Mel + Bal Adventures

Yesterday was the hubby's birthday and we had dinner at Hy's Steakhouse in Waikiki to celebrate!  He had never been there before, and I think the last time I was there I was still ordering off of the kiddie menu.  We were both excited for...

We celebrated our niece Clara's 2nd Birthday by staying at the Aulani.  It was quite an experience!  What a beautiful hotel.  The view we had was spectacular! Her gift from us was a Dora (her favorite non-disney character) guitar which she immediately started playing!  There was...

I am currently in San Francisco (without Balbino) on a family trip with my mom and brother.  The culinary highlight so far has been dinner at legendary award-winning restaurant Gary Danko.  The whole meal was like nothing I have ever experienced--starting with a coat check...

Last night Balbino and I celebrated Valentine's Day at the beachhouse at the moana--my old stomping grounds. [break] [break] We felt like celebrities as we were escorted to the prized table at the end of the veranda, right near the beach!  Every food item we ordered was delicious...

It was a nice clear day for hiking.  It was a my first time at the pillboxes but I've read about it.  It's always classified as easy and short so hence I thought I came prepared with no water and no shoes.  Big mistake!  90%...

The Pug Meetup at the Beachfront Estate Mel and I were looking forward to this meetup all year!  This meetup is the largest gathering of pugs that we have seen all year.  We are very fortunate to have such an active organization of pug lovers who...

Mel and I decided that we would try somewhere new to eat.  We were actually set on going to Raging Crab but the line is always so long!  So we settled with going to an all you can eat yakiniku a couple of doors away...

Hi everyone, this is Melissa, the main writer's other half, guest blogging today. Recently I have started watching my calorie intake because I've put on a few pounds since the wedding.  My friends have called it "happy weight," but I call it, "I-have-to-jump-up-and-down-to-put-my-skinny-jeans-on weight."  I...

Holidays are usually a great opportunity for family excursions. Today’s location was the Honolulu Zoo. It was my niece’s first time here and she had blast. It’s amazing to me how much energy children have! They are the cutest subjects to photograph because they really...