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Wine Gurl:  Expansion of your "wine vocabulary" is a good thing!  Next step is to develop your wine cellar!

2 days, 19 hours ago on Que Syrah Syrah at Chef Mavro

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Delicate Blossom:  A fork?? What happened to chop sticks?  You need to attend one of the SCDS events! LOL

3 days, 5 hours ago on Something new: Whatchafillin’

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Delicate Blossom:  With the DOM, I guess the momentous occasion that befits it will need to be wedding or birth!?  I don't think you would want to use it to christen your next yacht!

3 days, 5 hours ago on Dom Perignon dinner: Learning about champagne

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@Melissa808 @Annoddah_Dave The other lesser known French brandy is Armagnac which is distilled in a different region and slightly different process equipment.

3 days, 20 hours ago on Hennessy Prestige dinner: Learning about cognac

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Delicate Blossom:  Is not "Cognac" label restrictive like "Champagne", in that in Europe one can only call the distilled beverage cognac if it was brewed in the Cognac region?  How about Chinese New Year as a special occasion?

4 days, 19 hours ago on Hennessy Prestige dinner: Learning about cognac

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Delicate Blossom:  In my experience, women own the dessert part of any menu, men to go for the entrees.  Therefore,

Give male diners the traditional menu, give female diners a menu where the desserts are listed first!  That should make for interesting dinner conversation?!

1 week ago on Something new: Off The Wall Craft

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EO:  Thanks, good to have you back posting...it has been awhile.  Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

1 week, 2 days ago on Dive in: MW’s Chocolate Cafe popup

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Delicate Blossom:  Was there a 100% turnover of the staff including servers?  Did you note any significant difference in quality between chefs Mizoguchi and Kajioka?  To me, Kajioka spent quite a bit in developing the plating and overall appearance of each dish.  There were a number of "wow!" moments with Kajioka's menu.

1 week, 2 days ago on Baking bread with Berkley

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Delicate Blossom:  The interviews were really great.  I wondered what made them interested in paper folding.  i know of one type of paper that you cannot recycle for folding....

1 week, 6 days ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Origami Dō

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MC:  Was Reece Witherspoon that good in "Wild", or was she just playing herself in a movie?  I can't get excited about her movies...its just me I guess.  Don't know about Emma Stone...if her character was not in the movie, the movie would have still been good.  But Edward Norton character was vital.  Diversity is a tough thing...maybe as a token they should have Margaret Cho nominated as Kim Jong Un?

1 week, 6 days ago on Oscar noms 2015: Surprises and snubs

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DS:  The video is really precious...kids grow up so fast that it is always neat to see when they had no fear and took everything with such joy.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Malika Dudley’s Maui

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Delicate Blossom:  Whaaattt?  No green peppers?  How about red ones??  Say, don't you have a new car?  You need to break it in...you should pick up peeps for the drive...at least for the first 10K miles!  LOL Sticky rice...fingers or utensil?

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

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Delicate Blossom:  With the weather temps dipping pretty low this month, I can see why the Mainland guys would enjoy shave ice...to them, it isn't cold.  For us locals it is sweater and hoody time! LOL

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Something new: Lemona

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Delicate Blossom:  WoW did not know that there was a guud fuud place in the suburbs!  Thanks...now, what's for dinner?

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

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@Myong @Annoddah_Dave MC:  I thoroughly enjoyed "The Lunch Box".  But "Gone Girl" was most intriguing since I did not read the book.

4 weeks ago on Top 10 films of 2014

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MC:  Thanks for your reviews as it saved me from spending money on popcorn.  Then again they also made me buy popcorn for those you said were worth it.  I found John Wick very much like the story line in Rover.  I did like Rover better.  Birdman was a gas...very eclectic...I think Ed Norton was very good and stole many scenes..  Happy New Year and best wishes for healthy and prosperous 2015!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Top 10 films of 2014

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Delicate Blossom:  Happy New Year, may you be blessed with health and prosperity!

4 weeks, 1 day ago on Viva Vegas! Great spots downtown

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@MyongChoi @Melissa808 LMAO!  Delicate Blossom will need to wear a hanbok!

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

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MC:  This review is probably funnier than the movie.  I can just picture your folks watching this.  May be you should have video them and put English sub titles.  Can you imagine if they ever used the phase: "He's in deep Kim Chee!"  Parents are universally naive about contemporary stuff.  What's with the crackers?  Figure you guys would be eating Korean Fruit Cake for the holidays!  LOL

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

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Delicate Blossom:  Move the "X" in XSE and that's what you get!  The Toyota folks know about marketing....

1 month ago on My little auto adventure: Prius c

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Delicate Blossom:  Thanks for the trip pix and tips.  For you and yours Mele Kalikimaka!

1 month, 1 week ago on Tokyo: Touring TBS and other cool spots

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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 month, 1 week 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 month, 1 week 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!?  

1 month, 1 week 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!

1 month, 1 week 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"!

1 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks 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 month, 2 weeks ago on No surprise Ben Jay is out

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Delicate Blossom:  Your DQ pix are a gas!

1 month, 3 weeks 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.

1 month, 3 weeks 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!

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months, 1 week 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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?

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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.

2 months, 2 weeks 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".

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Discovering Hilo’s gravy burger

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

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Buffett Fest preview

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Delicate Blossom:  What happened to Merriman?

2 months, 3 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!

2 months, 3 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!

3 months ago on HIFF Review Roundup

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Delicate Blossom:  wondering how long this one will last?

3 months ago on Something new: Man Ichi

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Chef Ed:  Cool Vid!  Enjoy continued success!

3 months 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

3 months ago on Healthy-licious cooking with Kahala Nui

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