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Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 14, 2012

November 14, 2012

Photo #1
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - November 14, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 14, 2012

Had a fun time hanging out with some old & new friends last night. You may even reconotice _____ Chang and _____ Toth above from the ol’ blogging days on the Honolulu Advertiser. Awwww, the memories…

Fellow Ramen fanatic _____Suyeoka (middle) rounded up a bunch of us foodie types to experience ______ Ramen one more time before it closes. Can you guess where it is?

Points for Photo #1…
* Best Caption: 3 points
* Name each person: 2 points each
* Twitter name for each person: 3 points each!
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken? (duh!): 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken? (duh!): 1 point
* Year photo was taken? (duh!): 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Photo #2
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - November 14, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 14, 2012

Points for Photo #2…
* Best Caption: 3 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

And… get your glasses ready for…

Photo #3
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - November 14, 2012
Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – November 14, 2012

Points for Photo #3…
* Best Caption: 3 points
* Why so blurry?: 2 points
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point
* Exact time photo was taken?: 5 points

Last Week’s Results (11/07)
Points for Photo #1
* Best Caption (what is she thinking in her head?): 3 points (“I wish these nerds would stop tweeting pics of me working!” – Paco)
* What is she making?: 2 points (Shrimp Linguini with white sauce and Garlic bread – Ynaku)
* Fictional name for her: 2 points (SO FAR: Esmeralda – Ynaku)
* Location: 2 points (Tsukiji’s – carokun)
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point (May – DIO)
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point (22 – DIO)
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point (Tuesday – DIO)
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point (2007 – DIO)

Points for Photo #2
* Best Caption: 3 points (“weren’t you an extra on Finding Nemo?” – Coconut Willy)
* What is the fish with the open mouth saying?: 2 points (TIE: “Eh, Joe you went fut?” – Paco, “Something smells fishy in here…” – DIO)
* Location: 2 points (Hawaii Fishing and Seafood Festival – Otto)
* General area: 1 point (United Fishing Agency – Pier 38 – Otto)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Nimitz Highway – Otto)
* Month photo was taken?: 1 point (October – Otto)
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point (10 – DIO)
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point (Sunday – Otto)
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point (2010 – DIO)

Points for Photo #3
* Location: 2 points (Ala Moana Shopping Center – carokun)
* General area: 1 point (Ala Moana – carokun)
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each (Ala Moana Blvd., Kona St., Atkinson Drvie, Kapiolani Blvd. – carokun)
* Month photo was taken? (duh!): 1 point (February – DIO)
* Day of the month photo was taken?: 1 point (14 – DIO)
* Day of the week photo was taken?: 1 point (Thursday – DIO)
* Year photo was taken?: 1 point (2010 – DIO)

Totals This Week

  • 5 points (Paco)
  • 4 points (Ynaku)
  • 9 points (carokun)
  • 12 points (DIO)
  • 3 points (Coconut Willy)
  • 8 points (Otto)
Round 7 Leadahz

  • 106.5 – carokun
  • 82.0 – Paco
  • 51.0 – tweetpeep22
  • 41.0 – Coconut Willy
  • 34.0 – rayboyjr
  • 29.0 – DIO
  • 20.0 – Otto
  • 14.0 – Ynaku
  • 10.0 – Kage
  • 09.0 – pink lady
  • 08.0 – che
  • 06.0 – soogs, Takeshi
  • 05.0 – WahiawaWahine
  • 04.0 – J-Dog
  • 03.0 – Stickit
  • 02.0 – snow, pink lady
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BIG NEWS!

As part of the “local media”, I have been invited on board Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Brisbane Australia departing in a couple of weeks on the 27th. It will be the only nonstop flight there from Hawaii and the second to Australia (Sydney being the other city) through Hawaiian. My social media friends and counterparts got to enjoy some of the previous inaugural flights Hawaiian took (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, New York City and Sapporo), and I could only live vicariously through them, so getting the opportunity myself is pretty dang exciting and quite humbling. Look for some Australian pics & posts from me along the way mate. And if you have any suggestions on what to do or eat, let a brutha know!


