Postcards: Running around Madison

By September 4, 2011 Postcards

Madison is quite the picturesque college town. Derek’s been exploring his neighborhood near Glen Oak Hills Park. Here’s what it looks like — for now. Wait until winter.

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Scenes from this weekend’s Okinawan Festival

By September 3, 2011 #CatTravels, Food

OK, I’m not Okinawan.

But whenever I go to the annual Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park, I feel the uchinanchu spirit come over me.’

And it’s usually at the food booths.

Okinawans know how to eat. And this year’s offerings proved it, with a lineup that included shoyu pork, yakisoba, sōki soba (ソーキそば) and, of course, andagi. More than 100,000 of them.

This year, though, there were a couple of new items: taco rice — a popular Okinawan dish that combines rice with taco-seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa — and fundagi — a combination of andagi with funnel cakes.

There’s so much to do — and eat — it’s no wonder the festival is held over two days.

Here’s what the first day of this year’s festival looked like:

Welcome to the Okinawan Festival

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What started as a one-day cultural event at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park has become a two-day festival that attracts more than 50,000 people and involves more than 2,000 volunteers at Waikiki's largest park.

The 29th annual Okinawan Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Kapiolani Park.

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Today’s happy shot

By September 3, 2011 Food, Happy Shots

A favorite Okinawan dish, taco rice, at this weekend’s Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park

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Postcards: Lunch at Cub Foods

By September 2, 2011 Postcards

A brat and soda at Cub Foods — a grocery store chain in the Midwest with a “no fills, sack your own groceries” attitude — is only $1.75. Take that, Costco!

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FUUD: Where to eat tonight

By September 2, 2011 Food

It’s Friday — and you’ve been counting down to the three-day weekend.

Me, too, actually, and right now I could use a drink. (Or a massage. Right now it’s a toss-up.)

I figure many of you — whether you’ve just completed your second week in college or survived a marathon meeting where nothing got done — you probably deserve a bit of unwinding.

So here are some of my favorite spots to hang out after work, with some of my favorite nosh items.

Get out there and eat, folks. Have a great weekend!

Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant

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Need a drink, like, now? Head to Okonomiyaki Chibo Restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center (808-922-9722) for happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Cheap appetizers and beer!

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