Biting Commentary

Relaxed and seriously tasty: James Beard Dinner, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel

Celebrity chefs Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman cook up six great courses at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel James Beard Celebrity Chef dinner. All relaxed and family style.

In the kitchen with Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman, James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner, Mauna Lani

With only four hours to go until the James Beard Celebrity Chef dinner, Michael Symon and Jonathan Waxman are laboring in the kitchen, where the mood and the food are both great. At the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Kohala Coast, Big Island.

In the Cocktail Kitchen: Backstage at the James Beard Event at the Mauna Lani Hotel, Big Island

We found national award-winning mixologist Manny Hinojosa prepping for tonight's cocktail gala for the James Beard Celebrity Chef tour. He immediately put us to work. At the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Big Island.

Alan Wong Farmers Dinner with Richard Ha, Jan. 26

Hot tomato! Richard Ha of Hamakua Springs Farms flies over from the Big Island to join Alan Wong for a Farmers Series dinner, Jan. 26.

Grand Opening: Jade Dynasty, Ala Moana Center

The new Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant opened last night at Ala Moana Center. Or how I went to a Chinese restaurant opening and ended up eating pizza.

Bargain: Wolfgang's Steakhouse $10 Burger, Royal Hawaiian Center

Not just any burger: Wolfgang's Steakhouse in the Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki, has extended its $10 lunchtime burger bargain through the end of 2011.

New: Sushi ii, a hidden gem of a Honolulu sushi bar

You may never find Sushi ii. It's a new, highly personal sushi bar in the Samsung Plaza, off Keeaumoku Street. And it's more than a sushi bar, with a lively, varied menu and a congenial group of customers.

First Taste: J2, JJ's new restaurant in Kaimuki

Having expanded to capacity at his JJ Bistro & French Pastry, Praseuth "JJ" Luangkhot opens J2, a new restaurant down the block--quieter, a bit more upscale, but no more expensive. The food's even better.

Inferno's Wood-Fire Pizza, from a tent in a Kalihi parking lot

Two young guys turned their passion for pizza into the most casual eatery you've encountered. Excellent pizza at good prices under a tent in a parking lot.

Q+A with Food Feuds' Michael Symon, Cooking on the Big Island, Jan. 21-22

Iron Chef winner Michael Symon talked to us from his home base in Cleveland about his upcoming James Beard Celebrity Chef dinner, Mauna Lani Hotel & Bungalows, Jan. 22.

Waialua Hot Chocolate, Blue Hawaii Lifestyle, Ala Moana Center and downtown Honolulu

Here's an antidote to chill in the air: local hot chocolate with a kick of spice at Blue Hawaii Lifestyle.

Morimoto Waikiki: Good, but hardly "the ultimate culinary experience"

Iron Chef Masaharu Matsumoto's new restaurant in Waikiki Edition hotel promises "the ultimate culinary experience." It doesn't deliver on that exalted promise.

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