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Fave Friday: Rice Fest Tomorrow!

September 10, 2010

Lookin’ for something to do this weekend? How about a fun, food, family festival on Saturday called… wait for it…

1st Annual Hawaii Rice Fest
The Rice Fest???

I know, I know, I’ve been pimpin’ this event out for the last month or so, and you’re probably tired of hearing about it, but for those who haven’t heard about it yet (or for those who ignored my last uku million or so notices), I figgah one last push wouldn’t hurt right? Hehe!

Anyway, rather than doing something standard like simply asking you to come and support a brutha and check it out, I thought that giving you the details of the event (with photos!) might be an easier sell. LOL! So without further ado… Here ya go!

12:00pm – Rice Fest (at the Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace) starts, hosted by 102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan

Bruddah Bryan
102.7 Da Bomb’s Bruddah Bryan

1:00pm-1:30pm – 1st Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Cookin’ With Cutty’s Chef Barry “Cutty” Cutler and Hawaii News Now’s Stephanie Lum)

Barry 'Cutty' CutlerStephanie Lum
Barry “Cutty” Cutler (Cookin’ With Cutty) & Stephanie Lum (Hawaii News Now)

2:00pm-2:30pm – 2nd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Kai Market’s Chef Darren Demaya and KITV4’s Lara Yamada)

Chef Darren DemayaLara Yamada
Chef Darren Demaya (Kai Market) & Lara Yamada (KITV4)

2:30pm-3:00pm – Lion Dance Performance by Lung Kong Physical Culture Club

Bruddah Bryan
Lion Dance Performance by Lung Kong Physical Culture Club

3:00pm-3:30pm – Live Entertainment by Heart & Soul, and the Ukulele Hale Keiki

Heart & Soul
Heart & Soul, and the Ukulele Hale Keiki

3:00pm-4:00pm – “Riceipe” Cooking Competition – Professional Division (including Don Ho’s Island Grill’s Robert Denis, Kauai Grill’s Colin Hazama, Tokkuri-Tei’s Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi, RumFire’s Matthew Naula, and HMS Host’s Kendall Uyehara).

Chef Robert DenisChef Colin HazamaChef Hideaki 'Santa' MiyoshiChef Matthew NaulaChef Kendall Uyehara
Chef Robert Denis (Don Ho’s Island Grill), Chef Colin Hazama (Kauai Grill), Chef Hideaki “Santa” Miyoshi (Tokkuri-Tei), Chef Matthew Naula (RumFire) & Chef Kendall Uyehara (HMS Host)

4:30pm-5:00pm – Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin

Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin
Taiko Drum Performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii under the direction of Sensei Akemi Martin

5:00pm-5:30pm – 3rd Celebrity/Chef Cooking Demo (with Kauai Grill’s Chef Colin Hazama and Hawaii News Now’s Minna Sugimoto)

Chef Colin HazamaMinna Sugimoto
Chef Colin Hazama (Kauai Grill) & Minna Sugimoto (Hawaii News Now)

6:00pm-6:20pm – SPAM Musubi Eating Contest

6:30pm-7:30pm – Live Entertainment by Kapena / De Lima Ohana

Kapena / De Lima Ohana
Kapena / De Lima Ohana

7:30pm-8:00pm – Contest Winner Announcements

8:00pm – Rice Fest Concludes

All Day (12pm-8pm)
* Live Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt – Compete in this Tweetup/Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win great prizes!
* Rice Passport Game – Complete the Rice Fest Passport for your chance to Win a trip to Vegas!
* Rice Education Booth – Learn all about Rice in our educational booth
* Rice Donation Center – Donate your rice to Lanakila Pacific’s Meals on Wheels program and
* The Keiki Zone – coloring contest hosted by members of the 58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court from 12pm-4pm, balloons and fun from Bubbles Duh Clown, and games from the Mobile Gamer Guys!

58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court
58th Cherry Blossom Festival Court

And let’s not forget about all of the participating vendors:

  • Arturo’s Hot Sauce in Hawaii
  • Big City Diner
  • Bubbles Duh Clown
  • Don Ho’s Island Grill
  • Dr. Maria Stewart (University of Hawaii at Manoa Professor of Nutrition)
  • Eastern Food Center
  • Hawaiian Kine Seasonings
  • Himalayan Kitchen
  • KATS SUSHI
  • Lanakila Pacific
  • Leonard’s Malasadas
  • Mobile Gamer Guys
  • OISHI-GENMAI
    GIC JAPAN
  • Pelekunu’s Teri Sauces
  • Primo Sushi
  • Thai Kitchen
  • Soul Patrol
  • SNOW |F|A|C|T|O|R|Y|
  • Sweet Charlotte

So wot? Sold? Come on down gang! Hope to see y’all there!

