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Food to Write Home About

Posted on March 11, 2017 by admin
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Something to Write Home About  My friend and boss Bill Tobin wrote a book. The title, Food to Write Home About is Bill’s answer to the sort of comment he sometimes comes across in on-line reviews. Anyone who knows Bill and his passion for the Hawaii culinary scene could imagine his reaction when he scrolls down to see: “The food was OK, but nothing to write home about”. When you’ve come to appreciate the quality and variety of Hawaii’s cuisine like Bill has, something like that could get under your skin. It’s a testament to Bill’s character that from his frustration came inspiration and not surprising for Bill, action. Along with his coauthor Brian Berusch, Bill has set out to tell the story of his culinary evolution in Hawaii. Each of his stories comes in the form of a letter home to his mom and he uses many well-known local chefs to illustrate each culinary revelation along the way. Twenty-one of Hawaii’s top chefs are featured along with a recipe from each chef.   I was honored to get a keepsake copy of the book, my reward... Read more

21st Annual Mealani’s A Taste of the Hawaiian Range – A “Meat”-ing of the Minds

Posted on September 06, 2016 by admin
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I'm fortunate enough to again be participating in the Mealani's A Taste of the Hawaiian Range. This is event is held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the beautiful island of Hawaii.  Everything really is bigger on Big Island - the hotel is so expansive you can take a tram or boat ride to get from one end to another. Each chef is assigned to prepare a whopping 100 pounds of a specific cut of pasture-raised beef, and in year's past, I've gotten mutton and wild boar. This year I got grass fed beef short ribs. I'm preparing it with a smoky taro pureed mash, with a sea asparagus (or maybe cucumbers as a substitution, as Kahuku Farms is currently out) poke "salad" - probably the closest thing you'll get to a salad at this meat-lover's event - and a luau leaf demi glaze. In addition to enjoying expertly prepared beef sirloin, lamb or Rocky Mountain Oysters (a colorful name for bull’s testicles) attendees can taste samples at local food booths and learn about sustainability and agriculture in Hawaii. There will also be the yearly... Read more

Invited to cook and teach for a Tahitian Cruise

Posted on October 16, 2014 by admin
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I’m very excited to invite all the cruise fans, Pacific Rim Cuisine connoisseurs and French Polynesia lovers to a very special event. On Monday, October 20 we’ll be hosting a special cruise night at Tiki’s Grill and Bar from 5:30-7:00 pm along with representatives from Ultimate Vacations. We’ll be providing some light pupus and cocktails and I’ll be on hand to talk about the classes that I’m putting together for the 2015 Hale 'Aina Awards Cruise. Ultimate Vacations approached me about being part of this cruise based on Tiki’s consistently being voted by Honolulu Magazine readers as the best restaurant in Waikiki to bring out-of-town guests and as a top pick for great seafood. This is my third stint as the executive chef of a Hale 'Aina award winning restaurant so I feel comfortable I have the background and knowledge to really add something to the experience for the guests that will be joining us on this cruise. This is going to be a small group looking to combine a real culinary experience with an amazing destination. The cruise will be fantas... Read more

2014 TripAdvisor Award of Excellence – Winning With Social Media

Posted on May 28, 2014 by admin
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I would like to thank my team for everything they do to help us make Tiki’s a great experience for our guests. We were recently honored with the TripAdvisor 2014 Award of Excellence thanks to everyone’s hard work. This marks the third year in a row that we’ve received the award. A lot goes in to making a large, busy restaurant like Tiki’s a success and social media sites like Yelp, OpenTable, Urbanspoon and TripAdvisor have added another dimension. There are good and bad things, I think, about online reviews but our whole team, from the floor managers and the front of the house staff to the kitchen and the owners have contributed to how well we’ve done. Earning consistently high ratings, good reviews and awards like this one really shows what a strong team we have. The Good TripAdvisor is a pretty powerful social media network for travelers and obviously in Waikiki we are a travel destination. Our clientele is maybe 20% local and 80% visitors. We’re not a franchise so for visitors, a lot of our guests are seeing us for the ... Read more

New York City Dining Part 3 of 3

Posted on September 13, 2013 by admin
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  Welcome back to my final two days of exploring New York’s dining culture. We continue our journey from our previous posts Part 1 and Part 2. Day 4 An amazing new concept in NYC are single named celebrity chef venues with many genre’s of food stations that you can order, from homemade breads and pizzas to sushi bar, homemade pasta and homemade sausage station and much more. It’s an amazing signature spin on a traditional food court. Today we visited Todd English’s Food Hall and I was blown away with the quality of the food. There were about 10 different restaurants. The sushi was excellent, I was amazed considering I’ve been eating sushi in Hawaii for the past 20 years which has great, premium fresh fish. Seemed no matter what you chose; Spanish, Italian, sushi, grill, raw oyster bar, a communal theme, all fantastic. You could take it home with you or eat it there. Next my dining consociate and I, Brian Berusch, went to East Village, very cool and eclectic. There we checked out Lady M Confections, Manhattan’s hottest bakery of t... Read more

New York City Dining Part 2 of 3

Posted on September 05, 2013 by admin
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DAY 2 We continue our urban cuisine adventure from our previous post. We started the day with lunch in Tribeca at the Manhattan institution Tribeca Grill. After an Ozzy Osbourne sighting we were able to sit with the owner/restaurateur Drew Nieporent, one of the most renowned in Manhattan, he opened the first Nobu, launched Montrachet and other venerable NYC hot spots. Food was hearty and straightforward, and the dessert sit-down with Drew was enlightening. [imagebrowser id=9] Continuing to Walk through Tribeca up to SoHo to an Italian sandwich shop called Alidoro, known to “in-the-know” circles throughout Manhattan. It was formerly “the sandwich Nazi” story that gave way to the “soup nazi” of Seinfeld fame, but was bought by an Italian family. Endured an amazing prosciutto and roasted pepper hero. We spent an hour and a half at Mario Batali’s latest forray Eataly. An entire Manhattan 
city block devoted to Italian specialty foods/ingredients for purchase. Salumeria, custom pasta maker/counter, fish monger, butcher, plus a pasta ... Read more

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