About Last Night At The Monkeypod Kitchen in Hawaii

img_6997Last Night after work we decided to go out to eat. Everyone was off at 6pm, it was early enough to go home freshen up and have a family date night.  I have been wanting to try this restaurant out because I heard how great their Mai Tai’s are. Food gets me excited but a great drink gets me more excited.

A few people I’ve met shared with me that MonkeyPod Kitchen by Merriman in Ko’Olina Center would be a spot that I would like. I guess I give off a bougie vibe or something but I enjoy a great ambience when I go out to eat. The only time I don’t look for a fancy decor is when I’m going out to eat seafood (crabs, crawfish, shrimp) then I want it to be clean but comfortable so I can go in. So everyone who suggested Monkeypod Kitchen was correct. The entre Ko’Olina Center look like me, from living to shopping to eating and having drinks.

We met up with Michael Co-Workers who also was in the mood for delicious and food and great Mai-Tai’s. We sat at the bar until our table was ready. Of course I ordered what I came for, the signature Monkeypod Mai Tai. It’s old lahaina light and dark rums, lime, house-made macadamia nut orgeat, orange curracao, with their delicious honey-lilikoi foam.

Once we moved to the table I continued with the Mai Tai’s and because I was HANGRY I ordered the following; Lobster Deviled Eggs, Fish & Lobster Pasta, and All Natural CAB Ribeye Steak.

We had a great time, beautiful weather to sit out on the patio just drinking, eating, laughing and more drinking, the last table to leave for the evening. Our chariot await so off we go on our golf cart back to the house. We will definitely return to The Monkeypod Kitchen.

 

 

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This Island Girl Is Having A Sexy Monday In Hawaii

 

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Today, I’m off and the beach is calling me, I can hear the waves from my house. Guess what, I plan on enjoying hours in that warm turquoise water and that flawless butter pecan sand. This is one of the best part about living here in Hawaii, having the beach and being able to just love on it all day.

Last week was busy for me so I didn’t spend a lot of time at the beach like I normally do but today I had nothing schedule, and I didn’t schedule anything because I needed that ME TIME.

 

Living in Hawaii I promised myself that I was going to be selfish with my time. I vow to put myself first and all I wanted to do today was be free and just do what I wanted to do and basically that was drink prosecco, create content, and just enjoy myself.

See for yourself…

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist & Beauty Blogger Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

A Beautiful Sunday In Oahu Hawaii

 

 

img_3726Aloha 🤙🏾🌸🌺 such a beautiful morning. I started my day at home in Ewa Beach just walking the beautiful tranquil beach that I’m blessed and grateful to have access to.  I’m trying to start a Sunday morning routine here in Hawaii. Waking up, walking on the beach, collecting my thoughts 💭being mindful having ME TIME with myself and GOD sounds like a plan.

Today the fam and I are going to go check out the Surf Grom in Waikiki. Definitely sounds like fun, I just want to attend any and every event that I can. I wanna be where the Hawaii locals are and  learn genuinely learn the culture because I’m now going to calling Hawaii home.

I was so impressed today with the young surfer kids who were all so talented working the surfboard like pro’s out on the beach. I was schooled on what a GROM was, it’s a young kid, usually under the age of 15, that likes to surf or skateboard I also learned some new surfer lingo and slang today. Surfing In The Pocket means The pocket is the most powerful part of the wave, just ahead of where the wave is breaking. It was actually cool just watching these boys & girls do their thing out there.

On our way back from the Surf Grom we took a scenic route back home on Kalaniana’ole Hwy in Hawaii’Kai. What a beautiful view that every shot I captured looked like a picture from a postcard.

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As you can see we haven’t gotten enough of being outside and being on the beach that when we got home we dropped our bags and went back to the beach to unwind and relax. Jordan ordered a ceasar salad and of course I got a Blue Mermaid and we will just sit here until the sun goes down. Living in Hawaii is really cool, having access to all this I feel like I won the lottery.

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Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

Our First Saturday At Home In Hawaii

img_2997It’s a beautiful Saturday morning. I find myself waking up early just listening to the birds, writing beauty articles and enjoying my new life here in Hawaii.

Still can’t believe that I’m calling Hawaii home. The Hawaii locals are all amazing, we have met some really chill peeps and I look forward to meeting more and doing things in the community just like I was doing on the mainland.

Today we were invited to see this young surfer compete at Surf Grom, I think we will go check it out tomorrow in Waikiki. Today I just wanna spend my day on the beach with my son creating some new content and just enjoying my new lifestyle.

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As you know I’m from NOLA so I’m always craving seafood so while we were on theimg_3713 beach we started looking up what seafood joint was near the house and we found a spot called, Da Crawfish and Crabshack. Sounds like my kind of place, so New Orleans. So after we left the beach we washed up and went to Da Crawfish and Crabshack in Kapolei. The owner was so very kind to take us because they stp seating at 8:45pm the hostess said but he came over and said that we could stay, just place our order fast so the cooks can wrap up for the evening. Now that’s what I call GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE. Just because of that I will talk about how great this place is to anyone that ask me about a seafood spot. So, let’s talk about this menu of Da Crawfish and Crabshack. Everything sound good, and we decided on Combo 1 and Combo 2. Can I just tell you how impressed I was with the portion and the taste of the Cajun Sauce. My mouth is still watering just thinking about it. Our server Jacob, was excellent. He was on his job making sure we were ok, that ou drinks were filled.

