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November 14, 2018

La Hiki Kitchen Thanksgiving To-Go - Order By November 19!

Feasting made easy! Focus on your ohana and allow the La Hiki Kitchen chefs at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina to do the cooking this Thanksgiving. Enjoy a better-than-homemade feast personally created from our kitchen to yours. The traditional Thanksgiving feast will include oven-roasted turkey, braised thighs, giblet gravy, traditional hearty trimmings and a warm homemade pie ready to serve. We thank you for inviting Four Seasons into your home this year.

What's on the menu?

To order, please contact 808-679-3059. Order must be placed by November 19, 2018. (Bookings within 72 hours subject to availability, please provide us a 72-hour notice for cancellation to avoid a fully cancellation fee.)
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Dunkin’ Pearlridge Center Downtown - Grand Opening Celebration November 15

Hawaii consumers are invited to experience Dunkin’s store of the future! Aloha Petroleum today announced the grand opening of a new Dunkin’ restaurant on Thursday, November 15 that will feature the brand’s next generation store design, located at the Pearlridge Center Downtown on Moanalua Road. Complete with a modern atmosphere and innovative technologies, the location is one of the 60 or more new and remodeled Dunkin’ restaurants featuring the new design to open this year, and the only one in Hawaii. The restaurant marks the fifth Dunkin’ in the state under a franchise agreement between Dunkin’ Brands and Aloha Petroleum.

“We are thrilled to be a part of Dunkin’s next generation store initiative and to share this innovative new restaurant with the community,” said Richard Parry, president and CEO of Aloha Petroleum. “We are positioned in a perfect area for commerce at Pearlridge Downtown with its dynamic redevelopment.”

The Dunkin’ grand opening celebration commences at 10:00 a.m.—as the location joins in a traditional Hawaii Blessing with new neighboring businesses in Pearlridge Downtown—followed by a ribbon cutting at Dunkin’ at 10:30 a.m. The first 50 customers served during the festivities will also receive special giveaways, including a $25 Dunkin’ card.  Check presentations will be made at 11:00 a.m. to Pearlridge Elementary, Alvah A. Scott Elementary and the Pali Momi Foundation in honor of the occasion, with a lion dance at 11:30 a.m. Appearances from Dunkin’ mascots Cuppy and Sprinkles run throughout the event until 12:30 p.m.

Exciting elements of Dunkin’s new restaurant experience at the Pearlridge Downtown location include:

·      Modern Design: The openness, colors and materials used in the design help to create an approachable, positive and energetic environment.

·      Premium Pours: Dunkin’s signature cold beverages are now served through an innovative tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. Crew members will also use top-quality flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make hand-crafted drinks to order.

·      Dunkin’ on Demand: With fully-integrated digital kiosks coming in the near future, guests will be able to choose to order with or without the help of a crew member.  Dunkin’ has also introduced an area dedicated to mobile pickups, so that members of the DD Perks® Rewards program who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App can get in and out of the restaurant faster than ever before. Guests will be able to track the status of their orders placed for pickup inside the restaurant via a new digital order status board.

·      New Attire Designed by Life is Good®: Dunkin’ has introduced new attire and headwear designed in partnership with lifestyle brand Life is Good®. Messaging on the new crew t-shirts, such as “Fueled by Positive Energy,” and “Drink Coffee. Be Awesome.” serve as a form of self-expression for crew members, reflecting the positive atmosphere of the new Dunkin’ store and the optimism and energy for which both the Life is Good and Dunkin’ brands are known. In addition, Dunkin’ and Life is Good share a commitment to spreading positivity and helping kids in need through their respective Foundations – the Joy in Childhood Foundation® and the Kids Foundation.

·      Increased Energy Efficiency: The new Dunkin’ is a DD Green Achievement™ restaurant, which is designed to save 25% more energy compared to a standard Dunkin’ restaurant.

Operating hours of the new location will be from 7:00 a.m. until mall closing daily. To learn more about Dunkin’, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.
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DECK. Bar & Grille

I recently attended a media dinner at DECK. Bar & Grille, one of Waikiki's new restaurants with gorgeous, unobstructed views of Diamond Head.

Located in the recently-refreshed Queen Kapiolani Hotel, DECK. offers all-day dining, including twice-daily happy hour!

