Milan, Paris, Tokyo — Ala Moana Center

By September 7, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

Hawaii may not be considered one of the fashion capitals of the world.

But for three days starting Thursday, it will play host to a fashion extravaganza like no other.

Ala Moana Center is throwing The Fall Fashion Event, an action-packed weekend of fashion featuring more than 80 in-store events.

Here’s the weekend lineup:

• Thursday, Sept. 8: Fashion’s Night Out starts at 5 p.m. with upscale shops like Dior and Folli Follie serving champagne and dishing exclusive gifts.

• Friday, Sept. 9: Honolulu’s firefighters heat up Centerstage in a runway show featuring fall looks from Tori Richard, Reyn’s and more.

• Saturday, Sept. 10: Award-winning local designer Amos Kotomori hosts hourly shows, starting at noon, featuring the latest haute fashions from Ala Moana Center vendors.

• Sunday, Sept. 11: The final day of the event starts with a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony, followed by a runway show with the heads of Hawaii’s non-profit organizations.

And if you can’t make it for any of the shows — or you just want to shop instead — you can redeem $250 in receipts for a free red-haute clutch (above).

For more information, visit Ala Moana Center or call (808) 955-9517.

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Postcards: Bustling campus

By September 7, 2011 Postcards

Fall semester is in full swing by 9 a.m. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Here’s the busy intersection of North Charter Street and University Avenue.

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New eats: Shabu Shabu King in Moiliili

By September 7, 2011 Food

Oahu is littered with hot pot eateries, from the Thai-style Bangkok Shabu Shabu on Kapahulu Avenue to the casual Hanaki Restaurant in Manoa to the uber-popular Taiwanese Sweet Home Cafe in Moiliili.

So why do we need another one?

Because none — except the new Shabu Shabu King — is open until 2 a.m. Every single day.

This latest addition to the shabu shabu scene opened last month in the space vacated by TCBY on South King Street near Puck’s Alley. And while the broth, prices and service are fairly average, there are two things that set Shabu Shabu King apart from the others: interesting menu items and late-night hours.

Here’s what we ate on a recent visit:

Shabu Shabu King

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Last month Shabu Shabu King opened in the space vacated by TCBY on South King Street, adding another hot pot eatery to the Oahu dining scene.

Shabu Shabu King, 2700 S. King St., Suite 103. Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Phone: (808) 951-7878

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Great Debate: Who’s got it harder, men or women

By September 6, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

Initially, I blogged about feeling overwhelmed. But I’ve decided to change directions with this post and turn it into a Great Debate. Read on.

I feel overwhelmed, like, all the time.

I work full time, take care of two dogs, volunteer for a couple of nonprofits and fit freelance into whatever remaining hours I have.

And I’m not even the busiest of my friends!

I have girlfriends who do everything I do — plus raise kids, take care of their parents, run marathons and somehow manage to keep their hair and nails looking great.

It occurred to me that there’s this pressure on women to do it all, to be Super Woman, to be the perfect mother and wife and employee and friend. We have to be at meetings on time, prepared with PowerPoints and perfectly edited reports. We have to plan the office birthday parties and throw baby showers for our coworkers. We have to plan potlucks for our kids, pay the bills on time, shop for groceries, wash the clothes and, on top of that, maintain (or fake it) the 25-year-old figure we haven’t seen in 10 years.

Is this fair?

I thought about this the other night when I caught a glimpse at the trailer for the new movie, “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

The movie is based on Allison Pearson’s bestseller by the same name, in which Parker plays a high-achieving Manhattan woman who’s juggling everything from her career — she’s the breadwinner — to faking a store-bought mince pie to look homemade.
Here’s the movie trailer

We all know women like that. The coworker who seems to meet all her deadlines — early — and still have time to chair several committees, coach her daughter’s soccer team and bake a mean bread pudding. Or the friend who can juggle motherhood, two jobs and finish law school — and still keep her body fat percentage in single digits.

We may not like these people — on the grounds of pure envy, of course — but we strive to be like them.

I wonder: do men feel this same pressure? Do men feel this need to be the perfect dad, husband, brother, coworker, friend? Are men programmed the way women are, to feel this urge to do it all?

What do you think?

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Weekend Dish: Deep-fried PB&J

By September 5, 2011 Food, Weekend Dish

The other day I had the most amazing breakfast — made by the head chef at Rainbow Drive-In, no less.

And no, it didn’t involve two scoops of rice and mac salad.

He served us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — on white bread, this is key — dunked in pancake batter, deep-fried, then doused in sugar.

Oh, I can’t tell you how good it was.

So my mom and I — with the help of my dad, who manned the sugar — tried to recreate this breakfast sensation. In the process, I think we improved on it, changing up the fillings and realizing there’s so much more we can do with this recipe.

Here’s what we did:

Pancake batter

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We used a batter for instant malassadas (see below) to coat the sandwiches. It was easy enough and the batter, when fried, really puffed up.

Used to make instant malassadas


1 1/2 cups Bisquick
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk


Mix. Coat pieces of white bread — filled or not — with batter and place into deep fryer.

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