Showing posts from October, 2012

Poke: Celebrating National Seafood Month 2012

One of my favorite seafood dishes is poke.  In Hawaii, poke is served as a appetizer or pupu.    Everyone has their favorite recipe and hence why there are so many varieties in Hawaii, esp if you visit Alicia's Market, Poke Stop, Tanioka's and even Foodland.
In celebrating National Seafood Month 2012, here's my favorites pokes:
 The Famous Wasabi Masago Ahi Poke from Alicia's Market

My first stop after I leave the airport...
Sweet Onion Ahi Poke
Love Maui Onions, so sweet...

Sea Asparagus Ahi Poke
I love sea asparagus! If you've never had them, they're salty with a nice crunch.
On the mainland, they're called "sea beans" but the quality is not the same.

Tako Poke
Just wanted something different
Since I can't find a good one at home, I just make my own...  Cubed yellowfin tuna (A simple tuna and octopus recipe here)
Add in some soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil with your favorite condiments.
In this case, I used masago, sweet onions, and green onions in this one. Y…

The Biggest Shochu Event!

With the popularity of sake over the last 10 years, you can imagine how many sake training sessions I've taught to the service staff at numerous restaurants.  Having attended the recent Mutual Trading Restaurant Expo and sampling many different sake, it was good to be able to compare with today's Shochu tasting.  But I have to admit, I really don't know much about Shochu...
Over the last 5+ years, I've heard talk about Shochu, but it didn't sound like they knew any more than I did.  So when I was invited to "The Biggest Shochu Event" by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), I jumped at the chance to learn more and be able to share with you.
The Biggest Shochu Event by JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization)
First, the difference between sake and shochu?  In a nutshell, sake is a fermented alcoholic beverage and shochu is a distilled alcoholic beverage.  I always thought of it as a Japanese vodka, since it's distilled.  What I didn't know, Sh…

Kailua: One Night at Prima

During my trip to Honolulu for the Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival, one of the places I wanted to return to was Prima in Kailua for some modern Italian.  Only open for about a year, Prima is that casual place that has great food.
A few of us took a break from the festival food and stopped in for dinner.

See What Jay Eats...

 While looking over the menu
and specials board,
we enjoyed the fresh bread.

Specials tonight Headcheese Adobo
Really good...

Sweetbread with Biscuits (another special)

A variety of mushrooms
Pizza Time! Prosciutto Rucola
Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, parmesan
A favorite of mine...

We had a few other dishes, including Pappardelle - curry bolognese, fried curry leaves Meatball Pizza
Dessert Time! Their famous house made ice creams
jasmine, pineapple, lilikoi, and peanut butter.
The peanut butter was my favorite

Almond cake with figs

It was another great meal at Prima, my first visit was during lunch.  Hard to believe that last trip was only 4 months ago... Click Here to see m…

Honolulu: Hotel Renew

I was on Oahu for the 2012 Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival as guest of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, I thank them for the invitation and hospitality.  

I knew this would be food-filled four days of go-go-go and go...  Arrangements were made for  me at the Hotel Renew in Waikiki.  When I visit Honolulu, I usually stay on the Ala Moana side of Waikiki, so I had no idea where to find Hotel Renew.  It's actually located on the Diamond Head side of the Marriott Waikiki and not far from the beach... 

Photo by Hotel Renew
You're probably thinking the same thing I did... Well, Hotel Renew is Honolulu's first boutique hotel, designed by acclaimed designer Jiun Ho.  Since I'm a food guy, hopefully my descriptions make sense.

First off, it's not a mega resort, only 72 rooms.  It's a modern hotel with a tranquil feed, away from the Waikiki noise and the tons of people.  It didn't have a chain feel to it, so I had a feeling that I'd like this place...


Enter the MODERN Dragon: Morimoto and Friends

After a full day at "The Bounty of He'eia" excursion, it's on to the first night of Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival.  "The MODERN Dragon: Morimoto and Friends" presented by Hawaiian Airlines, is tonight's Asian inspired theme celebrating the Year of the Dragon!  
Since I'm a Dragon, I took special interest in the evening...
See What Jay Eats...
Photo by Ed Morita
East meets West at the MODERN Honolulu
Photo by Ed Morita Some of the night's participating chefs
(Left - Right)  Roy Yamaguchi, Ming Tsai, Masaharu Morimoto, 
Alan Wong, Hiroyuki Sakai, Chai Chaowasaree, Roy Choi, 
and Sang Yoon.
Photo by Ed Morita Fish Taco
Chef Masaharu Morimoto Morimoto Waikiki Hawaii
Photo by Ed Morita Event Co-Founder Chef Roy Yamaguchi  with Hawaii New Now's Guy Hagi, tonight's MC
Seafood Tower
Chef Scott Toner The MODERN Honolulu Hawaii
Photo by Melissa Chang Running into Honolulu's own @turkeyboy808!
Photo by Ed Morita Chef Roy Choi Kogi BBQ, Chego Los Angeles
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