Localicious Hawaii to Support Ag Education

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Top of Waikiki is proud to partner with the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF) to participate in the 2015 Localicious Hawaii; a month-long campaign to promote restaurants committed to supporting the local agricultural industry and raise funds for HAF’s agricultural education program.

For the entire month of March, Top of Waikiki will contribute $1 to HAF’s ag education program, Veggie U, for every House Salad ordered. The popular $12 signature dish features a delicate and colorful mix of locally grown produce such as the MA’O Farms Sassy Mix and radishes, Ho Farms Family Mix Tomatoes and Ho Farms Japanese Cucumbers, tossed in house-made pomegranate vinaigrette.

“At Top of Waikiki, we do our best to purchase locally grown produce when available, and believe in backing the local farms and agricultural industry in Hawaii,” says Executive Chef Lance Kosaka. “We also encourage student internships and educational programs through community colleges to train up-and-coming chefs; HAF’s agriculture education is important for our industry and we support it.”

Localicious Hawaii is made possible through the generous support of ChefZone, a division of Y. Hata, Hawaii State Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Gas, Paradise Cove, Honolulu Brewers Festival and Honolulu Magazine. For further information about Localicious Hawaii, visit localicioushawaii.com.

About Top of Waikiki

Top of Waikiki is Hawaii’s only revolving restaurant and offers locals and visitors alike, a unique dining experience in the heart of Waikiki. Complimentary validated parking is available at the Waikiki Business Plaza. Top of Waikiki is located on the 18th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave. For reservations, call 808-923-3877 or go to TopofWaikiki.com. Groups and special event requests are welcome by prior arrangement. Dinner is served from 4:30-9:30 p.m., 7 nights a week. Appetizers and salads range from $9-19, entrées from $25-45, and all desserts are $9. Prix-fixe tasting menus are also available, at $65 for four courses and $95 for six courses, including the lavish Surf n’ Turf.

About The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation

The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization created to promote agriculture and farming. Established in 2007, HAF’s mission is to support and sustain Hawaii’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawaii, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa.

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Four Courses for Valentine’s Day at Top of Waikiki

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SONY DSCFor Valentine’s Day, Top of Waikiki is offering a four-course meal filled with exquisite flavors. Take in 360-degree views of the Honolulu skyline, while impeccable service attends to your every need under the soft glow of candlelight. Executive Chef Lance Kosaka crafts this year’s mouth-watering selection that is only available on February 14.

“While selecting this menu, I focused on how special Valentine’s Day is to our guests, and also to all of us here at the restaurant. I wanted to create a meal that simply tastes great and would be memorable,” said Executive Chef Lance Kosaka. “These dishes were created just for this night and aren’t ordinarily on the menu, so it’s a chance for our guests to enjoy some different flavors at Top of Waikiki.”

Set hearts on fire with this culinary experience, beginning with the Slow Motion Egg, an amuse bouche of slow-cooked local egg paired with smoked pork, mushroom ragout and a sweet onion foam. Savor a seductive, second course of Shrimp and Snow Crab Claws with ricoto cocktail sauce, Hawaiian hearts of palm and avocado mousse. Select between a delicate Miso and Yuzu Glazed Smoked Butterfish with eggplant puree and crispy gobo, or Roasted Beef Striploin with red-wine braised cabbage and charred broccoli puree as your entree. Dessert is Baked Alaska; a sinfully decadent chocolate cake made for two, with raspberry ice cream and dark chocolate sorbet.

The four-course menu is $75, with an additional wine and cocktail pairing for just $20. An “Early Lover’s Special,” which features the same four-course menu, for $55 and is available from 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Reservations are required by phone for this night so please call us at: (808) 923-3877. To see the complete menu, please visit our website: www.topofwaikiki.com

Top of Waikiki, voted best restaurant with a view, is Honolulu’s only revolving restaurant and offers a unique dining experience in the heart of Waikiki. Top of Waikiki always offers FREE validated parking. For more information, please call 808-923-3877 or go to TopofWaikiki.com.

