Ever since I fell in love with Goofy Cafe & Dine, I’ve been looking forward to their sister restaurant opening at the Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki. Heavenly has been open for nearly two months now, and we finally had a chance to taste their menu. We actually tried to swing by during opening day, which they had posted about either on Instagram or Facebook, I can’t remember. As we casually walked into the small cafe, construction workers were still making last minute adjustments, a florist was busy dropping off flowers, and designers were still figuring what went where. Apparently, we had showed up a day early. It took us nearly two months to find our way back to Seaside Avenue. Hopefully, they had worked out their opening day kinks.
The last day of the 4th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival arguably featured two of its biggest events: Battle of the Brunch Showdown at the SHOR restaurant on the 3rd floor of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa and the grand finale, It’s A Food World After All at Ko’olina Beach. Exploration: Hawaii was fortunate to have eaten our way through both events.
The 4th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival kicked off last week with “Aloha ‘Aina, Aloha Kai – Love of the Land, Love of the Sea” in Waikoloa on the Big Island. The festival concluded this past weekend with 4 big events, with the latter 3 events being sold out—Keiki in the Kitchen: Food, Fitness, & Fun; Corks & Forks; Battle of the Brunch Showdown; and It’s A Food World After All.
CabaRAE is definitely a show-stopper, bringing sexy back to Waikiki with feats of strength, aerial artistry, comedy, song, and dance. The performers, coming from countries such as Austria, Canada, Russia, France, and the United States, kept the audience engaged throughout the show with their “Random Acts of Entertainment.”
Chef Masaharu Morimoto is one of my favorite Iron Chefs. When we were in Philadelphia several years ago, I was excited to make reservations at his namesake restaurant there. I remember the cool lighting in the booths that changed colors. I was even more excited when I first found out that he was opening a restaurant in Waikiki.
It’s called Queen’s Surf Beach because it used to be the site of Queen Liliuokalani’s personal beach house. Indeed, this Waikiki beach has a very rich history. On a lazy Wednesday, I plopped down on the beach with my good buddy Ryan, who was visiting from Boston. We set up shop at around 11am. We did take two breaks from the cool beach water for a quick lunch at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, and then a few hours later for Mai Tai’s and Blue Hawaii’s from Tiki’s Bar & Grill. We didn’t leave Waikiki till close to 8pm. I haven’t bummed out at the beach this long for a long time. I won’t lie, it felt good. Soaking up Hawaii is definitely good for the soul. Just remember to apply sunscreen first.
Bill Granger, owner of bills Sydney, has restaurants in Australia, the U.K., and Japan. This Australian celebrity chef opened his first restaurant when he was just 22 years of age. He recently opened a new “bills” restaurant on Oahu, which is the first U.S. location. Dubbed as the “egg master of Sydney” by the New York Times, he has brought his take on “barefoot-from-the-beach” dining concept to the tourist mecca of Hawaii known as Waikiki.