If you’re on Maui, locals know that nothing beats the cool treat called guri guri, especially on hot, sunny days. The name “guri guri” is really synonymous with Tasaka Guri Guri, which has been selling this ice cream-sherbert-ish sweet treat for more than 90 years. Its founder, Jokichi Tasaka shared the dessert with Japanese plantation workers in the early 1900’s. Story has it that he initially called it “goodie-goodie,” but because some could not pronounce it, the name eventually evolved into “guri guri.”
We’ve shared a lot on Exploration: Hawaii, especially our favorite hikes and places to dine. That said, this is one restaurant that I’m not particularly ready to give away just yet. It’s a sushi bar that is more of a hole-in-the-wall. Actually, it kind of is, literally, a hole in the wall of a larger restaurant. It’s frequented by locals who like to eat good, talk loud, and drink a lot. Did I mention that this sushi bar is BYOB. Yup, and many regulars drag along their own coolers filled with ice and their favorite alcoholic beverage of choice. Their 11-piece omakase is a great value at just $30. Now do you get why I’m keeping this one to myself?
Nathan’s Famous in the Coney Island neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City has been serving their signature hot dogs since 1916. I’ve been to New York on numerous occasions, but this would be the first time that I would be making the trip to this famous landmark on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues.
With temperatures dipping into the 60’s during our little holiday getaway to Lanai, afternoon tea seemed like a good way to warm up. Besides, I’m always looking for places to have tea and dainty sandwiches and desserts.
Yelp Hawaii sure knows how to throw a party! The latest Yelp Hawaii shindig was held at the newly renovated Hawaiian Brian’s. You know, that run down entertainment bar on Kapiolani Boulevard. Well, it’s no longer a run down entertainment bar. It’s looking pretty good, actually. I admit, it’s probably been more than 10 years since I’v been inside of Hawaiian Brian’s. It’ highly likely that I was still an undergraduate at the University of Hawaii Manoa the last time that I threw darts and drank a beer there. It’s changed since then, and for the better.
After having driven to and from Hana to take Sheryl to do the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls, I knew I wouldn’t be up for driving at 3 in the morning the next day to go up Haleakala to view the sunrise. I browsed Hawaii’s official tourism site and decided to pay for a “Spectacular Haleakala Sunrise Tour.”
Chocolate Cafe? Say no more, you had me at chocolate.
This inaugural pop-up event by Hawaii’s culinary power couple, Chefs Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka, attracted a crowd of chocolate lovers who started lining up about half an hour before their opening. The featured ingredient of the month was presented in sweet and savory dishes, in different stages of its life cycle, from pulp to pudding.
Hawaii Yelpers unite! I’ve been to numerous Yelp events in the past, but Beertopia at the Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii Kai was my first Yelp Elite event. And now I understand why it really does matter to be Elite…because these Elite events are indeed amazing. Mingling with the Yelp Elite crowd, I began to notice familiar names like Cathy T, John L, and Ramfis B. I’m so used to seeing their tiny profile photos online while reading their Yelp reviews, that it was admittedly a bit weird to see them IRL (in real life). I also finally had a chance to say hello to Yelp Hawaii’s community manager, Emi H! She’s the rockstar at these events.