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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 days, 13 hours ago on My little auto adventure

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the lavender gets you, every time. 

1 week, 5 days 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 weeks, 4 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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 weeks, 6 days 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. 

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 weeks, 6 days 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?

3 weeks, 6 days 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.

3 weeks, 6 days 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 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 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. 

1 month, 1 week ago on Frolic visits Meatball

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I hapa hava one-a

1 month, 2 weeks 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.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on In defense of foodies

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

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Something new: Lanikai Juice Kaka‘ako

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MOVIELINES road kill stews out mighty fine

1 month, 3 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

1 month, 3 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.

1 month, 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.

1 month, 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. 

2 months ago on ‘Fresh off the Boat’ Preview

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

2 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?)

2 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 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago on Tasting the ‘aina: Kona coffee and chocolate

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presenting this year's Garlic Queen:: MARI TAKETA

1 year, 1 month ago on Eat the Street Garlic

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i wish i had the mint concession.

 

1 year, 2 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, 2 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, 2 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, 3 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, 3 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, 3 months ago on KHON’s new Wake Up 2day crew

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bamboo, lavender, passionate drums, hunk. you might make a good farm wife........

1 year, 3 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Koa Chang

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that was wonderful. i loved the background music and noise. there were moments when i could actually smell Japan. olfactory memories are the deepest. this vignette brought back the delicious feeling of being there, being clueless, illiterate, eating everything my friends told me to, and loving it, while they laughed at my naivete. and it's all right there in an American city that we stole, fair and square.

1 year, 3 months ago on Sneak peek: Taste of Marukai

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H50 needs a new, sophisticated Asian stereotype 'evil genius'. are you familiar with Gene Park's excellent impersonation of such? the general who says: "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link" it's quite striking, really.

1 year, 4 months ago on 'Hawaii Five-O' Recap: 'Na Ki`i'

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you had me at 'Dog,' Neil Abercrombie won't acknowledge my plea to have Dog one way'd to the mainland with all the other trash that has washed up like tsunami debris.

1 year, 4 months ago on 'Hawaii Five-O' Recap: 'Na Ki`i'

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no one can be blamed for jumping on a plate of crab cakes. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Did this: Chef Chai’s grand opening

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i loves me some media synergy.

1 year, 5 months ago on Nonstop launches segment on KHON

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i'd like an 1895 Martini, please.Inez will have three. 

 

1 year, 5 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Colin Field

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i read this and clicked thru the pics over and over, while eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread. it wasn't even jam, it was Welch's grape jelly.  my god, i'm glad i don't have to pay alimony to you. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Dinner at Vintage Cave

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glad to learn of these. i've always  eaten at Govindja's at least three times per week when i'm in HNL. i can't maintain a long term vegetarian or vegan diet, but it does set me up for the change of perspective for which i come to Oahu. 

1 year, 5 months ago on The new block for healthy

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el westside. the Orange County-fication continues. but i'm not complaining. it's better than ammo dumps, landfill dumps, oil dumps, and it helps my Pinay friend and sometime landlady in Honokai Hale see a property value rise in her forever under construction Manila Mansion. pit bulls are considered and amenity in Honokai Hale. 

 

i'm glad i saw this because i missed the M&M review, so i got caught up. you know i'm a big fan of Bondo & Scrunch. hope to see you this summer. 

1 year, 5 months ago on Party (and food) Pics: Monkeypod Kitchen grand opening

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53 trucks?  that's a truck for every 11 square miles of Oahu. soon all you'll have to do is open your window and like 'The Fifth Element', drive thru dining does a 180. 

1 year, 6 months ago on Eat the Street Pro Bowl preview

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 @Annoddah_Dave didja hear about the two Chinese potters sitting by the kiln in 1602? one of em says, "is this vase MING?"  the other one says, "they're all MING!''

1 year, 6 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Sing Cheong Yuan

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this will be the first time in 10 years that will miss the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco

1 year, 6 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Sing Cheong Yuan

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