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#CatChat: Taste the Guava Smoked


I’ve always thought of smoked meat as dry and, well, smokey.

Until I tried the offerings from Guava Smoked, a specialty smoked meat producer based in Kapahulu run by Scott Shibuya, a former high school graphic arts teacher who decided to turn his hobby into a career.

He uses only guava wood to smoke his meat, giving it a slightly different flavor than kiawe or other woods. (And these trees are invasive, so it’s eco-friendly. Plus!)

Shibuya will be one of several vendors at the Moiliili Summer Fest on July 6 at the old Varsity Theatre parking lot.

Here’s more about Shibuya and his smoked meats:

Moiliili Summer Fest, 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 1100 University Ave.

Find Guava Smoked at the KCC Farmers’ Market from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu Farmers’ Market from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Neal Blaisdell Center, Kailua Farmers’ Market from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, and at the Mililani Farmers’ Market from 8 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month at Mililani High School.

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Cat Chat: Inside The Whole Ox

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Cat Chat: Via Gelato hits the streets

Back in February I met Melissa Bow, creator of Via Gelato, handcrafted gelato and sorbet using locally sourced ingredients. (Watch our Cat Chat here.)

I was completely taken by her commitment to quality and sustainability — plus, her gelato was damn good — that I became an instant fan.

Bow recently hit the streets three weeks ago, selling her handcrafted gelato with flavors like green tea haupia and jasmine vanilla — all from a little food truck she literally renovated herself. (No joke!)

I decided to check in with her and see how she’s doing since the last time we Cat Chat-ted.

(Spoiler alert: she’s killing it!)

Like Via Gelato on Facebook, follow @viagelato and check out her photos on Instagram at viagelatohawaii.

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Cat Chat: Nuy Beauty

I’ll be honest: when it comes to fashion and beauty, I need help.

Lots of help.

I probably spend more time brushing my teeth than my hair and my beauty regiment consists of eyeliner and lip gloss.

It’s a bit pathetic.

So when I heard beauty/style expert Nuy Cho — founder of www.nuybeauty.com and uber-chic local girl — was back in town, I jumped at the chance to get some much-needed advice.

Here’s her advice:

See our full-length video at NuyBeauty.com next week!

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Cat Chat: Via Gelato is here!


Say it and I’ll come running.

So when I found out Melissa Bow, a Punahou alum and former physical therapist who recently moved back home, was making handcrafted gelato using local ingredients like mango, ginger and lilikoi, I could barely stop myself from barging into her home to sample it.

No, seriously.

I shot this video months ago — before Via Gelato Hawaii was officially up and running.

Now, Bow serves up her tasty treats Monday through Friday around downtown (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and near Punahou (2 to 5 p.m.), then on Saturday nights at Sports Authority on Ward Avenue.

Here’s a little preview:

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