Stripsteak Waikiki unveils Aloha Lunch menu

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Stripsteak Waikiki has launched a new, Aloha Lunch menu with special prix fixe options featuring fresh seafood and locally-sourced ingredients accompanying Michael Mina’s contemporary steakhouse cuisine. The Aloha Lunch starts at $37.50 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and highlights a selection of healthy and light starters paired with popular entrées where guests are able to choose one appetizer and one main dish.

Light bites featured in the prix fixe offerings include local favorites such as, “Instant Bacon” with kurobuta pork belly, tempura oyster and black pepper soy-glaze, Chilled Lobster Tacos with Maui gold pineapple, avocado cream and red bell peppers; and Thai Calamari Ceviche with green papaya, carrots, crushed peanuts and “leche de tigre.”

Popular main entrée selections featured in the Aloha Lunch special include Michael’s Ahi Tuna Tartare with kale salad, Asian pear, toasted pine nuts, sesame and mint; Free-Range Chicken with Okinawan potatoes, baby spinach and Hau‘ula tomato-curry sauce; and the Stripsteak Burger with caramelized Maui onions, Nueske’s bacon, American cheese and a side of Michael Mina’s duck fat fries.

Guests also have the option of ordering á la carte selections including an assortment of fresh seafood flown in daily including shellfish, sushi and sashimi. From the broiler, options featured on the lunch menu include hearty cuts of Moyer Farms Steaks served with fries and Citrus Grilled Fish served with quinoa pilaf. Lunch libations are mixed daily into unique concoctions including the bartender’s special selection served in a Lunch Punch.

Located on the International Market Place’s Third-Level Grand Lanai at 2330 Kalākaua Avenue, lunch is offered daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with expansive indoor and outdoor seating ideally suited for business lunches. Kama‘āina are eligible for a 10% discount until the end of November with proof of residency. Reservations are highly recommended. Validated valet and self-parking is available at the International Market Place.

Stripsteak Waikiki opened on Aug. 25 and the Aloha Lunch special is the precursor to the restaurant’s participation in this year’s Restaurant Week Hawai‘i from Nov. 14-20, with more details to be released later this fall. Daily lunch service is followed by afternoon pau hana, available at the bar from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit STRIPSTEAKWaikiki.com, Facebook.com/STRIPSTEAKRestaurant and @STRIPSTEAKHI on Instagram and Twitter.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Coming to Hawaii

delete-helloThis Summer, the hugely popular Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be crossing the Pacific Ocean to make its first-ever visit to Hawaii.

The special three-day appearance will take place from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu. The “mobile vehicle of cuteness and sweets” will serve goodies from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to Hello Kitty fans of all ages.

Treats on board the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will include a macaron box set with one surprise Sanrio character macaron inside, a delicious three-piece Hello Kitty cookie set in adorable packaging, a four-pack of mini cakes, and a pink bow-shaped water bottle. In addition to the goodies, a Hello Kitty Cafe mug, a supercute pink Hello Kitty Cafe T-shirt and the pop icon’s signature bow headband will also be available to purchase.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be stationed in front of the Sanrio store, making it easy for fans to continue their experience by stopping by the retail location.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is the first-of-its-kind food service venture for Sanrio in the U.S. The cafe truck made its first official debut at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014 and has been rolling up to festivals & events ever since, spreading Sanrio’s message of happiness, friendship and fun while offering yummy goodies to Hello Kitty fans and foodies.

12 Isle Eateries Among Top 100 Outdoor Dining Spots

delete_thumb_600Hot on the heels of yesterday’s “Top 100 Places to Eat” list from Yelp comes the “100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants” from OpenTable. For this list, ranking eateries where you dine outdoors, a dozen Hawaii restaurants made the cut.

“These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” notes OpenTable in its report. “The complete list features winning restaurants in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and … the scenic state of California claims almost half the number of winning restaurants with 44, followed by Florida with 13, Hawaii with 12, and Arizona with eight.”

