Food & Drink / Open: Umami Cafe, billed as a Japanese-style coffee bar that serves specialty bentos; sandwiches–Smoked Salmon BLT, BBQ Reuben with Umami Sauce; salads; sushi; and daily specials that include chicken katsu curry and baked spaghetti.
Open: Bangkok Chef in the former Weyerhauser building. With its third location, this Thai eatery continues to serve the same cheap and good Thai classics. Now, if only they’d ditch the Styrofoam.
Kim Chee Lee, a new, super spicy, locally made kimchee that you’ll find on grocery shelves. A mix of head cabbage, turnip and won bok cut coleslaw-style, making it a good garnish on saimin or even hot dogs. Available at Times and Foodland.
More salad bars in schools: Whole Foods Market recently awarded grants to seven Hawaii schools, which will allow them to install salad bars and that give students access to fresh fruits and vegetables during school meals. The seven schools are Halau Ku Mana and Waikiki School on Oahu; Kanuikapono Public Charter School and Kapaa High School on Kauai; and Maui Haleakala Waldorf School, Hana School and Kihei Charter School on Maui. The grants are a part of Whole Foods Market’s Salad Bar Project.
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