FUUD: Home Bar & Grill

FUUD: Home Bar & Grill

My friends and I have spent a lot of time Kanpai Bar & Grill.

A lot.

So much, in fact, we even knew the shifts of the servers.

So when some of the staff left Kanpai to work in the kitchen of a new bar/grill in January, we were torn. We loved the laid-back indoor/outdoor atmosphere of Kanpai, the abundance of parking across the street and, of course, the garlic chicken.

The new place — Home Bar & Grill — was dark and along Kalakaua Avenue where parking is scarce. (Understatement.)

But — and this was a big one — it had that garlic chicken.

That did it. We were moving the pau hana to Home — and we didn’t regret it.

The menu boasts pan-seared Manila clams, kalbi noodles and chicken gizzards. And there’s even tater tot nachos, with sour cream, olives, salsa, nacho cheese sauce, and jalapenos.

And yes, the garlic chicken was there, too. (Whew)

Here’s what our last night out looked like:

Crinkle-cut fries with pepperoni

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If you love crinkle-cut fries, Home has got a version you need to try. The fries are extra crunchy and topped with grated Parmesan cheese, thin slices of pepperoni and a drizzle of truffle oil. The oil is very light — almost not even detectable — but the dish is easy to nosh.

Home Bar & Grill, 1683 Kalakaua Ave. Hours: 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Sunday. Phone: (808) 942-2237

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Today’s happy shot

A pre-dessert! This is a champagne watermelon gelatin topped with mint from Chef Mavro.

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Great Debate: Education vs. experience

Great Debate: Education vs. experience

I get asked this question a lot as a college instructor:

Does having a college degree really matter?

You may think since 1) I teach at a community college and 2) I have both bachelor’s and master’s degrees that I would immediately answer, “Of course! Duh!”

But actually, the answer isn’t that simple.

Education vs. experience is an age-old debate, one that has no right or wrong answer.

On the one hand, having a college degree can’t hurt. Many jobs — think accountants and chemical engineers — require the kind of training you get in college. And a degree of any kind usually equates to higher pay and more mobility within a company. Attending college can mean, to some recruiters and employers, that you are able to learn complex subject matter, analyze problems and devise solutions, demonstrate commitment to learning and to the career, and maybe allude that you can work collaboratively or in group settings.

Then again, I know a few college graduates who aren’t capable of any of the above.

Experience, on the other hand, shows something else: tenacity, perseverance, work ethic, grit. It’s the “walk,” the “pavement,” the “proof in the pudding,” so to speak. I’d rather hire someone who’s proven to be a published writer — meaning, she knows how to meet deadlines, she can work with editors, she can actually write — than someone with just a bachelor’s degree in English from a prestigious university. That doesn’t mean anything, really, to me.

So what’s your take on the debate: Is education more important than experience? Or do you need to prove yourself in the workplace in order to get ahead?

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Cat Chat: Wine The ‘New’ Experience

Cat Chat: Wine The ‘New’ Experience

It may look like Wine The Experience in Kilohana Square is closed — but it’s not.

The boutique venue in Kaimuki where people can bottle — and experience — their own wine is scaling back operations.

Shannon Ball, owner and Cat Chat veteran, explains how the business is changing — and, of course, what kinds of wines I should be drinking this summer.

(This is why I visit him!)

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Today’s happy shot

The perfect mid-afternoon snack: li hing arare

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