Eat, drink, play PAC-Man

Nadine Kam : March 24, 2018 12:13 am : Eat+Drink, Shop+Style

Fans of PAC-Man will find fun and games plus grinds at the PAC-Store Hawaii X Bread & Butter collaboration event going on at the restaurant through May 31.

The collaboration grew out of a pop-up store that opened in Ginza in 2017 to carry PAC-Man brand accessories and apparel.

PAC-Store Hawaii, the first such store in the United States, has set up shop within the restaurant to feature a limited release of Hawaii-themed T-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, caps and small accessories.

During a grand opening party that took place March 20, crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2018 Julianne Chu showed off her PAC-Man skills.

The restaurant also created a menu of PAC-Man inspired dishes ranging from red velvet cake ($9.50) cut in the shape of a PAC-Man ghost to Ghost loco loco ($16.95) and PAC-Man pancake ($10.95).

Frozen drink options ($5 each) inspired by the ghosts come in Blue Hawaii (coconut), blueberry, strawberry and matcha flavors.

With every dish purchased, you’ll receive a token to play the arcade game set up within the restaurant.

Bread & Butter is at 1585 Kapiolani Boulevard, open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 808.949.3430.

The Ghost loco moco is $16.95.

Totes range in price from $15 to $22.

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Burgers and Things starts downtown delivery

Nadine Kam : February 26, 2018 4:43 pm : Eat+Drink

Beginning March 1, Burgers and Things will be delivering its juicy burgers to locations within the Downtown Honolulu area.

The service will be available during from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, for orders placed between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. by calling the restaurant at 808.971.1946.

To celebrate the new service, delivery will be complimentary from March 1 to 9, in the downtown/Restaurant Row (Waterfront Plaza) area only.

After that, the flat rate will be $6.50 per delivery. All orders of $40 or more will receive free delivery, a service provided by MailGapp.

Burgers and Things has been grilling up tasty burgers and sandwiches in the Pauoa community since August 2016. The eatery offers a mouthwatering menu of burgers and sandwiches including such favorites as the Un-Foie-Gettable, Don’t Go Bacon My Heart and Wagyu Say.

For more information, or to check out the full menu, visit

Courtesy Burgers and Things

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Localicious Hawaii puts local on the table

Nadine Kam : February 24, 2018 3:15 pm : Eat+Drink

tikis venison
March sales of Tiki’s Grill & Bar’s Maui Nui venison burger will benefit the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, as part of the Localicious Hawaii restaurant industry fundraising campaign.

“Local” and “farm fresh” are the buzzwords on high-end menus these days, and not everyone understands what the fuss is about. The best produce is almost always locally sourced direct from area farms.

But consider: Even with recent sustainability initiatives, 90 percent of the food eaten in Hawaii is still imported.

This was not the case in pre-contact Hawaii. Explorers found a self-sustaining population of 1 million people, roughly the same number that live here today.
In support of rebooting a self-sustaining food community, more than 260 restaurants and food and drink purveyors statewide——a record number——have signed up to participate in Localicious Hawaii’s March campaign to support agriculture in Hawaii.

Sales of Top of Waikiki’s Inter-Island Cruise cocktail will also benefit HAF.

From March 1 through 31, $1 from sales of each designated “Localicious” dish and drink on the restaurants’ menus will be donated to the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, whose mission is to support and sustain Hawaii’s agricultural industry by addressing needs of farmers and by better connecting the farmers with the community.

Considering Hawaii’s lonely position in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we experience resource scarcity more than other cities because most of the materials we depend on for housing and survival must be shipped in.

This weakness is evident in the rush for cans of Spam and bags of rice every time news of a coming tsunami, hurricane or dock strike breaks. It’s been reported that if ships stop coming, food supplies here would last no more than a week.
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Eating for luck and abundance

Nadine Kam : February 16, 2018 1:29 am : Eat+Drink

Gau is a familiar gift and treat during the Chinese new year. Sesame seeds on top are symbols of fertility, and a red date adds an element of good luck.

