Friday, October 22, 2010

I'M MELTING, I'M MEEELTTTINNNNG!







What do you get when you put two powerful chefs and a seasoned food writer together?  A GREAT GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH!!!!!  Actually several, check out MELT, a gourmet cheese truck that is the the brainchild of Alejandro Briceno (V-Lounge), Lindsey Ozawa (formerly of Nobu), and Martha Cheng (food writer).  They kick butt!



The official launch is tomorrow, and I recommend you go take a taste sooner than later.
SAY CHEESE!

When: Saturday, October 23, 11am 'til pau
Where: Fitted parking lot, 1438 Kona Street (across from Ala Moana
Shopping Center, just down the street from V-Lounge)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

EVEN LATER BREAKING NEWZ

You may have heard whispers of the secrecy surrounding Oct 7th's benefit dinner for Lanikila's The Good Table.  We had orchestrated a provocative12-courses progressive cuisine dinner based on the human sensual emotions.  Eight lucky people indulged in a rare dining experience for this island, it was if I may say so, amazing!  Here is the menu with some outstanding images caught by Martha Cheng's camera that was following the action that evening.

Cheers!



PRIMAL
served outside on granite slab, a release of inhibition
Primal Buffet- dressed raw local baby vegetables eaten with hands






























AROUSAL
Raw Oyster, king crab and big fin squid Sabayon, 
Torched tableside




SEDUCTION 
Ikuya Salmon Eggs cured in bonito dashi, potato mouse
air scented with kiawe smoke with lit splinters of wood on counter










INDULGENCE
Truffled Poached Egg with Crispy Pork Belly


















LUST
Soft Steamy, fresh brioche filled with foie gras,baked in staub pot with orange peel, bay laurel and ginger.  Opened in front of guest














































FEMININE
Butter Poached Black Cod, simple delicate soy nage poured tableside 
























ANTICIPATION
Liquid Carrot-Mango-Ginger Sphere explosion
Blindfolded guest served liquid filled globe followed by explosion of flavor














































MASCULINE
48 hour Braised Beef Short Ribs














EUPHORIA
White Peach-Poire William liquid globe


















PAIN-PLEASURE
Passion Shichimi Lollipop


















ECSTASY
Dark Chocolate Cremoso, Cacao Nibs, Walnut Ice Cream, Sweet Salty Hazelnuts

















LINGERING
Chilled Watermelon Soup Shot, Omeshu Gelee
























MANY MANY THANKS TO:
Chef Chris Kajioka, Per Se, Roy’s
Pastry Chef Rachel Murai, Nobu
Chris Sy, Baker, Trio, French Laundry, Town
Estelle Kaya
Willie Kaya
Dana Pang
Topher Jacobs


AND TO OUR WONDERFUL GUESTS:

John Smiley
Brent Curlow
Sky Cameron
Marcel Cabel
Karen Piltz
Edmund Kellett
Carol Kellett
Cheryl-Lynn Mattos













































Wednesday, October 13, 2010

LATER BREAKING NEWZ!





We have the great honor of being a recipient of The 2010 Critics Choice Ilima Award!  A gala reception was held at Diamond Head Theater and the Hankster actually danced on stage with Broadway actress Loretta Ables Sayre...  Not that is a rare spectacle to see me shaking a leg!