Archive for January, 2010

Fave Friday - Hawaii Chefs

January 29th, 2010
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I know, I know, there are not many to choose from, in terms of really well-known chefs from Hawaii. Let's see, off the top of my head, we got the big dogs like Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong, Sam Choy, Russell Siu, Chai Chaowasaree, Chef Mavro (George Mavrothalassitis), etc., and some of the lesser known, but equally impressive, like Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi, Collin Nishida and Onjin Kim (anybody know what happened to her btw?).

In the comment area below, list your favorite Hawaii Chef(s) and why. Whether it be their cooking ability, ono-ness of their restaurant, their personality, or all of the above. I have a few for various reasons:

  • Hideaki "Santa" Miyoshi: He's the co-owner of Tokkuri-Tei, my all-time favorite restaurant, hands-down. He's down to earth and has a hilarious sense of humor. Santa always makes me crack up without even saying a word.
  • Chuck Furuya: Yeah, he's not really a chef, but close enough. He runs Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar in Restaurant Row, and, oh by the way, is one of only two Master Sommeliers in the state of Hawaii. He's genuine and friendly and has a knack for taking the intimidation out of wine. Back in college when I worked at KHET Hawaii Public Television, we filmed a segment with him for one of our shows. During setup, he yells to this little student grunt (me) across the room and says "Eh, I know you! I played ball with you in Hawaii Kai the other weekend! Remember me?" Stunned, I was like "Huh!?" Then I realized he was talking to me and was able to muster up this glorious response: "Me? Oh yeah!" We continued to shoot segments with him and he would always take the time to make conversation with all of us about anything and everything. Recently, I saw him with his son at Cafe Laufer and he still recognized me and shook my hand. What an awesome guy!
  • Sam Choy: just seems really friendly and welcoming. Plus, he loves him some poke. My kinda guy!
  • Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong: though insanely intimidating, these two guys seem warm hearted in person and continue to stay true to their roots, choosing to buy local whenever possible. My "claim to fame" for Roy Yamaguchi was that I gave him a ride to and from Roy's Hawaii Kai - in my little Civic hatchback - before and after a shoot in our KHET studios (I lived in Hawaii Kai at the time and it was looked at as a better, more economical idea than sending a production van out to Hawaii Kai to pick him up). My "claim to fame" for Alan Wong was actually a few days ago when I interviewed him for Part II of my "Poke Paradise" series for AroundHawaii.com, set to be published on February 1st. 8) Here's a little sneak peek for y'all! Let me know what you think!



An Interview with Alan Wong

Talk to me!
* Post your favorite Hawaii chefs below and why.
* Thoughts on the above interview?
* Excited about the new iPad?
* Excited about the Olympics?

Have a happy VH07V Friday and weekend y'all! See you on the flipside! :)

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 27, 2010

January 27th, 2010
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LOL! This week's photo gave me a bit of a chuckle.

Beforetime, I went to the beach with my friends and snapped a quick shot of them chillin' in the sun. Since the resolution on my camera is reasonably decent, I'm able to crop out just a teeny portion of the photo from the background/surrounding areas. So there I was, in Photoshop, dragging around my 500x375 dotted rectangle, trying to find an interesting shot for you guys for this week's WIH contest.

And then... it appeared before me! Like two moons outta nowhere... Literally! :P

Before I go on though, lemme preface this photo with a warning. It may be a shade [NSFW], depending on where you work. Also, no even try fo' accuse me of sexism/discrimination cause I gave you ladies a lil' sumthin' sumthin' too. You're welcome! ;) Nah, but this is just a head's up so scroll down at your own risk k? 8)

In the meantime, please help me congratulate bruddahs Dave and rayboyjr for being last week's cool point getters! It's Dave's first time on the board... awwriiite!

This Week's Point Distro:
* Name of Beach: 1 point
* Name of Island: 1 point
* Two Funniest Captions (of course!): 1 point each

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 27, 2010
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 27, 2010

Hints: Ain't the "eye candy" good enough yo? 8)


Da "Where In Hawaii" Winnahz Circle!

