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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 Round-Up, Sept. 5-11

Save things for secret eating! Sorry, inside dorky joke.

Oahu

  • Have an extra hour or two for lunch in downtown? Tired of seeing all the same people for those power lunches? Well, Honolulu Weekly dishes up some of the hidden downtown eats. Not so hidden after everyone reads about it here.
  • Curious about more secret eating? Check out Honolulu Magazine’s quick write-up on Secret Menus. Moreover, check back here as we talk about Off-Menu’s first exclusive dining event in the forthcoming weeks.
  • The Star-Advertiser catches up with a Hawaii restaurateur George “Cass” Castagnola and reviews his latest establishment, Castagnola’s Pizzeria.  
  • How does your emotions play on your wine? Find out with this MidWeek article and some recommendations for certain pairings.

Neighbor Islands

  • Honolulu Weekly talks tea in this article about natural farming done by Mauna Kea Tea on the Big Island. Incidentally, I (Refridgeraider) picked up “For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History” – I’ll let you know more about that on my site when I get to it.
  • If you find yourself not on the golden coast with Katy Perry and California gurls, but the Kohala Coast with local gurls and want some place nice eat, you might want to check out the following article from Honolulu Magazine.
  • Over at the Maui News:
    • On Maui and want to make a quick getaway? Head over to Four Seasons Resort Lana’i where they are now offering “Lana’i on your lanai” promotion, and it’s like room service, but done with a “private server, a fun musical playlist as well as extensive gourmet menu,” says the public relations manager. Find out more about it here.
    • Seems like Italian is the name of the game this week with the pizzeria and now this article on how the Hulopo’e Court at Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay has changed its menu; the Court now serves up fine Italian fare. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the gorgeous view.

Off-Menu is Off the Hook!

I’d like to introduce a new, cool, and fun catering start-up here in Hawaii. Off-Menu!

Off-Menu is a full service catering company that can help you plan your dream event. Not only do they cater, but starting this month they will be having exclusive dining events with their chefs held in fun venues. The menus will be edgy, innovative, and fun. So Off-Menu will definitely be a different change of pace from your average catering company.

As for the lucky Grub Clubbers, we have been invited to their September event held at Manifest. For mroe information check your newsletter.

For a recap on their annual managers’ dinner check out Refridgeraider’s write -up here. If you want to find out more about the company check them out here.

Let them know you want what’s off menu at your next event!