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Heh, I drove by and didn't even think about stopping in. I thought it was just a mom and pop store. If it's like Ed's old Downtown @ HISAM then I really need to stop by!

2 days, 6 hours ago on Something new: Kaimuki Superette

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Pauoa Sake Works, next to Pauoa Ice Factory. Memories from the past.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Get ready to kampai — Joy of Sake’s coming

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26.2 miles... JUST DO IT!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Being a quitter isn’t so bad

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Wow, that's good news to know: cold pressing releases more nutrients than the typical Vitamix grind method. A good Vitamix machine will cost over $500. I wonder how much a "press" would cost?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Sipping my way through LA’s best juice bars

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Spam Musubi and a Poke "cone". Aurite!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Something new: Aloha Cones

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No rice... BLASHEMY! lol Good Luck Myong.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on My War Against Weight – Episode 1: Why?

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Only a local tweep would understand this: rotflmoo

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Self rules for LOL, haha, :), ! and more

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 @Annoddah_Dave You should have gone down today. The Roast Pork and Grilled Pork Chop never tasted so good!

1 year, 3 months ago on What? Tsukenjo’s closing Friday

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 @808marv You tweeted this out I think. The way Tsukenjo would wrap the plates in brown paper, rubber band it, and twist in the fork so that it stayed in place on the top of the plate. Ingenious! I think Honda Delicatessen used to do that too.

1 year, 3 months ago on What? Tsukenjo’s closing Friday

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 @808marv A little too late for a reply but I usually find parking makai of Queen St. Either by the Dive Shop or across the street by the Dog Grooming and Volvo repair shop.

1 year, 3 months ago on What? Tsukenjo’s closing Friday

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 @nonstopmari  @turkfontaine Errr, Hannibal the Cannibal comes to mind! Slurp, slurp, slurp... "I'm having a friend over for dinner." LOL!

1 year, 3 months ago on What? Tsukenjo’s closing Friday

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 @turkfontaine Why screw around with excellence when it looks good, tastes good, and repeat customers ask for the dish over and over?

1 year, 3 months ago on What? Tsukenjo’s closing Friday

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The ALOHA Friday final menu: http://twitpic.com/cnxr5f

 

The ALOHA Friday plate: http://twitpic.com/cnxvka This plate would make @parkrat proud.

 

Paula Akana and the cameraman onsite. Moanike`ala Nabarro (http://www.kitv.com/-/8906042/5337498/-/ff9logz/-/index.html), from KITV, is a granddaughter of Tsukenjo. Moanike`ala was working the phones and taking order from the window. http://twitpic.com/cnxzph

 

Gonna miss Blackie! http://twitpic.com/cny2d9

 

1 year, 3 months ago on What? Tsukenjo’s closing Friday

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As soon as Bob "left" we noticed the menu board had changed and prices went up. I haven't dropped by for a sandwich at Whole Ox since Bob left.

 

I've noticed a few other notable chefs helping out Justin in some capacity. I won't mention who they are but you've seen them walking around while dining at Taste.

 

1 year, 3 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Justin Yu

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Heh, some of my friends don't know about or where 53 By The Sea is. When I say John Dominis I get that "oh yeah" response. So funny.

1 year, 3 months ago on Chef shuffle: 53 By The Sea

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Shocking and so sad. 8(

 

Caught me by surprise too. If I recall correctly, Tsukenjo's was one of the first trucks/restaurants to use "biodegradable plates" back in the 70's. They had to place wax paper on the plate first because if any liquid touched the plate it would puff up and start to get soggy.

 

My faves there were the Roast Pork, Roast Turkey, Stew or Curry, Meat Loaf, Sweet Sour Ribs. I haven't had the Pork Chop with Cream of Mushroom or Fried Chicken in quite a while. Maybe I'll try and get the Pork Chop on Thursday, if it's available, before the crowd finds out Tsukenjo's is closing.

 

Here's Wednesday menu choices: http://twitpic.com/cng0qy 

 

I dropped by on Wednesday and the cook was working the front window. He was kidding when he said "maybe I should work for the guys next door". The guys next door has changed owners many times over the last 10 years but Tsukenjo and New Queens BBQ still were the anchors on the corner.

 

1 year, 3 months ago on What? Tsukenjo’s closing Friday

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No one eats Saimin for breakfast? Tell the cook to throw in a scrambled egg as the broth boils. I wouldn't mind having Pho for breakfast but only at certain restaurants.

 

Not to beat your disclaimer but some restaurants do serve Fried Rice all day. That's a favorite local breakfast item (with or without a breakfast meat and/or egg on top).

 

Of the 11 listed sites, 4 of them are open practically 24 x 7. BTW, my omelettes at Anna Millers NEVER looked as good as your pic.

