1st-3rd place Tall Bikini Class
Sunday, August 21 · 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday Social @ Morimoto Waikiki
Reservations are suggested
943-5900 | firstname.lastname@example.org
My friend Aaron invited me to have dinner at Sarentos recently. I had never had dinner there before, however had attended a few nightlife events and wine tastings. The forest green carpet made the place feel old and 80’s. It was in need of a dire makeover! The views are beautiful, the food superb! Why wasn’t this place more popular? To my surprise, Aaron had advised me that they had put $100k into renovations. The new dark (Cherry I believe) wood chairs and tables compliment the new wine colored carpet and romantic ambiance.
I started with the oysters with ahi tartare, and my favorite of the evening, osso bucco potstickers with lilikoi mustard. I forgot the picture though. ;( I paired it with a fine white blend.
White Blend: Conundrum, California
A perplexing blend of Viogner, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat & Canelli, from the wine makers of Caymus. Intensely flavored with refreshingly acidity & bright citrus balanced with honeysuckle.
My sister Ashley and her boyfriend, Olcun joined us. They had just gotten finished with dinner Kai Market at the Sheraton, so they shared a salad.
I had the penne ala vodka, with prosciutto, paired with a pinot.
Pinot Noir: Evangeline, California
Elegant ruby red balanced with layers of black cherry, sweet oak, highlighted with vanilla and spice.
Bill had the Osso Bucco. The sweet jelly in the middle (the marrow) was sweet and delicate like pudding.
Sun – Thu 5:30pm – 9pm
Fri – Sat 5:30 – 9:30pm
Cocktails & Bar:
Sun – Thu 5pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat 5pm – 12am
The Ilikai Hotel
1777 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Phone: (808) 955-5559
Fax: (808) 955-4249
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.
yellowtail ‘pastrami’ 18.
togarashi, gin crème fraîche, candied olive
seafood ‘toban yaki’ 43.
kona lobster, king crab, mussel, clam,
diver scallop, spicy red miso-sake broths
Morimoto ginjo sake, square one organic cucumber vodka, and japanese cucumber slices.
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Hey guys, I’m going to Munch on Thursday. The menu sounds delish! Who wants to join me?
What is Munch?
A monthly dining experience featuring paired cocktails with each course. Taking place the last Thursday of every month.
Menu for August 26
Meyer lemon and rum cured Opah served with a citrus aioli and caraway crips.
Paired with White Pepper Superior Daiquiri
Allspice and olive braised lamb served with sweet corn polenta and Ma`o farms tatsoi
Paired with Zaya Swizzle
Sticky rice pudding with mango and pistachio nuts
Paired with appleton vx buttered rum
$45 + tax and tip
Last week I had dinner with my parents at the Kai Market, located ocean front at the Sheraton Hotel, Waikiki. The Hawaiian contemporary decor of Kai opens to an open lanai, ocean front, with live bands, and hula and fire dancers. The buffet had a variety of seafood from shrimp to clams and fresh fish. I tried the fresh bok choy, some macadamia nut crusted lamb chops with mint jelly, and the prime rib as well. The desert Bar was fabulous. I had a custard with a sweet jelly like garnish that looks like Ikura (large fish eggs), and mango pudding. They had a variety of delicious deserts from fresh chi chi dango mochi or coconut crusted daifuku (azuki bean mochi), and portuguese sweet bread pudding, key lime pie, coconut tapioca, and chocolate haupia pie and trifles. All the seafood went well with the Sauvignon Blanc I ordered as well. Definitely one of my favorite buffets, along side with my favorite brunch spots, Hoku’s at the Kahala Mandarin, and Orchids, at the 5 star Halekulani.
