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Fave Friday – Hawaii Chefs

January 29, 2010

I know, I know, there are not many to choose from, in terms of really well-known chefs from Hawaii. Let’s see, off the top of my head, we got the big dogs like Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong, Sam Choy, Russell Siu, Chai Chaowasaree, Chef Mavro (George Mavrothalassitis), etc., and some of the lesser known, but equally impressive, like Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi, Collin Nishida and Onjin Kim (anybody know what happened to her btw?).

In the comment area below, list your favorite Hawaii Chef(s) and why. Whether it be their cooking ability, ono-ness of their restaurant, their personality, or all of the above. I have a few for various reasons:

  • Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi: He’s the co-owner of Tokkuri-Tei, my all-time favorite restaurant, hands-down. He’s down to earth and has a hilarious sense of humor. Santa always makes me crack up without even saying a word.
  • Chuck Furuya: Yeah, he’s not really a chef, but close enough. He runs Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar in Restaurant Row, and, oh by the way, is one of only two Master Sommeliers in the state of Hawaii. He’s genuine and friendly and has a knack for taking the intimidation out of wine. Back in college when I worked at KHET Hawaii Public Television, we filmed a segment with him for one of our shows. During setup, he yells to this little student grunt (me) across the room and says “Eh, I know you! I played ball with you in Hawaii Kai the other weekend! Remember me?” Stunned, I was like “Huh!?” Then I realized he was talking to me and was able to muster up this glorious response: “Me? Oh yeah!” We continued to shoot segments with him and he would always take the time to make conversation with all of us about anything and everything. Recently, I saw him with his son at Cafe Laufer and he still recognized me and shook my hand. What an awesome guy!
  • Sam Choy: just seems really friendly and welcoming. Plus, he loves him some poke. My kinda guy!
  • Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong: though insanely intimidating, these two guys seem warm hearted in person and continue to stay true to their roots, choosing to buy local whenever possible. My “claim to fame” for Roy Yamaguchi was that I gave him a ride to and from Roy’s Hawaii Kai – in my little Civic hatchback – before and after a shoot in our KHET studios (I lived in Hawaii Kai at the time and it was looked at as a better, more economical idea than sending a production van out to Hawaii Kai to pick him up). My “claim to fame” for Alan Wong was actually a few days ago when I interviewed him for Part II of my “Poke Paradise” series for, set to be published on February 1st. 8) Here’s a little sneak peek for y’all! Let me know what you think!

An Interview with Alan Wong

Talk to me!
* Post your favorite Hawaii chefs below and why.
* Thoughts on the above interview?
* Excited about the new iPad?
* Excited about the Olympics?

Have a happy VH07V Friday and weekend y’all! See you on the flipside! 🙂


Wacky Weekend of Wonder

November 3, 2008

Friday was Halloween so I went to work dressed as a copper, see. Since I’m cheap (and too lazy to think of two different costumes), I also used the getup for when we went out that night, see. Throughout the day, people thought I was either Lt. Jim Dangle from Reno 911the Cop from the Village People, or just some sukebe cop, see.

Note to self (and others): don’t be a cop again! 😛

Sukebe Copper with the Golf Foursome
Sukebe Copper with the Golf Foursome

Sukebe Copper with the Goulish Gang
Sukebe Copper with the Goulish Gang

Then came Saturday, my day of bachelor-related festivities.

First, my old KHET buddies took me out to Dave & Buster’s for a pseudo “Last Days As a Single Guy” celebration. Much love y’all!

KHET Rugrats
KHET Rugrats

Then, the future brother-in-law and gang took me out for bachelor party #2. I wish I brought my camera with me on a night filled with beer, gun shooting, drunken karaoke, 16+ shots and a performer named “Strawberry,” (who looked eeringly similar to bruddah Derrick LOL!), but I was able to snap a few hangover shots from the back of BOL’s truck the next morning.

Hangover Photo
Hangover Photo

All in all a fun weekend. Thanks errone for helping me celebrate. Not sure how serious she was, but my friend Noreen mentioned something about Twittering my wedding… That would be interesting now wouldn’t it? LOL!

Talk to me!
* Lt. Dangle, Village People or just plain sukebe?
* What did you dress up as for Halloween?
* What did you do that night?
* Are you like me and use the same outfit for work and going out?
* Did anything special on Saturday night?
* Would you be the least bit interested in following a Twitter at my wedding?

P.S. No fo-get fo check out my new AroundHawaii article: Fro-Yo, Yo – Yogurtland Is Where It’s At!