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Eat, Kiss, Chocolate, and Sake

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Hey Grub Clubbers and food finders at large! How was your Presidents’ Day Weekend? Hopefully, it was filled with food, fun, and family and friends?

Anyway, if you missed out a chance on any of that not to worry. This week is shaping out to be another food-fun-filled week! So you already know that Eat the Street will be back on Friday, but be prepared for crowds.

Not into crowds and eating on the street? Well, I recently discovered Kissaten, which is a nice 24-Hour Coffee Shop, which I think some late night people would rather keep to this place hidden for themselves. Oddly, enough it is right near Ala Moana Mall.

Love chocolate? Well, this Saturday (2/26) is the Hawaii Chocolate Festival, spotlighting Hawaiian grown cacao and happening at the shops at Dole Cannery from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets in advance are for $20 and can be bought online, with door tickets at $25. Check it out this link for more info.

Finally, if chocolate is not your thing, and you want to go for some sake, the Sake Shop is having a tasting this Saturday as well. Join them as they sample some rare seasonal sake that is only produced once a year in the Spring.  In particular, two Namazake, one Nama Nigori and one Junmai Daiginjo. One of these sake from Kamikokoro is very unique being brewed from White Peach Yeast.

It’s great to be in Hawaii again, and keep checking back here for more food and HGC info.

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Eat the Street is Back!

 

Thanks to Nonstop Honolulu for bringing me this news. The food truck rally is returning this Feb. 25. Are you ready to eat the street, again?

Check out the information here at Nonstop Honolulu. Mari, as always is awesome.

In other news, Honolulu Magazine has a great focus piece on the man who started Ba-Le and his plans for La Tour Bakery and Cafe, which I recommend for a stop for lunch or a light dinner. However, if you are expecting Le Bistro like some other clueless critics, then head there. Anyway, if you want to find out more about the guy who brought us Vietnamese on French bread sandwiches, check it out here.

Finally, the Grub Club’s Sushi Ii (“ee” as in the Japanese word for “good”) was an awesome blast. Read one of our Yelper’s review here.

This Yelper-member is always on it, like Mari is on it at Nonstop. I surround myself with pretty, talented women, it makes my blogging easier. Hehe.

See you soon, gonna be talking about izakayas, sake, and telling you about our wonderful pictures from Sushi Ii. Laters.

Ask a Wine Guy: Sushi and Wine?

Well, the Grub Club is heading out to Sushi Ii this weekend. It is a fun little sushi joint, but it is also BYOB! What do you bring for sushi? Sake, usually.

However, what about Wine with Sushi?

Here are some thoughts from our HGC sommelier:

 . . . Sushi eh? Personally, and this is very personal because there are several trains of thought when pairing wine with sushi, I prefer Champange. More specifically, those Champagnes that have been brought up in oak barrels and thus, impart a nutty, rich, and very full mouthfeel. However, because this information is not written on the bottles, you have to trust your memory and trust your sommelier. Krug is famously raised in oak barrels and left to “mature” for about 6 years when other Champagnes are bottled much sooner. There is no question of Krug’s superiority in the market and amongst wine geeks, but a more affordable wine with a similar style could be had in Bollinger. If you are looking for something off the wall and want to try one of the new “grower” champagnes – the H. Billiot Laetitia is a fantastic wine and full of complexity. Yeah, okay, so the prices on these wines are all around $100, but well worth it for an unforgettable meal. $40 range?- try Billiot’s regular Brut. My wife’s and my personal favorite for a middle of the road styled wine, but still with enough gusto is Taittinger. Oh Taittinger.

On a side note, please note that heaps of wasabi will literally obliterate the wine being paired with it. This is where you must rely on the skills of the chef and his ability to use wasabi as an accent to bring harmony and balance to each piece. In a way, the sushi chef’s role in relation to his fish is not so different from that of a winemaker and his grapes. Both try to let their raw material speak out and act only as a means to translate what is good and natural, taking what they have and transforming it to what will be most pleasurable to you.

Or beer. Suntory Premium Malts from Marukai is sooo good. When you pour it into the glass make sure you do a little splash to get the head nice and foamy. 2 inches maybe? Just like the Stella Artois Commercial, cut the big bubbles off from the top and savor the creaminess of a perfectly poured beverage.

Some of the conversation between us has been reddacted. However, what do you think? Are you willing to try sushi and wine? Let us know.

Eat at the Punahou Carnival!

Well, no trip to Honolulu this weekend would be complete without the Punahou Carnival. If you like to eat, love the tradition of a family-style carnival, and then like to eat again look no further.

I would just like to state for the purpose of disclosure, that I am an alumni and am addicted to Punahou’s malasadas. So if you are curious about going, check out all the infomartion you need here.

So go and check it out this weekend. Your stomach will be glad you did. If you want to know more about the experience read this post from the Tasty Island blog.

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

As I extend my self pretty thin with all the projects I am working on let’s add back a task to my full plate. Let’s talk about food news and events again (albeit with less regularity than less year).

Anyway, as I mentioned in the prior post La Tour Cafe is up and running. If you are more curious about the Bakehouse read about it here at the Honolulu Weekly. I highly recommend the cafe’s macaroons (Yuzu especially), mint water, and their French dip.

Jade Dynasty is now open at Ala Moana Shopping Center. This Hong Kong-style eatery replaces the Kyoto Ohsho location with a $3.5 million dollar renovation price tag. Read more about it at Honolulu Magazine here.

