Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Cheesecake Competition Recap

So hey all, I finally have time to post some info on the HGC’s First Annual Cheesecake Competition. It’s been very delayed, but better late than never.

So let’s get down to the entries for this year:

First up was this tasty entry of a White Chocolate and Raspberry.

That was followed up by this Kona Coffee Cheesecake and in the creator’s words:

This is a traditional style cheesecake with a rich, full-bodied coffee flavor, accented by a bittersweet chocolate ganache. A chocolate mac nut crust adds texture to the smoothness of the cheesecake. The bold chocolate and coffee flavors are balanced by a refreshing vanilla bean whipped cream. This dessert is the perfect finish to any meal.


Next up was this Ohelo Berry Cheesecake. This cheesecake was described as:

As a sinfully rich cheesecake with cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice, sugar and eggs. Topped with Ohelo Berry Preserves. A blend of continental cuisine with a touch of local flavor.


Following up and the winner of the competition was this Toasted Pecan and Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake. The following description was given:

Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust, Valrhona Chocolate Cheesecake, Fresh Caramel with a Hint of Lemon, Topped with Fleur de Sel & Toasted Pecans

Inspiration From Sea Salt Caramels by Fran’s Chocolates

It sounds delicious reading it, no?

The last entry of the competition, but certainly not least was this Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping and Animal Cracker Crust.

After much deliberation and gorging themselves on five cheesecakes the judges awarded the Toasted Pecan and Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake the most points. The creator of this cheesecake won a $30 gift certificate to Ala Moana Shopping Center, but more importantly the “crown.”

Isn’t that awesome? I designed it myself . . . well with the help of the people at the cap-making store.

So that was what happened at the HGC’s First Annual Cheesecake Competition. Look forward to it next year and hopefully more competitors and new cheesecake creations!

Oh yeah, be sure to check out more of the photos taken by our awesome photographer here.


Hawaii Food News Round-Up, Aug. 22-28

I must try Chef Sean's fried chicken at Soul.

Sorry all, this update is late as well as the Cheesecake Competition. It’s been a busy week. Anyway, here is a quick rundown:


  • Honolulu Weekly serves up three new gourmet food trucks on the island: 1) T.A.S.T.E. (inspired by L.A.’s famous Kogi Tacos), 2) Jawaiian Irie, and 3) Opal Thai.  If you want to find out even more info on food trucks check out Refridgeraider’s earlier post on Soul Patrol and Shogunai Sushi.
  • Speaking of Soul Patrol, Star-Advertiser reviews Chef Sean’s (formerly of Top of Waikiki) new home at SOUL. Still waiting to try his awesome fried chicken.
  • Over at Midweek Jo McGarry interviews Sous Chef Andy Le over at Chef Mavro. Meanwhile, Roberto Viernes talks about how sake can become finer with age like wine.

Neighbor Islands

  • On the Garden Island, the “Hawai‘i Organic Farmers Association will be holding its 18th annual membership meeting from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Kaua‘i Nursery and Landscaping, a news release states.”
  • The Maui News has the following articles to read:
    1. a rundown on the poolside restaurant, Kumu Bar and Grill at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa;
    2. a quick write-up on the arrival of the fondue chain of Melting Pot at Lahina Gallery;
    3. a brief report on how Maui Brewing Co. is now the state’s largest craft beer maker.

HGC’s 1st Annual Cheesecake Competition Aftermath

Just wanted to do a quick post telling everyone that the HGC’s 1st Annual Cheesecake Competition went very well. To be sure there is room for improvement for planning and execution, but the event met the main goals of the HGC.  Food, Friends and Fun!

I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended and participated. Pictures and an in-depth recap will be forthcoming to this blog sometime during this week. Most likely, Wed. or Thursday. As always suscribe to this blog, and you will receive updates to your e-mail when there are new posts.

Can’t wait to share with you all the delicious pictures of the awesome cheesecakes!

NPR Recognizes How Special Our Food and State Really Are

If you are born, raised, or have lived in Hawaii for a number of years this NPR article does not really tell you anything new about our food, its history, and how much our cultural diversity has had an impact on foods. However, if you like to be reminded how special Hawaii is because of its history you only need look at its food.

I wholeheartedly agree with the writer’s ending paragrpah:

I love poke. I love shave ice. I love oxtail soup. And yes, I even love Spam musubi. But what I love most about local food is that every time I dig my chopsticks into a bowl of noodles or a Styrofoam box of plate lunch, I can taste the cultures that created it, the things they gave and took from one another to make the 50th state the most authentically American of them all.

The plate lunch, one lunch, came from many culturues. If that doesn’t fit the American bill, what does? Anyway, take a read of the article and remember how lucky you are in Hawaii.

