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Hawaii trending: Word from U.K.

March 25th, 2016

It's always fun to read about perceptions of Hawaii from abroad, and while Hawaii food is trending, I'm trying to share some outsiders' takes on our cuisine as I come across stories online.

Click here for a colorful, exuberant U.K. take on poke:

The opening line stood out: "Say aloha to this totally tropical fishy dishy," because it's something cutesy I would never ever write.

Here is an interesting map of the most common jobs, state by state, based on 2014 employment data.

Here is an interesting map of the most common jobs, state by state, based on 2014 employment data. It confirms how vital the restaurant industry is to our economy.

I took note of the map above while reading a story about the pending job losses and societal change when driverless trucks goes mainstream. It's scary, it's coming and it is bad news for small towns across America. You can read the story here.

Hawaii trending: Bloomberg view

March 11th, 2016

Hawaii foodie

Now that Hawaii food is trending, I'm coming across so many of these articles that I'll try to share some of these links regularly to get to know what outside writers are saying about our food and restaurants.

Here's a link to a writeup from Tejal Rao for Bloomberg Business:

The article talks about downtown Honolulu as Ground Zero of a restaurant boom, then instead of talking about the downtown scene, proceeds to send potential visitors all over the island for bites at Koko Head Cafe for breakfast, Kaimuki Superette for lunch, Honolulu Beer Works for afternoon drinks, The Pig & the Lady for a comforting supper, the Halekulani's House Without a Key for evening cocktails, MW for a date-night dinner, and Lucky Belly for a midnight snack.

Hawaii chefs need votes for Food & Wine honor

March 25th, 2014

Food & Wine magazine is inviting the public to help discover The People’s Best New Chef. The award, an extension of the Food & Wine Best New Chefs award, honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer.

The field of 100 nominees for the award includes 10 chefs in 10 regions across America. Restaurant devotees can cast their votes on through 11 a.m. March 31.

Nominees from the Northwest/Pacific region include Hawaii’s Chris Kajioka (The Vintage Cave, Ala Moana Center), Kevin Lee (Prima, Kailua), and Sheldon Simeon (Migrant, Kihei).

The chef with the most votes in each region will be named a finalist; the finalist with the most votes overall will be named The People’s Best New Chef, to be revealed online on April 2. The winner will also be featured in the July 2014 issue of Food & Wine, the same issue that profiles the Best New Chefs. (Nominees for The People’s Best New Chef award are also eligible for the Best New Chef award.)

To learn more about the 100 nominated chefs, visit

Meet the chefs:




Honolulu in running for FOOD & WINE Favorite Food City

January 23rd, 2014

For the first time, FOOD & WINE magazine is inviting the public to vote in the America’s Favorite Food Cities Survey, and Honolulu was chosen by its editors as one of 40 contenders.

Now through April 30, you can vote on which city has the best-looking chefs (Lahaina could be a contender!) the most adventurous eaters, and more.

Results will appear in the September 2014 print issue of FOOD & WINE.

For more information on the survey, follow FOOD & WINE on Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation with #FWHonolulu.

Vote for Honolulu at

Here are the cities vying for the honors:
1.  Atlanta
2.  Austin
3.  Birmingham
4.  Boston
5.  Charleston
6.  Chicago
7.  Cincinnati
8.  Cleveland
9.  Dallas
10.  Denver
11.  Houston
12.  Honolulu
13.  Indianapolis
14.  Kansas City
15.  Las Vegas
16.  Los Angeles
17.  Louisville
18.  Madison
19.  Memphis
20.  Miami
21.  Milwaukee
22.  Minneapolis
23.  Nashville
24.  New Orleans
25.  New York City
26.  Philadelphia
27.  Phoenix
28.  Pittsburgh
29.  Portland, Maine
30.  Portland, Ore.
31.  Providence
32.  St. Louis
33.  Salt Lake City
34.  San Antonio
35.  San Diego
36.  San Francisco
37.  Santa Fe
38.  Savannah
39.  Seattle
40.  Washington, D.C.

Food Network seeks Hawaii outsider

November 20th, 2013

food logoThe Food Network is casting for a show about new restaurant owners and is looking for people who are moving or have moved from the contiguous 48 states to Hawaii, and have recently purchased or leased a restaurant or a building that you are going to transform into a restaurant.

The episode will be part of a new tropical TV series.

If you feel you fit the criteria, plan to open a restaurant within the next six weeks or so, and want to participate, they are requesting that you send your information ASAP.

Filming begins in January 2014!

To apply: send your phone number, email, city of residence and location of restaurant, along with photos of the restaurant and you and your family, or you and your business partner to:

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