Mari Taketa

Digital Dining Managing Editor

Digital dining managing editor is the longest title Mari Taketa has ever held. A 10-year veteran of traditional journalism, in a past life she traded her job as editor of Hawai‘i Business for nonprofit adoption work in Ho Chi Minh City; she regards her current food writing and editing as a step toward nirvana. Mari runs Frolic Hawai‘i, HONOLULU Magazine’s digital food blog. Coming after a stint at McKinley High School’s Daily Pinion, journalism degrees from Northwestern and Columbia universities and jobs at The Associated Press’ Tokyo bureau and Hawai‘i Business, Frolic is her professional excuse to indulge her food passions. She is also excited by travel and periodically attempts to learn new languages.

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Did this: Spread the Word arts & food bash

Mari Taketa and Tracy Chan both attended Saturday’s Spread the Word, a first-time event at the Hawaii Convention Center that showcased local arts and food. While Mari focused on the cuisine, Tracy captured scenes of the overall event. Here’s a…

Staff picks: Best comfort food ever

Our favorite soul-soothers ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 11 By Mari TaketaNonstopWarm childhood memories, long day pick-me-ups, solace for tummy aches and fevers. Comfort food means something different to everyone. We polled Nonstop's team of 10 for this…

What kind of foodie are you?

A comment on this site the other day got me thinking. It was from Nonstop’s Cat Toth, chiming in after her own “Great food debate” blog post when MaxCat and I called her out for not considering herself a foodie.“I…

Help! Stuck in a big food rut

OMG, we’re in a rut. Collectively, I mean, this town. I’ve had my eyes and ears open big time, but a conversation today with Nonstop editor Diane Seo drove home my suspicions. We were talking about upcoming food coverage.Me: So…

Did this: Ming Tsai @ Macy’s

Ming Tsai ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 12 By Mari TaketaNonstopYesterday morning I get a call from Ming Tsai's office in Boston. They seem to think I've asked for an interview. They're looking for a way to squeeze…

Ming Tsai: You still got it

I’m outdating myself, writing this post at 6:21 on Sunday night, because I can’t stand the suspense. Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef” airs at 7, and I haven’t found a single update on Google, Yahoo or even Bing telling me…

Did this: Off-Premise underground dinner

Off-Premise ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 14 By Mari TaketaNonstopGritty backstreet Waipahu, sun's gone down, acres of warehouses loom. Here suddenly, a beacon: the familiar Soul Patrol lunch truck, dishing up grinds on white tablecloths. I've found my…

Did this: Dessert Fantasy

Dessert fantasy ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 25 By Mari TaketaNonstopHappy, heady holiday season! Dreams of sugar plum fairies, scrumptious tarts, gooey-chewy cookies and candies and fudge...All came true yesterday, an 85-degree day, smack in the heart of…

My fave izakaya dishes

Fave izakaya dishes ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 17 By Mari TaketaNonstopTop 5 reasons why I love izakaya:No. 5. Sake rules — but your beer-, wine- and liquor-loving buds won't be left in the cold.No. 4. Cozy, dimly…

Oh nooo! GoShiGo

I hate days like yesterday. A downward spiral, triggered by a single text message from Melissa Chang: “GoShiGo closed?!”Nonononono. Plenty of room for misinterpretation with ethnic holes-in-the-wall where English isn’t the first language. Maybe the surfer dude who owns Honolulu’s…

Saimin: I get it

In the week since my I hate saimin blog, I learned something important: Saimin doesn’t have to taste good to be good. What a concept. Not one day has gone by that this lesson hasn’t been hammered home. When islandgirlinnc wrote…

New eats: Kokoro-Tei

Kokoro-Tei ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 19 By Mari TaketaNonstopDriving down Beretania one day, I spy a new sign. Kokoro-Tei, it says. Fresh bento, coming soon.Hello! Since the demise of Iga Bento on Keeaumoku, and before that Imari…

New eats: Makittii

New eats: Makittii ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 25 By Mari TaketaNonstop5:30 last night, corner of Kuhio Ave. and Kanekapolei. The site of the former Perry's Smorgy is packed. Crowds throng the entrance on day one of the…

Foodie films @ HIFF: Where to eat after

Foodie films @ HIFF ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 7 By Mari TaketaNonstopWe're scarred, we are, by this recurring vision of funk: It's October, it's HIFF season, and we're in a theater enthralled by scenes that have just…

Did this: Matsutake feast @ Zenshu

Matsutake feast @ Zenshu ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 15 By Mari TaketaNonstopDays grow short, winds blow chill, and under special pine trees in climes cooler than ours, matsutake mushrooms begin to appear.So what, you say? Why all…

Are you on Twitter?