Love food? Love trucks? Love food trucks? Well, Honolulu is having its 1st Food Truck Rally. Sounds fun, delicious, and cheap (well, not with the way I order plate lunches) . . . check out the flyer here for more info.

Roberto Viernes, over at Midweek, writes about how snobbery can ruin the wine experience. I think he has much truth for someone who is an expert in wines. He would rather learn to improve himself and his experience. I enjoy how he ends his piece:

So let everyone enjoy it [wine], and if you have something that will add to the experience, I’d love to hear it. Otherwise, please fill your glass and mouth with wine.

I think some food writers are like the critic in Disney’s Ratatouille and may need a swig of wine or stew to remind them that snobbery can ruin anything.

Personally, I love Izakaya food and I recently noticed two that I have been hearing about. Izakaya Naru, near TCBY and Sushi King and Izakaya Shinn. Both sound pretty tasty and if anyone has suggestions what to order drop a line.

Anyway, last thing, Art After Dark is coming up and the food at this always fun event is being down once again by Town and Downtown. For more information click on this link.

Until next time have some good eating!

Happy New Year!

 

BBQ Spiced "Hapa" Fries from Off the Wall, location of our next HGC event!

Hello Grub Clubbers and Everyone,

Happy New Year!

It’s been a long break. December was fun, but hectic, and ultimately the start of my 2011 has also been fun and hectic. So much so I haven’t had time to update this blog.

Upcoming exciting things to talk about:

I will go back to updating my food blog regularly (but less frequently because I will be working on my legal blog!). In addition, I will be doing a “Ask a Wine Guy” piece. I will be fielding a question for the HGC sommelier member from all of you readers or I will ask him one myself, and then post his response and suggestion. Contact me and I may use your question.

Frugalfoodie tells me he will be re-launching his blog and will get a brand new look and writing style. So definitely, look forward to that!

Having a Yelp Reviewer who has an awesome appetite and terrific writing style helps. Totally, check out her Yelp Reviews here.

La Tour Cafe has opened, and while sadly I have no pictures, reviews, or anything other than a link to Honolulu Magazine’s First Taste, I can say check it out for lunch and dinner now! As I have done both this past week (and they just opened this past week). You can also find more info. on them on Facebook.

In other news, while, not solely about food, Sara Lin of Civil Beat highlights how traditions are important for the New Year. Check it out here.

Lastly, if you somehow slept through the Gregorian Calendar New Year. Honolulu Chinatown will be doing New Years’ all over again for the lunar new year soon. Find out about the Year of the Rabbit in Honolulu here.

As always, our Flickr account is updated with delectable images that will remind you it is probably time to go and eat now!

HGC Event for Jan.: Off-Menu’s Off-Premise Dining: Oshogatsu (Japanese New Year)

Chef Kyle Matsumoto and Chef Grant Murata from Off the Wall

  • 1st Course: Edamame Hummus with Grilled Flatbread & Caprese Won Ton, Balsamic Soy Reduction
  • 2nd Course:”Korean Salmon Carpaccio” | Kalbi Salmon Tataki with Kim Chee Garden Salad
  • 3rd Course: “Asian Shrimp & Chips” | Sweet Prawn Karaage on a bed of Vegetable Fries
  • 4th Course: Braised Shoyu Pork Okinawan Soba Pasta
  • Dessert: Okinawan Andagi with Azuki Bean & Yuzu Mousse
  • Other info: No-Host Bar will be Available / Cost is $45/person (Includes Tax and Tip) / Saturday, January 29 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Interested in joining us for a food event? Then contact the Honolulu Grub Club through this website or find us on Facebook!

Until next time, bon appetit!

Hawaii Restaurant Week and Other News! Oct. – Nov.

Ok, I know I have been deliquent with the posts about Hawaii Food News, but I got plenty stuff to do nowadays. Anyway, I’d like to share some foodtastic news with you all now!

It is Hawaii Restaurant Week (starting today, so yeah, I missed one day), but anyway Nov. 15 – 21, some 50 plus restaurants across the state will be having special menus. If you are interested, and I highly recommend taking advantage of the deals this week if you have free time, check out the listing here

In more fantastic restaurant news Honolulu Magazine has released its 2011 Hale Aina Award Winners list. You can check out the listing here. Soul, by Chef Sean Priester, won Gold for the “Best New Restaurant” category. Whats more is the HGC participated in Off-Menu’s Catering Service’s Off-Premise 2 with Chef Sean as the host chef of the night. Curious about how it all went down check out the following links:

In addition, Honolulu Magazine had an October write-up on Morimoto Waikiki. Hopefully, I can get my act together and post a review from the HGC’s Dinner last month there on One More Plate. However, in the meantime enjoy the HGC’s Flickr Photostream, as the latest pictures are from our meal there.

Korean Restaurants are also a highlight in this month’s Honolulu Magazine. Check out all the restaurants that they take a look at here. I for one love Korean food, and am a late night visitor to Sorabol and Cafe Duck Butt. May be when I get to that Morimoto’s review I’ll throw in a review on a Korean restaurant as well!

Lastly, let me mention Roberto Viernes interesting discussion of the concept of “paying it forward” as applied to the process known as Solera in winemaking. It consists of blending wines from consecutive harvests. Want to know more? Read it in his Midweek article here. I’m thinking of starting a post series here on the HGC known as “What Wine Do I Bring?” or something to that effect. As some of you know one of the HGC members is a sommelier and I always turn to him for the perfect wine to bring to house warmings, gifts, and just simple get-togethers. So look forward to it in the future!

See you all next time!