Weekend Picks – January 27, 2011

Lei Chic Meals on Wheels
What: The food truck craze has officially hit! Tonight, sample the finest Honolulu parking lots have to offer at the first ever Eat the Street Food Truck Rally. Get in on the road rage by feasting on goodies from Gogi Korean Taco Truck, Melt, Soul Patrol and more.
When: Tonight, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: 1637 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu
Details: For more info visit www.streetgrindz.com

Party Animal
It’s the year of the rabbit, so ring it in at this month’s Chinese New Year-themed Art After Dark, titled “Show Me The Bunny.” Expect thumping beats from New York’s DJ Roxy Cottontail, traditional Chinese New Year dishes for nibbling, and do-it-yourself art projects in the Banyan Courtyard. We’re willing to bet this party will be hopping.
When: Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: The Honolulu Academy of Art, 900 South Beretania St., Honolulu
Details: Admission is $10; for more info visit www.artafterdark.org

Shopping Bliss
Local online boutique Bliss is having a special sale for Lei Chic readers. Enter the Lei Chic promo code at checkout to snag 40 percent off your entire order. That means more from your favorite boutique brands like Urban 1972, Hello Miss and Freeloader.
When: Now through February 15
Where: www.shopblissonline.com

Details: Enter code LeiChic40 at checkout

Haute Chocolate
What: Learn the basics of truffle making just in time for Valentine’s Day. Using equipment you have in your own home, you’ll learn to temper chocolate, make two types of truffle ganache, and how to roll and decorate your creations.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, 20 Kainehe St. #A, Kailua.
Details: Class is $125 and includes a deli-style lunch. Bring an apron. For more info, call 808.230.8228.

Block Stars
What: The only thing better than a Chinatown block party? A two-day Chinatown block party. This weekend’s I Love Chinatown fest features two days of outdoor music, a mechanical bull and surf ride, a Taste of Indigo food court, Lion Dancers, a foam party tent and after hours pub-crawls both nights.
When: Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
Where: All along Nuuanu Avenue, Chinatown
Details: For more info visit

Epic Burgers
What: Stop by Restaurant Epic for a late lunch or early dinner and grab their classic burger for half price when you purchase a beverage. Served up with two cheeses, a bacon and avocado spread, a spicy aioli and lettuce and tomatoes, it’s the best deal in town.
When: Monday through Friday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Restaurant Epic, 1131 Nuuanu Ave., Chinatown
Details: For more info, call 808.587.7877