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4 months, 2 weeks ago on Olena Heu joins Frolic Hawaii team

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@Melissa808 Aww, poor @ParkRat, another female that will dominate him.  And you famous, see you (real quick, no blink!) on the vote for me commercial!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Olena Heu joins Frolic Hawaii team

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 @turkfontaine Oh yeah, forgot to mention, they do sell those t-shirts.  I'm a proud owner of one!

2 years, 6 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Island Brew

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Did you notice how the toothpick villian reminds you of an evil @johngarcia? 

2 years, 6 months ago on ‘Hawaii Five-O’ Recap: ‘Ua Hala’

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Rafael gave me a name change!

2 years, 6 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Island Brew

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Yeah, I had the same problem this morning.  It appeared that it was defaulting to the previous video.  What you can do is at the bottom of the video, there should be a row of thumbnails showing all the videos there.  Scroll left and the Island Brew should be there.  Right now, as I write this (8:45 p.m. Hawaii time,  Wednesday night), I see the Island Brew video.

2 years, 6 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Island Brew

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 @turkfontaine  It's actually in Hawaii Kai, near the Hawaii Kai Longs and Safeway.

2 years, 6 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Island Brew

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@edmorita Um, she is a pushy Chinee for a reason...

3 years, 2 months ago on Things just got real!

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Wow! That was quick. Big congrats! One can just imagine when they do the background piece and we see the pushy Chinee lady....

3 years, 2 months ago on Things just got real!

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Happy Birthday and Big Congrats!

Nonstop Honolulu and I are now linked forever--for it was my commenting here that led me (with the encouragement of the Twitter Goddess Melissa) to venture out into Twitter. It's been a wild ride for the both of us, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

In fact, this calls for a birthday haiku:

From vast nothingness,
It came, a new child born,
Beauty and wonder.

3 years, 3 months ago on Nonstop turns the big 1

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After a week of the Cooking Channel's Eat Street crew filming Camille's on Wheels, Flip't Out Eats, Opal Thai and Soul Patrol, it was a pity the full crew didn't stay and film tonight's event (the director stayed back an extra day and came down to ETS. I heard he enjoyed it). As Jesse of Flip't Out noted, it would've made the perfect ending to this week's shoots. But I have the feeling they'll be back....

3 years, 5 months ago on Eat the Street Pig Out!

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Ha, ha, funny how Jermel has to reign in and control her more mature comrades!

3 years, 5 months ago on Eat the Street ‘Pig Out’ contest

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@Cat @CodyZamboni Better give @ParkRat the heads up on this saimin. I can just see him camping overnight to be the first one in line.

3 years, 6 months ago on Cat Chat 19: Rainbow’s turns 50

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Why am I not surprised that you had to get legal clearance from a bunch of lawyers regarding a legal activity of theirs?

3 years, 6 months ago on It's Law Week!

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Are you still being carded? If so, you haven't crossed totally into aunty territory yet!

3 years, 7 months ago on Did he just call me ‘aunty’?

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@nonstopmari @Melissa808 That's why @Melissa808 is the Twitter Goddess. She is above it all!

3 years, 8 months ago on My week of durian love

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I'm curious, Mari--how was the durian with the orange blossom water on it? The Shogunai Taco guys were raving about that.

3 years, 8 months ago on My week of durian love

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Reminds me of a button I had in my desk when I used to work in customer service: The customer is always right--as long as they're within earshot!

I think part of this standardization is customers getting out of hand or thinking they know more. Let's be honest, the customer isn't always right. When in doubt, I ask the staff what they would recommend. Most of the time it's a good pick they make.

I also wouldn't be surprised if cost and training factor into this as well. Standard menu means set items to purchase, and it keeps cost down. No deviation from the menu means items can be cranked out faster vs. a time consuming special order. It also means you can cut corners on training by hiring less experienced people to make the items vs. a fully qualified chef.

But one can't help but wonder if we're losing something in the process. Oh well, there's always mom's home cooked meals! The best thing in the world!