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Honolulu Cookie Co. Goes Silver & Pink for Valentine’s Day

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honolulu-chocolate-company-2Honolulu Cookie Company turns its thoughts to love with the Valentine’s Collection 2015. This year, the collection celebrates the timelessness of romance. With each gift item, the collection calls up the feeling of first love, rekindled infatuation, and all the little perfections that make your special someone so sweet.

The design element of the Valentine’s Collection 2015 showcases its modern take on timeless romance. Powerful silvers and vibrant pinks are paired up to evoke the feelings of that first romantic spark. This innocence and intensity can be seen throughout the collection’s packaging, giving a contemporary twist to the classic heart-shaped gift box. To complete the perfect gift, Honolulu Cookie Company has changed the signature pineapple shape of its shortbread cookies to hearts, in assorted flavors of tropical fruit, macadamia nut, coconut, coffee, chocolate — all dipped in premium white, dark or milk chocolate. In addition, there are three non-dipped, chocolate chip flavors.

Customers may choose from a variety of gift sizes for the perfect expression of how they feel. Give a sweet peck on the cheek with the Sweet Heart Tin’s nine delicious treats ($9.95), or relive a lifetime of romance with the Satin Heart Gift Box’s selection of 37 cookies ($39.95). To see the full line of Honolulu Cookie Company’s Valentine’s Collection 2015, visit honolulucookie.com or stop by one of their retail locations. Order by February 8 for delivery throughout the U.S. before Valentine’s Day.

In their stores, Honolulu Cookie Company is creating an atmosphere of romance. Select a love note to pair with your gift box that may help you find those perfect romantic words this Valentine’s Day. And to bring a little romance to their partnership with DFS, Honolulu Cookie Company is offering two unique items only available in DFS stores. The Valentine’s Gift Tote makes for an adorable sampling of 8 cookies in 3 flavors and the Valentine’s Gift Box offers a wider selection of 21 cookies in 10 flavors.

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate that romantic spark with a little help from the Honolulu Cookie Company. For more details on the company and its products, please visit www.honolulucookie.com or call toll free at (866) 333-5800.

You can also find Honolulu Cookie Company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/honolulucookie.

About Honolulu Cookie Company

Since 1998, Honolulu Cookie Company’s premium shortbread cookies have been made from the original recipe using Hawaii’s freshest and finest ingredients. Baking begins every morning at 5 A.M. in Honolulu and each cookie is individually wrapped.

On Oahu, Honolulu Cookie Company has seven retail stores in Waikiki, one at Ward Warehouse and a kiosk in the Makai Food Court at Ala Moana Center. On Maui, Honolulu Cookie Company has a store in the Shops at Whalers Village and a second on Front Street in Lahaina. A third Maui store will open in the Shops at Wailea in February of this year. Honolulu Cookie Company can be found in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo in Las Vegas, with a second store opening in early March in the Grand Bazaar Center on Las Vegas Boulevard. The first international locations opened in July and December 2014 in Seoul, Korea.

In addition, Honolulu Cookie Company cookies are available at select retail partners: Neiman Marcus, Tommy Bahama, and DFS stores. Go to www.honolulucookie.com/store-locations for details.

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Jamba Juice Hawaii Adds Kale

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jambakaleposterJamba Juice Hawaii is kicking off the New Year with a new lineup of Kale offerings, and a new, only-in-Hawaii Kale bowl. Not only is kale a nutrition sensation, but in true Jamba style, the new Kale smoothies taste sensational, too.

“Hawaii is the #1 healthy state in the nation, and when it comes to eating healthy, kale is a #1 leafy green vegetable,” says Donna Yano, VP of Jamba Juice Hawaii. “That’s why kale tops our new line made with fresh whole foods ingredients that taste great, including a yummy new kale bowl that’s exclusively in Jamba Juice Hawaii stores.”

Most Americans do not eat the recommended 2.5 to 3 daily 1-cup servings of vegetables.

