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!

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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!

Hawaii Food News Roundup, Oct. 10-23

Sorry for the delay folks, but my past October has been hectic with pet emergencies and getting my career kick started. So I will be combining the past two weeks Hawaii Food news into one giant post and then get on with this past week’s info soon after. So you don’t need to wait with further anticipation here’s what was discussed for the past two weeks:

Oahu

  • Over at the Honolulu Weekly they gave brief rundown of pasta, from its history, its science, and healthier portions. I wish I could be more timely, like the Weekly, as HIFF is now over, but if you get a chance to see these films at another festival or eventually DVD these foodie films should delight your eyes and water your mouth:
    1. Kings of Pastry: a documentary that follows three pastry chefs competing for the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the country’s highest honor for the profession.
    2. Cooking up Dreams: is the next food trend in dining Peruvian? May be, you might have to see this film to see the food scene from the place that brought the world potatoes, peanuts, lima beans and quinoa.
    3. Rinco’s Restaurant: A Japanese movie about a lady’s return to her childhood hometown to open a quirky restaurant.
    4. Sakawao Decides: Another Japanese homecoming story, but this time the business is the clam-packing one.
    5. Taipei Exchanges: A Taiwan film about two sisters that run a coffes shop and act as arbiters of barters among their patrons.
  • Over at the Star Advertiser they reviewed the following two places:
    1. Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza, this cool truck found in Kalihi actually bakes its pizzas in a wood-fired pizza oven on site!
    2. Right next to Times Liliha is the Nice Day Chinese Restaurant, which the Advertiser reviewer seems to think there are some nice dishes ro return for.

Maui

The Maui News brought us the following stories in the prior two weeks:

  • The Noble Chef Benefit for the Maui Culinary Academy, being held on October 29,  is getting a whole lot of benefit. Host Chef Tylun Pang of the Pairmont Kea Lani Maui resort in Wailea will be launching his first cookbook at the benefit, but he plans to donate all his proceeds from the book sale to Academy!
  • Your mouth can visit Italy and France while your eyes can watch the sunset from the lobby restaurant Capische? located at the Hotel Wailea. All of this can be done for great kamaaina deals on the entrees. Find out more about their deals here.
  • Where’s the beef? Well, if it is from Maui cattle, some of it definitely landed up at Dan Bennett’s Peggy Sue’s located in Kihei. The name matches the food, as it’s all milkshakes, burgers, and fries from the past. Read up on it here.
  • Not just satisfied with being voted the “Best Restaurant Overall” in the recent Best of Maui contest by the Maui News, Lahaina Grill has to bribe its patrons with an awesome deal. To celebrate its 20 years of business they will be offering their entrees for $20 every Sunday through Thursday. Just make sure you are at 6 p.m., right after they open.

Kauai

Over at the Garden Island.com they posted the following stories:

  • The Kaua‘i Independent Food Bank’s goal for the Holiday Food and Fund Drive is $40,000 and 40,000 pounds of food. The financial crisis has exacerbated the need for food and according to figures ending in September, Judy Lenthall, Executive Director, said there has been 62,256 emergency requests for food this year for the people of Kauai. So if you have food to spare help them out by checking out this link: www.kauaifoodbank.org.
  • The coffee berry borer is a small brown to black beetle pests that loves coffee cherries and beans as much as Gurabbi loves rose leaves. This news article tells of the devstating effect of the pest on the Big Island and warns Kauai farmers, growers, and others to be vigilant against bringing this destructive bug to the Garden Island.
  • “The Kaua‘i Grown program was initiated by the County of Kaua‘i Office of Economic Development and the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau as a way to promote our locally grown agricultural products and recognize the farmers, ranchers, retailers, and restaurants that bring these products to the consumer,” Melissa McFerrin,  said during a Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event introducing the program to the business community last Tuesday at Kukui‘ula Village, home of the weekly Culinary Market. For more information about the program check it out this link: www.kauaigrown.org.

Hawaii Food News Roundup, Oct. 3-9

Hey TGIF everyone! Hope everything is going well with you in this sunny state or wherever you may be. Let’s get to what was reported on in Hawaii food news this week shall we?

It's Kava time! Check out the Kava Festival this Saturday at UH.