100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America 2016 – Hawaii

Hawaii Home to 10 of ‘Top 100 Places to Eat’

delete-yelpThe Aloha State is home to ten of the ‘Top 100 Places to Eat‘ according to Yelp’s annual survey of “food greatness.” The 2016 list, unlike the list from last year (based primarily on a restaurant’s performance in recent years),looks at performance since the founding of Yelp in 2004.

The top-ranked Hawaii restaurants are:

10. Marukame Udon, Honolulu, HI

14. Ono Seafood, Honolulu, HI

15. Da Poke Shack, Kailua-Kona, HI

35. Mama’s Fish House Restaurant, Paia, HI

56. Lahaina Grill, Lahaina, HI

63. Helena’s Hawaiian Food, Honolulu, HI

76. Musubi Cafe Iyasume, Honolulu, HI

84. Shark Pit Maui, Lahaina, HI

89. Umeke’s, Kailua-Kona, HI

92. Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, Lahaina, HI

“Businesses from across the country were compared using a ranking that looks at both the ratings and the number of reviews while accounting for quality, popularity, and statistical fluctuations,” Yelp explains. “To localize the list, only reviews written by users whose profiles list their home location as within the reviewed businesses’ country were factored into the ranking.”

See the complete list here:

https://www.yelpblog.com/2016/02/yelps-top-100-places-to-eat-in-the-us-for-2016-fast-track-to-a-food-coma

Hawaii chefs featured on ‘Moveable Feast’

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Hawaii-based chefs Lee Anne Wong, Jon Matsubara, Peter Merriman, Jim Babian, Isaac Bancaco, and Kyle Kawakami are featured on three upcoming episodes of the public television series “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking.” The first Hawaii episode, on Oahu, premieres Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. on PBS Hawaii.

“I’m excited for people outside of Hawaii to see the agricultural community and how Hawaii is so much richer than just white sand beaches,” Merriman told PBS Hawaii. “We have a deep culture.”

He also recalled “[‘Moveable Feast’ host] Pete Evans and crew getting stuck in their rental car at Kahua Ranch! They had to get towed out!”

Oahu – Premieres Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Chef Lee Anne Wong and host Pete Evans meet fish guru Brooks Takenaka at the Honolulu Fish Auction. Then, chef Jon Matsubara shows Evans how to harvest pineapple. Matsubara prepares his smoking mai tai cocktail, hibachi-style Kauai shrimp, and Kahaluu roast pork belly. Wong cooks up fresh opah, and Evans prepares ahi poke. Guests enjoy the feast at Maunalua Bay.

Maui – Premieres Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m.

2014 Maui Chef of the Year Isaac Bancaco, and founder of the mobile kitchen Maui Fresh Streatery Kyle Kawakami, show Evans around Maui. Their adventure starts with some off-shore fishing. Back on land, the team prepares a feast at Noho‘ana Farm, known for its taro and poi.

The Big Island – Premieres Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.

Chef Peter Merriman takes Evans up the Kohala Mountains to Kahua Ranch, where they pick up Wagyu beef. Meanwhile, chef Jim Babian sources abalone from the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii. The chefs meet up at Merriman’s Restaurant to prepare wood-grilled abalone; pipikaula; pan-seared kampachi with lilikoi brown butter sauce; and lamb curry with fresh ginger, turmeric, coconut, and pineapple-mint garnish.

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Tiki’s Bar & Grill November News

Breakfast at Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Tiki’s is now open for breakfast daily from 7am – 10:30am and Chef Ronnie has put together an amazing menu of local and traditional favorites. Some items include: Loco Moco made with Grass Fed Big Island Beef; Smoked Hawaiian Marlin Crepe; Red Velvet Waffles; and Surfer Girl Omelette with shrimp, crab, smoked salmon and lobster sauce. The menu also includes three different types of Eggs Benedict and four different kinds of specialty bacon items: Cheesy Bacon Grits, Chocolate Dipped Bacon, Thick Cut Smoked Bacon and a Bacon Wrapped Pineapple!

