Cat Chat

Cat Chat: Say Thanks

I love stationery.Yes, I’m one of those.I write letters, I send thank-you notes, I even have a pen pal from second grade.So of course I was thrilled to hear a new stationery boutique opened in October in Kapahulu. South Shore…

Cat Chat: Fashionable dogs

Christmas isn’t just for humans.If you’re looking for a gift for your pooch — or your dog-owning friend — consider a local-style kimono or yukata from Hawaii-based Inu Inu Hawaii, an Asian-inspired dog apparel and accessories line created by Sasha Dominy.She…

Cat Chat: My first McRib

Believe it or not, I’ve never had the McRib sandwich from McDonald’s.It’s been on the fast-food giant’s menu off and on since 1981 — and every time it’s made an appearance, I’ve never been that interested in trying it.And my interest…

Cat Chat: Making truffles

What’s better than chocolate-covered macadamia nuts?To me, not much.Then I heard that Hawaiian Host was unveiling a new, limited edition confection starting today.The Macadamia Truffles is a labor of love — five years in the making — and truly a masterful…

Cat Chat: Sweaters and boots

I’ll be the first to admit: I’m no fashionista.I rarely use accessories. I primarily wear slippers. And I tend to use the same four solid colors just so I don’t have to worry about matching anything.Good thing I have friends…

Cat Chat 25: Everything fried

The phrase on the food truck said it all:“Everything tastes better fried.”That was enough to lure me to the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard to check out Hawaii’s Fried Musubi (@friedmusubiHI), a new food truck run by a…

Cat Chat 24: Mavro’s summer menu

Change can be a good thing. And that’s definitely the case at the award-winning restaurant Chef Mavro, which recently unveiled both a new chef de cuisine and a new summer menu. Back in May, chef/owner George Mavrothalassitis (@chefmavro) hired Paul…

Cat Chat 23: Wine The ‘New’ Experience

It may look like Wine The Experience in Kilohana Square is closed — but it’s not.The boutique venue in Kaimuki where people can bottle — and experience — their own wine is scaling back operations.Shannon Ball, owner and Cat Chat veteran, explains…

Cat Chat 20: Augie T takes over

Editor’s note: Catherine Toth is back on Nonstop. Although she’ll be blogging primarily on her own site, thecatdish.com, Nonstop will run some of her posts and also her weekly Cat Chat video segment.It’s hard when guests aren’t comfortable in front…

Cat Chat 19: Rainbow’s turns 50

Editor’s note: Catherine Toth is back on Nonstop. Although she’ll be blogging primarily on her own site, thecatdish.com, Nonstop will run some of her posts and also her weekly Cat Chat video segment, which resumes today with her interview with…

Cat Chat 17: Puppet sex?

When my editor, Diane Seo, told me that I would be interviewing a puppet on today’s Cat Chat, I was a bit concerned.Not about conversing with a puppet. But that the puppet would upstage me.And sure enough, the puppet — named…

Cat Chat 14: Coffee geeks

I don’t drink coffee — and on Monday I found out why.I’ve had bad coffee.Some tasted bitter, others charred. Turns out I have probably never had a decent cup of coffee in my entire life — hence, my distaste for it.I…

Cat Chat episode 13: Bubblies

I’m not a wine snob — trust me, I’ll drink anything — but I do love my bubblies.Champagne, sparkling wine, moscato d’asti — if it’s got bubbles, I’ll drink it.So I asked Shannon Ball from Wine The Experience — one of Nonstop’s…

Cat Chat episode 12: Be my guest

Oh, admit it.You’ve forgotten to RSVP to a wedding. You’ve written a check to the bride and groom because you forgot to go to the bank on Friday. And you’ve worn black to the hotel reception.(OK, I did.)But are these…

Cat Chat episode 11: Wine-y gadgets

Quick! Check your gift list!Got someone on there who loves wine?Or, at very least, pretend he does?Then check out the coolest gadgets for wine aficionados as suggested by Shannon Ball of Wine The Experience. From contraptions that keep your champagnes…

Cat Chat episode 10: Got mochi?

What are you going to do with all that leftover mochi in your ‘fridge from New Year’s?There’s only so much ozoni you can make.Well, you’re in luck!Our resident foodie Mari Taketa — who’s probably not eating mochi right now in Seoul…

Cat Chat episode 9: No lie, Lanai

Most of you know Grant “Lanai” Tabura as a stand-up comic and deejay.Some of you may remember him as part of the Hoku-nominated comedy trio “The 3 Local Boys.” (Shows your age!)But Tabura is much more than that.He’s an avid…

Cat Chat episode 4: Eats for guests

‘Tis the season for weight gain, parking chaos and, of course, out-of-town guests.And these guests often want to do one thing — beside bask in the sunshine that likely don’t have back in Wisconsin: eat.So where do you take your visitors…

Cat Chat episode 2: Black Friday strategies

Welcome to another installment of Cat Chat!Thanks for all your feedback — both positive and constructive — after last’s week inaugural episode. We’re still figuring out what’s the best format, the best location, the best way to deal with my unruly…

Introducing Cat Chat

People have asked me, “Why don’t you do TV?”And my answer is always the same: “I don’t own a hairbrush.”That’s partly true — the other part being that I never felt I fit into the traditional TV mold. I don’t sit…