Thursday, January 19, 2012

Weekend Picks - January 19, 2012

Lei ChicCook 
No More Pencils, A Few More Cooks
Make good on your vow to stop eating at restaurants where you order by number and get in early on Kapiolani Culinary Arts Program's popular cooking classes. It starts Saturday with healthy Chinese dishes then covers everything from Southern goodies such as spicy deviled eggs and fried pork chops, to tricks for making the perfect bagel, a healthy meal built around chocolate, cake decorating, and a Cinco de Mayo feast. Sign up now. Classes fill up quickly.
When: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. with a few afternoon and Monday evening sessions throughout the spring.
Where: Kapiolani Community College.
Details: Fees run from about $50 to $60. See the full schedule and get more information on KCC's website.

Community Service
For diners not into CIY (Cook It Yourself), Leeward Community College’s fine dining restaurant, The Pearl, opened to the public today offering smoked duck breast pastrami, ahi carpaccio in wasabi oil and avocado mousse, cranberry ice cream and more in its lunch service for the spring semester. KCC’s Ka Ikena and 220 Grille restaurants start lunch and dinner service Tuesday with a menu boasting items like peppered ahi sticks with spicy ahi sushi roll on a green papaya salad, a crisp lotus root and soy ginger cream.
When & Where: The Pearl at LCC is open Wed. – Fri. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Call 808.455.0475 for reservations
Ka Ikena at KCC is open for lunch Tues. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dinner hours are 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Check out both menus and make reservations online now.

Lei Chic Read
Pretty Little Liars
When Water for Elephants' author Sara Gruen calls something a "heart-thumping mystery" we pay attention. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty tells the tale of a Southern family plagued with bad luck every 15 years and the discovery of a secret grave in the back yard.
Details: Joshilyn Jackson's novel will be released Wednesday. The list price is $24.99.

The Cure for What Ales You
Finally, a perfect pairing to go with your Ommegang White . Brasserie Du Vin launches its monthly Brewer's Table dinner with four courses of great beer and dishes such as sesame seed crusted sea scallops with swiss chard pancakes fennel beurre blanc and caramel macadamia nut bar with coffee gelato.
When: Reservations are open for the event Friday, January 27, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Brasserie du Vin, 1115 Bethel St.
Details: $50. See the full menu online.

Lei ChicBuy
Pocket Protectors
Indulge in cookie dough and cake frosting (calorie-free) with Bath & Bodyworks new I Love line of PocketBac hand sanitizers. Another plus – retail addicts can feed their need with the peach I Love Shopping scent or a fresh citrus-scented I Love Sports version for $1.50 each.
Details: Available now at Bath & Bodyworks, Ala Moana Center.

Shooting Starts
Leave your rapelling gear at home (for once) and grab your camera for the slow-moving but scenic Queen Kapiolani Gardens hike. The quarter-mile hike snakes past snap-worthy spots and always photo-ready native plants.
When: Sunday, 8 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Church of the Crossroads, 2510 Bingham St.
Details: Reservations are required. Go to the Sierra Club’s website for more information.

Lei ChicVisit
Free Pass
Bishop Museum spent $16 million renovating Hawaiian Hall but you won't have to spend a dime to visit the largest museum in the state this weekend. Kama'aina can visit free in celebration of founder Charles Reed Bishop's birthday.
When: Sunday, hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: 1525 Bernice St.
Details: Admission is free with a valid military or state ID. Check out the recently opened Tradition and Transition exhibit chronicling the stories of Hawaii's immigrants.

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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