Oahu

  • The Honolulu Weekly reminds us that islands and rum go hand in hand by reporting on the three rum distilleries that operate in the islands; read more about them here.
    • For other events on Oahu see Honolulu Weekly’s Food Calendar here.
  • Has the student become the master? Iron Chef Morimoto has opened his Waikiki restaurant. This Nobu alumni must feel the pressure of his media fame and his former master with his latest restaurant. Check out the Advertiser’s review here and if you are interested in the experience that an Iron Chef has to offer be prepared to pay about $80 per person.
  • Tomorrow (Saturday the 9th) is the Annual Hawaii Pacific Island Kava Festival, held at the UH Manoa McCarthy Mall, from 11Am-7PM. What is kava you ask? Well, it is a pepper plant, also more commonly known as ‘awa here in the islands. The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with mild sedative properties. For more information on the plant check here. If you want more information on the festival click here.
  • Hawaii Organic Farmers Association has created a directory for certified Hawaii organic products. The database is searchable by product and/or island. Start your search for some island organic goodness here
  • Midweek had the following pieces from this past week:
    • an interview with David Nagaishi, Operations Manager at Ocean House Waikiki;
    • a good write-up on Chef Nick Yamada’s Uahi Island Grill over in Kailua, with menu items like  an oven-braised pork chop smothered in pastele stew to a French and Chinese influenced Mandarin Duck Confit, there will probably be a reason you want to travel out to Kailua side from town; and
    • finally, sommelier Roberto Viernes reminds us while Zinfadels may not be the most flexible of wines to pair things with it is definitely a keeper and you might want to have a bottle from time to time, check out his plug for Zinfadel here.
  • Where did Side Street Inn go? Find out where it is located now (with its brand spanking new huge kitchen) and about owner-restauranteur Colin Nishida in this interview done by Honolulu Magazine here.

Neighbor Islands

  • The following features appeared in The Maui News this past week:
    • Kai Sushi Bar is bringing authentic and traditional sushi to diners’ plates over at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapulua, read more about it here;
    • Chef Will Munder is coming out with bold and new dramatic flavors over at Kula Lodge, if you want to read about it and its outdoor wood-burning pizza oven click here;
    • What’s happening over at the Hyatt? A lot! This Saturday, ‘Umalu will set the stage for its second Oktoberfest; while, the new Halona Kai Martini Lounge will be offering deals on its drink menu daily;  and Japengo’s,will be bringing authentic Pacific Rim dishes bearing roots from old Asian recipes,  but spiced up with modern techniques when it opens this mid-December, read more about all the exciting happenings at the Hyatt here.

Cupcakes, Chopsticks, and Some Wine – Events!

Another yummy cupcake company is coming at you, from Let Them Eat Cupcake!

Hey Grub Clubbers and Readers,

Don’t forget to check out this week’s First Friday and the debut of Let Them Eat Cupcake, their desserts look delicious.

Also there is still time to grab tickets to next week’s Chopsticks and Wine event by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

Hawaii Food News Roundup, Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Oahu

  • Want to find out what’s hot about dogs? Check out this article by Honolulu Weekly on Hank’s Haute Dogs.
  • Confused and scared of the maze-like Chinatown Cultural Plaza? That might be a good thing if you get lost and find yourself at Terry’s Place, a great hidden bar. Read about it here.
  • Out on Waianae side? Do you want something progressive and organic? Then check out Kahumana Cafe as reviewed by the Star-Advertiser here. Definitely, looks like good eats and is helping keep us keep green on the insides and out.
  • Midweek has the following articles from this past week:
    • an interview with Dylan Ching, General Manager of Duke’s;
    • want to overindulge in the city of sin? Then check out this write-up on Kokomo’s;
    • going to a polo match? bring some of the suggestions by sommlier Roberto Viernes; and
    • continuining with the eating local theme for this week’s Kanu Challenge, Jo McGarry comments about her experience.
  • In similar vein, Michael Levine of Civil Beat tracks his journey of eating local for the week here.

Neighbor Islands

  • The Maui News reports the following:
    • Chef Mark Ellman launched a new book talking the use of “aloha” and its meaning to various people, and plans to open another restaurant in Lahaina next year, for more info check it out here;
    • The Maui Beach Hotel will be experimenting with sit-down dinners, for more info on what this entails read it here; and
    • finally, this article details how Pizza Paradiso over at Honokowai Marketplace has added a Mediterranean Grill serving up lamb gyros on flat bread, hummus, dolmas and occasionally, kebabs.

HGC

  • Last, but certainly not least, Refridgeraider does a write-up about Off-Menu’s Off-Premise Dinner held at Manifest this past Monday (9/27), check it out here.
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