Weekend of Sustainability

One SheetHalekulani presents “A Weekend of Sustainability,” March 11-13, 2011.

Friday, March 11
An Evening of Sustainable Cuisine
Proceeds benefit the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. Featuring Chefs Roy Yamaguchi, Ed Kenney, Vikram Garg, and Julie Reiner from New York – $125

Saturday, March 12
The Sustainable Design Summit
Featuring Andrea Cochran, Landscape Architect, and Martin Lawrence-Bullard, Interior Designer – $50

Saturday March 12
Honolulu Architectural Tours
Featuring Ossipoff’s IBM Building (Ferraro Choi) and Ossipoff’s The Liljestrand House.

Saturday March 12
A Green Gala
Featuring GMO-free sustainable cuisine by Chef Vikram Garg. – $225

For details, check out the one sheet or call the reservation line at (808) 931-5040.

Hat tip: Pulpconnection

Miso Ramen at Kiwami Ramen

Miso Ramen at Kiwami RamenFrom foodie and Flickr fanatic Kyle (!!wat_dat!!) comes this beautiful photo and brief essay titled, “It’s about the noodles…

i’m a noodle guy. what you put on the noodles is secondary. so with that in mind, here’s one of my hidden carb loading favorites. kiwami ramen serves a thin noodle that is always cooked al dente perfect. their simple soup bases and toppings do not overwhelm the primary player…the noodles. they don’t serve gyoza or fried rice or chicken katsu…just noodles.

The miso ramen was $9.25 (plus tax). Kiwami Ramen is located in the basement of the Waikiki Shopping Center. You can check out the Kiwami Ramen menu online.

Kiwami Ramen
Waikiki Shopping Plaza
2250 Kalakaua Ave., Suite LL102
Honolulu, HI 96815

Magoo’s Planning a Comeback

Magoo's PizzaThe “founding family” behind Magoo’s Pizza is planning to re-launch its Hawaii operations, starting with a new location on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki that will open next month.

Founded in 1967, Magoo’s Pizza grew to be one of Honolulu’s most prominent pizza and restaurant chains, with over 20 locations at its peak. In many ways, the company was ahead of its time, actually starting off as a food truck, and claiming to be the first pizza place in Hawaii to deliver.

At one point, there were Magoo’s Pizza restaurants in Las Vegas and Guam. Even as the number of local locations dwindled, Magoo’s Pizza was a familiar name in Waikiki and especially at Puck’s Alley on University Avenue. The latter became an island landmark, and was even named one of the best college bars by Playboy magazine.

Alas, the Puck’s Alley restaurant closed in 2007, and today, there are only a couple of other places still using the Magoo’s Pizza name: the Magoo’s Pizza Wagon, parked at the Union 76 gas station near the intersection of South King and McCully streets, and a small restaurant at Aiea Shopping Center.

In fact, Magoo’s Pizza is still thriving in the Philippines.

But today, a page for The Original Magoo’s Pizza popped up on Facebook, launched by Sakara Blackwell of Optimum Marketing.

“Today, there are a few locations ran by operators still standing but that is all about to change. As Magoo’s Pizza approaches it’s 45th year in business, the founding family has decided to re-launch its operations in Hawaii,” Blackwell wrote. “Stay tuned for more info on the first location opening in Waikiki on Kuhio Avenue in March 2011.”

This isn’t the first attempt to revitalize Magoo’s. Ten years ago, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin wrote of “Reinventing Magoo’s,” in which founder Gilbert Sakaguchi said he “wants to return it to its former prominence.”

Blackwell was simultaneously launching Facebook pages for Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Market (@bluewatershrimp) and DH Catering (@dhcatering).

Lamb Stew

Lamb Stew by Burt Lum

Burt Lum (@bytemarks) lunched today at Downtown @ the HiSAM Restaurant, the restaurant at the Hawaii State Art Museum. He tweeted us this shot of the Lamb Stew. His Twitter review? “Good stew although I had to return the bread because it was burnt. Stew had small bits of lamb and lots of garbanzo beans.”

Ono To Go Goes Saturday

Ono To GoOno To Go (@OnoToGo), the food truck run by Wedge Lee (@WedgeLee) will be open on Saturday for the first time tomorrow.

Though mobile, Ono To Go’s home base is behind 1346 Kapiolani Blvd., near the corner of Makaloa St. & Sheridan St., across from the back end of the Wal-Mart on Keeaumoku St. And Wedge will be there tomorrow, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to satisfy hungry fans.

All of Ono To Go’s regular daily grilled items will be available, but Wedge shared some news during a Hawaii Flickr Meetup today.

As part of his first Saturday opening, Wedge said he’ll be unveiling a revamped menu. The most popular Ono To Go plates will be front and center, including the popular sampler combo and his famous pork chops.

He’ll still be serving turkey on Tuesdays, but on Thursdays, diners can look forward to a featured chef’s selection. Finally, Ono To Go’s irresistable poke will officially be available as a side, added to any plate for just $2.

No doubt many Ono To Go and food truck fans will turn out tomorrow for a rare weekend feast. But Wedge admitted that one of the most frequently asked questions is whether he’ll be at next Friday’s “Eat the Street” food truck rally in Kakaako.

Unfortunately, Ono To Go will not be participating.

“Next time!” he tweeted, and today explained that he’s simply got too much on his plate next weekend.

Ono To Go will be the main lunch attraction at the Unconferenz at Windward Community College next Saturday. And if that weren’t enough, he’ll be jetting off right afterward to a second, large catering gig on base.

So if you’ve never been able to make it to Ono To Go during a weekday lunch, tomorrow’s Saturday run is a great time to finally check it out. And if successful, Wedge says we can look forward to other Saturday specials, perhaps as often as once a month!

Food Truck Rally in Kakaako

Eat the Street Food Truck Rally | Burt LumNonstop Honolulu‘s Diane Seo today unveiled more details about the second “Eat the Street” Food Truck Rally, tacking place Friday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 9 p.m., at 555 South St. in Kakaako.

The first event in January, which drew a dozen trucks and an estimated 1,000 people, was a huge success. So much so, the space was overflowing with people. Now, “Eat the Street” founder Poni Askew of StreetGrindz.com has partnered with Nonstop Honolulu and Kamehameha Schools to go even bigger. There will be at least 19 vendors on a huge lot near Restaurant Row.

The trucks signed up to date are:

  • Aloha Ice Cream Tricycles
  • The Cafe Truck
  • Camilles on Wheels
  • Chimney Cakes
  • Dixie Grill
  • Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods
  • Fairy Cakes
  • Gogi Korean Tacos
  • Jawaiian Irie Jerk
  • Kakaako Kool
  • Let Them Eat Cupcakes
  • Lickety Split
  • Malia’s Pasteles and Poke
  • Melt Honolulu
  • Soul Patrol
  • Stacy’s LauLau and Grindz
  • T.A.S.T.E.
  • Xtreme Tacos

There’s also a Twtvite set up for Twitter users to RSVP.