Da Leadahboard!

  1. Coconut Willy - 12
  2. Takeshi - 11.5
  3. kuya.d - 10
  4. rayboyjr - 8
    snow - 8
  5. M - 3
    Paco - 3
    HNL2LAS - 3
  6. BananaFysh - 2
    tita leerz - 2
    NeedaHobby - 2
    MakiSushi - 2
    NaPueo - 2
    hemajang - 2
    Syxx - 2
    jr. - 2
  7. pink lady - 1.5
    skycastles - 1.5
  8. Dave - 1
    David In Oregon - 1
    carokun - 1
    mcat - 1
    YN - 1
    Scott - 1
    Marvo - 1
    k15 - 1
    getITon - 1
    Kage - 1
    miLL-viLLe - 1
    jack - 1
    frankie - 1
    Ynaku - 1
    Rodney - 1
    teej - 1
    BarbieQ! - 1
    kako mochi - 1
    ijiwarui - 1
    GumbysHorse - 1
  9. Rosette - 0.5
    Coconut Willy's wifey - 0.5
    MoOgooGuypAN - 0.5

Five Alive!
* kuya.d

Quad Playaz!
* kuya.d

Turkey Turkeys!
*  kuya.d, Takeshi, rayboyjr

Back to Back Winnahz!
*  snow, Paco, Syxx, NaPueo, MakiSushi, pink lady, kuya.d, Takeshi, BananaFysh, Coconut Willy

P.S. Adding this footnote to all future WIH posts... If any of y'all have pics you'd like to contribute to the "Where In Hawaii" game, feel free to email them to me and I'll post um up in future blogs! And yes, you aren't allowed to guess on those days! LOL! :P

Happy Hump Day Where In Hawaii Wednesday y'all. Shooooots!

Photography at the Right Angle - Caption Contest (4 of 23)

January 25th, 2010
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Ho, these 23 caption contests fill up a lot o' our Mondays yeah? Stay automatic for me, but I gotta try and mix um up somehow for you guys to make things interesting. Hmm...

While I marinate on that, please help me congratumalate last week's co-winners b. and rayboyjr. Their captions were equally funny/entertaining.

My brain get cobwebs. No can think of one side game. K, how about this. Let's say the ol' man is checking out one wahine walking by. In addition to the caption for the photo itself, we go geev bonus kine action to the best caption of what da old man is thinking/saying to himself. 8)

Go getum guys!

World Wide Ed
Photography at the Right Angle - Caption Contest (4 of 23)


Da "Photography at the Right Angle - Caption Contest" Winnahz Circle! :)

  1. Week 1 - "Look, Ma! No hands!" (frankie)
  2. Week 2 - "Eh? No can hear. Got beer in my ear." (Dave)
  3. Week 3 - TIE: "Pawn to Queen 4...errrr WOOF!" (b.) and "Doggie go long. On 3, On 3. Ready. Break." (rayboyjr)
  4. Week 4 - ???
  5. Week 5 - ???
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  22. Week 22 - ???
  23. Week 23 - ???

Post your most creative/funny/witty/entertaining caption below for the photo above. Have a great Monday and week y'all! Shoots!

Celebrities Who Could Use Plastic Surgery

January 22nd, 2010
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So the latest gossip these days (or so I hear) is about Heidi Montag's/Pratt's plastic surgery craziness, where she apparently underwent 10 surgeries during the fall, completely changing her look. (You can Google it later at your leisure cause it's probably in the "NSFW" category :P ).

On that note, the "Fave Friday" topic of the day is: Celebrities Who Could Use Plastic Surgery (or maybe even a list of those who shouldn't have gotten plastic surgery? 8) ). I know there are tons of 'em out there, but the only one I can think of, off the top of my head, is: Barbra Streisand. I'll leave the rest for you to list below. 8)

Others like DJ Qualls, Steve Buscemi, and former NBA star Sam Cassell qualify, but to me, they are quirky and endearing, and that "different" look is what makes them unique and stand out.

