Honolulu’s restaurant scene seems to be booming as of late. In the years I was away on the mainland it feels like the market here has caught up significantly to more modern trends. That’s a great thing for someone like me, who values variety and newness in the options I have when deciding where to dine out. I was introduced to Fête by a friend of mine over lunch a little while ago, but wanted to try a more substantial meal. I headed down with the wife on Christmas Eve to give Fête a more thorough visit.
Very few restaurants in Honolulu have been as hotly anticipated as Senia, and after months of delays, it finally opened its doors this week. Located right next door to another hot eatery, The Pig & the Lady, Senia is a joint collaboration between chefs Anthony Rush and Chris Kajioka. The two chefs met while working at Per Se in NYC and are now bringing their wealth of skill, experience, and training to Honolulu.
This year of work has been very good to me. First a free trip to an incredible experience at The Kentucky Derby, then a working trip to Vegas at the Bellagio for Toshiba’s biggest technology show of the year, and now a trip to President’s Club in Cancun! Judy and I have never been to Mexico together so we were excited to go, and for free no less! As a surprise I called ahead to American Airlines, unbeknownst to Judy, to upgrade our seats to first class both ways. A relatively inexpensive proposition thanks to the many miles I’ve been able to accumulate.
Work is, well, a lot of work. But great performance can lead to great rewards. For the end of the fiscal year, our region ran a competition among managers for new business sales. The top performing manager in the region for all of Q4 would win a trip for two to the Kentucky Derby. The famous Churchill Downs racetrack is a client of Toshiba’s, and so the company has a couple of clubhouse level boxes right next to the track. Luckily I came out on top amongst the managers in the region! Judy and I flew down to Louisville for a few days to enjoy the sights, sounds, and once-in-a-lifetime experience of the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”