MY BLOG: My blog is a collection of restaurant reviews, food diaries,  and random thoughts and reflect my personal views and opinions. If you borrow content or photos, please credit this site accordingly. Thank you for visiting!

CONTACT: honolulueats (at) yahoo (dot) com

ME: I call Honolulu, Hawaii my home. It is a true crossroads of cultures and cuisines, just like myself. I don’t discriminate especially when it comes to food: I love everything from a mochiko chicken plate lunch at Jurison’s to fine dining at Alan Wong’s, and everything in between.  Well, most of the time it’ll be a plate lunch instead of fine dining since I’m not rich.

Originally from Japan, I grew up in both Japan and on the East Coast of “the mainland”, and have lived in Honolulu for over a decade now. My passion for good food was cultivated early in life, with the influence of my parents who pursue quality and goodness in everything they eat. Most everything I ate growing up was wholesome and made from scratch. The stock for our soup was made from 昆布 (sea kelp) and かつお節 (bonito flakes); none of that Dashinomoto stuff. My memories of childhood are filled with images of my mother smoking her own ham, baking bread, making curry roux from butter and flour, and trying out new recipes she learned from friends. On weekends, our father would treat us to wonderful dinners out. We were introduced to cooking from an early age, and my older brother especially liked to get creative in the kitchen … sometimes forcing us younger siblings  to be the guinea pigs.

Now, all grown up, I lead a hectic lifestyle and my meals are not always as wholesome or healthy as I prefer them to be. I admit I could gain from cutting back on junk food and eating more veggies.

But the bottom line is, I simply love food. I love how it brings families together, and how it teaches us about other cultures. I love how it creates memories between friends. Food is awesome because it can be a reward or punishment, nourishment or poison, or an inspiring work of art. My time spent with my family is centered around our meals together. We literally map out our schedule with breakfast, lunch, and dinner – everything else is extra-curricular.

This blog is dedicated to my family and friends, because without them, eating is no fun.


28 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Ur sister February 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Love ur about me section!!

  2. 2 SIL2 February 15, 2009 at 12:45 am

    This is so beautifully written! I feel so…without any better words to use to describe the feeling… proud of you!

  3. 4 SIL4 February 18, 2009 at 11:46 am

    This is really awesome and I had no idea you are such a writer! You’ve inspired me. I’ve been itching to start a lifestyle blog (food + night life + politics, etc) that would start here and move on with me as we make our global journey in the next few years. It can be your sister blog! 🙂 You’re a superstar!

  4. 5 honolulueats February 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Ooh yes! That would be so much fun.
    I was actually thinking you’re SIL3, in order of “heirarchy” on this side. SIL4 would be my family side.

  5. 6 mad chef February 19, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Hey you didn’t like the atari iri curry with calcium tablets back in 1986?

    I wish you guys were close by to taste my recent experiments!

  6. 8 Er February 20, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I think it’s so cool that you’re doing this! I love to read about new foods/restaurants…Our GNOs will be great topic pieces! Really looking forward to all your upcoming posts…Thanks for letting us know about it!

  7. 10 NL March 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I’m so glad that I found out about your blog; I have read everything and have really enjoyed it! Your blog was immediately bookmarked!

    It was really interesting reading about the reasons why you enjoy eating; you described it perfectly…eating not only for the love of food, but for the memories it creates and the comfort that it brings when shared with family and friends… the fun we had tonight as we ate some pizza and chips while watching the final episode of The Bachelor with a group of friends!

    I love all kinds of food, too and I’m always on the lookout for new places to try. Your restaurant reviews are well written with interesting and detailed descriptions and mouth watering pictures. I also liked how you included some background information in your Japanese section about Izakayas. I’m looking forward to your next blog entry!

  8. 12 Eugene Kam March 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    WOW ! cool blog. Very informative and fun to read. Makes me hungry and want to try the good eats.

    Thanks for sharing your blog. I would like to put your blog on my FB.


  9. 13 honolulueats March 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks Eugene! You’re welcome to put my blog on your FB. Thanks for your advice on photographing food. Next on my shopping list: a flashlight.