My AroundHawaii Article for November

In the past, I’ve done ramen, poke, pho, shave ice, acai and more, but I’ve been asked to do this one on numerous occasions so I thought I’d finally put it together… Saimin Adventures – The Search for Hawaii’s Best Saimin – Part I. Check it out when you have some time and let me know if you have any suggestions for additional saimin joints to hit up!

Saimin Adventures - The Search for Hawaii's Best Saimin - Part I
Saimin Adventures – The Search for Hawaii’s Best Saimin – Part I


VH07V SPOTTED!

This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V features a super talented, local photographer and friend Marc Orbito. Marc, who is the man behind Hungry eYe Photo, took this shot of himself with the Blue/Green colorway because he kinda blended in with the Apple Store Geniuses. Funny with the timing as we just wrapped up a family photo sesh with Marc, and if the one photo he sent over is any indication (he also did my VH07V photo shoots at Kaka`ako Kool & Rainbow Drive In), I know the rest of the photos are gonna be off the hook… as expected! Contact Marc/Hungry eYe Photo for your photographic needs k?

Marc Orbito blends in as an Apple Store Genius with his Blue/Green colorway
Marc Orbito blends in as an Apple Store Genius with his Blue/Green colorway

Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Facebook Likes for VH07V is now at 967! Just 33 more to go until we hit 1K and then pick a winner for our $100 Shopping Spree! Wheeeee!

* Making some progress on the online shopping cart and should hopefully have something ready by Thanksgiving!

* Submitted my work order for a couple new styles for winter. A Navy/Teal hoodie and a White/Electric Blue long sleeve shirt. Let me know if you’re interested in picking up either one when they come out…

Navy/Teal hoodie and a White/Electric Blue long sleeve shirt
New Styles: Navy/Teal hoodie and a White/Electric Blue long sleeve shirt

Where/When you can find VH07V in the coming weeks:

  • 09/15/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. Lamar. Stop by and say hi.
  • 09/22/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 4:30pm game vs. Nevada. Stop by and say hi.
  • 09/29/12: 3rd Annual Rice Fest – As a sponsor of the event, VH07V will also have a booth at this year’s Rice Fest where we will sell all of our VH07V shirts in addition to the custom event shirt! Come on down to the Ward Warehouse complex to visit our booth any time from 11am-7pm.
  • 10/07/12: 7th Annual Hawaii Fishing & Seafood FestivalVH07V will have a booth at this festival on Pier 38 from 9am-4pm.
  • 10/13/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. New Mexico. Stop by and say hi.
  • 10/19/12-10/21/12: 48th Annual Food & New Products Show – Get your Christmas shopping done at the Blaisdell all weekend! Come visit us at our booth for a free gift!
  • 10/28/12: Craft Fair at Koko Head Elementary School – VH07V got invited to participate in this small craft fair taking place from 3pm-6pm at Koko Head Elementary School’s cafeteria. Stop by to pick up some VH07V merch if you’re in the area.
  • 11/10/12: University of Hawaii Football game – May be tailgating near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 2pm game vs. Boise State.
  • 11/24/12: University of Hawaii Football game – May be tailgating near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. UNLV.
  • 12/01/12: University of Hawaii Football game – Will likely be tailgating near or along the main walkway leading up to Aloha Stadium prior to the 6pm game vs. South Alabama. Have to go to a party now…
  • Ongoing: Visit us at the “Shop” in Mililani – We can always coordinate schedules to meet at the “shop” after hours or on the weekends if you’d like to come up to Mililani to browse through my stock. Just message me through Facebook

As always, a big mahalos to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the VH07V! 8)

Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y’all! Shoooots!

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[VIDEO] Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

I think last week’s video was a bit too difficult because, although we had a handful of Facebook shares via the blog, the comments/guesses were unusually low.

