November 29, 2013

Pineapple Room, Hawaii

Furikake Crusted New Zealand, All Natural Ora King Salmon on Ochazuke Risotto. 

Located inside Macy's at the Ala Moana Shopping Centre, the Pineapple Room is Alan Wong's casual dining counterpart to his fine dining restaurant on South King Street. Not having dined at either, I was  originally a bit reserved about all the reputation surrounding both restaurants, especially when I read that the Pineapple Room is borne of a chef at Alan Wong's expressing a wish to run his own restaurant.

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November 24, 2013

Leonard's Bakery, Hawaii


You're walking down Hawaii's eat street - Kapahulu Avenue - after a full dinner. The night life is bustling, and people are spilling onto the street. At the end of the road, a neon sign beckons you, like the neon signs of Vegas calls to gamblers in the wee hours of the night.

"Come," it says, "I have doughnuts."
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November 20, 2013

Random Notes from Hawaii


I went to Hawaii recently! And while I've got a lot of photos to process, and posts to write, I thought that I might start with all the random things that I thought was interesting in Hawaii.

Spam sushi anyone?
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November 17, 2013

Waitan, Haymarket

Peking duck was a dish that was developed for royalty in ancient China, and once you know the process that goes into making it, you'll understand why it was a royal dish. Chef's used to blow air - yes, mouth to duck - into the duck to separate the skin from the meat, before par cooking it in a master stock, drying it for 24hrs, glazing it, then roasting it in a brick oven. It's not a recipe I would really attempt at home - I keep wanting to but am still daunted by the task - which is where places like Waitan come in for my Peking Duck fix.

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November 09, 2013

Shakshuka my way (Eggs and baked beans)


It's Sunday morning, and despite your best efforts to sleep in, your stomach starts rumbling. You have a dream. A dream that magically, with minimal effort, you can have an enjoyable brunch with an oozing egg, hearty beans, but also looks like you've slaved over a hot stove.

Well, you don't have to look too far.

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November 03, 2013

House of Crabs, Redfern


Oh crab, oh how you lay, with your legs crossed coyly, smothered in cajun sauce. I want to romance you, seduce you, connect with you…


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