  10. 14 Margie August 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I am SIL#1’s SIL on Maui…SIL#1 thought I would enjoy your blog because I also love food…I’m always looking for good eats and
    I really enjoyed the photos and your comments…better than the food articles in TGIF.
    I have a question for you…I’m so into any kind of containers and am looking for disposable bento/food containers…do you know where I can get some on Oahu? I’m spending this weekend in Honolulu and was hoping to find some at Marukai Store, Don Quijote, etc…any suggestions?
    I’m always searching for really good HOMEMADE hamburgers – the kind made from scratch with “fillers” (like moistened bread),
    so soft and ono.

    • 15 honolulueats August 5, 2009 at 7:36 am

      Hello SIL#1’s SIL!! Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Let’s see… for disposable food containers, you might take a look at:
      * Shirokiya – second floor, by the Japanese dishware. They have a small selection of sauce containers, bento boxes and such.
      * Flora Dec on Nimitz – they have lots of party supplies, including plastic party platters, takeout containers
      * GBC on Dillingham – I can’t remember for sure, but they might have some containers

      For hamburgers, I haven’t fully researched this genre on Oahu, but I hear good things about the Counter in Kahala Mall, and SIL #1 likes Kua’aina.

      Have a wonderful weekend on Oahu!

    • 16 Er August 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

      Teddy’s has one of the best hamburgers on Oahu…At least in my opinion. They have a few locations on Oahu:

      -Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai
      -Waikiki across the Honolulu Zoo

      If you haven’t already, try them! REALLY good! I don’t know if it’ll qualify under your “homemade” preference, but I’m pretty sure they make their own patties…

  11. 17 Margie August 5, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Thank you for the suggestions…I did try Kua’aina after I saw Barack Obama on the news during his Hawaii visit…will try to make it to Teddy’s this trip.
    Has anyone tried the Well Bento on Beretania Street?

    • 18 Er August 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm

      I haven’t tried it, but some people in my department at work have…They seem to like it. Guess ’cause it’s healthier. Little pricy tho.

    • 19 honolulueats August 6, 2009 at 6:54 pm

      Yes, I tried Well Bento a while ago. I got the chicken plate, and it was delicious! It came with mac salad, cole slaw, veggies, and all smothered in a sesame tahini sauce that tasted delicious, like gravy. It’s hard to believe it’s all good for you. I thought the mac salad and cole slaw were made without mayo (correct me if I’m wrong), I just remember being in awe.

  12. 20 derek September 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    hello, I stumbled upon your site. do you have a favorite ramen place in Honolulu by chance? thanks!

  13. 22 milton October 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    i went japan and had dinner at “saboten”, the food was good and so was the service. my favorite was “ootoya” a chain of tonkatsu restaurants all over japan.

    also there is no “saboten” restaurant at the narita airport, i looked all over and finally asked the information counter.

    also had dim sum over there……them nikumans are alot better than the kind served here.

    if you could write about more restaurants since “tasty island’s” blog has taken sabbatical of some sort


    • 23 honolulueats October 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Hi Milton – Oh no! There was no Saboten at Narita? The information I gave you was straight off their “store locator” page on their website, so I don’t know what happened. Glad to hear you had a good time in Japan though.

  14. 24 rose sherwood January 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Hi! I stumble to your blog, after reading your food blog, I wished I have found you before I left for Hawaii. Now that I just returned from Hawaii yesterday back to Tennessee, I just have to let you know a great find that I found in there. It is a Chinese Cantonese style food, they are from Hong Kong a year ago. A family run little take out place. They have very delicious roast pork (the meat was not fatty the skin was sooo crispy), their roast duck was excellent too. Their price for food is very reasonable (the roast pork reminded me so much of Hong Kong). The name of the place is –Roast Duck Kitchen (Aiea Shopping Center, Level 2. 99-115 Aiea Heights Drive #206. Phone # 808-486-0005. I hope you will enjoy the food as much as my family did. Please let me know whether you like it or not. My email address is Bon Appetit !!!! Rose

    • 25 honolulueats January 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Hi Rose, thank you for visiting and for the recommendation. I will be sure to try when I have a chance. Hope you had a wonderful time in Hawaii!

  15. 26 John Ortega March 24, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I am in Moscow Russia and have sent your blog to my Honolulu friends
    Thanks you have done a great job and love your blog and photos
    John in Moscow

  16. 28 Leisha Greenleaf March 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Really enjoying the blog. Have read all of your entries.

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