Each Jamba Juice Kale Product contains at least 1 cup of Kale, along with other wholesome, straight-from-the earth whole foods ingredients that provide up to 3 full servings of fruit and/or veggies, depending on which product you choose.

Dietary guidelines also recommend eating more leafy greens, and many nutritionists rate kale as the #1 leafy green to add to your diet. If you want to eat healthier this year, Kale can’t be beat. Jamba makes it so easy to get your daily servings, and you don’t need to go to Kale University to kale-i-brate the nutritional benefits!

One cup of Kale provides:

  • 6 grams of Carbs
  • 35 Calories
  • 130% RDA* of Vitamin A (supports healthy eyes and skin)
  • 130% RDA of Vitamin C (supports a healthy immune system)
  • 100% RDA of Vitamin K (supports healthy blood)
  • Calcium (supports healthy bones & teeth)
  • Plus many other essential vitamins and minerals

“We’re excited to provide Hawaii’s active people with nutrition-packed refreshments to help them achieve their healthy living goals,” Yano said.

In addition, all Jamba Kale products are vegetarian, gluten-free, and are FREE of artificial flavors, preservatives and high fructose corn syrup. Here’s the lineup:

  • Amazing Greens Whole Foods Smoothie with Nonfat Greek Yogurt, Peaches and Bananas, and Chia Seeds
    • All the Benefits of Kale, plus:
    • 11 grams Protein
    • 6 grams Fiber
  • Greens ‘n Ginger Whole Foods Smoothie
    • Fresh Kale
    • Mango
    • Peach
    • Ginger
    • Lemonade
    • Lactose-free
  • Apple ‘n Kale Bowl (Hawaii Exclusive)
    • Fresh Kale
    • Apple Juice
    • Mangoes
    • Bananas
    • Almonds
    • Honey Drizzle
    • Lactose-free
  • Kale Orange Power Juice
    • Fresh Kale
    • Fresh-squeezed orange juice
    • Bananas
    • Lactose-free

About Jamba Juice Hawaii

Jamba Juice is the category-defining leader in all-natural, made-to-order fruit smoothies, juices, acai bowls and other snacks for health-conscious consumers with discerning tastes. Jamba entered the Hawaii market in June 1999 and now has 33 stores whirling on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island and employs over 700 team members. Jamba Juice Hawaii is an authorized licensee between Jamba Juice Company of Emeryville, CA and Blue Pacific Hawaii, LLC. Jamba Juice Smoothies are packed with real fruit and veggies and loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Visit www.jambahawaii.com for store locations and more information.

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Crabbie’s Ginger Beer Reaches Hawaii

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crabbies-screenshotCrabbie’s Ginger Beer has arrived in Hawaii through a partnership with Paradise Beverages.

“Crabbie’s is a truly innovative drink that wasn’t offered before in America and the response has been incredible,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian Importing, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s. “We are excited share Crabbie’s, over ice with a slice, with people throughout Hawaii; it’s time for a Crabbie’s.”

Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer (4.8%) established, and is leading, the alcoholic ginger beer category in the United States. It’s carefully crafted from a secret recipe using the finest ginger which is cold steeped for up to six weeks and then combined with four exotic spices. The result is a refreshing, light bodied ginger beer with a spicy fresh ginger flavor, notes of citrus and a warming finish. Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer is ideal when served chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime.

The story of Crabbie’s began in Edinburgh, Scotland during the early 19th century with respected wine and spirits merchant, Miller Crabbie. His son John Crabbie would later inherit the family business and soon developed a flair for the innovative. Capitalizing on the nearby Port of Leith gave him access to ingredients from many nations, he sourced the finest ginger and exotic spices for his signature Green Ginger Wine, starting a legacy that would last for generations to come. Crabbie’s iconic elephant trademark symbolizes its heritage; 200 years ago, elephants were traditionally used by importers to explore untrodden grounds to procure ingredients. Today, Crabbie’s is sold across the globe in a variety of refreshing ranges.