1 year, 5 months ago on Where to go for breakfast all day

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 @Annoddah_Dave  Mahalo. @parkrat  @nonstopmari I miss all the Saimin eateries I grew up with: Toyo Theater in Chinatown (small mom and pop shop), <something> Lane Saimin (they ended up almost next door to Tamashiro Market), The Saimin/Curry house on the corner of Beretania and Keeaumoku where the Chevron is now (used to have a theater there), Green Lite Inn at the top of Mokauaea St where is crosses King St. Memories!

1 year, 5 months ago on It’s tomorrow: Aloha, Byron’s Drive-In

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 @nonstopmari Mahalo Mari.

1 year, 5 months ago on It’s tomorrow: Aloha, Byron’s Drive-In

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 @nonstopmari  @808marv  The Honey Dip't Fried Chicken will be surely missed. At least there's Queen's BBQ in town and Paalaa Kai in Waialua.

1 year, 5 months ago on It’s tomorrow: Aloha, Byron’s Drive-In

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 @StarletShay Go... go NOW!

1 year, 5 months ago on It’s tomorrow: Aloha, Byron’s Drive-In

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 @Annoddah_Dave I have to assume that most eateries in Hawaii are all on leases or on leased land. As the lease fees increase, so to does the prices. When the breakeven point is crossed, then unfortunately something has to give.

 

We had this conversation with @parkrat one day about long time surviving restaurants. @nonstopmari mentions some of them in her reply to you. Rainbow Drive In is another long standing establishment.

1 year, 5 months ago on It’s tomorrow: Aloha, Byron’s Drive-In

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 @808marv Plus the places in or near Ala Moana Center: Wong's Okazu-ya, Coral Reef, Orson's, and the Chinese Lunchwagon. I need to read up and see if they owned Andrew's. I believe they did.

1 year, 5 months ago on It’s tomorrow: Aloha, Byron’s Drive-In

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 @nonstopmari  @Annoddah_Dave I don't envision a big drop in revenue for the brick and mortar establishments. The food trucks just offer another choice of gastrointestinal fortitude. Besides the trucks are on a leased parking stall so one day they may have to move somewhere (but I hope not too soon).

1 year, 5 months ago on Cluster truck: Kapahulu’s new food truck pod

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 @nonstopmari  I was too busy laughing at "choke" and "food truck" to read further.

1 year, 5 months ago on Cluster truck: Kapahulu’s new food truck pod

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Somehow "choke" and "food trucks" just doesn't seem right to be mentioned together in the same paragraph @nonstopmari . LOL!

 

Gee I wonder who visited Nakai 4 times in the first week. 5x last week. Somebody should "rat" him out.

 

Crepes was closed on the two times I've gone there. @whatchafillin was out sick on Friday. I've have yet to try Firehouse.

 

I think Guo has hit on a new concept. A permanent place for food trucks to "park" and sell their goodies.

1 year, 5 months ago on Cluster truck: Kapahulu’s new food truck pod

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I need to add: bring your own hearing protectors, face mask, and protective eye wear on Friday night. The "paperless firecracker", in my humble opinion, has a very choking exhaust (unlike the gunpowder from the better and now licensed brands) and large particulate matter that flies everywhere.

 

I'd recommend a hearing protector if you can't stand loud noise. I use foam ear protectors that you can pick up from any drug store.

 

Stay away from Beretania Street between Bishop and River if you can. Every year traffic is a crawl because of everybody rubbernecking and the closure of the left turn lanes.

1 year, 6 months ago on What to do: Chinese New Year events

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Just a quick note: All the clubs participating in the Lion Dance in Chinatown on Friday night, 01Feb2013 will gather at the corner of King Street and Nuuanu Ave. The Lions will be greeted by the Queen and her court and sent off after the ceremonial lighting of the fire crackers in front of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at 8 S. King Street.

 

The Chinese Cultural Plaza will also have Lions parading throughout the venue.

 

Saturday night... Aurite! The hunt for the annual and elusive Salty Gin Dui begins! Not too many booths make it like the old days with preserved vegetables and salted Pork anymore. 8(

1 year, 6 months ago on What to do: Chinese New Year events

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Slow pace: in certain instances and circumstances (but not overall)

 

 Meth problem: no argument from me

 

Caucasian bashing: #KillHaoleDay growing up in school. lol This is the Aloha State. Learn to live and love. I did find the comment from Caan disturbing at first but hey, it's a open dialog/comment type of show and Mr. Cann is entitled to say what he wants. As for the open bashing by the public... CHILL OUT!

 

malama i kekahi i kekahi, e malama pono - take care of each other, take good care of yourself

 

Food: don't diss or make remarks about the foods in Hawaii till you've tried it. Tagging some of my twitter food pics with #ScottCaanDidntEatThis or #ScottCaanProbablyAteHere. Thanks for the idea @@nai808 

 

1 year, 6 months ago on Caan he say that?

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"When Harry Met Sally": Estelle Reiner "I'll have what she's having." They are having a sandwich at Katz Deli.

1 year, 10 months ago on Favorite foodie moments from non-foodie films

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I prefer this version of Psy's viral video hit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CayMeza487M (done almost entirely in Klingon too)

 

See also: http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/28/klingon-gangnam-style/

 

Oh no there's a Gandalf version too...