So I’m sitting here last Friday, waiting for a DM from @EatGogi to confirm his Korean taco truck is really opening as tweeted at 5 p.m.For the non-twitterati among you, that means I’m expecting a direct message from the owner…

Oh yum! Discovering Chinese food

I know nothing about Chinese food. I grew up deadened to it by years of Chinese takeout, the knee-jerk resort of a busy mom who ordered beef broccoli and cake noodles every time she was too tired to cook. Given…

Local foodie: What you have to eat

I know locals who don’t eat raw fish. Another friend won’t eat fish if their heads are still attached. Another won’t eat pork because she thinks pigs are cute. And don’t get me started on people who won’t eat papaya,…

New eats: Morimoto Waikiki

Morimoto Waikiki ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 27 By Mari TaketaNonstopOpening night for Morimoto Waikiki, and it's Masaharu Morimoto's latest moment to shine. A Michelin star for his Tokyo restaurant, another restaurant newly opened in Napa in July,…

Food meets moment: Mooncakes

My first year in Vietnam, I got sick all the time. Mostly it was raging fevers, stomach problems and once, pink eye, which was diagnosed from across the table at lunch by my landlady, who was an eye doctor. ‘You…

Fave okazuya finds

Fave okazuya finds ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 25 By Mari TaketaNonstopA childhood memory: It's early morning, air is cool and cars fill the streets. Field trip today, so there's a frozen can of juice in my backpack…

I’m sorry

I’m sorry.If you’re in line at a taste-and-sip event and a short Japanese woman with wild hair flapping over her eyes cuts to the front and photographs your dish while you stand there giving her stink eye, I’m sorry.If she…

Did this: Taste at Kapolei

Taste at Kapolei ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 33 By Mari TaketaNonstopEleven years already, Taste at Kapolei? Where have we been? Your grassy knolls overlooking dreamy lagoons, white tents beckoning as far as the eye can see, and…

Blow by blow: The real story behind fun

When you see the pics from the epic Nonstop Honolulu launch party, I want you to know that it was fun. Total, no-holds-barred, unabashed fun. For me, at least — I wasn’t covering it.This weekend I will be covering a…

Pizza revisited: This time, the ranking

A week ago, after arduous and weighty research, I came out with my Top 5 picks for best pizzas in town. Listed in alphabetical order according to where I found each pizza. Which, apparently, was confusing.I get that. It’s a…

No sympathy

Twenty-seven pizzas in two weeks: That’s what I ate to research one food gallery.Ask me about the others. Laulau? Fifteen plates from Waipahu to Waiahole. Decadent sandwiches? Twenty-two, and I would’ve killed for an apple. Best eats at Maunakea Marketplace?…

Did this: Salute to Balut contest

1balut ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 9 By Mari TaketaNonstopChee hoo! Awesome turnout at this growing street festival last Saturday. This year's Taste of Kalihi has expanded out of the Savers parking lot to take over the entire…

Best pizzas in town

Pizza: a quest ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 16 By Mari TaketaNonstopAll pizza, all the time. Twenty-seven pizzas in two weeks I tried, and that doesn't count the ones already committed to memory. In all, the total was…

Did this: Mango Throwdown at the Moana

Tree to Table — A Mango Throwdown ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 34 Balmy night, end of summer, heart of Waikiki: 17 of the island's best chefs converge on the Moana Surfrider with their best mango dishes.For what?…

New eats: Honolulu Burger Co.

Here's the beef! ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 17 By Mari TaketaNonstop HonoluluHello? Right across from Times on Beretania, in the old Mekong restaurant space, new signage announces the Honolulu Burger Co., established 2010. July 29, to be…

Did this: Joy of Sake

August 19: the muse strikes ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 21 By Mari TaketaNonstop HonoluluThis soft summer's eveWe'll sip in rising raptureO joy of sake! — Photo by Ed Morita jQuery(function($) { new NggPaginatedGallery('dfca1765c7c9b0a4049383def8621351', '.ngg-imagebrowser'); });

Did this: Pacific Palisades bon dance

A bon dance where? ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 13 By Mari TaketaNonstop HonoluluWhoever heard of Rissho Kosei Kai? Seriously, who?Well, it's a Buddhist temple way up in the hills above Pearl City, and we hear they have…