Hours: Breakfast 6:00 a.m.–11 a.m. | Dinner 5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
**Final seating 30 mins prior to closing.
Location: Ground floor overlooking the Infinity Edge Pool & Waikiki Beach
Reservations: 808-921-4600 or email: TDRC.Hawaii@starwoodhotels.com
* Breakfast – $28.95 per adult, $13.00 per child*
* Dinner – $51.00 per adult and $55.00 per adult on Seafood and Paniolo nights on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
*Children 1-5 yrs old eat free anytime, children 6-12 yrs old eat free with paying adult (one child per adult & cannot be combined with any other discount), Ages 13-16 yrs old receive 50% off the Adult price ($13.50 for breakfast and $24.50 for dinner)
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.
“Life passes most people by while they’re making grand plans for it.” George Jung. (Johnny Depp) Blow
I asked my daughter what she’s going to do when she grows up. She said she’s going to do art. She wants to do 10 things when she’s big. She wants to paint nails, and play computer. She wants to make funny faces. She said she’ll work a lot like Mommy, and give her kids respect and lots of toys. She says adults don’t play. I guess she sees me working all the time.
I often think how nice it would be to be a kid again. When I was young, I couldn’t wait to grow up. My parent’s always told me, before you know it you’re going to be a grown up and you’re going to wish you were a kid again. Yeah right, I thought. I’m tired of my parents bossing me around.
When I was 15 I ran away from home. I didn’t see my parents for 3 years. I hustled hard to pay for a hotel at the Prince in Waikiki. I had enough money for food, but had to eat $1 menu @ Jack in the Crack often. Once in a while I’d pick up a case of Smirnoff Ice, or a beer. I didn’t have a lot of clothes, in fact, I could fit it all in a back pack, because sometimes when the hotel’s were full in busy season, I’d go sleep on the beach. Yeah, I know, I’ve come a long way from my teenage years. But that much independence taught me life. I was free and I loved it. I was living it up. I wish I could go back to living in a shack by the beach, little responsibility, being happy, and feeling young again.
Now, I live in a luxury 2 bedroom condo, have 3 cars, a beautiful daughter, 5 credit cards, and an ample list of bills. The quality of life is definitely improved, and the company is better than the last time, but I can’t help but sometimes feel like I’m not going the places I want to. I am still pursuing my education as a fashion designer. But I have so many passions and can’t focus it all. I love art. I’m a musician and composer. I’m the creative type. I love film and theatre, and composition. I love food and wine, and travel. I am in love with love itself. Constantly looking for the perfect love (if I haven’t already passed it by). I love writing. Modeling. Photography. Expression. This blog is my way to share my soul with the world, and feel like I am doing something worthwhile. I’m stuck in Vegas until my lease is up in May, and I just feel like I am dying here.
I’m the ambitious type and sometimes I get caught up and lose it. Sometimes you just have to pick up and go somewhere new and start all over. I feel sorry for people who get caught up in something that is no good for them. A drug addiction. A bad relationship. The wrong city. A dead end career. They are all so separate subjects, but can be equally deadly.
Know which way the wind blows. It’s sending me to LA.
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.
OK. I want to clarify something. I’m not crazy. I’m not obsessed with him. I just really would like to be united with him. Haven’t you ever tried to track down an old friend before? I’m just taking a dramatic approach, and thought maybe Facebook will help me find him.
I have less information to go by. It was so long ago that I don’t even remember what he looks like . So here we go. His name is Chris. He is possibly Filipino, caucasian multi ethnicities. He was visiting family in 2003/2004 around Xmas and New Years time in Waikiki. He said he was from Hollywood. Hollywood isn’t that big of a scene so Im hoping someone in Hollywood would know him. I’m pretty sure he likes underground indie rock music and stuff. He had an afro, can’t forget that. I believe he was 21 at the time so that would make between 27 and 28 now. He was the quiet metro/emo type who wore tight jeans. He is short, and was thin. He is definitely unique.
If he reads this. I was living in the Prince Hotel in Waikiki. And we rented a moped and drove around and did all kinds of things. I remembered you because I was writing a blog on Bogarts Cafe, and you were the one who turned me on to that spot.
Please share this post with as many people as possible. And add yourself and suggest to your friends my “help me find him” page on facebook. Hopefully if enough people reach this, maybe he will see it. Target Los Angeles/ Hollywood area, because that is where I believe he is living.