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if i could, i would take a life sentence. it was the best work i ever did and it made me the best man that i could ever be. 

1 week ago on My summer in baby jail

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ah! "fruitful day", i see what you did there. don't do it again. out of the fabulous featured fruits (that's called 'alliteration', and i won't do it again) i knew only a couple. i prefer my favorite juicy fruits to be of the low hanging variety, easy to reach. that goes for women too. this was a very informative, bookmarkable article. i'm going to paste it up there right next to my 'all the kinds of fish you can catch in Hawaii'. you are doing a splendid job of keeping me informed, entertained and enlightened. i hope to see you in the near future. i will not bring a ladder. -your pal, tf

1 week, 1 day ago on A fruitful day at Frankie’s Nursery

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so, if i understand this, the harvest moon festival has less to do with the phases of the moon, which you can't alter, and more to do with how long you can stretch out selling mooncakes. 

1 week, 4 days ago on Chinee like me: Moon Festival 2014

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i often take my Zojiru to Shirokiya and put together my own Bento, then head for Shark's or the Bay, go snorkeling, get famished, find a picnic table, open up the many secret container compartments. stand back everybody, my ohashi are smokin'

1 week, 4 days ago on Our Top 5: Bento

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Breakfast; it's what's for dinner

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Eat the Street Breakfast

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M808: it's hard to imagine there's a place you didn't know about. i've always expected that, some Sunday morning, around 6, you would settle down in front of your computer and realize there were no more restaurants to write about, that you have blogged about every single one on Oahu, and maybe Maui too.


3 weeks, 2 days ago on Something New: VJ’s Waikiki Dogs & Burgers

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that looked like an INEZ Martini; half a tree of olives.

1 month ago on Good eats at Holoholo Bar & Grill

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a half track full of  Marines rumbled down the 405. just before the Wilshire exit the Lt. shouted: "-tenshun". the Marines snapped to. "-right face. -prepare to render honors to the King of Beers. -hand salute." the half track rolled by the biggest Budweiser sign any of them had ever seen, on the biggest building any of them had ever seen, with more stainless steel tanker trucks than any of them had ever seen. 


look, it's the KING OF BEERS. it says so right on the label. 

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/the-current/eat-and-drink/The-Next-Generation-of-PBR.html

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pastry sous chef? IDK there was such an animal. re: deconstructed desserts: i once told Bertrand at Mille Fleurs if he did it again, i'd beat him with a wiffle bat. ok, i was drunk, it was Christmas. we were having our office party there. our bill beat Helen Copely's Christmas party the night before. now i get McD's dollar menu soft serve for dessert, and on my next HNL trip, i'll have to couch-crash and dine with Parkrat at Zippy's

1 month, 1 week ago on New chefs, new flavors at the Top of Waikiki

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 ".........once I had become clear in what I wanted".-  that is key. a clear vision of what you want, in detail, the end game, fully formed in your mind, is one half of reaching a goal. the other half is easy. you get out your calendar and you set a deadline. a goal without a deadline is but a wish. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Course Correction – part two

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That was very informative. Everyone I have known who had it done had the old school procedure. The word Slice' always kept me away. now you can see which truckers are the cutest.

1 month, 1 week ago on My LASIK adventure

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PBR is like a human soul; it gets reincarnated. it was the beer of choice during the nascent days of the punk scene along the NYC to Austin trail.  those nights drinking PBR after a concert, listening to Henry Rollins or Lester Bangs hold forth in somebody's south Austin house, cemented  that brew into legend and my youth. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/the-current/eat-and-drink/Have-We-Reached-Peak-PBR-.html

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your writing skill must be the equal of your pastry skill. i've enjoyed everything i've read authored by you. your comic chops have rendered my wife and me into puddles of jelly.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Course Correction – part one

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if you will test drive a few of the smaller sized cross-over SUVs, like a Range Rover Evoque (over 40k) all the way down to the Jeep Patriot (well under 20k) you might find something you like. one thing i'm betting you will like is the experience of sitting up higher than in a standard sedan. Inez always thought she wanted a Saab or a Peugeot Wagon. there wasn't a spectrum of differently sized SUVs so we went to the most car like big SUV available at the time. one drive in a Range Rover Classic, LWB and she never wanted to go closer to the ground again. we kept that car just under 20 years. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on My little auto adventure

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the lavender gets you, every time. 

2 months ago on New bites for Arancino Kahala’s first anniversary

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not just a cell phone complaint but a courtesy issue going back to the days of bake-lite rotary dial phones with cotton cords: you answer. you are clearly not whom the caller expected. the first thing they say is: "who is this?"

