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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 Food News Roundup, Sept. 26-Oct. 2


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • As always if you’d like to follow the Grub Club feel free to subscribe by clicking the appropriate option on the sidebar. If you are interested in joining us for a dinner, event, or just to find out what the club is up to send us an e-mail at Hnlgrubclub@gmail.com.

Hawaii Food News Roundup, Sept. 19-25

Remember this week is Kanu Hawaii's Eat Local Challenge. Can you eat just local for a week?

Hello everyone, hope your week was as busy and exciting as mine. Well, hopefully it’s going to be awesome as next week Monday is Off-Menu’s first underground dinner. It should be fantastic with what they have planned. Stay tuned for a write-up on that event. Anyway, let’s get to what food news there was this week:


  • Check out Honolulu Weekly’s talk about the rise of cocktail dinners here in Hawaii. The unique pairing of cocktails with dinners to be found at Apartm3nt and Azure are the creation Joey Gottesman, a mixologist. At Apartm3nt, every last Thursday of the month features their Munch dinner series. This upcoming one is Tequila! Next week Tuesday, the 28th, Azure will be doing a 1960s inspired cocktail dinner called “Rat Pack Supperclub.”
  • Kanu Hawaii is encouraging people to participate in the discussion of Hawaii’s food sustainability through its Eat Local Challenge between Sept. 26 – Oct. 2. It hopes to increase Hawaii people’s awareness of how hard it is to stick with local food and thus address the larger issues at hand of our food supply. Honolulu Weekly tells us the  following restaurants will have an all local entree on its menu:
    • Town Kaimuki and Downtown at the HiSAM: at least one local item entree a day, as well as pai‘ai pounding demos on 9/27 and 10/1;
    • Apartment3: a local dish and a local cocktail all week;
    • Foodland: Weeklong local menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner), in-store sampling of local produce at stores statewide on 9/29;
    • ‘Umeke Market: All-local Kim Chee Burger and local greens for $9.95 all week; and
    • Naked Cow Dairy: a discount on their dairy products to Kanu members.

Finally, over at Civil Beat, Honolulu’s awesome online newspaper, reporter Michael Levine is trying to live up to the challenge by only eating locallly grown.

  • Speaking of grown, every winemaker knows that making great wine starts with the grapes in the vineyard. If you want to know more check out Midweek’s write-up here.

Neighbor Islands

  • Over at The Maui News, Dining Editor, Carla Tracy, talks about the A+ meals being served up at Maui Culinary Academy’s Class Act Restaurant. Class Act is being headed up by new instructor Chef Kyle Kawakami.
  • Moreover, The Maui News reports that Chefs Michael and Dana Pastula, Maui’s famous restaurant couple have opened their fifth Cafe O’Lei restaurant over at former Maui Grill at Napili Shores Resort.