August 2012

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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.

First Taste: La Tour Café, Honolulu

From the folks who brought you Ba-Le in Hawaii, comes a new French-accented café where the food's casual, fun, yet seriously good. Opening 1/11/11 in Honolulu, in the renovated Weyerhaeuser warehouse on Nimitz.

Disney Hawaii Aulani Resort Makes a Big Food Move, Hires Top-End Chef

The new Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii has hired Patrick Callarec, a Ritz-Carlton star chef with two decades of Maui experience, to head up its food and beverage.

Cooking Class: Russell Siu at 3660 On the Rise, Jan. 20

At 3660 On the Rise, Russell Siu resumes his every other month cooking class on Jan. 20. Here's the menu, and it looks like a party to us.

Martin Wyss Returns to the Kahala! For anniversary dinner Jan. 22

Chef Martin Wyss, best known for his Swiss Inn, opened the Kahala Hilton in 1964. To celebrate its 47th anniversary, the Kahala Hotel and Resort, as it's now known, is bringing him back for a special dinner.

Thursday Steak Night at Vino Tapas and Wine Bar, Restaurant Row, $12

Vino in Restaurant Row is so happy with its new steak supplier--Vintage Natural Beef--that it's offering an 8-ounce NY Steak for $12. Thursdays, Jan. 6, 13 and 27.

Looking for Great Cocktails, Waikiki Edition

Looking for some great cocktails? Here's some of Waikiki's greatest concoctions. At Nobu Waikiki, Trump International and the Halekulani's Lewers Lounge.

Cooking for the President: Obama Dines at Alan Wong's

What's it like to cook for the President? Chef Alan Wong talks about last night's dinner for the Obamas.

First Taste: Il Lupino, Royal Hawaiian Center

Honolulu has a new Italian eatery, Il Lupino in the Royal Hawaiian Center. That's good news.

What are you doing New Year's Eve? Some choices.

Honolulu hotels and restaurants are offering some festive New Year's Eve possibilities. Party like it's a new--and hopefully better--decade!

TV chefs headline Big Island gala Jan. 21-22

Food Network star Michael Symon and Bravo Top Chef Master Jonathan Waxman bring a benefit dinner to the Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island, Jan. 21-22, 2011.

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