St. Francis Winery Winemaker Dinner

Tiki’s Executive Chef Ronnie Nasuti has teamed up with award-winning St. Francis Winery Winemaker Katie Madigan to bring guests an amazing five-course wine pairing dinner. The dinner is taking place on Monday, November 16th from 6pm – 8:30pm. Tickets are $75 per person and can be booked through Eventbrite or Tiki’s website. Tickets also include complimentary valet parking.

For more than four decades, the wines of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards have reflected the finest mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County, California. This year, winemaker Katie Madigan was named Best Woman Winemaker at the 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition, where her 2013 Sonoma Old Vine Zinfandel won Best in Show. Chef Ronnie has expertly paired each St. Francis wine with a course from his kitchen (menu is pasted below for you). Chef’s delicious signature items and dinner specials made with carefully sourced local purveyors fuse Hawaiian/ Pacific island flavors with American cuisine. Seating for this event is extremely limited and will sell out quickly.

Turkey At Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Iconic views and Chef Ronnie Nasuti’s special three-course menu (with all the fixings) will make this a memorable Thanksgiving Day for all!

  • When: Thursday, November 26, 4pm – 10:30pm
  • Where: Tiki’s Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
  • Cost: $36 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity)
  • Reservations: 808-923-8454 or www.tikisgrill.com

First Course: Parsnip & Apple Bisque with cinnamon creme fraiche and macadamia nuts or Waimanolo Green Salad with dried cranberries, roasted grapes, pistachios and sherry dijon vinaigrette

Second Course: Slow roasted Tom turkey with all of the fixings: Portuguese sausage, pineapple dressing, Yukon gold potato puree, rosemary Chardonnay pan gravy, fresh cranberry and star anise relish, island long bean amandine

Third Course: Pumpkin butter cake with egg nog anglaise

Highway Inn Powers Bishop Museum Cafe

Bishop Museum is proud to announce the opening of Bishop Museum Café by Highway Inn, offering selections from the Hawaiian food favorite on the historic grounds of the museum. Bishop Museum Café is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily to both museum visitors and the general public.

Highway Inn began offering select favorites from its menu at the Bishop Museum Café on Sept. 10, 2015. Eventually, the plan is for the restaurant to offer an expanded menu once the museum completes renovations on a nearby space in 2016.

“Bishop Museum was reexamining how it can improve its visitor experience through food service, and Highway Inn came up as the clear choice for a partnership,” said Bishop Museum president and CEO Blair D. Collis. “This is a partnership that we are proud of. Highway Inn not only delivers a top-notch food experience, but it’s a local institution that is in alignment with the museum’s mission and goal to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture,” he added.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership,” said Monica Toguchi, president and CEO of Highway Inn. “It’s really a great opportunity for us to bring people and food together as well as perpetuate Hawaiian and Hawaii’s food history and culture in the perfect place, Bishop Museum,” she added.

Bishop Museum Café currently offers a scaled down experience in both menu and facility from other Highway Inn locations on O‘ahu. Among the current offerings are a Hawaiian plate complete with kalua pork and lomi salmon, beef stew, shoyu pineapple chicken, poke bowls, sandwiches and grab-n-go items like musubis. The café also serves breakfast options and house-made desserts and snacks.

While visitors can immediately enjoy having a dining option on the museum grounds, they can also look forward to a greatly enhanced experience in the near future. Plans for a $500,000 renovation are underway to create a new space for the eatery. At its completion, the new dining space will feature indoor and outdoor seating with vistas of Hawaiian Hall and the Great Lawn. On top of an expanded menu and alcoholic beverage options, the experience will be an enriching one, as visitors will be able to learn about Hawaiian Culture and their natural surroundings as they dine.

Construction of the new space is estimated to begin sometime between the end of this year and the beginning of 2016. The estimated opening of the new dining space is spring of 2016.

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.

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.

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.