Biting Commentary - December 2011 December 1, 2011 Site Staff Try this: jackfruit and other exotic fruits Martha Cheng, Paradise Fruit and Vegetable stand at farmers' markets offers lesser known fruit like sapodilla, canistel, abiu Favorite dishes of 2011 Martha Cheng, Fennel panna cotta, grilled goat cheese pound cake, tater tot nachos top my list. Top 10 posts of 2011 on Biting Commentary Martha Cheng, From Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs to a small plates bar to new outposts of family-run stalwarts. Goodbye John Martha Cheng, John Heckathorn, who launched Biting Commentary, passed away this morning. Two gifts to bring to a holiday party Martha Cheng, Hawaiian red chili toffee and Petit Custa bears Il Gelato in Hawaii Martha Cheng, A German makes gelato in Hawaii. And he makes it remarkably well. Falafel and shawarma from Da Falafel King's second location Martha Cheng, Da Falafel King expands to a minibus in Moiliili Shop and drop in for a bite Martha Cheng, Lei Chic senior editor's picks for where to refuel while shopping. New Year's Eve and Day dining out options Martha Cheng, A round-up of places to ring in the New Year. Country Market at Kahuku Farms Martha Cheng, Hot grilled banana bread with Hawaii-grown vanilla ice cream and more Update: Lobby Bar at The Modern Honolulu Martha Cheng, Food and drink quality upheld post changeover New restaurant: Opal Thai ditches the truck Martha Cheng, Opal Thai has moved into a brick-and-mortar and the food is as good as ever. Christmas dinner options if you're going out Martha Cheng, For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a dining out round-up Looking forward to 2012 food trends Martha Cheng, No, NOT donuts, but pop-ups, Chinese food, rosé, throwback food and cocktails, cooking at home. 2011 trends: looking back at food Martha Cheng, New restaurants Prima, Heeia Pier, Wada, Home Bar and Grill top my list. Trends of 2011 include chocolate, coffee, pizza ovens and food trucks. Get your fix: biscuits and gravy Martha Cheng, A biscuits and gravy round up from Soul Patrol, Morning Glass, Kiss My Grits Eat and drink this now: cereal milk latte; stollen; local, cage-free eggs Martha Cheng, Cocoa Krispies milk latte at Morning Glass; a Kahala stollen that's dipped in clarified butter; Maili Moa eggs, the first cage-free eggs on a commercial scale New restaurant: Red House Martha Cheng, A Korean version of Shokudo, with modern touches in both the decor and dishes. Update: no naked sushi Martha Cheng, Letters of protest by Safe Zone Foundation/Girl Fest Hawaii and the Department of Labor take naked sushi off the table. Speakeasy: Bar&D Martha Cheng, In R&D's first one-night-stand speakeasy, four courses of throwback cocktails by Dave Newman of Nobu and Kyle Reutner of Town Eat sushi off naked models, carrotmob Kale's Deli and more Martha Cheng, Naked sushi at RaKuen, carrot mob at Kale's Deli, Outstanding in the Field farm dinners, and other news from Nobu and The Modern. New izakaya: Wada Martha Cheng, Ishiyaki (stone grill), perfect meats and seafood in Tokkuri Tei's old spot.