What I can't stand is when a celebrity is obviously ugly, but yet arrogant and overconfident (i.e. Usher). I know, I know. I know nothing about him on a personal level and it's shallow for me to come to a crass judgment based simply on what I see, but sorry Usher, you make the list. *grin*

  • Barbra Streisand
  • Usher

Wotchu tink?

Talk to me!
* What other celebrities/athletes would you like to see go under the knife.
* Am I the only one upset over NBC's ridiculous buyout of Conan O'Brien? I am soooo boycotting Jay Leno now!
* Are you ready for some football? Who you rootin' for this weekend? Jets, Colts, Vikings, or Saints? Wouldn't a Colts/Saints Super Bowl be pretty nuts?
* What did you think of the NBA All-Star Voting results?
* Does anybody really care about Tiger Woods in the sex rehab clinic?
* Any A.I. (American Idol) chatter out dea?
* Gooooo Bows! Think they got a shot against #1 WAC ranked La Tech?

Shoots den! Have a great VH07V Friday and an even greater weekend. See you on da flip side! :)

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 20, 2010

January 20th, 2010
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Woah. Bruddah kuya.d has been on FIYAH lately. He was the first to break the back-to-back stalemate and has gone on to get correct answers 5 weeks in a row now. Along with him, Takeshi collected the second turkey in WIH history while BananaFysh, Coconut Willy, and rayboyjr all went for a lil' back-to-back action last week. Props dewz, kesh, BF(F), Dubbs and beej! :)

It's been a while since I featured any yummy food photos up in hurr so I wanted to do one this week. I was *thiiiiis* close to posting one but the photo quality wasn't all that great... Plus too, I think it was shmall kine obvious. So I decided to class things up a bit and take a photo of a random batchroom somewhere in the 808. Some of you should be pretty happy about this, espesh uncle jimmy. ;)

A photo of a stinky bathroom doesn't exactly conjure up thoughts of captivating captions, so we're only awarding 1 point this week, unless you can think of a creative game to go along with this photo... 8)

Guaranz:
* Name of Establishment: 1 point

Bonus:
* Make up one creative game based on this photo: 2 points
Correct Answer to said creative game above: 1 point

Post your guesses/answers in the comment area below. Good luck y'all!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 20, 2010
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 20, 2010

Hints: It's not the airport OR my crib! 8)


Da "Where In Hawaii" Winnahz Circle!

Da Leadahboard!

  1. Coconut Willy - 12
  2. Takeshi - 11.5
  3. kuya.d - 10
  4. snow - 8
  5. rayboyjr - 6
  6. M - 3
    Paco - 3
    HNL2LAS - 3
  7. BananaFysh - 2
    tita leerz - 2
    NeedaHobby - 2
    MakiSushi - 2
    NaPueo - 2
    hemajang - 2
    Syxx - 2
    jr. - 2
  8. pink lady - 1.5
    skycastles - 1.5
  9. David In Oregon - 1
    carokun - 1
    mcat - 1
    YN - 1
    Scott - 1
    Marvo - 1
    k15 - 1
    getITon - 1
    Kage - 1
    miLL-viLLe - 1
    jack - 1
    frankie - 1
    Ynaku - 1
    Rodney - 1
    teej - 1
    BarbieQ! - 1
    kako mochi - 1
    ijiwarui - 1
    GumbysHorse - 1
  10. Rosette - 0.5
    Coconut Willy's wifey - 0.5
    MoOgooGuypAN - 0.5

Fab Five!
* kuya.d

Quad Playaz!
* kuya.d

Turkey Turkeys!
*  kuya.d, Takeshi

Back to Back Winnahz!
*  snow, Paco, Syxx, NaPueo, MakiSushi, pink lady, kuya.d, Takeshi, BananaFysh, Coconut Willy, rayboyjr

P.S. Adding this footnote to all future WIH posts... If any of y'all have pics you'd like to contribute to the "Where In Hawaii" game, feel free to email them to me and I'll post um up in future blogs! And yes, you aren't allowed to guess on those days! LOL! :P

Happy Hump Day Where In Hawaii Wednesday y'all. Shooooots!