October 2012

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Hawaii Avocado Festival, Big Island, Feb. 18-19

Love Avocados? Going to be on Big Island's Kona Coast next weekend? Have we got a festival for you.

Bar Bites at Morton's The Steakhouse, Honolulu

The bartenders at Morton's in Ala Moana Center know their classic cocktails, but the bar food is also classic, especially at "Power Hour" prices.

The Pearl Restaurant, Leeward Community College's Big Surprise

It's a hidden gem, the little restaurant run by Ian Riseley and the culinary students at LCC, open for your business.

Get Your Honolulu Valentine's Dinner Reservations Part II

In Part I, we gave you Valentine's Day dinner suggestions. Here's few more and some advice.

Get Your Honolulu Valentine's Dinner Reservations TODAY

If you haven't got Valentine's Day reservations yet, pick up the phone. Here's a list of suggestions.

Chinese New Year's Dining, Honolulu

Gung Hee Fat Choy! Here are some good options for a tasty Chinese New Year's Celebration in Honolulu.

Beefeater 24 gin makes its Hawaii debut, at Waikiki Edition

Beefeater's master distiller, Desmond Payne, flew in from London to debut his new gin, Beefeaters 24, at a glittering cocktail party, lobby bar, Waikiki Edition.

New on Maui: Monkeypod Kitchen by Peter Merriman

On Feb. 11, Peter Merriman is opening his most casual restaurant yet: Monkeypod Kitchen, in Wailea, Maui.

Padovani's Back! New Padovani's Grill, Honolulu

Phillipe Padovani (of Padovani's Chocolates fame) has resurrected the L'Uraku-Elua-Sapori location on Kapiolani as his new Padovani's Grill.

Randy Ching Joins Chef Mavro, currently Honolulu's home of truffles

Halekulani's former sommelier, Randy Ching, has joined Chef Mavro, where the the new menu is truffle heaven, all the way to dessert.

Sausage king Bruce Aidells to hold charcuterie class at Kapiolani Community College, Feb. 21

Chefs, get your charcuterie on! In Febuary, Bruce Aidells will give a class in charcuterie at KCC.

Grand Opening: Il Lupino, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki

Wolfgang Zweiner's new Waikiki Italian restaurant threw itself a grand opening last night, with chef Nick Sayada in the kitchen.

Sam Choy Returns to Big Island with a new restaurant, Sam Choy's Kai Lanai

Chef Sam Choy returns to the Big Island with a new Keauhou restaurant, Sam Choy's Kai Lanai.

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.

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