Hawaii Food News Round-Up, Aug. 15-21

Sorry no fun picture this week. I’ve got a lot of prep work for tomorrow! Tomorrow will be the 1st HGC Cheesecake Competition. Look to posts and pictures about it next week! On to the island food news:


  • Honolulu Weekly was able to get some answers from Iron Chef Morimoto, as he prepares for his opening of his restaurant and the Made In Hawaii Festival this weekend. If you aren’t eating cheesecake with us, or don’t have any other plans you should check it out here.
  • The Star-Advertiser has its review up on the Honolulu Burger Co.
  • Midweek talks to Maui Tacos Hawaii Operations Manager, Chef Jose “Pepe” Vega, here.

Neighbor Islands

  • The Garden Island has an interesting article talking about food self-sufficiency, and there is an emphasis on smart gardening techniques; the author is offering a 15-week course at Kauai Community College, entitled “Sustainable Gardening and Farming.” Check out the article here.
  • Over at the Maui News, Dining Editor, Carla Tracy reviews Pita Paradise Mediterranean Bistro, a fun “date night” or daytime place to grab a Greek bite. See for yourself here.

Sake Bringing Joy to Honolulu Once Again

The Joy of Sake, celebrating the world’s finest sakes, will be making its tour stop here in Honolulu this upcoming Thursday (Aug. 19th). If you aren’t too busy at a mixer, preparing for a cheesecake battle, or the million of other things happening before this Statehood Day (Aug. 20) you can check it out at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Tickets and more information on the event can be found here.

Honolulu Magazine also has a piece talking about sake consumption and sake as a part of Honolulu eating scene.  Check it out here.

Finally, if you want a blog in English, from an American point of view check out Urban Sake here. There is a wealth of information and promotional material about sake.

Oops, forgot the cold dessert poll . . .

Are you Team Gelato or Team Ice Cream?

Here is the poll and let us know what you want after your meal!

Hawaii Food News Round-up, Aug. 8-14

How good are you at telling what you are eating without seeing it?

Oahu News

  • It’s the second weekend of Aug., so what better way to talk about ice cream! Check out Honolulu Weekly’s guide to some cold treats. – Also if you are interested in the history of ice cream check out Refridgeraider’s post here.
  • By the way, what is your favorite frozen treat? Refridgeraider loves gelato over ice cream, but another HGC member loves ice cream. How about you? Take out poll at the bottom of this post.
  • Formaggio Grill gives a whole new meaing to blind taste test, try eating your food blind-folded at Dining in the Dark to see how well you know your food. For the Star-Advertiser’s article click here. If you want to find out more about Dining in the Dark click this link.
  • Midweek’s Jo McGary brings another close-up of a local chef, this time Hiroshi Eurasion Tapa’s Executive Chef Hiroshi Fukui.

Neighbor Island News

  • Curious about eating beets, making cake out of them (yes, I did mean a Beet Cake), and the getting info on the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair, check it out here.
  • Finally, I know some of you like gardening (or attempting to garden) and love fresh herbs, so take a peek here to help you get started with your own herb garden.

Honolulu Grub Club Stuff

  • Don’t forget next weekend (Aug. 21) is the First Annual HGC Cheesecake Competition, which is shaping up to be a tasty battle. We have five competitors preparing their most awesome Cheesecakes. There will be cheesecake (served by the competitors) and coffee to go along afterward. Don’t forget to bring $5 and a mug for your cheesecake and coffee! E-mail for details.

Cheesecake Competition Rules Coming Soon!

One Cake to Rule Them All

Hey Participants, Judges, and Cheesecake Lovers I’ll be posting the Cheesecake rules soon because this August 21, the Honolulu Grub Club will have its first Cheesecake Competition among its members. Check back here to read the rules for participating in the contest. The rules shall also be e-mailed directly to participants and judges. 

So start thinking what kind of baking masterpiece you are going to create!

By the way it’s still not too late to join the competition. E-mail me if you’d like to participate. Look for the rules on Monday, August 9th!

Hawaii Food News Round-Up, Aug. 1-7

Oahu News

  • An interesting look at Hawaii’s community kitchens or incubator kitchens, which have help shape the small food businesses in the islands can be found here.
  • It’s peanut butter jelly time! Honolulu Weekly’s article gives you some location to get your nuttiness on! Some of my fave places to go in the list include: Bubbies, Hokulani Bake Shop, and Cake Couture. I haven’t tried Otto Cake or Cake Envy, but may be I should seeing as HGC is having its Cheesecake Competition this month!
  • This is a review of Gaan Sushi, which is a small (four tables + a sushi bar) restaurant hidden behind Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel that caters to the sushi purist.
  • Jo McGarry does a quick interview with Kelly Sanders, GM of Sheraton Waikiki, on his approach to cooking and some of his favorite places to eat on the island.

Neighbor Islands

  • This post tells you that Max World Bistro, a fun eatery that serves up comfort food from around the world, is “Hot in Haiku.”
  • The Maui Arts and Cultural Center will be having their Maui Calls signature fundraiser Aug. 13 starting at 6 p.m. The theme this year is Glamour of Old Hawaii and to find out more information click here.
  • And this June post talks about how the best beet can win you some extra money at the Fruit and Vegetable Show at the Kaua‘i County Farm Fair, Aug. 26-29.