I Want to Eat @ Morimoto.


World renowned, Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurants located in Philadelphia, Napa, New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Boca Raton, are now hitting Waikiki.  He has also been the head chef, of one of my favorite restaurants here in Waikiki and world wide, Nobu.    Can’t wait to eat there.  They are open for dinner, lunch and breakfast as well as having a seperate lounge menu.  Perhaps I will swing by for a light lunch one day soon.  Friends have told me that the restaurant is very bright, and that takes from the atmosphere, and that they prefer Nobu.  I love the bright lime green decor, beautiful lacquered wooden tables, vibrant violet  orchid pictures, and panoramic glass, with views of who know’s what?  Perhaps this would be a more enjoyable lunch spot, than a dark romantic dinner.

Some of the menu items

lamb carpaccio 17.
ginger-scallion sauce

yellowtail ‘pastrami’ 18.
togarashi, gin crème fraîche, candied olive 

crispy rock shrimp tempura 16.
spicy kochujan sauce, wasabi aïoli, coconut ranch 

 seafood ‘toban yaki’ 43.
kona lobster, king crab, mussel, clam,
diver scallop, spicy red miso-sake broths

Morimoto  12
Morimoto ginjo sake, square one organic cucumber vodka, and japanese cucumber slices.

 White Lily  12
Shochu, Calpico, Yuzu Juice, and Fresh Lemon
   
  

 

1775 Ala Moana Blvd.

@ the Edition

808-943-5900

http://morimotowaikiki.com/

xoxo

Kristie

Munch @ Apartm3nt


Some friends and myself had dinner at Aparm3nt last Thursday for the once a month tasting menu, “Munch.”  It was so oishi, I can’t wait to see the menu for the next “Munch!”
Oxtail mandoo, with leeks and long rice, accompanied by house made Kimchee.
Fresh mandoo is one of my favorites, and filled with a tender oxtail, it was different and original.
Spiced!
TY KU Soju <> Kim Chee <> Sriracha <> Clamato <> Fresh Ginger <> Martini

“Spiced!” reminded me of a soju bloody mary.  The fresh ginger is charred and then strained through the drink, giving it a light ginger flavor.  He brought around extra Ty Ku for the drinkers that wanted a little more kick with their drinks. ;D

2nd – Japan, Shochu
Steamed Seabass with enringi mushrooms, red bell peppers over brussell sprouts sauteed in a sweet sake soy sauce and rice.
The Seabass was a very large portion.  Tender and flavored delicately.  I have never liked mushrooms up until recentl, and am now discovering all the different flavors.  The enringi mushrooms definitely have a delicately complimenting flavor as well.  As for the brussell sprouts, they are usually bitter, and these have a slight sweetness to them. Delicious!
Tiger’s Claw
Komasa Migaki Shochu <> Yuzu <> Palm Sugar <> Hibiscus <> Tiger’s Claw Tincture

In the picture you miss the light pink color, almost like pink lemonade.  The sugar rimmed glass and sweet cocktail was perfect prior to the sea bass.   I started stealing my friend, Jim’s drink, because it was so good!

Intermesso: Shitake miso soup & house made pickles
I wanted to maintain tradition. this is usually a dish served at the end of a Japanese meal but it is almost universal in asian cuisine.

A traditional “Intermesso.”  Pickles and miso soup.  A light miso, not too salty, not too hearty, but a perfect dish after the main dish.

3rd – China, Shaoju
Lai Yut – “Beautiful Moon” tarts. These will be both sweet and savory, one style contaning lychee and the other containing nuts
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They only brought out one, with lychee, garnished with lime.  It was a light, sweet desert for the palate after the other 2 dishes.
Orient Express

Han Soju <> Espresso <> Vanilla <> Roasted Chili Peppers

The final drink was a sweet coffee with a vanilla and slight chili pepper flavor.  It was my favorite desert drink that I have ever had!  I especially loved the light chili pepper after taste.  However I think that the two paired together was a poor choice.  The sweetness of the tart killed the sweetness in the drink making it bitter.  But it is definitely a drink I’d enjoy over and over gain.

