In search for an impromptu brunch spot on a rather slow Sunday, we decided to forego busy Waikiki, for a laid back experience at Mud Hen Water.
The mainland United States might only now be figuring out what the heck poke is. Hawaii, though, has had a love affair with this simple dish for some time now.
I’m no cook, I just eat a lot. True story. So when she asked if I wanted to attend a cooking class at 3660 on the Rise, it was with thought that I asked my series of follow up questions. Of course, there was the prerequisite questions of who, what, and where…but most important to me was the question that involved the what. I asked, “What will I need to do at this cooking class?” and she said, “watch him cook and then eat.” I was in. “OK, let’s go cook.” I said.
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.