I had another food video queued up and ready to go for this week, but to avoid another slow comment week (hopefully), we’ll try something a lil’ different (yet again). If this doesn’t work, we may just have to go back to good ol’ fashioned photos again. LOL!

The quiz for the video is still the same (guessing Where In Hawaii this is), but you also get to enjoy a bit of “entertainment” while you’re at it. I use the term “entertainment” loosely because it’s yet to be determined if the video is actually entertaining to you. Ahahaha! LMK what you think (good or bad) in the comment area below k?

Video #1

Where In the Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – May 29, 2012

Points for Video #1…
* When do you use your shaka and why?: 3 points each
* Constructive feedback (good or bad) about the video: 2 points each
* Location: 2 points
* General area: 1 point
* Closest street(s)?: 1 point each
* Google Street View link (if get)?: 2 points
* Month video was shot?: 1 point
* Day of the month video was shot?: 1 point
* Day of the week video was shot?: 1 point
* Year video was shot?: 1 point
* Exact time video was shot?: 5 points

Scoring Update (Last 5 weeks)!

5/23 5/16 5/09 5/02 4/25
7 – pink lady
2 – carokun
2 – Coconut Willy
7 – carokun
2 – che
4 – Paco
2 – Coconut Willy
8 – Coconut Willy
5 – Paco
3 – carokun
4 – kuya.d
2 – Kage
5 – Coconut Willy
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Weekly VH07V T-Shirt Update!

New VH07V Photo Shoot at Rainbow Drive-In!

Once again, Marc Orbito of Hungry eYe Photo continues to impress. Following up our last VH07V photo shoot at Kaka`ako Kool, I hired Marc to help shoot our next scene at the iconic Rainbow Drive-In. With the help of fellow blogger and friend Catherine Toth, I was able to get permission from owner Jimmy Gusukuma (Toth’s friend) to shoot some scenes there for VH07V. Wow, much mahalos Cat and Mr. Gusukuma! What an honor!

Below is a shot from Marc’s collection from that night! Unreal yeah? Can’t wait to see how the rest of the day’s shots turned out. To hire Marc for your photographic needs, be sure to contact him via his Facebook page here: Hungry eYe Photo!

VH07V models posing in front of Rainbow's Drive-In
VH07V models posing in front of Rainbow’s Drive-In

Here are some behind-the-scene shots from my camera phone that day.

VH07V Spotted!

This week’s “Spotted” shot for VH07V is of friend and supporter Jody Kamisato. He owns and operates the very popular ukulele school called Ukulele Hale. Jody is also a member of the Na Hoku Hanohano nominated band Heart & Soul, mentors keiki through his Ukes on the Loose program, and has a regular gig in Aulani’s Starlit Hui show every Monday and Thursday.

Ukulele Hale's Jody Kamisato Lives VH07V!
Ukulele Hale’s Jody Kamisato Lives VH07V!

VH07V at the Big Boys Toys & MMA Hawaii Expo next month!

Just another reminder that I’ll be at the Big Boys Toys & MMA Hawaii Expo on June 15, 16 and 17 at the Blaisdell. Come visit my booth and say hi k? I’ll have choke New VH07V Products, so come holla atcho boy! Here’s the action-packed schedule for that weekend’s festivities.

Big Boys Toys & MMA Hawaii Expo schedule
Big Boys Toys & MMA Hawaii Expo schedule

As always, a big mahalos to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the VH07V! 8)


And finally… I’m officially a Guinness World Records™ Record Holder!

