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Delicate Blossom:  It has been awhile since I have eaten there.  Getting to the parking entrance behind the building can be a challenge to those who are unfamiliar with the area.  WoW you can make jook after eating your shabu shabu!

1 day, 18 hours ago on Battle the holiday bulge with Shabu Shabu

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MC:  Thanks...sml bag of popcorn, eh?  It wouldn't make sense for hackers to target this movie since Annie's hair style does not match that of Kim Jong Un.  However, if Dennis Rodman was cast as a villain in the film then, NK would be on it!

1 day, 19 hours ago on This “Annie” has no heart, no point

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MC:  I wonder what would happen if Sony released the movie as a DVD?  Would NK send their missiles to the US?  Would it even go that far?  One of their missile tests failed by falling into the sea of Japan.  It would be a different story if they contracted their missile engines to Hyundai which has a 100,000 mile or 10 year warranty.  I wonder if NK has a chaebol system?  Can you imagine if Kim Jun Un was served mac nuts in a bag instead of a plate!?  

2 days, 19 hours ago on Why “The Interview” shouldn’t be pulled

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Fuud Reminds One Life Is Cool:  Will they be showing this in light of recent cancellations?  Aigoo!

3 days, 19 hours ago on Win VIP tickets to screening of ‘The Interview’

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Delicate Blossom:  Let me guess, rattle snake ice would taste like "chicken"!

5 days, 19 hours ago on Tokyo: the insanity of Namja Town

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OH:  The "Norfolk Pine" is not a Hawaiian species.  It is more correctly known as the "Norfolk Island Pine" and endemic to Norfolk Island off the coast of Australia.  The pine is a symbol of Norfolk Island and is included in its flag.  How it morphed to Hawaiian Christmas Tree is probably due to people not realizing that it is an introduced flora.

1 week, 2 days ago on My Point of Heu: Local Christmas trees are better

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Delicate Blossom:  Your caption for pix#22 needs an edit...unless I am reading the label on the jar wrong.  Whaaa...no kaffir crusted shrimp plate lunch?  Guud pix of guud fuud!

1 week, 2 days ago on Something new: Chai’s Market & Cafe

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@Myong @Annoddah_Dave MC:  Graduation rates are part of the coach's metrics for performance.  If the grad rate does not meet the minimum, the NCAA will start to cut scholarships for the team.  Without scholarships, the team suffers even more performance wise and otherwise.  A community that is focused only on the field performance are band wagon types who are really not the type of community the team and university should be focused on.  It is a really pervasive thing, athletics and academics, debates will rage on forever.  I remember as a student, I tried to support the UH sports even when there were few people there.  Basketball in klum gym and Football in Honolulu stadium was great...no crowds just us students.  Even then people would rage on about how much was being expended for sports.

1 week, 3 days ago on No surprise Ben Jay is out

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MC:  Much of the talk about UH Athletics appear to be as if the Athletic Department is autonomous.  However, it is not and it is at the overall leadership of the President and Chancellor.  Therefore, by extension, the ills of the "system" can be attributed all the way up to the top.  I think that senior leadership is beginning to clean house.  As a result, we may not have much of an athletic department, or athletics in the future.  I hope not but unless senior leadership sets up the department with the best and brightest, all hope will be lost. Because athletics has a big impact here, everyone seem to want their finger in the pie...lots of fingers and the pie seems to get smaller.  While you may not like Norm Chow's football skill, let it be known that he has worked hard to get his players to stick in school and apply themselves.  I believe the academic progress report for football is quite good.  To me graduation is way more important than "wins on the field of play".

1 week, 4 days ago on No surprise Ben Jay is out

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Delicate Blossom:  Your DQ pix are a gas!

