Opened: X-Way, new bubbles drink shop located in the former Bad Ass Coffee location on Fort Street Mall, includes a wide-ranging menu of 22 oz. size beverages like Berry Banana, Lychee Coconut, Mocha Chocolate, Halo Halo and Avocado Banana.
In the works: Sam Choy’s is taking over a 6000-sq.-ft. space next door and transitioning it into Aloha Beer Company.
First urban rooftop farm: FarmRoof will begin installing a 35,000+ square foot, USDA certified organic farm on the roof of Auto Mart USA in Kakaako. [farmroof.com], 396-9454 Croatian food truck: A little-known establishment-on-wheels, located in Mark’s Garage.
In season: Winter squash, tangerines and strawberries, persimmons Opened: Sakura Terrace Japanese Café, located in the former Peppa’s Korean BBQ, features a menu of 15 rice bowls–from ahi poke don and salmon sashimi and ikura don to unagi don and sakura chirashi sushi don. 1240 S.
Grand opening: The Standard, a swanky and sexy venue in Waterfront Plaza (formerly Restaurant Row), hosts an opening party of exotic cocktails, a fashion show and guest DJs. The Standard, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Fri., 12/30, 10pm–4am, [facebook.com], 529-0010 All day, all night, 24/7: Safeway’s newest 65,000 square-foot location in Honolulu is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Heaven sent desserts: Confectionary shop Chocolate On A Mission features hand-made and locally made premium chocolates from dipped Oreos and fortune cookies to assorted gift baskets. Proceeds support the River of Life Mission, which provides services to the homeless.
Cage-free eggs-clusive: Locally raised cage-free eggs from Maili Moa Farm now available at Whole Foods Kahala for $6.99 per dozen. 4211 Waialae Ave., open 7am–10pm every day, [wholefoodsmarket.com], 738-0820 Redesign: Café-meets-restaurant Town in Kaimuki has gotten a shade earthier, replacing its stark white walls with subtle touches of deep gray and reused hardwoods.
In season: Rare exotic fruits–black persimmons, jackfruit and more produce you’ve never seen before–available at the Ala Moana Farmers’ Market Ala Moana Shopping Center, near upper level Sears parking lot deck, 7–10am in December Opened: Rakuen Sushi Lounge, new cocktail bar with a sushi menu, across from Hawaii Theatre. 1153 Bethel St., [rakuenlounge.com] Limited edition truffles: Hawaiian Host presents a new line of macadamia nut chocolates on sale now and available for a limited time only.
In season: Citrus like pomelos and oranges Opened: Corner Kitchen, a take-out restaurant of local comfort food with an Asian influence, in Kapahulu. 477 Kapahulu Ave., Open Sun.
The Weekly AppetiteSat., 11/26, (6pm) $46 Per Person. Reservations Only At [email: ataketa], 533-4476 The Weekly Appetite 22nd Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Eve Dinner Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet will host this event with an expected attendance of 250 people.
Wholesome offer: Embassy Suites Waikiki provides a unique vacation package for travelers seeking an organic adventure. Includes a $100 gift card to Whole Foods, an unlimited two-day pass on open-air Waikiki Trolley mass transit routes and more, starting at $299 a night.
Opened: The old location of now-defunct club Queen Bee has been transformed into the sleek and intimate Red Café, a new Chinese haute sushi bar with delicious, authentic eats. Red Café, 747 Queen St., Mon–Sun 6am–4am, Google search: “Red Café Honolulu” Extended hours: Now in effect, R&D coffee shop expands its regular hours: Tuesdays–Fridays 7am–7pm; Saturdays 12–5pm.
Restaurant Week: Grind and dine on discounted meals and selections from specialty menus designed just for Hawaii’s 4th Annual Restaurant Week: Monday, Nov. 14–Sunday, Nov.
Freshly juiced: Lanikai Juice recently added a third and much-anticipated location to Haleiwa last week Sunday. Lanikai Juice, 66-215 Kamehameha Hwy., 8am–6pm daily, [lanikaijuice.com], 637-7774 New pumpkin pie ice cream: Peace Café scoops up homemade pumpkin pie ice cream for the Thanksgiving season–100% vegan, made in an organic soy base.
Premiere roast: Small, local family farm, Kau Coffee is now available at select Starbucks coffeehouses. Through mid-November New beer cooling system: Bar 35 uses a Manila-made system that chills bottled beers to below zero temperatures resulting in crisp cold brews.
Opened: Prima, New York-style Italian cafe in Kailua. Caprese, veal picatta, spicy meatball, squid cannelloni, shrimp raviolo, spaghetti, pizza, torrone alla banana, gelato.
Coming to town: the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival features big ticket food (and wine) events featuring bigwig chefs, but on Friday, panels will focus on the business of food outside of restaurants: “Fast Pitch, Food Entrepreneurs Wanted,” will offer food startups the opportunity to pitch VC Dave McClure and an “Ideas, Innovations and Inspirations” session will highlight innovative businesses like rooftop farms. All-day pass is $99.
Food & Drink / Makaweli poi: taro chunks, fresh-steamed and ready to eat, from Makaweli Poi Mill on Kauai, now available at Kokua Market, Down to Earth and select Foodland stores. Opened: Kiss My Grits, southern-style food with biscuits and gravy, Carolina-style BBQ, shrimp & grits.
Foodland participates in the Eat Local Challenge: corporate chef Keoni Chang shares recipes focusing on local ingredients on the Foodland blog ([foodland.com]). Also on the Foodland website: a local farmer video series ([foodland.com]).
Windward Mall partners with Nalo Farms for a weekly farmers’ market. The market is held every Wednesday on the upper and lower levels of the Macy’s wing, 2:30-7:30pm.
A new pop-up restaurant: Chef Bob McGee, formerly of 12th Ave Grill and SALT, launches Plancha next week. Dinner will be served Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday starting September 5 at Morning Glass Coffee and Cafe.
Want to be a Food Network star? Then attend the open casting call for passionate culinary enthusiasts (chefs, line cooks, home cooks, caterers). Tuesday, Aug.
FOOD & DRINK / Opened: Jawaiian Irie Jerk restaurant. Chef Cassie of the Jawaiian food truck has found a permanent home in the 11th Avenue Atrium in Kaimuki.
Opened: The Patisserie at Ward features freshly baked goodies, doughnuts, cakes, pies and cupcakes. Their soup, sandwich and salads menu–plus Illy coffee–make this a great Kakaako lunch spot.