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Weekend Picks - July 28, 2011


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The Expanding Eel
We're sad the TeeTee bar is gone, but it means another big expansion for Fighting Eel. The favorite local boutique celebrates the renovations with drinks, snacks, giveaways, and 10 percent off the entire store, including the debut of its 2011 Fall collection.
When: Friday, 6 - 9 p.m.
Where: Fighting Eel, 1133 Bethel St.
Details: Pre-shop the Fall Collection on FE's website.

Bridal Raves

What: Start your walk down the aisle early at the Hawaii Bridal Expo. More than 120 of the state’s top florists, wedding boutiques, cake designers, ring designers, photographers, videographers, caterers, and more will help you plan your big day from beginning to end. Munch on free samples, take advantage of special Expo deals, and enter for giveaways including a $5,000 antique diamond ring from Pacific Diamond Watch & Exchange.
When: Tomorrow, 5:30 – 10 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Ave.
Details: Admission is $9. Score a two-for-one deal and get more information on the Bridal Expo’s website.


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Happy Birthday to Flea
Art & Flea is one year old and the Thursday night event is celebrating, Studio 54 style. Dress in your best disco wear and do the hustle on over to the cupcake-eating challenge. If the 40+ unique fashion, art, and vintage vendors don't leave you spinning, the drinks and and live djs will.
When: Tonight, 5 - 10 p.m.
Where: Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St.
Details: Check out the full list of vendors and events here.

Snap Happy
Pau hana drinks tend to leave you blurry, but now there's a way to record your post-cocktail tracks. Trigger the Lifelapse app and your iPhone will snap a shot every 30 seconds until you stop it, then it'll turn the images into a one-minute video. Erasing everyone else's memories of your post-martini table dance, however, won't be as easy.
Details: The Lifelapse app is 99 cents on the Apple Store.

For Chocolate Clove-rs
Eat the Street goes garlic for July and it's not just tasty chicken, beef, and fish. Slide in one of Fairycake's $2 chocolate cheesecake truffles with garlic chips crumbled, encased in dark chocolate, and sprinkled on top for a crunchy, surprising finish. Aloha Ice Cream tricycle adds garlic chocolate gelato pops and Lickety Split's mixing up a garlic chocolate dip.
When: Tomorrow, 4 - 9 p.m.
Where: 555 South St.
Details: See the full list of eateries and their specials here.

Lei Chic Drink
Take Ten
Find new eats, new cocktails, and new discounts at Nobu Waikiki's chic lounge. Sample oven-roasted head-on shrimp with garlic, shiso and yuzu and three other tasty tapas for $9 all night long. Top it off with sweets such as grilled goat cheese pound cake for $8 ($13 on the regular menu) or the award-winning Smoking Gun cocktail featuring tequila, blood orange, passion fruit, macadamia nut liquor rimmed with smoked, salted macadamia nuts.
When: The Lounge at Nobu is open nightly, 5 p.m. - midnight.
Where: 2233 Helemoa Rd.
Details: Call 808.237.6999 or e-mail waikiki@noburestaurants.com for more information on the special lounge menu, or check out Nobu on its website.

The Raw Deal
Indulging during the week doesn't have to mean a tofu weekend. Personal chef Alyssa Moreau will teach you healthier recipes for lemon "cheese" cake, chocolate avocado pudding pie and key lime (ice) creme sandwiches created with raw ingredients.
When: Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon.
Where: Kapiolani Community College, Ohio 109
Details: The course fee is $50 and spaces are limited. Call 808.734.9211 to sign up.
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