Co-working: the new way we work

Co-working: the new way we work

Have you been to a Starbucks lately?

People aren’t just buying overpriced lattes and oatcakes.

They’re meeting clients, they’re tweaking websites, they’re studying for finals, they’re grading papers.

Starbucks has long been the office away from your office. Freelance writers, IT consultants, wedding planners, mom bloggers — anyone in need of an office space (and who was tired of being distracted by laundry piles and daytime TV at home) would pack up computers and cords, put on sweats and head to the nearest coffee shop with free WiFi.

I’ve done. In fact, I enjoy writing in noisy cafes where I tend to focus and get more done.

But these spaces aren’t open 24 hours — at least not in Hawaii — and I don’t feel right about spending eight straight hours using a table that I paid for with just one cup of hot chocolate and maybe a piece of lemon cake.

Enter co-working.

There are places where you can rent desks — per day, per hour, per week, per month — in an office space equipped with printers, coffee machines, meeting spaces and, yes, free WiFi.

This new workspace concept has exploded in popularity around the world, with co-working facilities on nearly every continent. (Check out this co-working wiki for a list of cities.)

Honolulu got its first co-working space — The Box Jelly — last month and already the group is looking to open new locations in downtown, off Nimitz Highway and on the North Shore.

I visited the site last week and, for $10 a day, it’s a great option to the busy, noisy, bustling coffee shops, which don’t have printer services or refrigerators where I can store my home lunch and Diet Coke.

Too bad I have an actual office. I’d consider working here, instead.

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Today’s happy shot

We had grabbed an early dinner at the Korean Festival over the weekend and caught this: a rainbow over Diamond Head. Truly a sight!

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Today’s happy shot

There’s just something magical about Waikiki.

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FUUD: Bernini Honolulu

FUUD: Bernini Honolulu

I had heard about it and I always think about trying it whenever I drive past.

So when my girlfriend invited me to dinner at Bernini Honolulu, a new contemporary Italian restaurant that opened in April near Ala Moana Center, I didn’t hesitate.

In fact, I already knew what I wanted to order.

Bernini Honolulu isn’t your ordinary Italian restaurant. Its chef is Kengo Matsumoto, who got his chops in northern Italy before opening three restaurants in Tokyo. Bernini is his first eatery in Hawaii.

It’s pretty evident by just looking at its menu that Bernini serves its signature brand of Italian fare: fresh sea urchin spaghetti, king crab atop linguine with a tomato cream sauce, penne with swordfish and an oregano tomato sauce and the Vongole Bianco (shown) consisting of fresh clams in a white wine sauce.

And if you love authentic Italian-style pizza, Bernini won’t disappoint, offering 18 different varieties of pie all cooked in a WoodStone pizza oven.

Here’s what we ate:

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This new restaurant opened in April in the space vacated by Sweet Nothings on Waimanu Street.

Bernini Honolulu, 1218 Waimanu St., Honolulu. Hours: 5:30-11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. Phone: (808) 591-8400

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Today’s happy shot

I’m not much of a salad eater, but this one from Tango Market in Ward Centre is mouthwatering good. (It’s the sweet-and-tangy raspberry vinaigrette that makes it!)

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