Smoke Daddy (If you look close you can see Dallas and Josh)
Sola Malasadas (after Sugarlips ate a few)
Ribs from Blue Bayou. Liked the meat and the grill, but didn’t love the sauce.
New favorite drink.
Dallas and I met up with Todd, Kelly and Chad at Ribfest on Saturday. As the name implies, this is a festival based around live music and ribs. This was the 14th year of Ribfest and about 20 different vendors participated. We spent a lot of time by the Smoke Daddy smokers and visited Josh. I also wanted to check out what Sola was offering and conveniently enough, the Sola booth was right next to Smoke Daddy’s. Even better, Chef Wallack was there. Dallas and I chatted with her a bit about the restaurant and Hawaii and she was kind enough to hook us up with some short rib sandwiches and later on some malasadas! YUM! We haven’t been to Sola for a few months and need to get back soon!
While the guys stood around and drank some beers, Kelly and I took a walk around and actually split some ribs. We also discovered our new favorite drink of the summer, Lime-a-Rita. I really did not like Bud Light Lime when I tried it last summer and everyone (Jess, Sara) was raving about it. The good thing about Lime-a-Rita is that it doesn’t taste anything like Bud Light. It’s sweet and tangy and limey and margarita-y. I suppose it’s probably best poured over ice, but we just drank it straight from the can.
After sweating it out at Ribfest (it was something like 90 degrees outside), we headed to Timo’s roofdeck birthday party. And after that to Brian and Sara’s roof deck to watch the Pacquiao/Bradley fight. I could have cared less about the fight, but it was a nice night to be outside on roof decks with friends!
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August 27th, 2010 · 1 Comment
I met up with Paul Baker and Jess today to have lunch at Singha. They are closing in a few days, and I’m sure this will be my last lunch there. Paul Baker loves Singha so much that he went to dinner there last night, lunch today and has plans to have at least one more lunch before they close.
I have mixed feelings. When I worked at FeedBurner we used to always have Singha ordered in for all of our “important” meetings. After we moved into the Google offices, Singha was just a block away. Even though we famously got free lunch at Google, we’d sometimes go out for lunch at Singha for old times sakes. Mostly just the old FeedBurner crew working at Google. Even now, Singha is still just a block from me so I get together with the old FeedBurners for lunch there. I’ve had so many countless crab rangoon and lunches from Singha. It’s very nostalgic for me.
On the otherhand…. who is moving into the Singha space? Sola. I love Sola, have met Chef Wallack, and have kept in occasional contact with her online. I love dinner and brunch at Sola. The cuisine is delicious, with the Asian and Hawaiian influences. Now that we’re not living nearby the Sola, it would be nice to have it nearby work so I could at least lunch there.
On the otherhand… Singhaaaaaaaa… oh such mixed feelings .
I guess we’re just going to have to try out Star of Siam after Singha closes and see if it’s as good. It could be the best Thai food in the world, though, and it still wouldn’t be Singha. One more note: The old Sola space will become Ohana, which means “family” in Hawaiian.
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Dallas and I decided to go to dinner at Sansei because ever since we went there a couple years ago we have been talking about Chef D.K.‘s delicious dungeness crab ramen. Also, I’d been emailing with Chef Carol Wallack about what restaurants she recommends in Hawaii (she splits her time between Chicago and Hawaii) and she said that Sansei was one of her favorites too.
This time we sat with all the locals at the sushi bar. Many of the things we tried were specials or things the sushi chef just gave us to try, so I don’t have the full descriptions, but everything was delicious. Eating seafood is one of my favorite things to do in Hawaii!
Hawaiian Moi (a type of Threadfin) with Maui onions and truffle oil.
Cajon seasoned Escolar (also marketed as “Butterfish”)
Dungeness Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth: Ramen with a black truffle butter dashi, julienne Thai basil, cilantro and diced jalapeno peppers with dungeness crab
Hamachi Kama (neck of the fish)
Kampachi carpaccio with thai pepper sauce
Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi Roll: Sashimi grade Hawaiian ahi, arugula and spinach wrapped into a sushi roll, panko-crusted, flash-fried and served with Sansei’s mild soy wasabi butter sauce
Nigiri: Mackerel, Maguro, Escolar
Kirin Light (me), Orion (Dallas)
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