The beginning of the lunar new year is full of food traditions in Chinese culture. Dishes are aimed at setting the tone for an auspicious, bountiful year.

On Day 1, Feb. 16, it’s important to abstain from eating meat for your first meal of the day. In Buddhist cultures, a first dish of vegetables is believed to cleanse and purify body and soul. For this purpose, vegetarian jai comprising 18 different ingredients, each symbolic of an aspect of good fortune, is often eaten.

Zippy’s new vegetarian ramen.

But your choices are not limited to Chinese foods. I just sampled Zippy’s new vegan ramen of soy-vegetable broth with cabbage, nori and bean sprouts, and it was pretty delicious. It’s being offered through March on a test basis, so give it a try and let them know if you want them to keep it on the menu.

Any noodle dish signals a wish for good health and longevity. Just don’t cut the noodles because cut or broken noodles represent poor health.

Also closely associated with the Chinese new year is gau, the sticky brown pudding that is a symbol of family bonds and also said to ensure that fortune, wealth and happiness will stick to you. It is believed to have been originally offered to the Chinese Kitchen God, causing his mouth to stick together so he could not badmouth the family.

Eat candied melon for growth and good health. At top, candied lotus root is eaten to ensure abundance in the new year. These treats are available at Sing Cheong Yuen Chinese Bakery at 1027 Maunakea St., in Chinatown.

And along those lines, one familiar sight in Chinese households is the lucky octagonal Tray of Togetherness, with sugared fruit candies presented to bring sweetness and good fortune into your new year.

A sampling of sweets offered include:
Candied melons: For growth and good health
Red melon seeds: Symbolizing joy, happiness and truth
Lychee: Linked to strong family relationships
Kumquat or oranges: Representing gold and prosperity
Coconut: Signifying togetherness
Peanuts: Representing long life
Longan: For fertility and many good sons
Lotus seeds: Represents a wish for generations of children.
Lotus root: Symbolic of abundance.

So eat up, and Happy Year of the Earth Dog everyone!

By Nadine Kam

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Yauatcha brings luck to Chinese new year table

Nadine Kam : January 29, 2018 6:20 pm : Eat+Drink

Lydia Kasumi Shirreff

Yauatcha Waikiki will be adding a selection of Chinese New Year specialties to its menu from Feb. 5 through March 4, focusing on ingredients and dishes traditionally believed to bring good fortune.

London artist Lydia Kasumi Shirreff, known as “The Queen of Paper,” was commissioned to create a special lantern installation for the occasion, welcoming the Year of the Earth Dog.

Lydia’s artwork pays homage to the traditional art form of ‘kirigami’ paper cutting. Her designs comprise 48 cut-paper lanterns made from brushed gold and red cards that reflect a high-rise cityscape with a geometric, 3D effect.

Items on Yauatcha Waikiki’s Chinese new year a la carte menu include:

Dim sum
Salted egg yolk custard sesame ball, representing togetherness; $10 per dish.
Chilean seabass roll (pictured), symbolizing financial prosperity); $10 per dish.

Main dishes
Golden fortune prawn in lime sauce (seafood connotes good luck); $16 per dish.
Steamed scallops in black bean sauce with glass noodle; $30 per dish.
Stir-fried duck breast with hazelnut, $20 per dish.
Seafood braised rice in lotus leaf, $20 per dish.

Haoyun (lucky) Lantern petit gâteau dessert with soy-caramel mousse, mandarin confit (citrus is believed to bring luck), and sesame sable; $12 each.
Limited edition macarons: Vanilla Orchid (a lucky flower for 2018), Raspberry Szechuan Pepper (in vibrant red suggesting luck), and Kumquat Cashew; $2.50 each.

Yauatcha is on the Grand Lanai level at International Market Place, 2330 Kalakaua Ave For reservations, call 808.739.9318, email or visit

Courtesy of Yauatcha

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