Another iPhone? Already?

By October 4, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

Let the speculation begin.

Starting at 7 a.m. HST, Apple will host a press conference titled, specifically, “Let’s Talk iPhone.”

Hmm. I wonder what the mega-million-dollar Cupertino, Calif.-based company is going to unveil. A new iPhone, perhaps?

It’s no surprise to Apple fans and tech-heads, many who were disappointed the company didn’t announce anything about the latest version of its smartphone at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The iPhone 5 is due, maybe overdue, and just in time for Christmas, too.

Apple might be a computer company, but it sure seems like a marketing think tank instead.

According to Forbes, AT&T and Apple both blacked out vacation times for their employees in the beginning of October, only furthering speculation about the release of the new iPhone.

Not that we need a new one already. I feel like I just got used to the iPhone 4 — love the improved camera, by the way, but hate the useless flash — and now I’m left to covet a phone I can’t get unless I break my two-year contract with AT&T.

But will this phone be any better? Will it have near-field communication or 4G LTE technology? Will it have a bigger screen and a better, 8-megapixel camera? Will Sprint customers finally be able to download Instagram?

We’ll find out in a few hours.

The real question, though, remains: will I buy one?

We’ll have to wait and see.

Find out what Mashable readers say they want to see in the new iPhone. And check out Engadget’s live blog for blow-by-blow coverage from Cupertino.

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Today’s happy shot

By October 3, 2011 Happy Shots, The Dog Dish

My old dog, Joey, would be 16 this month. Still miss him.


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Honolulu Hidden Treasures Food Tour

By October 2, 2011 Food

It’s hard enough taking around out-of-towners to my favorite local eateries.

Imagine taking food writers and editors.

That was my assignment this weekend — a gig with the Oahu Visitors Bureau to serve as tour guide to about two dozen writers, editors and bloggers who know a thing or two (or more) about food — and I was worried.

Not because I wouldn’t be an interesting tour guide. (I’m Portuguese; I have stories for days.) I was worried we’d be taking them to places they’d already been to — or wouldn’t be impressed by.

Critics are the toughest to please, for sure, but this group was eager, interested and definitely hungry. They sure made my job easy!

Here’s what the tour looked like:

First stop: Rainbow Drive-In

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Of course, our first stop on the Honolulu food tour was Rainbow Drive-In. Owner Jim Gusukuma talked about the history of plate lunches, the loco moco and, of course, the drive-in.

We couldn’t hit every single eatery I wanted to — we only had five hours! — but there were dozens more on my list that I wish we had gone to. You got any suggestions for the next time these folks come back? Post ’em here!

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Today’s happy shot

By September 30, 2011 Food, Happy Shots

Love everything about Eat The Street, a monthly food truck rally in Kakaako, especially the desserts, including these chimney cakes.

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FUUD: Lava Wok at Eat The Street

By September 30, 2011 Food

Food trucks and lunch wagons that participate in the monthly Eat The Street serve everything from Korean tacos to malassadas burgers to even chocolate-covered bacon.

But where’s the fried noodles and rice?

Well, this Friday two friends and former roommates will unveil a new food concept — everything made in a wok.

Lava Wok — in a tent, not a food truck — is a new vendor to Eat The Street — and likely to your palette.

Friends Michelle Van and Maureen Ackharath took their favorite recipes — with a few tweaks — and created a simple menu bursting with flavor.

They will be serving curry fried rice, spicy fried noodles, filled won ton desserts and soy milk in a bag a la street vendors in Vietnam. And you can only — for now — find their creations at Eat The Street.

“We thought this would be different,” said Ackharath, 28, a graduate of Kaimuki High School.

Sure is.

Here’s what they’ll be serving at Friday’s Eat The Street:

Lava Wok

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New to Eat The Street, Lava Wok will serve fried noodles, fried rice and deep-fried won ton — all made in a wok.

Eat The Street: Eat Local, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 555 South St. in Kakaako

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