3 years, 8 months ago on No more 'your way'

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@CubaJoe @johngarcia @Angela @hawaii CubaJoe, may I respectfully suggest you read what I just wrote and posted here. You may not agree with everything, but I think my last point is pertinent.

3 years, 9 months ago on Defining progress

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Okay folks, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! THIS ENDS NOW! We've all beaten the horse to a bloody pulp and blood is on all of our hands. Let us summerize this and end it.

1) We can all agree John is first rate gentleman. He has remained calm and civil during this. Some of us would have degraded this to a pissing match and fisticuffs a long time ago. In fact, he has gently reminded us that things were getting out of hand, and took action. We all, ALL of US, do a disservice to him if we continue on against his wishes.
2) This has brought forth passionate fans for the contestants. We've all had our chance to say what we felt, vent, and show data. And in a remarkably civil way. In other places, violence would've erupted. Let us embrace and enjoy that simple fact.
3)Charities are the winners here. They receive funds that are hard to get in these austere times. It is a noble and worthy goal and again, we are doing a disservice to this if we continue.
4)Something new was tried, and with anything new, lessons will be learned, mistakes made. It can only get better, but only if we objectively learn from it.
5)Ultimately, no one is hurt or killed. At the end of the day, that is what matters the most. We can all go to our loved ones and bitch and moan about this contest, and they'll be there nodding their heads in understanding and support. There are others who are overseas, facing death and destruction, on a daily basis, who wish only to get back home to that same comfort.

It's time for all of us to move on.

3 years, 9 months ago on Defining progress

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@johngarcia @Melissa808 While it would be refreshing and educational for all to hear the story, I don't think it's going to be forthcoming soon. I can't see them coming out and saying, Uh, we screwed up. At a minimum, no one wants to admit failure and end up as historical case study, as @Melissa808 suggests. More immediate would be the damage to their client's confidence and possible loss of accounts. And I won't be surprised that they are reluctant to be open about it so that their competitors can learn and take advantage from it.

So, as @Melissa808 again suggest, we're looking at the digital/social media/marketing equvilent of a Phyrric victory for Audi and the agencies.

3 years, 9 months ago on Defining progress

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You know what they say: Once you go muppet, everything else seems like a sad sock puppet.

3 years, 9 months ago on Cat Chat 17: Puppet sex?

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Good job, John. You are a far better man than me. By your actions alone, and how you met the challenges and outrages, has defined you a champion in every sense of the word. Whomever you donate the money to, I'm sure they will both grateful and honored.

That DM from Audi sounded like a polite version of a f**k you message! Maybe they need some puppet sex from AvenueQ?

3 years, 9 months ago on Defining progress

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@Melissa808 @nonstopmari Well, I did suggest that car holder thing waaayyyy back when to Mari. As for the clip to hold the tickets, perhaps a carabiner? They can easily be mounted to a tab or belt loop, and you can place the tickets on it and then tear it off as needed. Lanyards might work as well.

3 years, 9 months ago on Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Honolulu Festival Preview

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I caught some of it as I was flipping between it and the news. It appears to be very well done, none of that home video quality you see sometimes. Interesting stories (the segments I saw were Kauai's problems playing night games due to the endangered birds flying into the lights and Kamehameha class teaching social responsibility--that with drive to rebel and change must be channeled with a goal and commitment).

Good job from my namesakes--hey guys, wanna hire me as a mascot? At least I'm not asking you folks for royalties from the name!

3 years, 9 months ago on Hiki Nō goes live for debut broadcast

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@harrycovair @nonstophonolulu Just to add to @harrycovair mention regarding water. He is correct regarding hydration, and it also makes for a handy way to wash your hands afterwards if you spill or get something sticky on them. Or carry those moist towelettes (which I did as well). Carrying an extra fork, knife and spoon is always good in case of sharing, untensils getting lost/soiled/broken. Though I didn't use it, I had this set of camping fork/knife/spoon/bottle/can opener with me for that purpose. I was thinking about bringing my camping mess kit but couldn't dig it out in time; it would've been good to hold lots of goodies and serve as a cutting board if need be.

