Over a dozen years have gone by since feasting on home cooked turkey at mom and dad’s. Fond memories now, which perhaps went overlooked and under appreciated at the time.

In retrospect, mom would spend hours in the kitchen preparing. She’d roast a huge turkey with dad’s help of course, bake homemade pumpkin pies, roll maki sushi with unagi (vs tuna), and make her special macaroni salad with green peas and real (vs imitation) crab meat among other delicious bites. Our ohana would arrive throughout the morning with  equally delicious potluck dishes to further supplement her amazing spread. What made Thanksgiving always special though was ohana/family. The getting together. The talking story.  The sharing. The fun. The laughter.

With the bar (standard) firmly established in tummies memory, one can only imagine the challenge each year to find a suitable replacement. However, long story short, Thanksgiving dinner at d. k.’s 2018 was simply wonderful.  Whereby the evenings delightful experience more than matched expectation. Especially with their special menu (shown below) which truly made for a most “happy” and “memorable” celebration.  The turkey, including the usually dry white meat, was surprisingly moist, tasty and very tender.  It was as if the bird was meticulously soaked in a brine solution the night(s) before. The gravy, light with perfect consistency, was just like mom’s! Last but not least, the stuffing with Portuguese sausage was yummy and definitely hit the spot.  Of course, the accompanying carefully selected appetizers and dessert nicely complimented the main entrée. Honestly, it actually left us craving for more. However, as fabulous as the food was (and it really was),  what made the feast more special was feeling of and being treated as family. Which we are quite familiar with as Ivy Nagayama, Server Gail, newly named GM Eva plus staff always take great care of us.  

Hmmm, we can hardly wait for Thanksgiving 2019!!!



Roasted Beets and Baby Spinach Salad:

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Seared Bacon Wrapped Day Boat Scallops:

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Traditional Roast Turkey:

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding Crunch:

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Acts 12:23

Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.

Life Lesson

In Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) King Herod has apostle James killed, Peter is imprisoned and then escapes. It is here wherein King Herod meets with the people of Sidon and Tyre and receives a great ovation.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought come to mind is to always be aware of pride. Moreover, to be leery, cautious and wary of being or becoming prideful.  Psalm 16:18 warns against pride saying, “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” More so because God hates pride saying also in Proverbs 8:13 “All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.” And today’s word is no exception as we see how King Herod is punished. In his case almost immediately.

Hence, my take away today is remembering to be humble with humility. Knowing who we are and what we have comes from and belongs to our heavenly Father, Jehovah. Knowing too with humility comes wisdom. And further, with humility brings honor.

Luke 13:8

“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.

Life Lesson

In Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) Jesus calls people to repent. To turn from evil ways and wickedness. To turn to God or perish. It is here wherein He then uses an illustration. In this scenario, a fruitful tree as a symbol or example of Godly living. Just as described in Jeremiah 17:7-8 which says, “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord    and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is what might happen to us if we are unlike the tree described above. Whereby, instead, we take up space. We waste valuable time. We frivolously abuse and misuse precious resources. We lack productivity for the Kingdom or bear fruit for Kingdom’s sake. And thus face what is noted in Luke 3:9 which warns, “Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.””

Hence, my take away today is remembering the gardener’s response to the Master, which should be our response as well. Which is to give much care to and great attention for God’s intended purpose in our lives. How? By producing/bearing fruit He created us for. To be intentional in putting God first. To have Him in first place in our heart!

Psalm 145:18-20

The Lord is close to all who call on him,
    yes, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He grants the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
20 The Lord protects all those who love him,
    but he destroys the wicked.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily), is a psalm of praise for our great God!

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is because God is love he is more than worthy of our praise. Praise for His greatness. Praise for His majestic glorious splendor. Praise for His wonderful goodness. Praise for His unfailing and unfathomable love. Praise for His loving kindness, faithfulness, mercy and grace.

Hence, my take away today is remembering it is not about us. Rather, it is all about Him. Not once in a while, when we need Him or only when we feel like putting Him first. It is indeed all about Him 24/7!

2Day’s Word – No Tears

Revelations 7:17

For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

Life Lesson

In Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) people receive a seal to protect them from suffering and through the tribulation. It is here wherein believers are then finally with God in heaven.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought come to mind is in our eternal home with God, there will be no more pain, no more suffering, no hunger nor anyone thirsting. In fact, there will be no tears. Only an eternal refuge with complete protection and unending relief.

Hence, my take away today is knowing where I am going and what it will be like. Moreover, my take away is also knowing that it won’t be a visit but rather a permanent stay. One which will last forever!

Psalm 143:10

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

Life Lesson

Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily), A Psalm of David, is about prayer in the midst of hopelessness, despair and depression.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is whatever situation or circumstance we might be facing your prayer and mine should always be God centered, not self-centered. For His will be done in and through our life and in our circumstance/situation. So our life, our priorities, our goals, our plans realign with His.

Hence, my take away today is remembering it is not about us. Moreover, our will should not be our will. Rather our will should really be His will instead.

2 John 5

I am writing to remind you, dear friends,[a] that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.

Life Lesson

In today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) the apostle John talks about love. Which is by no means is a new theme. Rather, it is a recurring throughout the new testament. A most important one as well.

In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is what is contained in Verse 6 which says, “Love means doing what God has commanded us…”. In other words, it is not just knowing about love. Or, talking about love. Or, memorizing all the scripture about love. Instead, it is all about doing God’s love. Putting God’s love into action. How? By helping someone, lending a listening ear to someone, sharing your resources with someone, forgiving someone, etc. Yes, love does indeed come in all shapes and many sizes.

Hence, my take away today is remembering because love does take on many forms, we need to fit love to match the circumstance, opportunity, challenge, situation and most importantly the person whom we are attempting to love.