The Bite of Hilo 2015: Like Sample?

“We are the great Hilo Vikings. Mysterious and strong seafarers. Noble in our cause from the shores of Hilo Bay. We have bravely set out over treacherous waters to conquer, pillage, and dominate somewhere deep in our memories. We remember the ancient ways of the Hilo Vikings. This is why we are drawn back here tonight. Together by a deep seeded urge. A urge so powerful we don’t even question it. Our fight. We long for it. Tonight we celebrate as vikings.”

The above statement was the first thing that I read when I opened up the program to the Bite of Hilo. It sounded a bit like the opening narration to an epic movie. No movie here, instead, the Hilo High School Foundation put together a night of epic grinds suitable for Vikings near and far.

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Hawaii Food And Wine Festival 2014 Finale: It’s A Food World After All

It’s been three weeks since the conclusion of the 2014 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival and its finale, It’s A Food World After All. And that’s about how long it took me to recover from it all. At the festival’s final signature event, sixteen master chefs took Hawaii residents on a culinary journey, with the stunning Ko Olina beach and a gorgeous full moon as it’s backdrop.

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Smorgasburg at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5

I’ve been to Eat The Street here in Hawaii numerous times, and so when Michelle mentioned to me that we would be going to Smorgasburg, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong. Smorgasburg is bigger and grandeur, and for the die-hard foodie, it can be damn near disorienting. Mario Batali has called it “the single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City,” while the New York Times has described it as “the Woodstock of eating.” They are both right.

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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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Food Spotting at the 2014 Cho Tet Vietnamese New Years Festival

Exploration: Hawaii writer Marvin Chandra has been hitting the Hawaii festival scene very hard over the last couple of months. I decided to join him for the 2014 Vietnamese New Year’s Festival at Kapiolani Park. While Marvin decided to focus on the various performers at the festival, I paid a bit more attention to all of the delicious food for sale. I ended up tasting the avocado bubble drink from one of the food stands. It was so good that it was gone within a few minutes. Too bad the rain came, I would have stayed longer to taste more of the food.

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