We began the dinner with various starters, salads, and a flatbread:

Iron Skillet Pot SPAM & Kimchi Fried Rice

Kalua Pork Flatbread

Spicy Ahi Poke

Kona Kampachi Sashimi

Otsuji Farm Green

Jumbo Chicken Wings

Baby Kale Chicken Caesar

Baked Kona Lobster Mac & Cheese
A lot of people really liked the Jumbo Chicken Wings, and it was my personal fave.  Extra crispy chicken wings were tossed in a spiced black vinegar glaze that gave it a really nice flavor.

I also enjoyed the Baby Kale Chicken Caesar, which was also another popular dish of the evening.

The Kona Kampachi Sashimi and Spicy Ahi Poke were two more dishes that my tablemates raved about, and although some on our table enjoyed the Kalua Pork Flatbread, I thought the bread was much too thick and chewy for my personal preference.
Hawaiian Ocean Catch of the Day

Grilled Filet Mignon

Kobe Beef Cheeseburger
Of the mains, the Kobe Beef Cheeseburger was delish, and I loved the umami potatoes that were served with the Filet Mignon.
Joe's Lilikoi Ice Cream Cheesecake

Molten Chocolate Cake

Paley's Popcorn Ice Cream
The Paley's Popcorn Ice Cream was yummy.  I liked the contrast of the creamy ice cream with the crunchy caramel corn.

The Molten Chocolate Cake was decadent, and I thought Joe's Lilikoi Ice Cream Cheesecake was light and fruity, but as many had noted - we couldn't really taste any cheesecake.

I enjoyed dinner, and I can't wait to try out breakfast!

DECK. Bar & Grille
150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
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TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie

TsuruTonTan Noodle Brasserie opened its first location in Hawaii in the Royal Hawaiian Center this past summer. Similar to Marukame Udon, they are known for using high quality ingredients from Japan and making udon fresh in-house daily.

We started with the Tatsuta Chicken, which is only $7 during Happy Hour (11 am - 6:30 pm daily), and their top seller, according to their menu.

Since it was a hot day, I ordered the tempura zaru udon off of their "cold" menu. Since upgrades to the larger size are currently free, I opted for the large size.  

Although it doesn't look like a lot of noodles, it's actually a generous portion. I ended up getting half of it to-go.

The tempura was nice and crispy and had the perfect amount of batter on it. 

@WeHeartHawaii ordered the ume shiso shaved ice udon. Interesting concept. All that ice sure does keep the noodles cold and firm.

Although the prices here are higher than Marukame, the menu is a lot larger, they have waiter service, and the wait for a table is not as crazy as Marukame. 

TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie
2233 Kalakaua Ave B310
Phone: 808-888-8559

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Visit Wyoming: The Ames Monument

During our day trip to Wyoming, it ended up snowing. A lot. So we really didn't get to do as much as we wanted to while we there.

We did, however, drive up to the Ames Monument.

I got out for a split second just to take a photo (it was freezing cold!).

Built by the Union Pacific Railroad Company, the 60-foot high granite pyramid is a memorial to the Ames brothers Oakes and Oliver, who were integral to the construction of the first coast to coast railroad on the continent.

The monument stands at the highest elevation (8,247 feet) of the original transcontinental route.

Ames Monument
Albany County, Wyoming,
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November 13, 2018

Reyn Spooner Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 2018 Collection

Disclosure: Complimentary product was received.

The 2018 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival may be over, but you can still own a piece of the festivities thanks to Reyn Spooner's 2018 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Collection.

I was fortunate to have received a Wine Bag, Oven Mitt, and Apron from the collection.

Also available are dresses, shirts, a cosmetic bag, shopping bag, and placemat.

The collection features the kalo plant, a fitting tribute to Hawaii Food & Wine Festival's mission of helping to achieve sustainability while supporting Hawaii's agriculture and culinary future.

A portion of the proceeds of each sale in the collection goes towards supporting culinary education and local food sustainability and educational programs.
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Visit Kona: Scandinavian Shave Ice

We couldn't leave the Big Island without having some shave ice, so we stopped at Scandinavian Shave Ice (which also serves ice cream and soft serve!) on our last day in Kona (which was sweltering!).
Cherry, Gummy Bear, Cotton Candy

Cherry, Red Velvet Cake, Strawberry

Vanilla Soft Serve

Volcano Ice Cream

If you order shave ice, you can choose up to three flavors, with toppings for an additional cost.

I couldn't resist getting the Volcano ice cream!  It was delish!

There is limited seating within the shop, but Scandinavian Shave Ice was the perfect place to beat the heat!

Scandinavian Shave Ice
75-5699 Alii Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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