FUUD: Lava Wok at Eat The Street

By September 30, 2011 Food

Food trucks and lunch wagons that participate in the monthly Eat The Street serve everything from Korean tacos to malassadas burgers to even chocolate-covered bacon.

But where’s the fried noodles and rice?

Well, this Friday two friends and former roommates will unveil a new food concept — everything made in a wok.

Lava Wok — in a tent, not a food truck — is a new vendor to Eat The Street — and likely to your palette.

Friends Michelle Van and Maureen Ackharath took their favorite recipes — with a few tweaks — and created a simple menu bursting with flavor.

They will be serving curry fried rice, spicy fried noodles, filled won ton desserts and soy milk in a bag a la street vendors in Vietnam. And you can only — for now — find their creations at Eat The Street.

“We thought this would be different,” said Ackharath, 28, a graduate of Kaimuki High School.

Sure is.

Here’s what they’ll be serving at Friday’s Eat The Street:

Lava Wok

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New to Eat The Street, Lava Wok will serve fried noodles, fried rice and deep-fried won ton — all made in a wok.

Eat The Street: Eat Local, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 555 South St. in Kakaako

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Scene: The Streets of Asia

By September 30, 2011 Food

It’s not everyday 32 world-class chefs, four master sommeliers, nine top-tier winemakers, mixologists, local farmers, artisan food producers, food writers, foodies — and an “Top Chef” competitor — from around the world converge in one place.

But they did — at the first event of the inaugural Hawaii Food & Wine Festival held in various locations on Oahu.

Last night’s event — The Streets of Asia: Morimoto & Friends presented by Hawaiian Airlines — featured a range of small plates from such notables as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto (kakuni steam bun with 10-hour braised pork belly and local picked vegetables), Mourad Lahlou of Aziza (slow-poached prawns, corn pudding, zhug, bonito emulsion and ikura), and Charles Phan of The Slanted Door (fish vermicelli with turmeric, dill and scallion).

It was a swanky night at the Modern Honolulu, with food stations lining the hotel’s Sunrise Pool and butoh-style dancers in Southeast Asian garb entertained guests throughout the venue.

There were politicians, educators, food writers, magazine editors, business owners, restauranteurs, bloggers — the crowd was as eclectic as the food offerings.

Even “Top Chef” Marcel Vigneron (@marcelvigneron) was lurking in the VIP areas.

The festival continues today and Saturday with a visit to the Heeia fishpond, wine tastings, seminars, coffee and chocolate tastings, a master chefs gala dinner and a grand tasting on the final night.

I think I need a nap!

Here’s what Streets of Asia looked like:

Me and the boys

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That's me, flanked by Jason Kim and Lance Rae.

For more information about the event, visit www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

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Great Debate: Coke vs. Pepsi

By September 29, 2011 Food

This has got to be the oldest debate at the vending machine.

Coke versus Pepsi. Or, in my universe, Diet Coke versus Diet Pepsi.

And let me tell you, there’s a difference.

The cola wars between the two soft drink giants started back in the ’80s with taste tests at shopping malls and grocery stores.

These days it’s hardly a competition. Coca-Cola reigns supreme, with Pepsi falling behind both Coke and Diet Coke in total annual sales.

But the debate lives on.

My preference?


Coke. Actually, Diet Coke. And I’m addicted.

Now, it’s nothing like the addict in CNN’s Eatocracy, who, before kicking the habit, drank two liters a day at the very minimum, sometimes four. (I’m actually too worried about the later-effects of aspartame.)

But Coke products are just superior, to me, than Pepsi. Not as sweet, much more fizzier. It’s just better.

Sure, I’ll drink Pepsi — if I’m desperate for caffeine, which is just about every morning at work, where only Pepsi products are sold. But if I had a choice, it would be Coke all the way.

You got a preference?

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Finally! A Facebook page!

By September 28, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

After pressure from people who know and do better than me, I finally — finally — set up a Facebook page for my blog.

I’ll be posting updates — particularly in the realm of food and travel — regularly, so check it out!

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Parents have favorites, too

By September 28, 2011 Musings, The Daily Dish

You don’t always want to admit it, but we all play favorites.

We have a favorite dental hygienist, a favorite bank teller, a favorite boss, a favorite cashier at Foodland. It almost ruins your day to deal with anyone else.

But what about a favorite child?

A recent survey published in Time Magazine shows that parents do have a preference.

About 70 percent of fathers and 65 percent of mothers exhibit a preference for one child over another. For father, it’s often the youngest girl. And for mothers, it’s typically the oldest boy.

Remember: it’s exhibiting a preference. Most parents are pretty good at concealing their bias.

But, according to Jeffrey Kluger, author of the new book, “The Sibling Effect,” deep down you have a favorite.

“It is my belief that 95 percent of the parents in the world have a favorite child, and the other percent are lying,” said Kluger, the father of two daughters, 10 and 8, to TODAYMoms.

And guess who’s left out? The middle child. Research suggests middle-born children — hey, that’s me! — are less likely to be the favorite than oldest or youngest kids.

I know, as kids, we feel like our parents prefer one over the other. My brother got to stay out later than me. My sister had her own room. But I don’t know if it’s that clear cut.

I might have been the annoying youngest daughter — until my sister came along — but now I’m the one who’ll pick up my parents when their Pontiac craps out in Kaneohe.

Certainly I must be the favorite now, right?

Thoughts on this?

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