EATS! – Zen Shu

March 3, 2009

First of all, I’d like to send mad love to errryone who posted comments to yesterday’s “You Know You’re Local If…” blog. It garnered a world Honolulu Advertiser World Wide Ed record setting 100+ comments. First time evah! The record befo’ dat was a whoppin’ 42 (which was also a record at the time). You guys are da bes’! Appreciate.

Not sure when the next triple digit action goin’ be, but I can now die a happy man… Hehe!

OK, so this weekend we went to check out the (somewhat) new izakaya on Kapahulu called Zen Shu (opened back in November where the old Harpo’s Pizza used to be – across Rainbows). I wen’ rush to put the photos together so I could be the first bloggah to write about it up in hurr, but then my bubble was bursted (is that even a word?). I did a search and saw that aunty sistah Melissa already dropped some knowledge on all y’all. Das alright. I’ll present the updated, 2K9 version I guess.

Parking’s pretty much non-existent. Just gotta find um on Kapahulu or Kanaina if can.

Zen Shu - Sake Sushi Sports - Sign
Zen Shu – Sake Sushi Sports – Sign

The interior is off the hook! You can tell they’ve spent big bucks to bring the old Harpo’s look up to speed to the year 2000. 😛

A glimpse of the sushi bar when you first walk in
A glimpse of the sushi bar when you first walk in

The dining area is on the smaller side, as the other half the establishment is reserved for the sports bar type.

View from the dining area
View from the dining area

And then there was the EATS!

Seared Seafood Summer Rolls - Seared Hokkaido Scallop and Shrimp with Alii Mushroom and Sweet Aioli - $9
Seared Seafood Summer Rolls – Seared Hokkaido Scallop and Shrimp with Alii Mushroom and Sweet Aioli – $9

Probably one of our favorites of the night. Nice, rich, flavor.

Garlic Dusted Sake Scented Edamame - Sake Steamed Edamame (soybeans), Garlic Panko Dust - $4.50
Garlic Dusted Sake Scented Edamame – Sake Steamed Edamame (soybeans), Garlic Panko Dust – $4.50

Kinda bland, but ok to munch on while waiting for the rest of our grub to arrive.

Sake Dill Nage Manila Clams - 1 lb. Steamed Manila Clams in Sake Dill Nage - $16
Sake Dill Nage Manila Clams – 1 lb. Steamed Manila Clams in Sake Dill Nage – $16

These clams had an odd taste to them. Couldn’t put a finger on it.

Double Stuffed Portobello Mushroom - King Crab, Shrimp, Enoki, Shimegi, Shiitake Stuffed Portobello Mushroom - $12.75
Double Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – King Crab, Shrimp, Enoki, Shimegi, Shiitake Stuffed Portobello Mushroom – $12.75

One of the better choices of the night. Liked the little tease of tobiko.

Wok Fried Lemongrass Pork Chops - Wok Fried Thin Sliced Pork Chops - $12.50
Wok Fried Lemongrass Pork Chops – Wok Fried Thin Sliced Pork Chops – $12.50

Very unique. Never had pork chops prepared like this before. The flavor was really good, but kinda wished there were more “good” pieces and that they weren’t so burnt.

Steak & Eggs - Pulehu Ribeye, Ikura, Wakame Daikon Salad, Yuzu Soy Batablanc - $18
Steak & Eggs – Pulehu Ribeye, Ikura, Wakame Daikon Salad, Yuzu Soy Batablanc – $18

A let down. You would think it would be a winnah. Steak = good. Ikura = Good. Steak and Ikura… didn’t translate well for me.

Hamachi Zukepacho - Marinated Hamachi with Goma, Negi, and Roasted Nori - $12
Hamachi Zukepacho – Marinated Hamachi with Goma, Negi, and Roasted Nori – $12

Hard to ruin raw Hamachi. Was pretty good. Kinda wished they used flavored nori.

Ama Ama Ebi Ebi Apua`a Roll - Amaebi, Ebi Tempura and Shiso - $16.50
Ama Ama Ebi Ebi Apua`a Roll – Amaebi, Ebi Tempura and Shiso – $16.50

Liked the idea of ama ebi and ebi tempura together.

Overall, a decent dining experience. It’s hard because when I think Izakaya, I compare everything to the best one: Tokkuri-Tei. There really is NO competition. I like the ambience however and I like their concept of a sports bar on the side. I would probably come back for that, as well as try stuff from their sake collection. Their bathrooms were clean too, and for those who know me, that’s up there…

Leonard's Bakery Sign at night
Leonard’s Bakery Sign at night

You know we had to go for dessert at Leonard’s aftahwards.

The posse outside Leonard's Bakery
The posse outside Leonard’s Bakery

Good weekend with good friends.

Talk to me!
* Did you eat anywhere special this weekend?
* What did you think of the food (photos) at Zen Shu?
* Interested in trying it out yourself?
* Got any other suggestions for places to grind?

Happy Girl’s Day (and Tuesday) y’all!