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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
[Da Leadahboard]

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)

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

November 1, 2012

It wasn’t long after wrapping up the final part in my 5 part series on Hawaii’s best ramen, that people started harassing me. “You need to cover saimin now!” “What about Hawaii’s best saimin places!?”

As good as their suggestions were, prior to my interview with Sun Noodle president Hidehito Uki, I was a full-on ramen snob. I would normally only “stoop” to eating saimin out of desperation. At Zippy’s, in a drunken state, during the wee hours of night during our clubbin’ days. When driving to a ramen place in town was too far. Or when your whole group agrees on a saimin place and it’s too late to renege on your previous “up to you” comment.

I’m of course exaggerating (I love anything with noodles!), but Mr. Uki seriously slapped some saimin sense in me with his life changing, epiphanic quote:

“Each area in Japan has their own, unique style of ramen. Kyushu has Hakata style (tonkotsu), Hokkaido has Sapporo style (miso)… Saimin is Hawaii’s style of ramen.”

Sun Noodle's Hidehito Uki during our Hawaii Ramen Quest - Part V interview back in February
Sun Noodle’s Hidehito Uki during our “Hawaii Ramen Quest – Part V” interview back in February

Hellooooo!? The world now made perfect sense to me. And with that, I was no longer a ramen snob, ready to tackle the next noodle adventure around the state. “Saimin Adventures”, here we come!

We start with my favorite saimin place in the state: Shige’s Saimin Stand in Wahiawa.

Shige's Saimin Stand sign
Shige’s Saimin Stand sign

Living and working in the often chilly Central Oahu, it’s easy to pay this place a visit at least once a week to warm the ol’ soul. But it’s not because of convenience that Shige’s tops my list for local style saimin, it’s taste.

Large Wunton Mein
Large Wunton Mein

Although their menu boasts a fair amount of alternatives like Hamburger Steak, Loco Moco, Fried Saimin, Roast Beef Sandwiches, and udon, I *always* order their Wunton Mein. I just can’t bring myself to go to Shige’s and NOT order saimin. The soup base is “clean” & subtle, and not overbearing, while the homemade, signature, flat noodles is always soft and never clumpy (my pet peeve). The balance of noodles to Wunwon/garnishes (another pet peeve of mine) is also jussssst riiiight.

If I’m hungry (or I have someone to share it with), I like to order their BBQ Cheeseburger on the side to round out my meal. She go!

Large Wunton Mein and BBQ Cheeseburger
Large Wunton Mein and BBQ Cheeseburger

I did notice a sudden increase in their prices lately, but I think it’s only because I’ve been spoiled to their 80s style pricing up until now.

Shige’s Saimin Stand
70 Kukui Street
Wahiawa, HI 96786 (Street View)
(808) 621-3621
Mon-Thu: 10am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 10am-midnight
Closed Sundays

The next place has been somewhere I’ve been trying to get to for a long time: Nakai Saimin. There is a family association between Shige’s and Nakai (the noodles are based on the same recipe), and since Shige’s is up there on my list, I wanted to see how Nakai compared. So I enlisted the help of Twitter friends and Nakai regulars Russ Sumida (@ParkRat), Brandon Suyeoka (@WeHeartHawaii) and Rick Nakama (@RickNakama).

Russ Sumida, Brandon Suyeoka and Rick Nakama outside Nakai Saimin
Russ Sumida, Brandon Suyeoka and Rick Nakama outside Nakai Saimin

The first thing you notice is the soup base. It’s clearer with a tad less flavor. And I’m hoping I caught them on a bad day, but remember how I said that my pet peeve was clumpy noodles? There were some elements of clumpiness going on there. It seemed that the noodles and the won ton may’ve been of the previously frozen variety.

Small Won Ton Mein ($5.95)
Small Won Ton Mein ($5.95)

For good measure, I thought I’d give their popular BBQ Stick a try.

BBQ Stick ($2.75)
BBQ Stick ($2.75)

Although it wasn’t as hard/crisp as what I’m used to with BBQ sticks (which may actually be a good thing), this one had good flavor throughout.

I’m willing to go back again for sure, but if I had to pick a winner between Shige’s and Nakai (based on this visit), I would have to give it to Shige’s. The boys didn’t agree with me.

 


Russ Sumida, Brandon Suyeoka and Rick Nakama give their review of Nakai Saimin

Nakai is expanding both their hours (see below) and their footprint. Rumor has it that another Nakai Saimin recently opened up in Haleiwa, the town where it actually all started (their original location was in Haleiwa back in the ’50s).

Nakai Saimin
1329 Nuuanu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96813 (Street View)
(808) 531-9000
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 6am-2:30pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Fri: 5:30pm-9pm (Dinner)
Sat: 7am-2:30pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Sat: 5:30pm-9pm (Dinner)
Sun: 7am-3:30pm (Breakfast & Lunch)
Wed: Closed

Lastly, let’s pay a visit to everyone’s favorite late night eatery: Zippy’s! Like Shige’s, it’s difficult for me to go there and NOT get the saimin. In this case, it’s Zippy’s signature favorite: the Zip Min.

Zip Min (Saimin noodles, wun tun, breaded shrimp, choi sum, fishcake, dried seaweed, egg, sweet pork, and green onions.
Zip Min (Saimin noodles, wun tun, breaded shrimp, choi sum, fishcake, dried seaweed, egg, sweet pork, and green onions.

In a recent visit there, the wun tun had a noticeably different (and stronger/”garlic-y”) taste. Over the years, the portions – as with many of the other menu items here – seem to be shrinking while the cost continues to rise. A sign of the economic times I suppose.

Zippy’s
Locations: Varied
Hours: Varied
808-973‑0880

Look for more during our “Saimin Adventures” where we explore the famous noodles from places like Hamura’s on Kauai, Sam Sato’s on Maui and Shiro’s right here on Oahu. If you have any other suggestions for places I should visit (yes, Palace is on my list! 🙂 ), leave a comment for me below.

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