1 week, 5 days ago on Tokyo: Akihabara and Narukiyo

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Delicate Blossom:  It has been very interesting to see the fuud scene morph over the past several decades.  With the Food, Cooking, and Travel channels, fuud is never far from our senses.  Your blog and others also bring to fuudies the latest and greatest.  It used to be that only the insiders and aficionados were on top of the latest, now us gourmands get the info almost as it happens.  Y Hata used to sell simple things like 100# bags of rice, now it is keeping up with the contemporary fuud revolution.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Party pics: ChefZone

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Delicate Blossom:  You turning Japanese??? You may lose your membership in the Secret Chinese Dinner Society!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Ramen kaiseki dinner in Tokyo

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Delicate Blossom:  The cartoons are a gas!  Picture #17 is undersea durian!!?? LOL  You are like me, I rather eat the fish than watch it being auctioned off.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Wandering Tokyo, part 2

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MC:  Agree with your assessment of "Birdman".  It is an eclectic film that many will leave with the "WTF?" feeling.  The symbolism was fairly heavy throughout.  Ed Norton was a gas!  His portrayal was spot on.  XL Bag of popcorn for this one.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Who are the early Oscar contenders?

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Delicate Blossom:  You must be a polar bear!  Japan with all that moisture in the air is COLD!!  BTW, the first time I saw a live panda was at Ueno Park.  This was shortly after they came from China.  The enclosure was brand new with buku crowds...the rest of the park at the time was average. Am sure that has changed.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Wandering Tokyo, part 1

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Delicate Blossom:  In the course of drunken conversation, did the situation of paying US/Hawaii income taxes come up?  I always wonder about how some people live in foreign countries and still maintain/or don't, the income tax requirement.

1 month ago on Aloha Tokyo! A night out with Hawaii friends

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@nonstopmari @Annoddah_Dave EO:  I think luck plays a big part.

1 month ago on Something new: Dessert bar at Pig & the Lady

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EO:  Next up will be for PATL to come up with a parking lot!  The place is great but parking at times can be challenging.  I guess that is the lure, to make it there is part of the journey toward a reward of guud fuud and dessert.

1 month ago on Something new: Dessert bar at Pig & the Lady

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MC:  A short film is like a vacation after all the HIFF full length stuff, eh?

1 month, 1 week ago on Talking story with ‘Lava’s’ creators

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CAT:  My comfort fuud when living in Europe, eons ago, was a bowl of chazuke and an open can of Coral tuna with shoyu and pepper.  I had my mom send me Coral tuna which at that time was made locally of aku.  I could not get that type of tuna there...mostly ahi and albacore types.  Coral today does not pack aku anymore rather it is albacore which is not the same in taste.

1 month, 1 week ago on Our Top 5: Comfort food

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Chad:  I have never returned to Royal Kitchen after we got a box that seemed right out of the refrigerator.  Imagine the surprise at the first bite!  Bun appeared warm but the meat inside was still cold.  Poor quality control.

1 month, 1 week ago on Our Top 5 challenge: Manapua

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Delicate Blossom:  I don't care for sauces in my burger as they tend to mask the actual taste of beef.  I have asked for no ketchup, or sauce for most burgers.  Even hamburger steak plate lunch I would specify "no gravy". If the quality of the meat is top notch, you really don't need sauce/gravy.   I guess I would be considered "strange".

1 month, 1 week ago on Discovering Hilo’s gravy burger

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@Melissa808 @Annoddah_Dave Yeah, u r everywhere!  Wondah Woman...or Chicken (Wo)Man??

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Buffett Fest preview

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Delicate Blossom:  What happened to Merriman?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Buffett Fest preview

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Delicate Blossom:  I guess there is a market for my old Elvis 45s!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Hungry Ear Records

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MC: Realistically, how many of these films will you be able to see and enjoy?  That's a lot of popcorn to eat!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on HIFF Review Roundup

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Delicate Blossom:  wondering how long this one will last?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Something new: Man Ichi

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Chef Ed:  Cool Vid!  Enjoy continued success!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Course Correction 3: Making waves

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Delicate Blossom:  Since you are not a senior, you don't understand the dietary restrictions that many who live in senior facilities have.  Too much salt, spices and other things are to be considered when feeding seniors.  Therefore, it generally means bland and often very soft fuuds.  Your time will come...so, live it  up NOW!  LOL

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Healthy-licious cooking with Kahala Nui

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MC:  Have you seen "Forever" yet? 

2 months, 1 week ago on My must-see TV this fall

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Delicate Blossom:  Ok, so who got the ox tail??

