Weekend Picks – Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011

Lei Chic Reserve
Flat-Out Delicious
You would never wear something everyone else had, so why would you eat in a restaurant everyone else can try? Get the jump on the next here today, gone tomorrow pop-up restaurant, Plancha.  Chef Robert McGee, known for his tasty dishes at Apartment3 and 12th Avenue Grill, plans  prix fixe menus centered around local ingredients and a 36-inch flat top griddle (known as a plancha). The high heat is perfect for searing and caramelizing items such as the charred baby beets with Naked Cow Dairy cheese, or akule a la plancha with papaya, Ho farms tomatoes, and cucumbers.
When: Dinners are limited to 20 people on Sept. 4, 5, and 6 at 8 p.m. Make your reservations now.
Where: Morning Glass, 2955 E. Manoa Rd.
Details: The cost is $45 cash only, byob (perhaps a crisp sauvignon blanc or fruity pinot noir). Check the menu on Plancha's blog, then call 808.457.0997 for reservations.

Lei Chic Shop
Gilt-Free Wining
You already have your eye on the J. Mendel sale that starts Monday, the Lodis bags that drop in price Tuesday, but now the same group behind Gilt designer discount website are offering wine. Gilttaste gives you access to small bottlings that you often have to be on a mailing list to get a shot at. And yes, there are 31 bottles that will ship to Hawaii.
Details: Prices range from $26.95 to $209 a bottle. S&H is discounted for the launch to $13.50 a bottle.

Choc About It
So what kind of chocolate should you break open with your new bottle? The gurus of Madre Chocolate are ready to bump up your deductive Riesling with their sweet pairing class. Learn the history of your two favorites then enjoy complimentary tastes of their gourmet bars and sips from the Wine Stop.
When: Tomorrow, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Wine Stop, 1809 S. King St.
Details: Get the tempting details on Madre Chocolate’s website.

Dolce, Ward Centers
Deal: 50 percent off everything before it moves across the way to a new location near Red Pineapple. (Aina Haina favorite Divalicious will be taking over this spot)
When: For the next few weeks. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon. – Sat. , 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sundays.
Also: Fixtures are on sale too.

Who: Pink Piper and other stores, Windward Mall
Deal: Pick up a free shopping pass for discounts such as $10 off $50 at Aeropostale, 20 percent off one item at Get Wet!, or 10 percent off everything at the newly opened Pink Piper.
When: Until Sunday.

Who: Gap.com
Deal: 50 percent off regular-priced denim and free shipping with code GAPDENIM.
When: Until Sunday. Get in the mood with Lucky Magazine's compilation of classic Gap commercials. 80s models on Santa's lap? Run DMC? Audrey Hepburn and a bunch of fleece vests. Classic.

Who: Pueo Boutique , 75-5695 Alii Dr. Kailua-Kona
Deal: End of Summer Clearance Sale means everything is on sale – including Tiare Hawaii, Scrapbook, and some Posh Pua bikinis up to 50 percent off.
When: Ends today.
Also: Not on the Big Island? Shop the sale on Facebook. Shipping & handling is $5-$10.

Who: Juicy Couture.com
Deal: 25 percent off of everything with code JUICYVIP
When: Until Monday, Sept. 5.

Who: Fashionista's Market, 1135 Bethel St.
Deal: First ever annual sale means 10-60 percent off everything. Fit anything from the sales rack into a FM bag for 60 percent off the original price.
When: Ends today.