3 years, 9 months ago on Eat the Street: Shut out last time, but now I'm amped

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@hawaii @svache @nonstopmari That was how I attacked Eat the Street. I skipped over trucks that I've gone to before or know will be in a better position to serve you later (such as @xtremetaco colocating with @korean taco truck next week) and gunned after things that would disappear quick (like cupcakes or @camille's on wheels pie) or trucks that normally don't come to town (like taco vincente).

3 years, 9 months ago on Eat the Street: The buzz

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@strobie It would be cool but how will they be able to explain: 1)sex change 2)age difference 3)beard 4)height difference 5)attitude change from gov channeling Margaret "Iron Maiden" Thatcher to laid back guy if they keep the gov's name the same? Maybe it's her brother taking over by special appointment? Bad takeover plot by Wo Fat? Waiola shave ice guy in disguise?

3 years, 9 months ago on Visiting ‘Hawaii Five-0′

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@Monica_Pileggi I'm assuming that besides the usual political photo op, it's his showing support for a show that is made in Hawaii, providing jobs and does a far better job showcasing Hawaii than HVB or DBEDT. That, and I think he's angling for a role on the show....the show has a lady gov, obviously based on Lingle, and there have been Twitter jokes/comments saying that since she lost, will art imitate life and a Neil type gov appear on H50?

3 years, 9 months ago on Visiting ‘Hawaii Five-0′

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I've thanked them on Twitter last night, but let me thank them here as well. Thanks to @NonstopHonolulu and @streetgrindz for another great event!

How can you follow after the great @harrycovair ? He nailed it spot on, complete to the sorrow of not being able to try everything (I feel your pain, @harrycovair , and I know what you speak of. Let us drown our sorrow in frozen hot chocolate from @the cafe truck ) The one thing that he missed but was certainly a contributing factor: the great weather, especially given just a few days prior we were storming with hail, thunder and lightning, and shake, rattle and roll with a small earthquake.

I've only a couple of minor suggestions: place another recycle/compost tent in the middle of the truck quad to get the rubbish from people standing/waiting/roaming in line, and make sure it's in place before the start of the event. It kind of caught them by surprise when a couple of the vendors, by public pressure and demand, started to serve a little earlier than the 5:00 p.m. announced start. Maybe some tables, chairs and tents in the quad, too (but I know they would be quickly filled and overwhelmed), and maybe cover the eating area like it was last month in case of inclement weather. But that's minor and easily corrected. Overall, a very, very good job by everyone!

3 years, 9 months ago on Eat the Street Kaka’ako

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Interesting that they use real guns on the set. You would think it would be props. I can just see the gov's security detail looking with lovesick and envious eyes at the hardware...both wishing for it and bemoaning the fact that only deep pockets, like the feds and private industry, can buy those neat toys.

3 years, 9 months ago on Visiting ‘Hawaii Five-0′

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@turkfontaine If what you say is true, then we have the infamous three seashells from Demolition Man to look forward to....

But Dallas Corbin did get a free lunch from that message, though!

3 years, 9 months ago on Kaka‘ako to host this week’s Eat the Street

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@Melissa808 @ParkRat Compared against @ParkRat everyone is normal!

3 years, 9 months ago on M&M eats: Jin Din Rou

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@Melissa808 @nonstopmari With Mari as your lunch partner, I totally understand and sympathize. Will she behave herself Friday at Eat the Street, or do we have to get her goodies to keep her under control?

3 years, 9 months ago on M&M eats: Jin Din Rou

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Hah! I see @Melissa808 is still playing the role of mean aunty enforcer....just look at the picture of M & M on the Nonstop home page! @nonstopmari looks like an overamped kid on the verge of being naughty....and aunty @Melissa808 has that Please don't embarrass me otherwise I'm gonna slap you look.

3 years, 9 months ago on M&M eats: Jin Din Rou

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I need to double check, but that Elena's sounds like the lunch truck that hangs out by H-Power. If it is, oh man, we are in for a treat! They made great combos (complete with rice, toss and mac salad), turkey and a Thursday only special of baked saba. Oh, the memories.....

