From the monthly archives: October 2011

Taste of Home with Chef Alan Wong

On October 31, 2011 By

It’s only been a few weeks since my return from my Hawaii vacation, but the islands are still on my mind – especially last night when I went to a Taste Hawaii Tour event at San Francisco’s Japanese Cultural Center.

The tasting tour is led by celebrated Chef Alan Wong, the dean of Hawaiian regional […]

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Things move slowly in Hawaii, and that includes changes in the dining scene. Popular restaurants remain the same for several years, unlike the constant parade of new restaurants opening and closing in big cities like New York and San Francisco.

When I was visiting the islands last month, I wanted to try places […]

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At some restaurants, the diners still come out in droves though the wait may not be as long as a Friday night. The coffee houses are still filled with the warm glow of laptops, and the bars try to attract customers with Monday Night Football.

San Francisco’s Mission District attracts a lot of diners with […]

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French Charm in the Islands

On October 22, 2011 By

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It’s not like you have to travel to Hawaii just to get transported to the South of France, but that’s the route I took when I had lunch at Brasserie Du Vin.

The brasserie, in old downtown Honolulu across from the landmark Hawaii Theater, has a front room that’s the huge open bar […]

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Mochi, the traditional Japanese sticky rice cakes, can be one of the best vehicles for holding in all sorts of goodies, from red bean paste to ice cream. Biting into these gooey, chewy rice balls, you never know what you’ll find.

During my recent trip home to Honolulu, I went looking for some […]

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UPDATE: This restaurant closed and re-opened as Slicer Pizza in 2013.

The newly opened Local Café is hitching its wagon to the local sustainability gravy train, but to me its name takes a literal geographical definition because it’s just three blocks away from my apartment.

Opened next door to the popular Adesso on Oakland’s Piedmont […]

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Most recipes are about the ingredients, and for me, the simpler the better.

But some recipes are about the technique. And that’s certainly true for my Mom’s stuffed tofu dish, which she calls “yurn daufu” in Cantonese. It’s basically firm tofu that’s cut into triangles and then stuffed with a bit of Asian fish […]

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With its year-round warm weather, Hawaii is famous for producing one of its most popular treats for young and old – the shaved ice. And growing up here, I craved the fine ice shavings in a simple paper cone and drenched in colorful sugary (and sticky) syrups that brightened the day.

I never […]

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UPDATE: This spot closed in August 2014.

I never grew up visiting drive-ins, not that they didn’t exist in my neighborhood. It just wasn’t my family’s thing.

But I’ve watched enough “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley” episodes to yearn for the friendly gathering place of a drive-in, where teen-agers and families nosh on greasy […]

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When vacationing, one often transforms into the ladies who lunch because you’re taking leisurely weekday lunches when most people are at work. In Hawaii, I like to think the “ladies who lunch” crowd more as the “aunties who lunch” because most Hawaiians fondly call an older woman they don’t know as aunty.

So […]

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The food truck phenomenon has rolled into many cities and towns across the country, but who knew it could reach all the way to the Hawaiian islands? I mean, there’s no way for trucks to make it across the Pacific.

But food trucks have arrived in the 50th state, which puts a local […]

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