Orchids: Halekulani’s Casually Elegant Oceanfront Restaurant

While having a pretty laid back morning this past Wednesday (which happened to be a Hawaiian holiday, Prince Kuhio Day), I suddenly had a craving for beef cheeks. Yes, beef cheeks. To think, I never had that dish before, but it was due to Coty raving about it for months that I’ve had it on my list of foods to try. Before I told him of my lunch plans, I had already made reservations on OpenTable.

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Tucker & Bevvy: Australian Picnic Food in Waikiki

Tucky & Bevvy is an accidental new favorite of mine. Why accidental? After a visit to the Waikiki Aquarium, Michelle and I were eager to find a spot that we could walk to for a quick lunch. A quick Yelp search suggested Tiki’s Bar & Grill, which is located in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, and overlooks Kuhio Beach. As we made our way to Tiki’s, I spotted a sign that read Tucker & Bevvy, on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and & Kapahulu Avenue. I pointed to the Tucker & Bevvy sign, and asked “want to try that place out instead?” To which she replied, “sure, let’s go there.”

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Koko Head Cafe: An Island Style Brunch House Featuring Top Chef’s Lee Anne Wong

In recent weeks, I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter about Koko Head Cafe through my various social media channels. My first hint of this new cafe came when John Garcia, of NonStop Honolulu fame, posted a sneak-peak photo of the identity and branding design for the new restaurant. Little did I know, Koko Head Cafe’s head chef, Lee Anne Wong, was a contestant on the first season of Bravo’s popular food competition show, Top Chef (I’m more of a Next Food Network Star kind of guy). Wong finished fourth in the competition, with Harold Dieterle winning it all. While the New York born Dieterle went on to open a few restaurants following his win, including the acclaimed The Marrow in New York City, Wong would plant new roots in Hawaii.

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Photos From The 20th Annual Honolulu Festival

My first Honolulu Festival was in 2012. I missed the 2013 festivities, but I made it back for 20th annual Honolulu Festival. Since I was away on business travel earlier in the week, I could only attend the final day of scheduled events. The Hawaii Convention Center was once again home to various arts & crafts, performances, and even an anime cafe. There was a lot to see and learn at this year’s festival. Within a few minutes of entering the convention center hall, we were pulled into a table to draw fruit using traditional Japanese brushes and paints. My painting of a mango is miserable. The lady teaching me thought I did a good job, though. I think that she was just being nice.

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