank goodness I was on time. I had to run more errands with my girlfriend and partner out in Kaneohe and our tire held up just fine over the H3 drive.

I took my car to Goodyear to replace my two front tires (they recommended both to be changed so that they wear out evenly). While they serviced my car’s new shoes, I had already worked up a pretty good appetite for something good.

Gladly Windward Mall was close by and they had a food court. We rarely go to Windward Mall so we looked forward to eating somewhere new. In the food court we came across a corner restaurant called I Love Country Cafe (the Love was symbolized with a heart shape). Their wide array of menu items and choice caught my eye.

It is a local plate lunch style place with some traditional and contemporary local style food along with their original creations. They served breakfast and lunch/dinner dishes. There was A LOT of choices. It took us awhile to choose. We drooled there for about 5 minutes contemplating our first-time meal with them until we finally asked what’s their popular dishes.

In the front, where you order, they have real samples of their popular dishes nicely plated on ceramic plates, wrapped and displayed to have us drool over even more. The employee their announced and pointed to their Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken dish as being one of their more popular dishes, which was great because that was the very one I was eyeing out.

We both came to a conclusion and we ordered their Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken and my GF ordered the Corned Beef Hash Benedict. They offer the choice of a large portion and a smaller portion I guess equivalent to the regular and mini choices that other plate much places offer. We both took the larger sizes (hey we were hungry & we share). For my dish they offered the typical plate lunch choice of white rice, brown rice, or a tossed green salad (brown rice was it for me).

Our total came out to about $30 with a drink to share. $15 a head, it’s a little over average for a plate lunch restaurant.

They gave us a number and we sat to wait about 8 minutes for them to call our number out to pick up our food. The food came out in disposable plates with all the tools that we needed to go to work!

The Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken came with 2 scoops of rice, the grilled mac nut breaded chicken over a bed of steamed broccoli, and topped with their special sauce for the dish. I received the dish as advertised on their display table but the chicken portion seemed a little smaller that what they had on their display plate.

My girlfriend’s Corned Beef Hash Eggs Benedict came with 2 of them slathered with a nice hollandaise sauce. She went with the potato choice, which was deep fried, over rice or tossed salad.

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First Review: Oahu Towing Company

Well, I had plans in mind for my very first review of a Hawaii company. I’m from Hawaii so I’ll be reviewing some of my various experiences here. So, if your not from here, you’ll be prepared when you visit.

Anyway, my blog post plans will have to be pushed back because I wanted to shout out and review, although an unfortunate thing to happen to me, I was served with a great service company to make things better.

Here in Hawaii it’s very traffic, especially now because of construction of a railway system that is being built ironically to ease up the traffic problems here on Oahu. So, stuck in primetime morning traffic to go to a meeting in town, I get a flat tire! It couldn’t have happened any time worst than then and at the worst area (the Waipahu cutoff). I was flagged down and notified of my flat and pulled over to the shoulder lane.

Now I’m not sure how it is anywhere else in the world, but here in Hawaii, whatever the situation is, whether if there is a stalled car or something serious like an accident, everyone tends to slow down to “rubber neck”. I swear Hawaii people are nosy as heck. Traffic begins to pile up even more. I swear, I probably made it on the morning new’s live traffic report.

I went ahead and searched online on my trusty iPhone for a tow company and came across Oahu Towing Company ( I called him in need of a tow to a tire shop immediately. He was nice and streamlined. All he had to know from me was: Continue reading

Think Differently With Argan

Welcome to this brand new blog that’s bound to be different! “How is it different?”, you may ask. Well, your not me and I’m not you, we think differently, act differently, and do different things.

Here I will strive to blog and review my experiences here in Hawaii so that you may view the world through a different perspective and perhaps inspire you to do something different rather than your same habitual daily routines.

So break out of your cycle and follow me at Essence Of Argan!