March 2014

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New Italian Restaurant: Bernini Honolulu

On a side street near Ala Moana Center is a new Italian restaurant, from a focused Japanese chef. Wait till you taste the pizza.

New Downtown Bento: Umami Cafe

It bills itself as a Japanese coffee bar. Really, the new Umami Cafe is downtown Honolulu's fanciest bento parlor. Great prices, good bentos.

Napa Comes to Hawaii: Mustards Grill Dinner, Kahala Food & Wine Classic

Napa's hometown hero, chef Cindy Pawlcyn, came to the Kahala Food & Wine Classic last weekend, and the results were uneven, but well worth eating.

Calling all Golfing Foodies: Hale Aina Golf Tournament, Apr. 25

Chefs love golf. Many of our town's award-winning chefs will be competing in the 13th Hale Aina Ohana Charity Golf Tournament is Monday, Apr. 25, at the Kapolei Golf Course. A few slots are left if you wish to join them.

Hawaii's Other Coffee: Ka'u Coffee Festival, May 14-15

Ka'u on the Big Island has begun to grow world-class coffee, and it celebrates with a two-day Coffee Festival next month. You can win a trip.

Opus One Dinner, Four Seasons Maui, May 6

This counts as a special occasion. Five vintages of Opus One, at a four course dinner under the stars on an oceanfront lawn. Four Seasons Maui, May 6

Dumpling Heaven: Jin Din Rou, Honolulu

It's new, it's stylish and it's Honolulu's home for Xiao Long Bao, Shanghai Soup Dumplings. At Jin Din Rou, they even come with instructions.

Who Knew? Zippy's, Home of Local Beef

Zippy's has become a major supporter of the local beef industry, using more than 24,000 pounds of grass-fed Hawaii beef a month in burgers alone.

Coming Attractions: Hawaii Wine & Food Festival, May 20-21

We're big fans of the Hawaii Wine & Food Festival, which has three major events coming to Ko Olina in May. Plus Anne Burrell, plus music, plus swimwear fashions.

Scottish Tax Day Beer Dinner?! Du Vin, downtown Honolulu, Apr. 15

We still don't understand Scottish beer taxes, but this month's Hops & Grinds beer dinner looks intriguing: Scottish beer and contemporary takes on Scottish classics.

Lei Day for Japan: Chef Chai Chaowasaree's major fundraiser, May 1, Aloha Tower

Chef Chai Chaowasaree has pulled together a gala fundraiser for Japan, with 20 of the Islands' best chefs, wine and entertainment headlined by Kealii Reichel.

Old Favorite: Cafe Sistina, Honolulu

We dropped by Cafe Sistina, where we hadn't eaten in some time. Still good after all these years. Italian food, Honolulu.

With Aloha: Plenty food and $150,000 for Japanese hospital

With Aloha Japan fundraiser was a smash success, food from 24 restaurants, bars, bands, and best: $150,000 for Japan.

Tomorrow Night: With Aloha Japan Benefit. Food! Drinks! Entertainment!

Great restaurants, great drinks, three stages of entertainment, all for $50, every penny of which goes to Japan. Saturday, Apr. 9, 5-9 pm, Pagoda Hotel.

Hole in Wall, Mexican: Tacos Ricos Taqueria, Kapahulu

It's hardly an imposing place, but what until you taste the carnitas and barbacoa at Tacos Ricos, a little slice of Cali-Mex on Kapahulu Avenue.

Food Network's Anne Burrell to headline Hawaii Wine & Food Festival, May 20-21, Ko Olina

Anne Burrell, star of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and co-host of Worst Cooks in America, is headed to Hawaii in May to cook at the Hawaii Wine & Food Festival.

Coming Attractions: SALT, a new restaurant from 12th Avenue Grill

Kevin Hanney is quietly at work on SALT, a new "kitchen and tasting bar" in old C&C Pasta space, Kaimuki. Opening next month.

Hawaii's Kai Vodka wins double gold—with its new sochu.

Kai Vodka just won double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for two of its new products—both flavored sochu.

Beer Cocktails?! Singha Beer's Full Moon Party, Waikiki Edition, Apr. 7 & 9

Thailand's Singha Beer brings a Full Moon Party to Honolulu, with music, dancing, food--and beer cocktails?! Waikiki Edition, Apr. 7 & 9.

Japanese food! Sake! Taste of Marukai, Apr. 7

Would you pay $85 or $95 for a party at a grocery store? If you love crab legs, sashimi and sake, maybe you would for Taste of Marukai, Honolulu.

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