I’m back in Honolulu for the holiday season! I also want to update how my family celebrates Thanksgiving like any red-blooded Hawaii locals. I wrote about Thanksgiving in Hawaii years ago and how it’s very similar to an Asian American style Thanksgiving meal, except that even non-Asians from Hawaii eat like this too.
For this year (and luckily), with a successful chef for a brother, we had some very ono kine grinds (delicious food), which as always, a mishmash of East and West.
First up, the beautiful table spread:
Looks “traditional” enough, right? We’ve got our carbs, we’ve got our proteins, we’ve got our fiber and foliage here. We definitely stepped it up as a family and moving it up as a lunch, instead of dinner, and hosting it at my brother’s restaurant. Here are the highlights: Read more...
No joke, Oregon-based Rogue Ales has plans to release Sriracha Beer sometime next month because apparently nothing says “Happy Holidays” better than alcohol that tastes like hot sauce.
I’m usually pretty open to trying anything new that can go in my mouth, but I have to admit this…well, this sounds like more of a prank you pull on someone at the bar—“let’s throw some of this spicy shit in Billy’s beer while he’s taking a pee.”
Still in the YOMYOMF spirit of exploration and adventure, I’m ready and willing to give this a shot. Stay tuned for the results but it can’t be worse than this: Read more...
The weather’s finally starting to chill out and feel more Autumn-like here in Southern California which makes it the perfect time for a cup of tea. But if you’re tired of the same old tea bag, how about this:
In recent years, we’ve seen everything from ramen burgers to ramen pizza, but now comes the ramen hybrid that may just top them all in sheer awesomeness…or sheer grossness, it’s hard to tell. Behold the Ramnut:
Though it sounds like something you’d find in a sex toy store, it’s actually a hybrid of ramen and donut, two things you’d normally think wouldn’t do well hanging with each other, but I’m up for trying anything once. Read more...
Whether you’re into surfing, non-stop shopping, or peeping at a beach, you still need to eat. Food in touristy Waikiki is a greater challenge than you think. Places are everywhere, surrounded by every luxury brand and corporate restaurant battling for your bandwidth by advertising.
I’ve been to Hawaii over a dozen times and although I’m always on the search for new experiences in food, I’ve visited most of the stalwarts where Hawaiian cuisine can be had. In Waikiki, where most visitors stay, there are plenty of five star restaurants with four “$” prices. There is a Nobu that’ll surely cut local fish well, Ruth Chris will butter up a beastly steak, and Roy’s can cook an Opah perfectly. I understand the folks who want to visit each of these, especially when they’re on vacation. After all, Hawaii is all about luxury eating that’s belt loop pushing. Being from Los Angeles, I can eat at each of these places within a short drive, hence the challenge to find anything dynamic. Read more...
It’s the Zinger Double Down King available exclusively at KFCs in South Korea. And this is what it consists of: a hamburger patty with special sauce, cheese and bacon wedged between two slabs of fried chicken. So it’s literally a bacon burger with fried chicken as buns.
Ladies and gentlemen, behold the future of obesitycardiac arrest fast food: Read more...
File this under “even more evidence that fast food in Asia is much more interesting than here in the U.S.” Now, Pizza Hut in South Korea has the Star Edge Pizza which is topped with bacon, beef, sausage, calamari, shrimp, broccoli and cheese. If that doesn’t already make it more interesting than your typical fast food chain pizza here, it also has this: your choice of a cranberry or apple cheese filled crust.
Look, I get it—maybe I am romanticizing that which I cannot have. The truth might be this is just as unappetizinggross bleh as the fast food pizza here (save for my precious Round Table), but damnit, I don’t care. Just take a look at this: Read more...
Earlier this month, Burger King introduced its black cheeseburger in Japan. The Kuro Burger, with its black buns, have already been on the menu since 2012, but this is the first time black cheese has been added.
Not to be outdone, the Japanese McDonalds has just announced it is also serving its own black burger—the Halloween-themed ikasumi or squid ink burger—although this appears to have the less disgusting more traditionally colored cheese.
Considering that a semen cookbook already exists (yes, it’s a real thing), a condom-based cookbook seems almost quaint by comparison but alas the Japanese cookbook entitled “Condom Meals I Want to Make for You” is here regardless and as its title suggests, the book exists to show you the many ways you can cook with condoms.
The e-book by Kyosuke Kagami includes recipes such as “Condom meat stuffing” and “Condom escargot cooked with butter”.
We all know that San Francisco is a foodie town, full of health nuts with their gluten free, organic, flack seed ways. But sometimes, these special dietary requests can be a bit too much. Case-in-point, this Chinese restaurant called SO, located in the SOMA district.
Apparently, the owner, who is also a chef, blew a gasket and closed his restaurant early because of two back-to-back incidents — first when one party refused to pay their bill because they deemed their meal “too spicy” and secondly, when another customer cursed him out.
Hence, the signs he posted on his window. However, Eater reports that the restaurant has re-opened today.