Derek’s last meals

By August 29, 2011 Food

If you’ve ever left your hometown for any substantial amount of time, you know the one thing you’d miss is the local cuisine.

Well, it was no different for my boyfriend, Derek, who left last night for graduate school in Madison, Wisc.

He knew exactly what he wanted to eat — and we ate it. All of it. From kalua pig and fresh poi from Ono Hawaiian Foods on Kapahulu Avenue to a chili frank plate from Rainbow Drive-In.

It was an epic weekend of eating — and I’m going to pay for it this week.

Better dig out those running shoes. I’m going to need ’em!

Here’s what we ate:

Kaimuki Grill

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Our eat-venture started at Kaimuki Grill (1108 12th Ave.) with a get-together with the Old Guys we surf with. It's one of our favorite spots to kick back with a cold beverage — Derek's choice is almost always beer — and heavy local-style pupus.

During the months that Derek will be in Madison, he’ll be sending me photos of what he’s doing, where he’s hanging and, of course, what he’s eating. I’ll be posting them on the blog under “Postcards from Madison.” Enjoy!

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Derek’s last Hawaiian plate — courtesy of Ono Hawaiian Food on Kapahulu Avenue — before heading to Wisconsin tomorrow.


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My dream come true: a butter sampler from Alan Wong’s


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FUUD: Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at Wailea

By August 26, 2011 Food

Last week I had the arduous task — note the sarcasm — of staying overnight at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (@FSMaui).

If you’ve never been to this luxurious, five-star resort, put it on your bucket list. It’s an action-oriented resort with a laundry list of things to do, from stand-up paddleboarding in stunning Wailea Bay to spa treatments in traditional thatched-roof huts overlooking the ocean.

And then there’s the food.

The resort boasts three award-winning restaurants that are, in my opinion, worth the drive to South Maui.

And one I’d come back to is Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, located in the lobby of the hotel.

I’ll admit. I was hesitant. I’m not a big fan of chain restaurants, and the name “Wolfgang Puck” conjures up images of quick food at airports.

But Spago on Maui is a Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond restaurant, featuring a fusion of Hawaiian and California cuisine with Pacific Rim flavors that don’t feel overdone or outdated.

And it certainly doesn’t feel like resort food.

Here’s what I ate — all by myself:

From the restaurant

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Wolfgang Puck's Spago is located in the lobby of the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea — and it takes full advantage of its luxurious accommodations. It overlooks the ocean — I mean, look at this views! — and it features Asian-inspired contemporary designs throughout.

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, 3900 Wailea Alanui Dr., Maui. Hours: Dinner, 6 to 9:30 p.m. daily, bar open 6 to 11 p.m. daily. Attire: casual resort attire, footwear. Phone: (808) 874-8000

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OK, so it’s not a really happy shot, since this lemon crunch cake from Cake Works is really for Derek, who’s leaving for Wisconsin on Sunday. But it was damn good cake — and it made me happy. Momentarily.


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