Honolulu gets a Tour d’Argent chef

After more than a year’s search, Halekulani has finally found a new chef de cuisine for  La Mer—Alexandre Trancher. He comes from La Tour d’Argent in the New Otani Tokyo, where he was executive chef, and before that he was the sous chef at the storied La Tour d’Argent in Paris. He’s already made his mark on Honolulu’s bastion of formal French dining. Continue reading Honolulu gets a Tour d’Argent chef

New York resto safari: Eleven Madison Park

It’s not often that a restaurant not only has staying power, but actually ascends to food-world pantheon domination at the age of 14. Fourteen! That’s, like, 85 in restaurant years. And venerable Eleven Madison Park has done it, earning a fourth New York Times star in 2009, a third Michelin star last year, and this year taking the Outstanding Chef Award at the James Beard … Continue reading New York resto safari: Eleven Madison Park

Chelsea food tour with Hawaiian Airlines

I’m on day three in New York, part of my #AlohaNYC trip with Hawaiian Airlines. Last night I joined Hawaiian Airlines‘ Jeremy Althof and Asiana Ponciana along with Amuse Bouche blogger and New York food scout Bradley Hawks on a food hop in Chelsea. Bradley won Hawaiian Airlines/Urban Spoon’s contest for best New York food blogger, which means he’s taking the airlines’ new nonstop flight … Continue reading Chelsea food tour with Hawaiian Airlines

The Chow-n-Art Express

So you’ve probably heard that Hawaiian Airlines starts a daily nonstop flight to New York City on Monday, ending United Airlines’ (previously Continental) monopoly on that prized route. Hawaiian Airlines has been giving freebies to writers, bloggers, chefs and other spread-the-word types each time they launch a new destination. I lucked out and got tapped to board flight 50 to JFK (as a second choice … Continue reading The Chow-n-Art Express