I was born and raised on the island of Oahu, half the time living in town and the other half spent in Ewa Beach. I grew up the local way… eating spam musubi, popping fireworks at New Year’s, and complaining about traffic on the H1. As a young boy I looked forward to the day I would leave the islands and call the mainland home. While I did call the frozen north (Minnesota) home for five years, as I grew older I realized my love for Hawaii – its food, people, lifestyle, weather, and culture. I came back to Honolulu in 2016 to be among friends and family once again.
The Food Blogger.
I love food. I love exploring new flavors and ingredients. I want chefs to challenge my palate. I want food to tell a story, to convey emotion, to form a memory I will retain for years to come. I started taking photos and blogging about my dining experiences in Honolulu back in 2007, way before it was cool to be a food blogger. Over the years I’ve progressed from a Canon PowerShot to full DSLR photography. Now I’m on the mirrorless bandwagon, but still shooting in RAW.
Over the year’s I’ve written short pieces for a few publications online. Those pieces include (starting with the most recent):
- Vintage Cave Cafe (March 27, 2017)
- Gen Korean BBQ (March 13, 2017)
- Something New: KatsuMidori Sushi (January 17, 2017)
- Food Trends I Hope Will Thrive (January 16, 2017)
- My Top 5 Standouts from Senia’s Chef Tasting Menu (January 9, 2017)
- Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis (July 10, 2013)
- John Ng and Lina Goh of Zen Box Izakaya (May 29, 2013)
- Aqua in White Bear Lake and Forest Lake (May 13, 2013)
- Smack Shack in Minneapolis (April 29, 2013)
- Kangaroo – From Australia to Hell’s Kitchen’s Menu (April 24, 2013)
- Shady Grove in Ellsworth, Wisconsin (April 15, 2013)
- Sushi Fix in Wayzata (April 8, 2013)
My food photos, amateur as they are, have been fortunate to appear in several online and print publications. These publications include Food & Wine Magazine, Savuer, AFAR Travel Magazine, Eater, Heavy Table, and Frolic Hawaii. I archive photos from most of my notable meals on Flickr. You can view those albums here.
I wasn’t a great student. The intellect might have been there, but the desire (and maturity) to do homework and attend lectures was not. I took time off from school – for what was supposed to be a semester – and fell into the world of B2B sales. I’ve never looked back. Since starting my career in CompUSA’s business team, I have since gone on to work for some of the biggest names in business technology: Xerox, Canon, Toshiba. I’ve helped hundreds of businesses in Hawaii and Minnesota improve their use of technology and streamline their business processes. Prior to coming back to Hawaii I worked as the Director of Sales for Toshiba’s business solutions division throughout Minnesota.
Today I work in business services, helping local clients better manage their internal HR processes and associated costs: healthcare, worker’s compensation, payroll, etc.
This site was created so I could have a place to aggregate my posts on various topics. I like to photograph and write about food, travel, hiking, and events. I’ll also write the occasional post about my business interests and musings*.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you find here at least one thing of interest!
*Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer(s) or business partners.