I think it’s important that they emphasize that the event starts at 6:30 pm prompt.  I know it’s always hard to get a group of people together at a certain time.  I was confused that there was presentation.  I was under the impression that it was just dinner, so I was half an hour a late, and so was every body else.  It was entertaining for the chef and mixologist to come out and explain their dishes and drinks.

Way worth the $45!  It’s like $8 a dish, and $7 a drink.

* * * * 4 Stars * * * *

Next month’s drink theme: Whiskey

Hope to see you there next month.

xoxo

Kristie Manning

Pictures from dosomethingtonight.com

My Blurry New Years


It started off by having drinks all afternoon at Femme Nu, where 3 of my girlfriends, and 2 other guys met me at Ichiriki for dinner.  We got bombed on beer, sake, guavatinis and shiso mojitos.  After that we all parked our cars at Pearl and consolidated.  Stacy and I walked in Pearl to use the bathroom before we head out to Yard House.  On the way to Yard House, she discovers she left her iPhone at Pearl and continued to call it until the bathroom attendant answered it.  They dropped us off and went back to get their phone.  The 4 of us walked over to Rum Fire where I lost my friends and watched the fireworks from the beach alone.  My other 2 friends, now back at Yard House, and my other friend who just met up txt me to come back to Yard House.  My phone is about to die, so I jump in a cab and head back to Yard House in the middle of the fireworks.  My phone is blowing up with about 10 people that I am suppose to meet at Kelly Oneil’s down the street. 

It’s 5 after midnight, and my girlfriend is wasted and wants to go downtown to see her Dad by Bar 35.  I have a lot of friend’s waiting for me, and I tell her that we should go to down the street to Kelly’s for 30 minutes, then we can go downtown for the rest of the night.  She didn’t listen and just left.  I figured she was wasted, but I was pretty pissed, and I told her to just go home, and not come meet up with us later.  Regardless, my other 3 friends came back from Rumfire, and we all walked over to Kelly Oneil’s. 

As we walked out of Yard House, 15 minutes after midnight, I got a hysterical call from some guy’s girlfriend.  I guess the night before I had met somebody, read my previous blog about the guy who I met at Femme Nu who tried to seduce me, then told me we can’t go back to his place because he had a girlfriend.  His girlfriend stalked my Facebook page, found my number, apparently follows my blogs now.  Because she calls me screaming that she read my blog.  Frustrated, because she had called me earlier as well, and just finishing a jack and water and a little buzzed, I screamed at her to stop fucking call me, and to come down to Kelly Oneil’s and talk to my face, but stop calling me.  She threatened me a bit, then refused to come down, because “she was hanging with her family.”

1st of all… Don’t believe everything you read.  Not everything you read on the internet is reliable.  These are stories, and sometimes entertainment, inspired from real events.

2nd of all… You need to be trippin on your man, not me, because if you believe everything you read, I DON”T WANT YOUR  FUCKING MAN! 

So we all walk back to my friends place nearby where I’m irritated by my phone blowing up by this girl.  So I think in my drunken stupor, I slam my iPhone on my friends granite counter.  It is no longer working.  So my 2 friends end up hooking up in the bedroom, where there is no door.  Trying to ignore them, we start our own party in the living room.  They are all drinking Four Loco, the malt beverage that has been illegalized because too many teenagers are dying off of it.  It is 13% alcohol.  I sipped on Seagrams Sweet Tea.  Great drink by the way!   After a while, I started crying about my ex, who my friend brought up, who everybody know’s I’ve always loved for 3 years.  And I play a drunk stupid ass for 5 minutes.  Then me and my girlfriend start fooling around and film everything. LOL!  It was a fun night! 

Then in the morning, my gf who left calls me because I have her car keys, and we all left our cars at Alamoana.  So we meet at Original Pancake house over on Kapiolani.  There’s a 30 minute wait, so we head over to Mai Tai to have breakfast and drinks.  All I eat is a couple pieces of sashimi, and 2 bloody marys.  Me and my girlfriend (the sober one) drive to northshore to pick up her son in La’ie.  We head to my place to get ready, and back to my other friends, where they drove my car to.  Shaking from lack of sleep, lack of food, and alcohol withdrawals, I drink to glasses of wine, and try some of my friends great greek salad, and bbq.  My stomach was jacked up so I didn’t get to eat too much.  We crash out here.

