Holiday Food Guide / Recommendation by: Dave Powers, bartender at Town Oxo graduated stainless steel jigger “A jigger is the main tool bartenders use to measure ingredients for drinks, and a bar spoon is the other,” says Powers. “The typical under over jigger, which looks like two cones squished into each other, only gives you two measurements.
Holiday Food Guide / Recommendation by: Kevin Toyama, Wine Manager and Lead Sommelier at the Halekulani Hotel. “One of the hot new books out is ‘The Pearl of the Cote, The Great Wines of Vosne Romanee’ by Allen Meadows,” Toyama says. Meadows is a formidable, passionate, well-informed voice about the Burgundy region of France.” Price: $90 Where to buy: [burghound.com] “One of the cool gadgets I’ve heard about for opening wine is the ‘Durand’ Corkscrew.
We’re of the mind that food and drink lovers are the easiest people to find gifts for. The artisan edibles and drinks market seems to be growing day by day, and with the advent of the Food Network and celebrity chefs, kitchen gadgetry for every which task imaginable (see Q) is now available for home cooks.
Abalone — Packaged as prettily as a box of chocolates, Kona Coast Abalone are perfect for your favorite seafood lover. $18 for 1.94 ounces at KCCand Blaisdell Farmers’Markets and online [atwww.bigislandabalone.com] Bacon of the Month Club — This little piggy goes straight to your doorstep, as each month brings a different artisan bacon–the pigging out doesn’t have stop once the holidays are over.
Many parents plot how to turn their children into Nobel Peace Prize winners or musical virtuosos from the time the fetus is the size of a lima bean. While this week’s guide isn’t exactly designed to churn out the next Barack Obama or David Bowie (hell, not even a Miley Cyrus, but maybe that’s a good thing), it is fun to think about what toys and activities the little ones will take to, and which ones will be pushed away with a tantrum and a stink eye.
Cultivate love of working with one’s hands, grow an appreciation for hard work, perhaps a glimpse into the life of your great grandparents’ routines in the sugarcane, taro or pineapple fields. Garden alongside your old Japanese grandfather for some quality lessons and talk story, then continue the bonding in the kitchen and at the dinner table.
This year’s all-local gift guide has an eye for style Recession, furloughs, foreclosures–these hot button topics made 2009 feel like an uphill battle, but despite the nationwide economic downturn, Honolulu is showing signs that it’s weathering this financial storm. In fact, according to Business Week, Honolulu is ranked 19 out of the top 40 strongest U.S.
47 NORTH HOTEL ST / Fighting Eel is another locally owned label that has become an established brand, popular with locals and fashion junkies abroad. Started six years ago, Fighting Eel continues to make dresses that are simple yet sexy, with clothing that appeals to those who have an unfussy style (these dresses can be worn with heels or slippers).
You can find all kinds of crafty homemade goods–some of them made by local talents, so search by region–on [etsy.com]. We like the bracelets and earrings made from recycled bicycle chains, and pendants with sporty charms like skateboards and sneakers. There are also plenty of earrings, buttons, headbands and all kinds of homemade accessories featuring various team logos.