Crabbie’s is available for purchase in a 16.9 ounce bottle. Ideal for sipping, Crabbie’s can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as a Dark & Crabbie and the Moscow Mule.

As the first alcoholic ginger beer available in America, the number one question asked by consumers is, “Where can I buy Crabbie’s?” To help in their quest for Crabbie’s refreshment, Crabbie’s launched the free, Time for a Crabbie’s app, available for iPhone and Android smart phones. Find the nearest stores, bars and restaurants selling Crabbie’s, take an interactive poll on the favorite Crabbie’s flavor, read flavor profiles, and enjoy Crabbie’s cocktail recipes.

The free app can be found by searching ‘Time for a Crabbie’s’ on Apple’s App store and on Google Play for Android phones. For consumers who do not have a smart phones, Crabbie’s has also launched a ‘Find Crabbie’s’ section of its website crabbiesgingerbeer.com. Simply enter a zip code to locate the nearest Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

For information on sales in Hawaii, please contact Thom Cornog (Thom.Cornog@parbev.com). For more information on Crabbie’s, please visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tommy Bahama Opening in Waikiki

tommybahamaTommy Bahama has announced plans to open a new restaurant and retail destination in Waikiki in August 2015.

Located at 298 Beach Walk, the planned three-level, 19,323-square-foot Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store captures the views of legendary Kalakaua Avenue, considered the center of Waikiki’s preeminent shopping district. Celebrating the rich heritage of Hawaii and the relaxed style synonymous with the brand, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store will honor cultural island traditions while reflecting its easy resort spirit.

There are currently seven Tommy Bahama stores in Hawaii including two with restaurants: The Shops at Mauna Lani on the Big Island and The Shops at Wailea on Maui.

“Waikiki Beach is an iconic destination for vacationers from all over the world and the perfect setting to share an authentic Tommy Bahama dining and shopping experience,” said Rob Goldberg, Executive Vice President Restaurants, Tommy Bahama.

The new location will include an expansive first floor retail space with a restaurant and bar area on the second floor opening up to a cascade of windows taking advantage of city views while creating an outdoor feel. The third level rooftop bar will feature a terrace style cocktail area for lounging with a sandy beach patio modeling a seashore vibe.

A significant architectural design feature will be a beautiful staircase that will usher guests seamlessly between floors, bordered by a lush living plant wall for a green garden effect. The colorful ambiance will be enhanced with warm wood tones, lavish textures and clever décor in keeping with Tommy Bahama’s signature, luxuriously understated surroundings.

“This particular location is naturally representative of Tommy Bahama’s relaxed living philosophy. We’ve embraced Waikiki’s spectacular beach and urban elements, blending the best of these two settings to take advantage of this ultimate vacation spot,” added Mr. Goldberg.

Offering an easily accessible oasis for a fun escape, guests will find an impressive assortment of Tommy Bahama men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, footwear, accessories, and a selection of home décor items. The restaurant’s menu will focus on regional Hawaiian island-inspired cuisine using fresh, seasonal ingredients with locally sourced beef and seafood. On the third level, guests can immerse themselves in the lively bar setting and unwind while imbibing on hand-crafted cocktails, wine and local brews.

With the brand’s affinity for coastal climates showcasing a relaxed lifestyle that engages the senses and delights enthusiasts, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store has found another home in Honolulu.

About Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama is part of Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. The company owns and operates over 150 Tommy Bahama retail locations worldwide, 15 of which offer a Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar.

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McDonald’s Opens at Former Byron’s Spot

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McDonald’s of Koapaka, located on the former Byron’s Drive In lot near the Honolulu International Airport, will celebrate its grand opening “pau hana” style on Friday, Jan. 9 from 3 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend festivities that will include Big Mac® sandwiches for only 99-cents from 5 to 8 p.m.