Well, I can’t take all the credit, but it’s pretty exciting nonetheless. 😉

We finally received notification back from the Guinness World Records™ folks that our record setting attempt for the “Largest SPAM Musubi” at last year’s Rice Fest was made official. Me, along with the other 20 or so volunteers/participants in the building of the musubi got our names in the record books. Cool right? 🙂

Guinness World Records™ Certificate
Guinness World Records™ Certificate

Never satisfied, we’ll be attempting to break our own record for the “Largest SPAM Musubi” at this year’s Rice Fest in September. More info to come when I get it…

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Oahu… A Day In the Life

June 1, 2007

Todd is your typical local boy. Born and raised on big plate lunches, beaches and BBQs, this pseudo-expat will get all emotional on you if he stays away from these for too long. So when he made plans to return to Oahu for a few days from his current/temporary abode on the Big Island (with previous stints in Las Vegas, Maryland and Virginia), I made it a point to take the day off and tag along with this tourist to wherever he wanted to go. Turns out HE showed ME a thing or two about Oahu and its many hidden treasures…

The day started with a scheduled 7:30am arrival time from Kona International Airport at Keahole to Honolulu. As we all know, that means 7:40am by the time they get out of the plane and are ready to be picked up (7:50am if they need to go to baggage claim). So guess who calls me at 7:20am with an excitable voice traceable only by the high-pitched shriekiness? Yep, Tourist Todd. I was already on the way, but still rubbing the sleepiness from my eyes. He felt so guilty for his early morning arrival that breakfast would be on him at our first stop at Toshi’s Delicatessen in Kalihi.

Toshi's Delicatessen Sign
Toshi’s Delicatessen Sign

This tiny, hole-in-the-wall okazu-ya sits inconspicuously on the mauka side of North King Street, just a few blocks from downtown Honolulu. (! – There is a small strip of parking right up front, but be careful if you’re coming from the Wes’side… the turn is dangerous and possibly illegal).

At 7:49AM on a workday Friday, there was already a line of hungry locals forming.

Line at Toshi's Delicatessen
Line at Toshi’s Delicatessen

After tasting their Japanese-style breakfast/lunch lineup, it’s not hard to understand why.

Choices at Toshi's Delicatessen
Choices at Toshi’s Delicatessen

On this occasion, Todd ordered up a hamburger patty, corned beef patty, SPAM, eggs and rice, while I had the hamburger patty, corned beef patty, eggs, tofu and chow fun.

Todd's order of hamburger patty, corned beef patty, SPAM, eggs, rice and a snuck in peace sign
Todd’s order of hamburger patty, corned beef patty, SPAM, eggs, rice and a snuck in peace sign

My hamburger patty, corned beef patty, eggs, tofu and chow fun order
My hamburger patty, corned beef patty, eggs, tofu and chow fun order

Toshi’s Delicatessen
1226 N. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817 (map)
(808) 841-6634

With food in our bellies, we headed just up the road to Chi-town, aka Chinatown. We were having a local-style barbeque that evening and wanted to pick up some goodies ahead of time. We ended up getting just three items: charsiu, roast pork and Okinawan sweet potatoes, but the photos I captured throughout provide for some interesting sights if I do say so myself. 🙂

Vegetable stand in Chinatown
Vegetable stand in Chinatown

Crab selection in Chinatown
Crab selection in Chinatown

More veggies in Chinatown
More veggies in Chinatown

Crossing the street in Chinatown
Crossing the street in Chinatown

Roast duck hanging in Chinatown
Roast duck hanging in Chinatown

Frozen Ox Tails
Frozen Ox Tails

Veggies in Chinatown
Veggies in Chinatown

Fruits and veggies in Chinatown
Fruits and veggies in Chinatown

Seafood and poultry selection in Chinatown
Seafood and poultry selection in Chinatown

Okinawa Sweet Potato
Okinawa Sweet Potato

Shrimp selection at the Maunakea Marketplace in Chinatown
Shrimp selection at the Maunakea Marketplace in Chinatown

Poor piggy who went to the market
Poor piggy who went to the market

Following Chi-town, we went to another “C-town” (Costco town) to pick up the rest of our eats for the BBQ: Tri-tips, shrimp, bacon & scallops, and other miscellaneous goods. We then headed for the crib to prep and drop off the food for that night. Our other friend Kelvin picked us up from here and we headed to the beach.