1 year, 10 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Gangnam Style

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Major fuud p0rn! You Mari, a "babbling idiot". That's so not you.

1 year, 11 months ago on Did this: Food &amp; Wine Makahiki

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@nonstopmari @annedreshfield As a kid, I'd fight for the pig tail... and I still fight for the pig tail to this day.

1 year, 11 months ago on Way beyond tacos and burritos

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I was so full after I ate the sandwich I was yawning...

1 year, 11 months ago on New(ish) eats: Lucky Belly

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@Melissa808 @KevinSOshiro There's a key difference between the two Gelato's. LG serves a frozen cup/pint from their factory/store. @VIAgelato doesn't serve a frozen gelato. I tend to believe that LG has to preserve their product for take out enjoyment whereas @VIAgelato can be enjoyed on a walk by whim. I actually enjoy both styles.

2 years ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Via Gelato

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@Melissa808 Naht, I'll share. @808marv @Puffettes

2 years ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Via Gelato

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@Melissa808 @Annoddah_Dave Gelato is not supposed to be frozen like Ice Cream. That's why it melts so darn fast in the summer heat.

2 years ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Via Gelato

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@WERUreo No worries, TacoakoTuesday is coming back. A couple of new trucks debut last week. There may be a few more trucks that might join the Tuesday escapade.

2 years ago on Foodscene: August

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@nonstopmari @Annoddah_Dave Ditto! Great calender.

2 years ago on Foodscene: August

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Shucks, I forgot to check if they have an assortment of Japanese Kit Kats.

2 years ago on Lawson Station opens in Hawaii!

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It wasn't CONSECTIVE bowls of Gelato. There was a span of about 10 minutes. lol Black Sesame and the Chocolate are WINNAHZ!

2 years ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Via Gelato

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Define "expensive ume" (Other Fukuoka Shopping, pic 12).

2 years, 3 months ago on Aloha Fukuoka! Let’s go shopping!

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@guavarose @Melissa808 I just happened to run into one of the daughters of the original Shung Chong Yuien Bakery on Saturday afternoon. She confirmed my memory that they used to make ALL OF THEIR TONG GOI from scratch: Pineapple, Lotus Root, Coconut, Dong Gua (my fave!!!), Papaya, etc. The only item that they couldn't master was the Kumquat's. She said the kids used to go to the store after school. When the sugar syrup was ready all the kids would line up and start the process of making the various sugar treats. Now that I'm thinking about this, they used to make this sugar crusted Peanut Cluster. It was crunchy and sweet, not like the chewy Peanut Candy.

2 years, 5 months ago on Eight things for Chinese New Year

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@Melissa808 Oh sorry, I meant as a post on your medley of photographs. You know, a caption like "Look there really is Hana Buttah."

Sadly, I've never stopped at anyplace else to buy stuff except for Hasegawa and the medical clinic. Now I know to stop off and visit other businesses.

2 years, 6 months ago on Maui: What to do in Hana

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@Melissa808 @harrycovair Yes, the path/trail from the road is really 'bus up and not well maintained. It is really a unique red color. I can't recall seeing any other beaches like this in Hawaii.

2 years, 6 months ago on Maui: What to do in Hana

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Major fuud p0rn! I'm checking out their web page: http://www.leodas.com/ Definitely a must try next time I'm on Mau`i.

So Leoda's is between Kahului and Lahaina? It's that "shack" on the right (mauka) side of Honoapiilani Highway?

2 years, 6 months ago on Maui Eats: Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop

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Parking is always a problem at many of the eateries you mentioned @nonstopmari

I remember that Violet's used to have a Double Crusted Banana Pie from Flamingo's as a choice for dessert.

This Kalihi blog can go on forever. There's so much history in the stores that still remain open.

2 years, 6 months ago on Eating Kalihi, old-style

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I didn't see any mention of it but did you and Julie have time to check out the beaches close to Hana? Kaihalulu (Red Sand Beach) which requires a walk down a slippery trail or Wai`anapanapa State Park which is a Black Sand beach? It's just neat, for lack of a better term, to see the different colors along the shoreline.

2 years, 6 months ago on Maui: What to do in Hana

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You probably didn't get car sick because you were "ohhh" and "ahhh" at all the different flora, fauna, and natural beauty on the drive over.

I like that drive over to the East side of Mau`i especially after a heavy rain the night before. The air is fresh, the sea mist is dampened, and there are a lot of waterfalls. It's a day trip for me so I've never stayed over Travaasa Hana (Hotel Hana Maui). Maybe one day...

I paused a long time at your food p0rn, especially the Lobster Benedict and the crispy Hash Browns. Yes, it has to be crispy!

2 years, 6 months ago on Maui: Travaasa Hana

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Where's the bottle of Hana Buttah?

2 years, 6 months ago on Maui: What to do in Hana

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