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Weekend Picks - November 23, 2011


Lei ChicDine
A Plate Escape
If you can't handle the heat, stay away from the kitchen with Side Street Inn's all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Day buffet featuring turkey, braised short ribs, oysters alongside the signature fried rice, pork chops, and pumpkin crunch ice cream.
When: Tomorrow, seatings are from 4 - 9 p.m.
Where: Side Street Inn On Da Strip, 614 Kapahulu Ave.
Details: Adults are $40, children ages 5-14 are $22, and children under 4 are free. Call 808.739.3939 or visit Side Street Inn's website to make a reservation.

Lei Chic Shop
Out on a Wedge
Rachel Bilson gives shoe fanatics something to gossip about with her line for shoemint.com. You know the rules - every month, you'll pay $79.98 a month then pick a pair to go with your jewelmint/stylemint/beautymint buys.
When: Shoemint goes live Friday.
Details: Get your friends to join for a chance at a years' worth of shoes or for discounts on your first purchases.

Lei ChicPrepare
Black Buy-Day
We're just about 38 hours away from the start of Black Friday deals, and just about 14 hours away from some Pre-Black Friday specials. Get the inside scoops on conquering the malls with Lei Chic's tips that aired this morning on Sunrise on Hawaii News Now.
Also: Our list of deals from local designers and boutiques is getting longer. Just added: sales from Gillia, Fighting Eel downtown (happening tonight!), Allison Izu denim, and Divalicious boutique. Get the full round up, including some discounts just for you,here.

Going out with a Ka-Boom
Nightspot Ka is calling it quits with a round of drinks (or two or three) on the house. Goose, Patron, and Crown sips will be free for the first hour of Ka's goodbye party.
When: Saturday, 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Where: Ka Restaurant and Lounge, Ward Center
Details: Get on the guest list for free entry before 11 p.m., otherwise cover is $15. Visit Ka's Facebook for more information.

Lei Chic Read
Under Covers
Recover from your tryptophan sleepiness with a read by a local author. Hawaii Book Blog's recent reviews includes everything from cute keiki tales to a biography of Father Damien and an eBook murder mystery set in Waikiki.
Details: Get the inside stories on Hawaii Book Blog's website.

Not Too Sweet, Not Too Salty
This is your last chance to watch Hawaii's original rap artist in action. The hour-long special on the comedy of Kawika "Rap" Reiplinger reairs Thanksgiving night.
When: Thursday, 7 - 8 p.m.
Where: KGMB, Channel 7 on cable.

Sweet Parfait-tion
Finish off your holiday meal with a simple (no baking required) and delish dessert from your favorite bakers at Fairycakes .
Pistachio Pudding Cups
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 - 35 minutes.

1 loaf pound cake
2 packets of pistachio pudding
4 cups milk
1 pint whipping cream+1/4 cup sugar+1 tsp. vanilla extract OR 1 tub Cool Whip
1 1/2 cups candied nuts (walnuts/pecans)
12 parfait glasses (8 oz)

If using whipping cream, whip with 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla extract until it forms stiff peaks. Chop nuts and put aside Cut pound cake into one-inch cubes. Mix milk and pudding together.

In the cups, layer pudding, cake, whipped cream/Cool Whip. Repeat. Sprinkle with chopped nuts Chill for at least 15 minute then serve and enjoy!

Deal With It
Scoop up a staycation for half the price on Hotels.com's Black Friday sale featuring spots such as The Modern Honolulu and Aqua Resort properties. Restrictions do apply but some rooms will go for under $100 a night.
Details: The four-day event begins at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving in Hawaii (midnight Eastern Standard) on Hotels.com.
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