Author: Jason Chin

How to pair Girl Scout cookies with beer

I’m sure most people would agree that when it comes to Girl Scout cookies, the first beverage they think of isn’t beer. But with Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos and Samoas landing in the Islands this past weekend, now's a good time…

Who makes the best lemon peel gummy bears?

If you're not already addicted to lemon peel gummies, you know someone who is. Guaranteed. These local snacks have become so popular that entire store shelves have been wiped out of not only lemon peel gummy bears, but lemon peel,…

New Hana Koa Brewing busts onto Kakaako's beer scene

While attending college in Colorado and Oregon, two international hotbeds of great craft beer, I was spoiled with an embarrassment of riches. I dreamed that Hawaii would join the craft beer movement and that we would have a great number…

Kailua's new taqueria serves up Hawaii's best Mexican food

Update: Prices have come down since this post was published shortly after the restaurant opened. Prices below are current as of August 2020. I hope you’re sitting down because I think I just found the best Mexican food in Hawaii. Whenever…

Where to find mooncakes for Moon Festival

Editor's note: Originally published in September 2019, this post has been updated for this year's Moon Festival on Oct. 1, 2020. On the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is full, Chinese all…

Kuhio Grille's 1-pound lau lau is now in Kaimuki

No visit to Hilo is complete without a stop at Kuhio Grille. Just outside Prince Kuhio Plaza, they're known best for their one-pound lau lau and fried rice. It's been many years since I've been there but I remember the…

Dear Hanagasa Inn, so glad you're back

Dear Hanagasa Inn, When I heard that you were closing a while ago, it broke my heart. Over on the edge of Chinatown, you were a great neighborhood bar with tasty Okinawan food. You were a part of our lives.…

Senyu Sushi has a new home in Moiliili

When you have a conveyor-belt sushi budget but dream of sushi like Jiro's, life can be hard. While Honolulu’s explosion of high-end sushi has raised the bar, these places are out of reach even for many sushi fans used to…

Tutu-style comfort dishes at Highway Inn

There’s nothing like Grandma’s cooking. Whether it was Christmas feasts or a simple bowl of chicken soup, we all have memories of the family dishes we grew up eating. That's the idea behind Tutu's Kitchen at Highway Inn Kakaako, a…

Where to find jin dui on Oahu

Jin dui, jian dui, ma tuan or sesame balls – whatever you call them, they're beloved not only in China but around the world. Made from mochi rice and filled with coconut, red bean, sesame paste or char siu, they puff up when fried, resulting…

New year, new self-serve craft beer in Kakaako

Off the Wall Hawaii opened in Kakaako last week with local beers, a small selection of wines and a self-pour feature that lets you sip as much or as little as you want. Located in Ward Village’s South Shore Market,…