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Some Honolulu Grubby Information

So it’s been a while since the Honolulu Grub Club dropped some food news or information.  Been busy without a lot time to post stuff, but hopefully as we move through Spring I can drop some posts.  Therefore, without further adieu here are some interesting tidbits.

The Hawaii International Film Festival, which is between April 1 (Friday) to April 7 (Thursday), has three foodie films for your enjoyment.

  • First up, is The Recipe.  “Soybean paste.”  These are the last words of a killer.  Why would  a killer on the run stop and savor a bowl of soybean paste stew (된장 찌개 – doenjang jjigae)? It must be a killer bowl of stew.
  • Japanese film, Patisserie Coin De Rue (translates from French as Pastry Corner), is about a young girl from the country heading to Tokyo to find her fiance.  When she gets to the shop with the film’s name, she finds he no longer works there.  She decides to work there and interacts with a legendary pastissier.
  • Lastly, the Turkish film, Honey (Bal) us about a shy, young boy, Yusuf who adores his beekeeping father. One day his father goes missing and searches for him.

In Honolulu Grub Club news, the rules are up for a first ever See-Food Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Check it out if you want to participate and e-mail us.

This great article about deciding what to bring at BYOB establishments, written by Dabney Gough of Honolulu Weekly, has a great photo from the Off-Premise 4 event.  All the write-ups on Off-Premise 4 by members of the Grub Club can be found at these following sites:

Lastly, our awesome photographer has put up the shots from the event on the Flickr photostream.

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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.

HIFF: Movies for Foodies

The Honolulu International Film Festival (HIFF) is having its Spring Showcase soon, April 16-22. It will have four films that are about food or a have a food-centered theme. They are:

For more information about these films check it out here.