HONOLULU Magazine - December 2009 December 1, 2009 Site Staff Editor's Picks: Best of 2009 A. Kam Napier, Theoretically, I love equally all the stories we’ve published this year. But, between you and me, these were some of my favorites. Video: Top 5 Cocktails Tiffany Hill, Christine Hitt, Watch as we go on a Honolulu bar tour and taste-test these drinks at Nobu, Lewer's Lounge, Thirtyninehotel, Oceans 808 and Shokudo. Web Exclusive: Bassoonist Makes Most of Honolulu Symphony Crisis Christine Hitt, Doodling during Symphony rehearsals inspires greeting card line. Web Exclusive: Christmas Gift Ideas Christine Hitt, Need a Christmas shopping list? Here are a few ideas that you can pick up at Ala Moana Center. Web Exclusive: Bars that Bombed Tiffany Hill, Christine Hitt, In researching our December 2009 Liquid Assets feature, we visited many more bars than made the list... Web Exclusive: How to Make the Best Mojito Christine Hitt, Derrick Stevens shares how he makes my favorite mojito. Meet the Homeschoolers Michael Keany, An increasing number of Hawaii families are choosing to educate their children at home. We spoke with three of them to learn more about the realities of homeschooling. Unseen Treasures Lavonne Leong, Museum vaults often contain artifacts that, for one reason or another, rarely see the light of day. Here’s a peek at hidden gems in the permanent collections of Honolulu’s major museums. The Best Bars in Honolulu 2009: Liquid Assets Tiffany Hill, Christine Hitt, Michael Keany, A. Kam Napier, Jenny Quill, Sheila Sarhangi, When anxiety runs high, we remember that these bars are assets to our community. For our annual Best Bars feature story, we found these places and we lift our glasses high in salute. Dining: Gathering Places John Heckathorn, Three new additions to Honolulu's dining scene focus on cozy, neighborhood-friendly experiences. From Our Files Tiffany Hill, December archives Field Guide: Manoa Tiffany Hill, We checked out Manoa Marketplace's newest offerings. Trash-Free Holidays Sheila Sarhangi, Five ecofriendly gift-wrapping ideas. Locally Made Gift Ideas Sheila Sarhangi, Here are three great gift ideas—all from emerging local artists. Tower Defense Site Staff, The Pacific Aviation Museum outlines its plans for preserving a piece of World War II history. A Senior Moment Karin Gallagher, Chasing after Hawaii's oldest person. 7 Reasons to Get Out Tiffany Hill, 7 things to do in December Snow! Site Staff, Snowboarding in Hawaii Feedback Site Staff, ...on Hawaiian governments, outstanding bench warrants and the Island of Hawaii. Editor's Page: At the Bar A. Kam Napier, In this Best Bars issue, we rediscover what the town's taverns offer. Afterthoughts: The Sugarplum Chain Gang Kathryn Drury Wagner, I may look like I'm snoozing peacefully, but I'm really putting in time at the office.