Joy Of Sake 2012


I went to Joy of Sake last minute by myself.  My date flaked last minute, then my girlfriend told me she was going, so I scurried over there and got some last minute $90 tickets to the event.  I had just woken up and was starving so I was more concerned about eating.  I tried everything at the event and scoured the sakes in between the food.  

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My favorite dish was a kalo tostone by a restaurant I had not heard of before, “the Pig and the Lady” a 
“pop up restaurant” in Honolulu.  The fried crunch of the tostone contrasted with the texture of the taro stem ceviche (I thought it was a cucumber vinagarette) and the softness of the fresh steamed kalo which was much like a soft mochi.  The rice paddy herb added a nice essence to the finish. The Pig and the Lady can be found at KCC Farmers Markets, Kailua Farmer Markets, and small markets around Honolulu.

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My second favorite dish was the thai oxtail soup at Chai’s.  It had a slight spiciness to it that really warmed you up, which perhaps came from the ginger.  Thai rice noodles accompanied the soup but by the time I got to them, they were out of oxtail.  A flavorful broth, this was my last dish and perfect to end off my palate with.

 

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Cakeworks only had an ume macaroon by the time I got around to them, but ume happens to be my favorite flavor.  

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Halekulani had a great classic dish, seared ahi, but they topped it with sweet corn, tempura flakes and a great flavorful nori sprinkle (furikaki).  I definitely had seconds.  However, the second dish was at the end of the event and perhaps didn’t taste as fresh from sitting unrefrigerated for hours. :(

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As I walked in I was starving, so I grabbed the light alfredo pasta with nori sprinkles to fill me up.

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 I squirted grease from the braised beef rolls from Ginza Sushi in Haleiwa all over my Rebecca Taylor dress. :(

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I was disappointed in Nobu’s choice, being it’s my favorite restaurant.  They had a miso abalone and I wasn’t too taken by the chewy texture. Perhaps it’s something best eaten fresh out of the oven.

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Oh look… I found a picture of my girlfriend, Elise Lee. (:  

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xoxo

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