3 years, 9 months ago on Eat the Street: The lineup

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@808marv @korean taco truck Marv, you can tease @korean taco truck about their recent problems in getting propane. That's what I've been doing to them on Twitter. Let's just say I suggested an alternate source of gas they could use.

3 years, 9 months ago on ‘Five-0’ Preview: ‘Loa Aloha’

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@hawaii @johngarcia @korean taco truck Ah, @hawaii beat me to it! But the timing works out great for @korean taco truck .

3 years, 9 months ago on ‘Five-0’ Preview: ‘Loa Aloha’

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@nonstopmari Mari, make sure to follow the twitter stream that night, too. It's a fun place to be!

3 years, 9 months ago on ‘Five-0’ Preview: ‘Loa Aloha’

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I concur with JMattHicks--wonderful photos. Picture #13 is the epitome of beauty; the sun glistening off of the smooth skin, the natural glow enveloping the tasteful cleavage teasing us with it's natural sexiness...oh, it just makes one swoon!

Oh yeah, Cat looks good in the picture, too.

3 years, 9 months ago on Did this: Weekend on the West Side

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@808marv @streetgrindz @NonstopHonolulu @Shogunai_Tacos @nonstopmari Oh yes it is! RC told me that he has people coming up to him and saying that his version is better than what is served locally or the original in the mainland. Hopefully he'll be there next time.

3 years, 10 months ago on Did this: Eat the Street

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@dbjack Ha! That tone was set from the get-go when they formed Nonstop. Just look at the staff video introducing everyone--leading it off is @thedailydish doing what she does best---eating! Stuffing her face and talking at the same time. "Hi, I'm Cat (mumble, mumble, swallow) Nonstop (stuff burger in mouth) (more mubling)" and it ends with @melissa808 pulling out her knife (which she claims is used for cutting up samples--uh, yeah, okay) out of her infamous bag of dastardly deadly destructive devices.

3 years, 10 months ago on Did this: Eat the Street

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@streetgrindz @NonstopHonolulu @Shogunai_Tacos @nonstopmari I was wondering where The Cafe Truck was--it would have been killer to be drinking his 100% Kona and that sinfully wicked Frozen Hot Chocolate. Speedy recoveries to both Chef Cassie and RC.

3 years, 10 months ago on Did this: Eat the Street

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Though I thanked her on Twitter, big time arigato to @streetgrindz ! You da woman!

3 years, 10 months ago on Did this: Eat the Street

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@nonstopmari @nonstophonolulu @dseohonolulu @thedailydish @Melissa808 @nctrnlbst @jermel-lynn quillopo Huh? Mari never eat nothing? Nobody shared? I know when it comes to food, the Nonstop gang is everyone for themselves but hey, there was more than enough to share. I knew I should've shared my kim chee shrimp with you when @harrycovair pointed you out to me.

3 years, 10 months ago on Did this: Eat the Street

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@nonstopmari All hail the Great Mari!

3 years, 10 months ago on Seoul-ful Saturday

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And isn't it somewhat appropriate that you left during the rains (which cleared up just for you! I heard you were bossy but I didn't realize you had that much power.) and come back just before it supposed to start storming again. And you arrived back home on time, which was better than their inaugural flight the other day which was delayed due to mechanical trouble (and with the big boss on board....oopps!).

3 years, 10 months ago on Seoul-ful Saturday

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@nonstopmari @harrycovair @svache @Annoddah_Dave @bytemarks @hawaii I know....it's never the same. But at least you never totally broke down and had saimin! If you did, @parkrat would have loved you forever! Well, after @wedgelee and Ono to Go.

3 years, 10 months ago on Seoul-ful Saturday

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@nonstopmari @Annoddah_Dave Mari, don't think of it as penance. Think of it as cold weather survival. You have to consume more to stay warm and to keep your energy levels up in the biting cold. And since you're much thinner than my, uh, bulkier frame, you have to eat constantly to keep the internal heat up since you don't have the insulation I've acquired over the years.

3 years, 10 months ago on Seoul-ful Saturday

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