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Da Crawfish and Crabshack Combo 1 consist of; Snow Crab Legs, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Crawfish, Potatoes, and some type of Sausage.

Da Crawfish and Crabshack Combo 2 consist of: Dungeness Crab, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Crawfish, Potatoes, and some type of Sausage.

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It was so much that we had to bring half of our food home to finish it. It was so worth the market price and we definitely plan on returning. So, if ever in Kapolei, Hawaii you have to stop at this restaurant, just call to get the correct hours. I don’t want you to miss out on GREAT SEAFOOD.

 

 

Honolulu Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Waikiki, Waipahu, and Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

My Fabulous Day At The Wendy Williams Show

img_1731Every morning at 10am I watched the Wendy Williams show and if I’m working, I set my DVR and I watch her when I get home regardless of what time of the night it is because I have to get my Wendy Williams fix.  She’s definitely my friend in my head, I even talk back to her like we having a private conversation during “HOT TOPICS”. I have to support my friend, whether it’s watching her show or fighting her battles on The Shaderoom. I’m here for my girl,  she just don’t know it.

So you can imagine how I felt when she fainted last year, when she was out sick due to her health and had to have other guest hosts on the show. I was miserable, I was devastated, I wanted her to know that she has a team of both women and men that loves on her. That she’s not alone.

 

As many of you know that I will be in Hawaii full time starting at the end of the month. Because of this reason I had to hurry to go see Wendy Williams before leaving. Hubby said he would go with me because he know how much I admire Wendy. So off we go to the city. For us it’s a 1 hour and 43 mins drive to the city. I usually take the train which is longer, 2 hours and then add on another 23 mins to drive home.

 

So upon arriving at 12 noon there was already a line forming outside the studio, all of today’s CO-HOST was friendly and dressed to the nines. Her staff was professional and very efficient. So once you get through security they bring you to the holding room/waiting area. You’re giving a sheet with suggested questions to ask Wendy. We didn’t see anything that we wanted to ask or had questions about. On the sheet at the bottom they tell you that you can create your own question if you didn’t see one above. So, a CO-HOST saw us struggling with what question can we ask of Wendy. So, she stared coming up with questions and finally after about 15 of her suggestions we went with a topic about our daughter who’s 26 years of age who recently moved out. So, Michael writes the question down and I write down a question about our 21 year old son. Guess who get called, Michael (lmao). His face was priceless, so he went to talk with Wendy’s team then I get called to the back. So, they ask if we could come back for another segment and that the producer would be in touch. Well, with our tight timeline, I hope it happens.

 

So we go back to our seat, shortly after they started calling the CO-HOST’S by their seating sections. We were seated in section W. As you enter you can hear the music bumping and I mean bumping. DJ Boof had me thinking I was at the club getting my Happy Hour own. Shit, I was looking for a waitress to ask for a glass of champagne. Once we got to our sections, one of the producers asked me to sit on the end so I did. Then once in my seat you know I had to pull out the camera to take selfies and check my makeup and hair. Shortly after Marco G, came out to hype everyone up and to select peeps to come up to entertain us with their best dance moves. That damn Marco G, is a mess! He has the best personality EVER. The shit that comes out his mouth, (smh).

 

Queen Wendy comes out with her bodyguard who follows her every step. She looks amazing and she has great skin! All of us CO-HOST screamed and chanted our ass off when she walked through those doors.  The show is filmed and the same order as you see it on television. Yes, the studio is cold, so I listened and wore a denim jacket because my dress was sleeveless and my back was out. But I wanted a bright color dress to wear with my new lipstick color “Bougie” from my makeup line Entitled Beauty. Plus, I didn’t want a Lupus flare so I kept my jacket on the entire show.

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We were on last Friday show and the special guest was Sherri Shepherd. The show was everything I could ask for. The only thing that was missing was the cocktails. We wrapped about 3:45pm and headed back to Connecticut.

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While stuck in traffic I had a great time making “How You Doin” videos. On our way home we were both HANGRY, so we stopped for dinner at Brio. We got there for 6pm and was silent as we enjoyed our meal and our course COCKTAILS.

 

If you’re a Wendy Williams fan definitely get tickets to go see her. It was a great experience. LOVE YOU WENDY WILLIAMS!

 

 

Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii. 

 

 

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A Lit Easter Egg Hunt With My Adult Kids

 

This is how we do it on Easter in the Gomez-Duplessis family. Since they were babies it’s been our family tradition to have a Easter egg hunt in the yard. Now that everyone is of age and this year is our last Easter together in our Connecticut home we decided to add a little libation to this egg hunt. This year concoction was made by my son, I saw Svedka Vodka, and Finlandia Vodka but I’m not sure of his mixture. It was actually DE-LISH!

After the egg hunt we sit at the table, we eat and drink while enjoying each others company.

Then watch a few movies outside. Usually the kids will pick a movie and hubby and I pick one movie. I don’t usually make it for the bonus one. Either I have fallen asleep 😴 💤 or I’m cleaning my kitchen. And it goes a little something like this….

Do you have any fun family traditions on Easter Sunday?

 

 

Hawaii Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis has 22 years of experience in the Beauty & Entertainment industry. Brandy is located on Oahu island in Ewa Beach but you can find her working doing makeup in Kapolei. Being a top influencer & blogger don’t be surprised to see her writing beauty articles and taking selfies for her 60K followers on Instagram on the beautiful beaches in Honolulu…and YES, there are black people living in Hawaii.