In addition, attendees will also enjoy a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, a Ronald McDonald meet and greet, live radio broadcast with Krey-Z Oshiro of Island 98.5, entertainment by Simple Souls and prize giveaways throughout the evening. Customers at McDonald’s of Koapaka will enjoy the new double lane drive-thru, dual-point order system (completed orders called out by number) interior décor and seating, as well as exterior patio seating.

The “Pau Hana” timeline is as follows:

3 to 6 p.m.: Island 98.5 Live Radio Broadcast with Krey-Z Oshiro
3 p.m.: Meet and Greet with Ronald McDonald
4 p.m.: Chinese Lion Dance
5 to 8 p.m.: 99-cent Big Mac Sandwich Deal
6 to 8 p.m.: Simple Souls

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii has 86 restaurants and more than 5,200 employees in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. In Hawaii alone, the company has 76 restaurants and more than 4,600 employees. McDonald’s total economic impact on the state yearly, directly and indirectly, is about $370 million in spending and nearly 12,000 jobs in the community. McDonald’s prides itself on offering career opportunities to employees, with most managers staying with the company for more than 18 years. Follow McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii on Twitter at @McDonaldsHawaii.

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Aloha Tofu Opens Iwilei Location

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Aloha Tofu, a local company that’s been around for over half a century, is expanding its operation to include a new retail location in Iwilei.

The company has run its factory in Kalihi since 1976, but company president Paul Uyehara told Pacific Business News that “We are trying a couple of new things at [Dole Cannery].”

Much of the space is devoted to a commercial kitchen, but there is a counter and a few small tables to serve up tofu-centric dishes. There will be plate lunches, special Friday bento combinations, and a few sides and desserts.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and the first day of business is tomorrow, Jan. 5.

Check out the full launch menu over at Hawaii Blog.

Photo courtesy Aloha Tofu.

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First Couple Dines at Exclusive Honolulu Restaurant

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Pres. Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined in style on Thursday, hitting up Vintage Cave. Reports KHON, which happened to be across the street when the presidential motorcade rolled up:

President and Michelle Obama ended their first day of 2015 with an elaborate dining experience at Ala Moana Center… The motorcade turned up from Ala Moana Boulevard and entered the mall on Kona Street at approximately 6:45 p.m. According to the White House Press Office, the couple is dining at Vintage Cave, an exclusive restaurant located inside Shirokiya known for extravagant, multi-course meals. This is their first visit to the restaurant.

Bill Cresenzo of Pacific Business News got more details:

…The restaurant did not know that the president and his wife were coming until about two hours before they arrived. Chef Jonathan Mizukami made the First Couple the restaurant’s signature $295 multi-course meal. Wakida said the Obamas spent about three hours at the restaurant, which features millions of dollars’ worth of artwork along its walls, including pieces by Pablo Picasso. The First Couple dined in the restaurant’s Ruby Room, in view of other diners.

The dinner did not escape the attention of the international media.

CNN: “After ringing in the New Year with a low-key celebration with family and friends, the first couple enjoyed their first dinner of 2015 at one of the swankiest restaurants in Hawaii.”

Daily Mail: “The president and first lady treated themselves to a five star dinner on New Year’s Day at renowned Honolulu, Hawaii, restaurant Vintage Cave, where a 15 course, prix fixe meal costs a cool $295 a person, wine pairings add another $130 a head and the total tab often nears $1,000 after taxes and tip.”

To learn more about the Vintage Cave, check out this profile by Martha Cheng in Honolulu Magazine, describing it as “the restaurant that could put fine dining in Honolulu back on the map.”

 

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Reindeer Dogs return to Hank’s

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With the holiday season officially on, Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kakaako has put its seasonal ‘Reindeer Dog’ back on the menu.

“Our annual special from our sister state Alaska is in season now,” the eatery announced this morning. “Jumbo 1/4 pound sausage of lean caribou blended with beef, grilled then holiday dressed with mustard, ketchup, mayo, onion and relish.”

The holiday delicacy is available for $7.50 plus tax, while supplies last, through the end of the year.

Hank’s Haute Dogs is located at 324 Coral Street, and is open seven days a week.

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