New Eats: Tonkatsu Tamafuji

Tonkatsu Tamafuji features an open kitchen with the copper frying pots right up front

Seems like Hawaii has been getting a recent influx of restaurant “chains” from Japan – Yakitori Hachibei, Katsumidori Sushi, and of course all the vendors at both the Shirokiya Village Walk and Waikiki Yokocho. Now you can add Tonkatsu Tamafuji, a chain of restaurants from Sapporo, to the list. The restaurant had only been open for 6 days during our visit, but word has seemingly spread quickly as it was a full house even for an early lunch.

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Afternoon Tea @ The Moana Surfrider

The Moana Surfrider’s afternoon tea service is held on the patio of The Veranda

The wife and I both enjoy afternoon tea. For myself, I like the ambiance, atmosphere, and experience of having a leisurely meal (or afternoon snack). I’m someone that likes to order many dishes when dining out so I can taste a variety of flavors; a perfect match to the variety of small-bites that accompany a typical afternoon tea service. When Judy suggested afternoon tea, I looked at our two favorite spots on the island for availability. The Halekulani’s tea service at Orchid’s (for the ocean view) is not available on Sundays, so we opted for afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider instead.

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Diamond Head Summit Trail

Starting on the trail early is key to avoiding the crowds

This morning we woke up early to tackle a very easy trail as part of my quest to slowly work myself back up to hiking shape. Diamond Head, one of Hawaii’s most photographed and recognizable landmarks, is one of those hikes that we as locals don’t get to very often. I’ve typically avoided visiting Diamond Head because of the crowds of tourists that flock there everyday. Despite the crowds, Diamond Head Summit Trail offers one of the easiest and fastest hikes on the island, with a great view of the ocean and Waikiki at the top.

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Foster Botanical Gardens

Foster Botanical Gardens
A hidden respite from the bustling city

Sometimes its hard for people to picture Honolulu as a metropolitan city. Our white sandy beaches and mountain ridges are welcomed distractions from urban life, but make no mistake, Honolulu is a densely populated city. With constant development in and around downtown Honolulu, it can be a challenge nowadays to find a quiet place to enjoy a walk that isn’t in the forest at the back of a valley or on top of a mountain. But, lucky for us, there are still a few spots around town – like the Foster Botanical Gardens – to enjoy some peace and quiet.

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Dinner @ Sushi Sho

Chef Keiji Nakazawa, the man who said no to the Michelin guide… according to rumor

I’m a lover of all things food. I’ll try almost any ingredient or dish once to push my palate and expand my food horizons. As such I am a fan of many cuisines. However, as with most people, there are some foods I just like more than others and sushi would certainly be on the list of my favorite foods. So when I heard that Sushi Sho, a new high-end omakase restaurant, was opening in town helmed by a chef who supposedly (according to rumor) kicked out the Michelin inspectors from his Tokyo restaurant for not “knowing anything about sushi”… well I just had to go!

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Turbinates & Septums

WordPress stock photos can be useful sometimes

A few weeks ago I went to the doctor because I was feeling a little under-the-weather and had a fairly bad headache. I don’t very much enjoy going to the doctor. They never really take you at your appointment time (even though they ask that you arrive early). Waiting rooms suck and everything smells of clorox and disinfectant. Turns out this routine visit for what I thought was a bad cold would reveal something I have been unaware of for 30 years…

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