2 months, 1 week ago on My cell phone pet peeves

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bingo on King Of Thai. i used to pass it up and go get the duck at Bangkok, just around and up on Powell, then i got hipped to KOT by by my son. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Unexpected restaurant finds in San Francisco

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"......... with social media everyone has the conch."   -- oooh, dang! i wish i'd said that.


'I mean, people think I don’t work and all I do is eat everything and I just surf all day".

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yep, that's what i thought. but it can't be the whole picture, 'cause you've also been able to squeeze in three European trips and two marriages between visits to Rainbow Drive Inn and Liliha bakery. 


" Facebook in 2004? Twitter in 2006? They were like New York in the 1600s"-- but without the hats and plaid pants


"but there are people I’ve met through social media who have become my good friends" - me! me! pick me!


“socialized introvert”- oooh, i wish i'd said that too!

2 months, 1 week ago on Let’s talk about social media

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makes me miss SF. we moved there to give our son, who was becoming a teenager, a larger canvas than little old SD. the plan was about two years. it wound up being ten. 


i griped about the cold, but places like this and of course Blue Bottle Coffee kept me warm. like NYC, SF is a walkable city where the scenery and the attractions change with every block. and i've walked all of it. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The sweets of San Francisco

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catching up on my FROLIC reading. disappointed that it was all an April Fools joke, 'cause i really was hoping to see a video of a cow stepping on a missed UXB and getting blown up, Monty Python style. come to think of it, what a great presentation for a steak tartare dish at that fictional event.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Hawaii Food and Wine heads to the Target Isle

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p.p.s. how does AVELINE stack up against the Cave?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on San Francisco: Dinner at Aveline

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 ......."appearance of an ex-boyfriend" 


BOYFRIEND? BOYFRIEND?  who? where? when? what? DETAILS. i MUST have DETAILS!


p.s. #13 was truly over the top. i would have picked up that slab of rock and sucked that avo-goodness off in one breath.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on San Francisco: Dinner at Aveline

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the only kind i get is Double Rainbow, Ultra Choclate. Trader Joe's carries it under their own brand now. the reason it's the only kind i get is because INEZ likes it. once upon a time, in my wild unmarried days, there was Pistachio, Butter Pecan, Blackberry, Peach. but those days are gone now. i've given up those flavors you can't bring home to mother. i'm living right now. 

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Our favorite ice cream

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that was a lot of tequila and a lot Changs. was that the Mex, D.F. contingent of your relatives.

3 months ago on Party pics: Buho preview party

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I"d think tea rooms would be a natural for HNl, a special place for tourists who probably don't have them back home.

3 months ago on Something new: The Monarch Tea Room

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a meatball sub with marinara sauce, spaghetti with meatballs. meatball meatloaf, happy hour meatballs, a bento full of meatballs; against such, i have no defense.


usually when i'm on Oahu, it's for a few months at a time. between  the pho shops, ramen shops, Korean delicacies and practically living in the ocean, i drop pounds like a P. O. W. that may be coming to an end. 

3 months ago on Frolic visits Meatball

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I hapa hava one-a

3 months, 1 week ago on New(ish) eats: Hapas Pizza

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my wife, Inez, must be a foodie. she's a scratch cook who works on a recipe over and over until she gets it where she wants it. then when i'm eating it, she gives me the blow by blow of the effort, asking me if i can taste this or that ingredient. it's like i'm sitting for my oral examine in front of the department head. i can't just say it's "good", i need to come up with something astute, and that''s not my long suit; astute.


going to dinner with her can be excruciating. she's what i would call a 'forensic diner'. every chef is a possible suspect. she doesn't just eat dinner, she critiques it. she considers every really good restaurant meal to be a personal challenge, as if the kitchen came out and slapped her with a fish and said 'my seconds will call upon you.' then she sets about to exceed whatever it was i paid too much for. 


Inez learned to cook on a wood burning stove in Mississippi, so she is used to starting at the beginning. fortunately, that doesn't mean chopping the wood these days. her range is narrow, but lately, after lengthy research sessions in her many volumed cookbook library, she has been seen hanging out in the isles of Thuan Phat and Zion and 99 Ranch. lots of bottles of stuff i've  seen only in Japan or Hawaii are starting to crowd out the usual ingredients in the pantry. i wouldn't bet against her.

3 months, 1 week ago on In defense of foodies

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bet pic #5 stopped Melissa Chang in her tracks. 'no crusts!' 

