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I love Thai Issan and glad to see it mentioned here twice. Hopefully this small resto will get some good business out of this.

1 week, 3 days ago on Where real Thais eat Thai food

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@Annoddah_Dave AD, I personally wasn't impressed with Reese Witherspoon's performance in Wild. The performance didn't feel genuine to me. But Emma Stone was great in Birdman and totally deserving of her nomination. I watched in awe of her talent during that one scene where she rails into her dad. That scene sold it for me right there.

2 weeks ago on Oscar noms 2015: Surprises and snubs

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@nonstopmari @BrianWatanabe  Great idea Mari! LOL

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 10 Things I learned from ‘Boyhood’

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@BrianWatanabe Great points Brian. I'm still hesitant to acknowledge that the film's value is based on its concept, but that's a pretty general statement to effectively capture all of the nuances of this film. I'm not as big a Linklater fan as you are but I do appreciate his work, especially the "Before" series.


I would tend to agree with you that the screenplay is irrelevant for this movie because the movie does sort of let itself play out given a basic story structure so it's interesting that it's nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar.


And yes, if "Boyhood" does win Best Picture, I will buy you a drink! Probably a glass of ice cold milk. LOL

2 weeks, 1 day ago on 10 Things I learned from ‘Boyhood’

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Or you can save yourself about 10 miles and just go to Souvaly in Pearl City for great Thai food. =)

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Hidden gem: Thai Lao

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I liked Boyhood but didn't love it. I understand the commitment and complexities involved with filming this over 12 years and kudos to Linklater and the cast for that achievement but take that away, and is it a compelling film? Not for me. If the main roles had been cast with different actors at different ages (taking the 12 year filming concept away), would I be as interested in this film? That's the question I asked myself and for me, the answer was no.


As a screenwriter, Brian, I'm curious what you thought about the film's screenplay. Would this film be a strong film solely on print? Would love to know your thoughts.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on 10 Things I learned from ‘Boyhood’

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So who are these writers you refer to who think they know it all? Haha.....

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Vegas eats with John Curtas: Marché Bacchus

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After 2 other restaurants that didn't last in the same location with the exact same concept, I wonder what makes this team think they can make it work. There are tons of Korean bbq options in town so for this one to succeed, they need to stand out in some way, especially after the failures of the previous 2 in that location.


The high quality meat angle is something that Budnamujip is also going for and they've struggled to find a consistent clientele. Also, both locals and Korean nationals will not like paying an extra $2 for rice and an extra $9 for side dishes you get comped elsewhere.


I haven't tried their food yet but with the quality and quantity of Korean bbq in Honolulu, it will be a struggle. Good luck to them but I don't see a long future in that location with that menu.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Something new: Yakiniku Futago

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@Chuggy_Bear I like their roast pork too but can never catch it on the menu.

4 weeks ago on Our Top 5: Late-night cheap eats

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Was gonna mention some late night Korean joints but they like to stay under the radar. ;)

4 weeks ago on Our Top 5: Late-night cheap eats

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@Melissa808 Um...the word "ramen" is in the name of the restaurant - Taiyo Ramen. LOL

4 weeks ago on Our Top 5: Late-night cheap eats

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@Chuggy_Bear Give me a buzz when you do. Miki's is right in my hood!

4 weeks ago on Our Top 5: Late-night cheap eats

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@Annoddah_Dave Thanks for always being a faithful reader AD! BTW....what was your favorite film of the year? You always have very interesting choices.

1 month ago on Top 10 films of 2014

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@turkfontaine Who knows what really went down. There are so many speculations. And yeah, it was so weird how Rodman became buddy buddy with Kim Jong Un. Maybe that basketball scene in the movie was a little wink and nod to that real life friendship.

1 month ago on My Korean parents react to ‘The Interview’

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@Melissa808 Never saw that show but don't think so. There's no modern twists to the tales. They're pretty much told in a straightforward manner, the only difference being that the movie explores what happens after the "happily ever after"

1 month ago on Don’t go ‘Into the Woods’

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@BurtWonderstone Thanks! Hope your family enjoys watching it together as much as mine did.

1 month ago on My Korean parents react to ‘The Interview’

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@Surfingat50 Thanks for the comment. You're probably right. If you're a fan of the source material, it's always fun to see a movie version of it. Still, I've always felt that films should stand on their own and film viewers shouldn't have to rely on the source material to appreciate the film version. So my reviews are always purely based on their quality solely as a film. Thanks for reading!

1 month ago on Don’t go ‘Into the Woods’

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You fell for the we just sold one and there's only a few left tactic! LOL Just kidding...enjoy the new car you hippie! =)

1 month, 1 week ago on My little auto adventure: Prius c

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@edmorita I'm reading online now that Sony gets better insurance coverage by totally shelving the film rather than releasing online or DVD. So it looks like a business decision.

1 month, 1 week ago on Why “The Interview” shouldn’t be pulled

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@Annoddah_Dave LOL...I love the reference to the mac nut issue. As far as what action NK would take if Sony released the film on DVD? Nothing. The same as if Sony had just released it in theaters as originally scheduled.

1 month, 1 week ago on Why “The Interview” shouldn’t be pulled

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@Annoddah_Dave Thanks for the comment AD. Yup, totally agree that upper management needs improvement. But I have to disagree with you on Chow. Your last statement about graduation being important would hold true to me for professors, administrators, etc. but not for athletic coaches. Yes, graduation rate is important and every coach should aim for a high graduation rate. But it does not trump performance on the field. If the teams don't produce wins or at least interest, then there's no one to watch their games and the community takes on a "couldn't care less" attitude toward the athletics program. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on No surprise Ben Jay is out

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Mmm....turkey breast and muenster cheese....sounds like a winner to me!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Something new: Bethel Street Tap Room

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@Annoddah_Dave AD - No, it wasn't on my radar. Is it good?

