FUUD: The ones left out

By October 21, 2011 Food

Tomorrow the winners of the first Best of Nonstop will be announced at Nonstop Kakaako — and some of you will be disappointed.

Not just because your favorite coffee shop or cocktail didn’t win. But some of your top picks weren’t even on the list.

For starters, nominees had to be on Oahu, so Neighbor Island eateries were left off. And secondly, the nominee lists were narrowed down to just five options — and you know there are more than five great food trucks and bakeries on the island.

So I wanted to know which restaurants, bakeries, nightclubs and hole-in-the-wall eateries you felt were left out.

Here are some of mine:

Best ramen?

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How about best noodles? Then the list could have included saimin and, my favorite, dry min from Sam Sato's on Maui.

Here were the Best of Nonstop categories:

Best bakery
Best coffee
Most creative sweet treats
Best dessert (signature dessert)
Best Farm to Table dining ~ Eat local
Best fried chicken
Most innovative restaurant
Best laulau
Best local-style pupu
Best loco moco
Best new food truck
Best pizza
Best poke
Best ramen
Best shave ice 2.0 (new types)
Best sushi rolls
Best tacos
Best New Bar/Club/Lounge
Best Cocktails
Best Live Music Venue
Best Nightclub

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Yes, I sleep with dogs

By October 20, 2011 The Dog Dish

I was talking with a girlfriend of mine and, in conversation, mentioned my dogs sleep in my bed.

Yes, with me.

“They sleep with you?” she asked with a hint of disgust.

“Yeah, why, is that weird?”

“Uh……..”

That was enough for me to figure out just how she felt about it.

Until Sunny — who I got two years ago — I never slept with dogs. Or guinea pigs. Or our pet turtle. Animals had separate living quarters — and those were usually somewhere outside.

My parents never let animals — aside from fish — in the house. Even when I got a little, shy Papillon, the poor guy had to stay outside.

When I first got Sunny, I got a bed, too. Just for her. But it didn’t take long before this little four-month-old puppy was curled up next to my legs in bed — my bed — that everything changed.

Now I can’t imagine my dogs sleeping anywhere else.

I wondered if this was weird. Reality TV diva Kim Kardashian can’t sleep with pooches in her sheets. But is she the norm?

According to a recent survey of pet owners by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of dogs sleep in their owner’s beds. The survey found that 62 percent of small dogs, 41 percent of medium-sized dogs and 32 percent of large dogs sleep with their owners. (Even majority of cats sleep with their adult owners.)

So it’s normal — but is it healthy?

Not if you have pet allergies or asthma. And pets can “bring a wide range of zoonotic pathogens into our environment,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Still, I can’t kick my furry friends out of my bed.

Can you?

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Great Debate: Kikkoman vs. Aloha shoyu

By October 19, 2011 Food

We all have a preference when it comes to brands.

Some of us prefer Coke over Pepsi, Macs over PCs, Hondas over Toyotas.

But the debate has never been more heated — at least in some circles — as the one between two brands of shoyu: Kikkoman and Aloha.

People have really taken sides. Some prefer the Japan-based Kikkoman, which is salty and tangy. Others are committed to the local Aloha shoyu, which is sweet and mild.

And it makes a difference on how the shoyu is most often used. For example, some pick Kikkoman to cook with because they want a stronger flavor. Others use Aloha only when pouring onto something to eat immediately.

And then there are those who choose their brands based on principle. Aloha is a locally owned and operated company. Kikkoman is from Japan.

So I thought it would be interesting to see your picks.

So which is it: Kikkoman or Aloha?

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WTF: No one helps injured Chinese toddler

By October 18, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

I was literally brought to tears at my desk at work.

A 2-year-old girl in China gets hit twice by two trucks. She’s laying in the street in a pool of blood. And at least 18 people walk or bike past her and do nothing.

This poor child.

Never mind the bastards who hit her and ran off. How can that many people literally walk right past her bleeding body — and not even stop to help?

It’s shocking, it’s disturbing, and it makes me wonder WTF is wrong with us.


WARNING: This surveillance video contains graphic images

The toddler, named Yueyue or Wang Yue, had wandered outsider her family’s shop in the Chinese city of Foshan. People walk, bike and drive by. Finally, a 58-year-old female trash collect stops, lifts up the girl and asks people if anyone knew who she is.

She’s in critical condition with massive head injuries. She may die.

I was literally weeping at my desk this morning, completely disgusted by the lack of empathy and compassion shown by these neglectful passers-by.

Who does that? Who walks past a dying child?

It’s stories like these that make me wonder what our world has become.

I know these things happen all the time — and they’ve been happening long before we could blame technology or social media or the Millennial Generation.

But technology and social media have made the public display of these horrific, inhumane acts visible to the world. And the world is responding.

We’re disgusted, we’re pissed off, we’re sounding off in blogs and around water coolers.

We can’t stand for this.

So what do we do?

We do better.

We vow never to walk past someone in need. We promise to help our neighbors. We live by the philosophy that a simple gesture of help is a gift of hope.

And we never condone this kind of behavior. Ever.

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Cat Chat: Nonstop Kakaako

By October 18, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

There aren’t many events in Honolulu that I actually mark in my calendar.

Nonstop Kakaako on Saturday is one of them.

And it’s not just because, as part of the Nonstop Honolulu team, I have to be there.

This is one of those uber-cool pop-up events in Kakaako that blends food, retail and entertainment in a block party that will have social media swarming.

Here’s the deal: Starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Auahi Street — between Coral and Keawe streets — will be closed for this special block party/pop-up experience. There will be about 40 food booths, two stages with live entertainment, a tent with chic boutique vendors, a cigar bar, a beer garden, basketball hoops, a rock-climbing wall, virtual stand-up paddling, even the University of Hawaii football game will be broadcast live.

Seriously, what more could you want?

So we had Erin Kinney, integrated strategies manager from Kamehameha Schools, a partner in this event, to talk about what you can look forward to on Saturday — and how this will be a peek into the plans for a new Kakaako neighborhood in the near future.

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