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the things i loved most about Japan, i can feel in these pictures.  they stir my memories of being a clueless gaijin, wandering around invisible, utterly lost, unable to speak or understand or read or know what i was eating. i might as well have been on another planet. existing at that level of isolation and lack of integration into the society was something a lot of my American friends couldn't abide, so they kept to a small territory around the US operations where we worked. i loved it. so did my wife. we were young. i was 22, she, 19 when we arrived. three years later we felt like pros. of course, we weren't. we were still clueless gaijin. ten, twenty, thirty years later, long divorced and remarried, we'd meet up for lunch on occasion and the conversation always turned to our time together in Japan. we'd laugh and remember and laugh some more, and the years of living separate lives melted away, and we were both young again. the last time i saw Patti was after my son was born, ten years after our divorce. she was flying for Continental on the Pacific routes. she came to see the new baby. i drove her back to her hotel afterward and she paid me the greatest compliment i've ever received. in the car, she took my hand and said; "you've become the man i always wanted you to be."  


we did a lot of growing in Japan. neither of us will forget that. 

22 hours, 1 minute ago on Wandering Tokyo, part 1

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soup dumplings. say no more.

2 days, 20 hours ago on Fresh Bytes: EAT THIS

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now you've done it. expect a city ordinance prohibiting eating malasadas while driving.


1 week, 3 days ago on Our Top 5: Comfort food

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This looks like a must. I used to go to Ramen Kai but I found it kinda worn around the edges. I switched to the simple, basic, no frills, no surprises, and cheap Nakamura. As you mentioned re: solo dining; that's one of the things I like about Ramen Joints. When I'm in HNL, I'm usually alone, as my wife doesn't love the city like I do. i spend less time eating and eat less there, so Ramen and quick trips to Shirokiya make up a lot of my meals, and as a result, I drop weight like a castaway.  i would, however, trade my Spartan dining habits for the rarefied heights of your gastronomic excursions; like in a New York minute. Keep the vicarious thrills coming.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Something new: Man Ichi

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certainly, #10 was the best picture. thanks for the story and pics you do-er of good stuff person who sleeps hardly never.

1 month ago on Party pics: Hawaii Bowl Flavors

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sconettes! brilliant! this could be the new cupcake. have your people call my people. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Something new: HASR Deli

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that was impressive. i'll bet even Ceaușescu never had it so good. what was Russ having at Zippy's while all this was going on?

1 month, 1 week ago on Hoku’s fall harvest sake dinner

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thanx 4 this, M. i love Versace stuff, Prada too. i don't wear anything but Levis, crew tees and Chuck Taylors, but i love that stuff. Thom Browne too. that smarty pants, Scrunch, once asked me how many pairs of shoes i had. i told her seven, but they were all slippers from Old Navy. did you get a Versace purse to match your blue eyes? 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Fashion forward: Versace’s Fall/Winter 2014 preview

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right on about the booties, Doug. i asked a farmer about that once in the Kanto plains. that was a long time ago, his were not plastic, but silk.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Aloha Sapporo! Visiting Furano, part 1

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what's an Oktoberfest without pineapple? i was hoping to see a pic of Scrunch wearing Lederhosen and a little Bavarian hat with a feather in it. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Eat the Street: Oktoberfest

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why don't you next test drive a Lamborghini Aventador? you could if you had a Saudi Prince BF. this gold wrapped one is nice.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on My little auto adventure: Hyundai Elantra

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that was superb. i can relate. i have to be in, on, or under the ocean as much as possible. the North Shore in summer is my valhalla. if i play my cards right, if i get lucky, on the last day of my life i'll be there, suspended in the blue, looking up at the clouds from 20 feet 

2 months ago on Olena’s ocean adventures – part 1

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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. 

2 months, 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

2 months, 1 week 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. 

2 months, 2 weeks 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'

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

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Breakfast; it's what's for dinner

2 months, 3 weeks 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.


2 months, 4 weeks ago on Something New: VJ’s Waikiki Dogs & Burgers

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

3 months 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. 

3 months, 1 week 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

3 months, 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. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Course Correction 2: The road back

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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.

3 months, 2 weeks 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. 

3 months, 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.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Course Correction

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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. 

4 months ago on My little auto adventure

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the lavender gets you, every time. 

4 months, 1 week 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?"

4 months, 2 weeks 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. 

4 months, 2 weeks 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!

4 months, 2 weeks 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. 

4 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.

4 months, 3 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?

4 months, 3 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.

4 months, 3 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. 

4 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.

5 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.

5 months, 1 week 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. 

5 months, 1 week ago on Frolic visits Meatball

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I hapa hava one-a

5 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.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on In defense of foodies

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

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Something new: Lanikai Juice Kaka‘ako

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MOVIELINES road kill stews out mighty fine

5 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

5 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.

5 months, 3 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.

5 months, 3 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. 

6 months ago on ‘Fresh off the Boat’ Preview

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

6 months 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?)

6 months, 1 week 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, 4 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, 5 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life extra ~ Na Kane

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