3 months, 3 weeks ago on My must-see TV this fall

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@Annoddah_Dave I don't know yet but I'm gonna find out!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on HIFF 2014: The lineup

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I wonder if Dungeness crab curry is Viet or Thai or both. I ask because one of my favorite dishes to order anywhere is the Dungeness crab curry at Souvaly, which is a Thai restaurant.


But there are some great suggestions on this blog and I can't wait to try them for myself.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Where real Vietnamese eat Vietnamese food

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@Melissa808 @nctrnlbst If only I could!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on HIFF 2014: The lineup

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@Chuggy_Bear I know! I just tried figuring out my viewing schedule yesterday and it's a mess! See you there Chuggy.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on HIFF 2014: The lineup

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@Annoddah_Dave AD RDJ and Jude Law almost made my list. But they're not as rewatchable for me as the others. I think it's mostly due to once you've seen them once, you know the answers to the mysteries they're solving whereas in the other films, it doesn't really matter because it's more about the action and humor rather than story.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Movies I Miss: Buddy cop films

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@dresop I've stayed at many Vegas hotels but the Aria is my favorite. Customer service and amenities are what make it rank the highest in my book. Also, it's located right in the heart of the Strip so everything is super close by.


Make sure to read Part 2 of my Vegas blog as well where I give some food recommendations.


Thanks for reading!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Vegas Vacation: The hotel and shows

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@Annoddah_Dave Good point AD. For some reason, I like the North Mall better though. And I hope my cholesterol stays normal for a lot longer so I can enjoy more foie gras!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Vegas Vacation: Restos and recs

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@nonstopmari Thanks! You should totally go and check them out.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Vegas Vacation: Restos and recs

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@Melissa808 Of course I gambled...just not a priority anymore. Just something to do between eating, shopping and shows!

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Vegas Vacation: Restos and recs

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Open 9am? So late!

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Something new: Cinnamon’s at the Ilikai

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Nice, Brian. I haven't seen nearly as many Hitchcock films as I should have. High up on my must watch soon list are "To Catch a Thief," "North by Northwest" and "Notorious."


I'm definitely gonna try catch at least one of the Hitchcock showings.

4 months ago on Hitchcocktober A-Z

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When did the emphasis and draw of farmer's markets turn from fresh produce and local products to being a food event?

4 months ago on Favorite finds: Farmers’ markets

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@Annoddah_Dave Awesome AD. I have a few food picks coming out tomorrow. Hopefully it'll help!

4 months ago on Vegas Vacation: The hotel and shows

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@Melissa808 Crotch shots are free for all Frolic Hawaii members.

4 months ago on Vegas Vacation: The hotel and shows

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@Annoddah_Dave AD - One of my favorite movies of the year. I just dug it.

4 months ago on No one’s badder than ‘The Equalizer’

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My mom drives that car. She loves it. Great customer service too. But she bought hers from the dealer on Beretania. And she had the same deal where customers buy the car at employee price. She bought her car about a year ago so I'm wondering if that's an ongoing thing.

4 months, 1 week ago on My little auto adventure: Hyundai Elantra

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Great read, Brian! 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on My summer in baby jail

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I like K's but don't love it. There's too much rice in their bento and the chicken can be dry sometimes. I like the variety and freshness of Mamaya bentos. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Our Top 5: Bento

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Fun event last night. Great crowd. Food was generally good overall, but a few clunkers. I really enjoyed the grilled abalone, the shaved foie gras, the pork belly bun and the shave ice. Some dishes were just awful. The Korean chef's (Byung Jin Kim I believe) dish was just a big ole mess. I didn't know what the hell I was eating. And I was also disappointed by Tom Douglas' offering. I ate at one of his restaurants in Seattle and loved it so I was expecting something better.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on HFWF 2014: A Lucky Modern Buddha Belly

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@midlifenadia Using ocean water is a great idea!

5 months, 1 week ago on Enough with the ice bucket challenge, or at least do it right

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@CharlesAkimoto You're right. The line has gone down considerably recently. Maybe because there are so many more choices available now. But yeah, I remember liking that place when I ate there about 10 years ago.

5 months, 1 week ago on Our Top 5: Pho

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Looks like fun!

5 months, 1 week ago on Dumpling making from ‘All Day Wong’

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Good list! I always order a brisket and tendon combo with steak on the side. 


Huong Lan was my go-to for years and still is but I feel like they've been skimping on their tendons recently.


I absolutely love P&L but not sure if we're comparing apples to apples with their pho since their version is more of a twist on the traditional if I recall correctly. But it's still damn good.


Thanks for this post!

5 months, 1 week ago on Our Top 5: Pho

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@alfonzso That is a very fair argument.

5 months, 1 week ago on Enough with the ice bucket challenge, or at least do it right

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@Marv_n Marvin, you are absolutely right. I did waste an opportunity to share the information about ALS. Thank you for providing that link.

5 months, 1 week ago on Enough with the ice bucket challenge, or at least do it right

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Great read Brian. I agree that there's no way Poltergeist is a PG movie. That movie scared the you know what out of me. Still does.


As for some more trivia...I believe the first movie ever to be given the PG-13 rating was Red Dawn. I could be wrong but that's always been my understanding. I'm too lazy to Google it though. =)

5 months, 1 week ago on ‘Indiana Jones’ and the inappropriate PG movies

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