New + notable: Café Julia

Every few years, the downtown YWCA’s café—for more than a decade known as Café Laniakea—gets a new chef, gets buzz, then goes off the radar (or closes altogether). All kinds of locally known names have helmed the kitchen—such as Town’s Ed Kenney (Wanda Adams announced his appointment in the Honolulu Advertiser in 2003, reporting that the café’s new motto was “Local first, organic whenever possible … Continue reading New + notable: Café Julia

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

Voulez-vous mangez avec moi? Kahala Resort holds Julia Child Tribute in August

Julia Child continues to inspire chefs and launch a thousand food events. This August (when all good French citizens go on holiday), the Kahala Resort holds Bon Appétit!: A Tribute to Julia Child and Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The month-long event is held in honor of the French-cuisine chronicler’s 100th birthday. There will be classes, a grazing event, and special menus in the … Continue reading Voulez-vous mangez avec moi? Kahala Resort holds Julia Child Tribute in August

New York Times essay winner heading to HI—looks forward to learning about food security efforts and trying poi

In March, Ariel Kaminer, author of the New York Times Magazine‘s “The Ethicist” column, invited people to send in essays answering the question: Is it ethical to eat meat? The results were published in last Sunday’s issue, and the winner, Jay Bost, is planning to move to Hawai‘i next year to pursue a Ph.D. in tropical plant and soil science. The agroecologist currently teaches at … Continue reading New York Times essay winner heading to HI—looks forward to learning about food security efforts and trying poi

The return of the Ethiopian pop-up

Ethiopian-food fans rejoiced when they received an email from Meron Girma Tsige announcing that Addis Ababa Hawaii resurfaces at Lemongrass Cafe in Chinatown this month. Last night was the pop-up’s downtown debut. You can reserve a table for March 17 and 24, at 6pm or 7:30pm. On those dates, you can also drop in for lunch without reservations at noon. After that Addis Ababa Hawaii … Continue reading The return of the Ethiopian pop-up

Chris Kajioka reunites with Ron Siegel

I feel like I’m working on a soap opera script, following chef Chris Kajioka. Two months after I interviewed him and Mourad Lahlou (see below) in September, the Hawai‘i-born chef went through a tearful divorce (I keed! It was all amicable) and reunited with his old flame Ron Siegel at the Ritz Carlton’s new restaurant Parallel 37 (they gutted the eight-year-old Dining Room). Seigel is … Continue reading Chris Kajioka reunites with Ron Siegel

Mourad Lahlou loves Kaua‘i shrimp (and Chris Kajioka)

Pretend it’s Sept. 28, 2011. Please? Cause that’s when I did this interview with island-grown chef Chris Kajioka and Mourad Lahlou, chef-owner of vaunted, Michelin-starred San Francisco restaurant Aziza. OK, the time travel starts…now. SINCE CHRIS KAJIOKA joined Mourad Lahlou’s San Francisco resaurant Aziza in January 2011, the contemporary Moroccan spot has become a sort of pilgrimage stop for Hawai‘i eaters and cooks. And Kajioka … Continue reading Mourad Lahlou loves Kaua‘i shrimp (and Chris Kajioka)