Didn’t take too many beach shots (or at least ones they would let me show you), so below is just one taken after our day in the sun, walking back to the car. Side note: When I told Todd I was writing a “day in the life” piece of his time here and asked him what he wanted to include in it, rather than mentioning anything about food, Hawaii or otherwise, he wanted to mention that he’s single and available. Kelvin is as well FYI, so for all y’all single ladies out there, feast your eyes on this! *grin*

Kelvin and Todd, Hawaii's most eligible bachelors
Kelvin and Todd, Hawaii’s most eligible bachelors

Nothing tastes better than a plate lunch after the beach, so the three of us stooges headed to local favorite Rainbow Drive-In in Kapahulu.

Rainbow Drive-In
Rainbow Drive-In

Kelvin and Todd – both monster eaters – ordered the Mixed Plate, which consists of teri steak, grilled mahi, and chicken. Todd was so much in heaven that he wouldn’t even move his hand to let me take a picture!

Rainbow Drive-In's Mixed Plate (teri steak, grilled mahi, and chicken)
Rainbow Drive-In’s Mixed Plate (teri steak, grilled mahi, and chicken)

As for me, I took the practical approach and got just a burger and fries to save my appetite for the eats to come that night.

Rainbow Drive-In's Hamburger and fries
Rainbow Drive-In’s Hamburger and fries

Kelvin made a joke that Rainbows was so fast that as soon as you placed your order and walked over to the next window, your food would be ready! He wasn’t too far from the truth! For future reference, Rainbows is fast kine!

Rainbow Drive-In
3308 Kanaina Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815 (map)
(808) 737-0177

With more than 12 hours past since that girly voice greeted me on the phone this morning, it was time for the barbeque! Let me put on my bbq hat and attempt to recipe this buggah out:

First up on the grill was the beef tri-tips.

Seasoned Beef Tri-Tip
Garlic Salt (to taste)
Seasoned Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Olive Oil (to taste)

Season the beef with garlic salt, seasoned salt and pepper just before cooking (will dry out meat if done too far in advance). Pour enough olive oil over each piece to moisten. Cook over grill, rotating regularly, to desired wellness.

Beef Tri-tip on the grill
Beef Tri-tip on the grill

Next was the Italian-style shrimp:

Italian-style Shrimp
2 pound bag of frozen 21-25 shrimp (shell off, tail-on and de-veined)
1 bottle of Italian Dressing (your choice)
Salt
Pepper

Defrost the shrimp and lightly salt and pepper them (shrimp is naturally salty and will also get ample flavoring from the dressing). Throw shrimp in a Ziploc bag, empty dressing into the bag and zip up. Do your best impression of “Shake Yo’ Money Maker” or “The Twist” (depending on what generation you’re from) and shake the bag until your shrimp is well coated. Place in fridge and let sit/marinate for at least a couple of hours.

When they’re ready, throw ’em on the grill and cook to taste, rotating regularly. (Note: Shrimps cook very fast so keep them off of the hot part of the grill and keep an eye on them or they will burn/char.).

Italian-Style Shrimp joins the party
Italian-Style Shrimp joins the party

Lastly, the Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
1 bag frozen scallops
1 pack bacon
Skewers or thick toothpicks

Defrost frozen scallops and remove hard connective tissue (optional). Wrap bacon around scallop and secure in place with skewer. No flavoring necessary as the oil and saltiness from the bacon will be sufficient. Grill, rotating regularly, to taste and serve.

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops round out the bunch
Bacon-Wrapped Scallops round out the bunch

Big plate lunches, beaches and BBQs… All in a day’s work. But let’s not forgot to mention one of the most important Bs that makes living in the islands so unique: bonding with your buddies. You can’t put a price tag on that.
Good food, with great friends… Lucky we live Hawaii.