3 months, 1 week ago on Something new: Lanikai Juice Kaka‘ako

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MOVIELINES road kill stews out mighty fine

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Are you ready? Hard-core natto dinner

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10 years in restaurant years is like 100 years in people years

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Party pics: Hula Grill’s 10th Anniversary

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i wanna go. pick me up on School St. and don't text while you're driving.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Kailua eats: The Food Company

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i'm mildly unnerved at the prospect of trying Durian, but i'm positively petrified at the thought of Natto. i'll try to man up, but you may be twice the man i am.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Are you ready? Hard-core natto dinner

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i can't believe they're calling it FOB. i can hear the theme song now: 'FOB or ABC, la la la la, and whatever the hell else you wanna throw in there. i can also hear Jen and Diana sharpening their tongues even now. gonna truck on over to DISGRASIAN and see whuts zup. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on ‘Fresh off the Boat’ Preview

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P&J use Ralph Lauren glasses. that's nice

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Our Top 5: Whiskey-based cocktails

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Tapas style & Tempura Bar;  my two favorite ways to eat. lots of variety, lots of surprises; lots of fun with lots of friends. ------(extra cute by-line pic of you M808...is by-line still a thing?)

4 months ago on “Ala Cart” night at Vino

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what a great article. this is the kind of food reporting that transcends the norm and provides something so special and unusual and difficult to access. thanks for an outstanding report, Melissa

1 year, 2 months ago on A (foodie) peek inside Club Evergreen

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i'm working up the choreography for a show where the M.O.P. throw a gal into the volcano. now if i can just find the right girl. she should be cute, Chinese, pushy and really adept at social media 

 

1 year, 2 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life extra ~ Na Kane

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"(although she only comments on Mari’s blogs!)" AHEM! pay attention to MEEEEEE!. this message brought to you by the 'Slaves of M808' Moped Club'. 

1 year, 2 months ago on New eats: Godmother Pasta

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  The question of when Polynesians first discovered the Hawaiian Islands—the most remote archipelago in the world—has engaged scholars for two centuries.Abraham Fornander, Edward Handy, Te Rangi Hiroa, Kenneth Emory, and others proposed theories and projected dates of first settlement based on oral traditions,genealogies, and linguistic comparisons. With the advent of stratigraphicarchaeology and radiocarbon dating, new models of Polynesian settlement emerged, seeming to push back the date of Polynesian settlement in Eastern Polynesia. Until recently, orthodox opinion put initial Polynesian discovery of Hawai‘i between ca. AD 300–750. In the past two decades, significant advances in radiocarbon dating and the targeted re-dating of key Eastern Polynesian and Hawaiian sites has strongly supported a “short chronology” model of Eastern Polynesian settlement. It is suggested here that initial Polynesian discovery and colonization of the Hawaiian Islands occurred between approximately AD 1000 and 1200. The only habitation site in the archipelago which has been securely dated to this time frame is the O18 Bellows Beach site at Waimānalo, O‘ahu Island

 

- Patrick V. KirchUniversity of California, Berkeley Departments of Anthropology & Integrative BiologyAbstract

 

ok, so the first Hawaiians weren't really all that 'ancient', but they done good and they were the first people to find the best damn place on this here planet, you betcha!

1 year, 3 months ago on Tasting the 'aina: wrapping up

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let's see; i've been to Chodang and Sorobol. i haven't been to Seoul Garden, but i've been close.

1 year, 3 months ago on Part II: Where real Koreans eat Korean food

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there is nothing more frightening than being hung over in Waikiki at 9am and seeing 100 Japanese tourists pour out of their hotel, wearing yellow backpacks and yellow duck bills, all of them, quacking, quacking, quacking. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Hawaii Duck Tours

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"And I’m not even a coffee connoisseur. I’m ruined."

 

it's a slippery slope to quality. Inez 's favorite compliment  was when someone once called her a 'quality snob'. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Tasting the ‘aina: Kona coffee and chocolate

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presenting this year's Garlic Queen:: MARI TAKETA

1 year, 3 months ago on Eat the Street Garlic

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i wish i had the mint concession.

 

1 year, 3 months ago on Who’s coming: Eat the Street Garlic

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'Cool Hand Ed & Grant'  what was the total elapsed time? did Ed really go to Wallgreens? that my be a violation of the rules...like there were any. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Omakase Challenge: Sushi ii

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if i'd done the same thing for 54 years i might want to chuck it too. we should download harrycovair's brain, 'cause he seems to be a walking history book of what was good and when. 

1 year, 4 months ago on What? Tsukenjo’s closing Friday

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that's an excellent dress, Catherine. and i think you are drunk. i could use this app to map a route avoiding all the happy hours. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Happy Hour Pal

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p.s. if you put Mari on every Tuesday you will even out the IQ level, tilted over toward HNnow. 'cause it's understood all across Oahu that 'Howard knows more than we do'

1 year, 5 months ago on KHON’s new Wake Up 2day crew

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you have Aloha Friday. now give me Scrunch Tuesday. 

1 year, 5 months ago on KHON’s new Wake Up 2day crew

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