2 months, 1 week ago on Tasting Molokai Ranch at 12th Avenue Grill

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Delicate Blossom:  Asahikawa...isn;t that the place with the famous zoo?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Aloha Sapporo! Last day in Furano

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MC:  I wonder how many XL Bags of popcorn in this line up?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on HIFF 2014: The lineup

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MC:  I guess Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson didn't make it for you?  I go as far back as Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruice.  Although I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Downey's  take on the role.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Movies I Miss: Buddy cop films

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Delicate Blossom:  Could it be that Japanese farm products are not GMO?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Aloha Sapporo! Visiting Furano, part 2

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MC:  Foie Gras!!!~do it now while you are young and your metabolism can take it.  Trust me, animal organs are deadly for cholesterol as I now have to watch what I indulge in.  BTW, the South Premium Mall is enclosed and air conditioned, so they are easier to walk through than the North side one, especially during the heat of the day.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Vegas Vacation: Restos and recs

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@Myong @Annoddah_Dave MC:  Yes, large bag of popcorn for this one.  Saw it in Titan format.  DW did a good job in creating his own version of Robert McCall.  The only thing that was quirky was when he used the powder actuated nail gun without a safety...and one handed at that!  Normally you can only fire these if you unlock the safety by pushing the barrel against a hard surface.  Similar to Lethal Weapon sequel.  Liked that he used public transportation rather than a Jaguar as in the TV series.  Made his low key existence more believable.  It will be tough to not think about this flick whenever using a wine corkscrew.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on No one’s badder than ‘The Equalizer’

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MC:  Going there in a couple of weeks...thanks for the update on what's happening!

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

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DS:  Looks very nice and inviting.  Wonder if the homeless will use it at night.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Parklets unveiled in Our Kaka‘ako

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MC:  Edward Woodward played the role with little emotion...based upon his cold blooded profession.  He was cool and collected and only got really pissed when facing those that do innocents wrong.  I am a fan of the series but it got cancelled...but been waiting for the DW take of this role.  Sounds like a large bag of popcorn!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on No one’s badder than ‘The Equalizer’

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@Melissa808 @Annoddah_Dave I vaguely recall that but for the life of me I can't remember where it was before they built that beautiful restaurant.  Things I remember were the kimono clad waitresses, Canlis Special Salad, and a car valet that had an incredible memory to match you with your car (he did not give you a token and knew which car was yours)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Party pics: Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame

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@Melissa808 @Annoddah_Dave I understand that the "Broasted" label is copyrighted and a company sells the pressurized fryer for over $10K.  Them's a lot of chix to amortize the cost of set up!

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Something new: Hawaii’s Favorite Kitchens

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Delicate Blossom:  It is a Korean Kar, did it have a place for Kim Chee storage?  LOL

2 months, 3 weeks ago on My little auto adventure: Hyundai Elantra

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Delicate Blossom:  Canlis, shades of my senior prom...I miss that place!

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Party pics: Hawaii Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame

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Delicate Blossom:  If only they could also bring back Chico's Broasted Chicken!

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Something new: Hawaii’s Favorite Kitchens

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Delicate Blossom:  Did the GMO stuff come up in conversation?

3 months, 1 week ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Chefs Action Network

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Delicate Blossom:  speaking of Chinee, is the Secret Dinner Society on hiatus?

3 months, 1 week ago on Chinee like me: Moon Festival 2014

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@Chuggy_Bear @Annoddah_Dave CB:  I agree with K's but you gotta love rice cause there is plenty of it.  I did eat at Sugoi's a couple of months ago and was completely turned off.  They were better before becoming uber popular.  Yup, the chicken was dry as an old nag!

3 months, 1 week ago on Our Top 5: Bento

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CB:  I don't know how Zippy's made the list or even Sugoi's.  Get real bento from Kokoro Tei.  Even some of the bento offered at Shirokiya is better than Zips and Sugoi.

3 months, 1 week ago on Our Top 5: Bento

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Delicate Blossom:  Fuud Reminds One Life Is Cool.  Great pix and video.  Wish I could afford all the HFWF events.  Back to my instant ramen....

3 months, 1 week ago on HFWF 14: Finale at Ko Olina

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