Honu

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Remember that marine life I mentioned? The best of all the animals were the sea turtles! 

Sea Turtles, also known as Honu, were everywhere at the Resort. These turtles were incredibly friendly. We weren't allowed to touch them but we were able to get very close. I only went in the water once and I saw one swimming. A local told the BF and I that seeing a turtle is good luck

Well, I guess the Monsanto family is very lucky! 



*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto. 

Monday 3.2

Monday, March 2, 2015

Necklace: Zara, Tee: J. Crew, Clutch: Madewell, Pants: Eileen Fisher, Shoes: Vince



*Photographs taken by Papa Rick. 

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu

Sunday, March 1, 2015


The majority of our Hawaiian vacation was spent on the Big Island, also known as Kona. It's hard to describe our experience at the Four Seasons Resort because it was so wonderful. 

The grounds of the resort are absolutely stunning. My favorite part was the beach. It wasn't your normal, run of the mill, beach - there were tidal pools everywhere with marine life to observe. I'm not a huge beach person, so being able to explore the sea life was really great.

I also discovered my love of acai bowls. I think I could eat the Four Seasons acai bowl every morning. I've been trying to find a place in New York City that sells them but I've yet to hit the jackpot.

 I hope I am lucky enough to revisit this resort again in my lifetime. It is easily one of the nicest places I've ever stayed. For now, I will have to be content with reliving my experience through photos. 



*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.

Morimoto Waikiki

Thursday, February 26, 2015


If you are a Food Network fan you are a Chef Morimoto fan by default. Naturally, when my mom suggested we have dinner at Morimoto Waikiki in Honolulu, I jumped at the chance to eat at this Iron Chef's restaurant. 

I hate to say it, because I do like Chef Morimoto's TV personality, but I was not impressed. Overall, it seemed as though he was trying too hard to make eclectic food combinations. My dad was completely flabbergasted when he got his pork gyoza with tomato sauce and bacon cream foam. The BF and I shared the whole fish for dinner, and I think I would have liked it had it been seasoned properly. Unfortunately, lack of salt leads to a lack in taste. I'm pleased to say, however, that Morimoto's sushi did not disappoint - it was absolutely delicious. I was also lucky enough to end the dinner on a high note with some tasty sorbets. The BF and I were particularly taken by the aloe one. 

The restaurant itself is stunning and I would certainly visit again if only to have a sushi role and aloe sorbet for dessert. 



*Photographs taken by Gabriela Monsanto.

Tuesday 2.24

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blouse: J. Crew, Turtleneck: J. Crew, Jeans: Old Navy, Shoes: Ferragamo, Clutch: Old Navy



*Photographs taken by the BF.

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