You may have seen the Sweet Revenge(@SweetRevengeHNL) pie truck at Eat the Street every month since last year … or maybe you haven’t, if you came too late and found that their amazing sweet or savory pies had sold out. Whether they bring chicken pot pie, quiche, bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, chocolate haupia, crackerjack, or any of the dozens of handmade fillings they offer, the mini pies are always a hit.
I can count the number of times I’ve beat the crowd to Sweet Revenge on one hand — usually I have to stand by with a fork, hopeful that one of my friends will share a bite with me. So when Kathy, the owner, summoned me and Mari Taketa to her kitchen to taste one of her experimental new creations, I was all over it. While I was there, I shanghaied her into doing a video with me so that you can meet her and get to know some of the thought behind her lovely little pies.
Taste and Fishcake each hosted an event this month. If those past events are any indication, don’t miss the ones coming up:
Past: High on the buzz meter these days is Taste, a pop-up venue and food hub, and no wonder: it’s a collaboration involving Mark Noguchi and the Eat the Street founders, some of the most beloved players in Honolulu’s food scene. Taste opened last Saturday, with The Pig and the Lady, Sean Priester and Noguchi serving unfussy, comforting bites like a beef stew, fried chicken and waffles, and a poached-egg topped salad with bacon vinaigrette. The knockout of the night: dessert, a “kulolo” panna cotta topped with apple bananas, cocoa nibs and lilikoi “caviar,” assembled by newcomer JJ Leng, a full-time pathologist, former line cook and pastry chef. You’ll hear more about her soon.
Upcoming: Food Network’s Leanne Wong and Noguchi are hosting a Pork Party. On the menu: Super Ramen, pork kimchi gyoza, Katsu King Sammie. Show up at six (they’re open until they sell out) with cash. More info:tastetable.com/calendars/porkpart/
Plans are in the works for celebrity chef and restaurateur Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa to open Nobu Lanai in mid-December at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.
In a news release issued by the resort, Tom Roelens, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, said: “As a leader in innovative Japanese cuisine, world-renowned Chef Nobuyuki’s has revolutionized the dining experience for epicureans and travelers alike,” Roelens said.
Hawaii Five-O fans hopefully can keep themselves content with their DVD sets and saved DVR gems for another week, as pressing national matters necessarily have pushed the hit drama with the quirkiest and hottest team of crime-fighting heroes to a second week without airing a new episode. The presidential debate on foreign policy took their spot last Monday, while CBS coverage of hurricane Sandy’s impact took precedence tonight. After days of slamming winds, pelting rains, and no power or hot food, it will be perfect timing for the handsome good guys, Lt. Commander, Steven J. McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), and Danny “Danno” Williams (Scott Caan), and company to give us a taste of warm sun and sand, and surf that stays at sea!
If you’ll be in the Islands in mid-November, you’ve gotta eat out.
Slated to begin on Mon., Nov. 12 and wrap up on Sun., Nov. 18, Restaurant Week Hawaii is a seven-day celebration of Hawaii’s food services. With a total of more than 50 eateries participating on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, the eats will range from refined fine dining to island-style fast-food, with a number special menu items, promotions, and discounts.
Shirokiya keeps getting better and better. The Yataimura, the beer garden and have you seen the beer towers they’re now offering in the beer garden!? It’s like having your own tap at your table. Except maybe not as classy since it’s just Bud and Kirin on offer. The second floor underwent a bit of change, too, with the new bakery/dessert shop Kulu Kulu offering cakes and confections. (Not that sweets were ever more than a spoon’s throw away, with St. Germain and Palme D’Or on the same mall level.) In the Japanese style, the cakes are soft and light, not too sweet. My favorite: the roll cake, with tender, fluffy cake with just a touch of richness.
As you read this, I’ll be on my way to Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, as Hawaiian Airlines (@HawaiianAir) launches its direct flights to Sapporo. As with previous inaugural flights, they’re taking travel industry executives, employees, musicians, and media, and I’ll be tagging along with my Twitter friend, Laurie Oue (@Konaish).
Hawaiian is the only American airline with a direct flight from the U.S. to Sapporo, which is kind of cool. In researching, it was hard to get advice on what to do in this area; many people were vague or general in their recommendations, or couldn’t provide up-to-date advice because they had not been there in years. Hopefully, this new direct flight will change all that.
Even the guard dog freaked out and ran away.
Good haunted attractions will scare you into laughing, while great haunted attractions will leave you with chicken skin on the long, dark ride home.
At Nightmare in Waimea, the chicken skin tales are starting early this year as volunteers get ready for visitors this weekend.
Chef Alan Wong and head of the University of Hawaii Hilo apiary program, Dr. Lorna Tsutsumi, welcomed Adopt-A-Beehive program donors to The Pineapple Room for a party Sunday evening.
Donors sampled dishes made with honey from the beehives their donations made possible. We were even able to taste honeycomb that was flown in from Hilo that morning.