In the morning, I take 3 IB Profen.  After 10 minutes I start to feel super warm and fuzzy and drowsy.  I thought maybe I was still hanging.  But then my friend realized that they are actually Flexural.  I think they looked like Percocet.  But Anyhow.  We go back to the beach house and La’ie where I am trashed all day, but get to relax and try to rest.  After that, we drive to DnBs to take the kids to play, where I have 2 Corona’s.  At this point, I’m finally feeling better, but I know it’s time to sleep. 

It may be all confusing, but I drove responsibly this weekend. LOL! I left my car, and even had it towed at one point.

My new drink… the Rusty Nail


Carrie Bradshaw had the Cosmo, Bond had the Martini shaken, Obama likes Corona (Light) and lime.  I am going to popularize the “Rusty Nail.” 

It contains:

 2 oz. of scotch

1 oz. of Drambui, a sweet honey and herbs liquer

 on the rocks. 

If you want to be a real Scotch connoisseur, you can get a  $900 bottle of Macallan Scotch Single Malt 30 Yr 750ML.  I prefer Johnny Walker (blue).  The boys drink Buchanan. 

Any bartender will tell you that they haven’t picked up Drambui in years, or most clubs won’t even carry it.  You can also substitute Drambui for “Barenjager,” a German version.  Anyhow… all of my girlfriend’s who have tried it immediately fall in love with it. And the ice melting in a rocks glass makes the last few drops till the end delicious.  Most bartenders will tell you it’s an old man’s drink.  But as a drinker, constantly finding my “drink,” I think I have finally found it.

Uncle Bo’s Cheap Bistro and Lounge.


My last trip to Hawaii my plane didn’t land until 9 pm.  I had to drive to Wahiawa to pick up my daughter.  by 11 pm I had to decide where to eat.  It was Zippy’s or some of the other late night asian picks downtown.  I thought a walk through China Town with my 5 year old daughter wouldn’t be a good idea.  And late night eats like Toho’s are more bar like karaoke places for adults.  And she wouldn’t enjoy Sorabol.  So I decided to take a drive to Kapahulu and eat at Uncle Bo’s, previously Auntie Pesto’s, one of my favorite spots.  Don’t be fooled if from the outside it looks like a shack, inside is a contemporary and swanky lounge.

I usually go there with my good friend, John Taitano.  It’s one of his favorite spots, especially to drink.  Behind the bar, they have a $10,000 bottle of King Louis XIV (15) on hold for him.  (retail $2k) It breaks down to $150 a shot.  The fine cognac named after the French King, Louis the XIV comes in a baccarat crystal decanter.  The first time he offered me a shot, I had bronchitis, and shouldn’t have been drinking, but I couldn’t refuse a shot of this fine cognac.  It was great, but then I got more sick later that night.

The first time I ever ate escargot was at Bo’s.  To my surprise, I love the buttery taste of escargot.  They have traditional pupu’s like poke or seared ahi, crab cakes, butter garlic clams, or spinach artichoke dip.  And their menu varies from tasty original pizza’s, pastas, steaks, and fresh fish and seafood like opah, opakapaka, and fresh sea bass.  Everything on the menu is highly affordable between $5 and $30 depending if you order some fries with your beer, or a steak and lobster dinner.  They offer a cheap price range and an array of many flavors, a taste palette for every person.

Try the filet mignon, FOR ONLY $20

I felt a little silly walking in to Uncle Bo’s at 11 pm with my 5 year old daughter as it is a young, trendy atmosphere, and drinks are all around.  I had 1 blue moon w/ an orange, and an appetizer, and they had a Keiki menu for the little one.  She had a grilled cheese with fries.  For desert try the oreo haupia mud pie ($6), or the lychee, watermelon, or mango sorbet ($5).

xoxo

Kristie anning