Category Archives: Restaurants

Jo-Jo’s Anuenue Shaved Ice

Tropical Shave Ice at Jo Jo's

There are two shave ice places called Jo Jo’s in Waimea on Kauai. One, on the main street, will be busy and is full of tourists. The other, just off the main street and about 100 feet away from the first shop, will also be busy but it will be packed with locals. The latter is the one you want to go to. Jo-Jo’s Anuenue ... Read More »

Plate Lunch at Pono Market, Kapa’a

A rare empty moment in Pono Market

Pono Market is one of my favorite places on Kauai. The family-owned and run market is a small storefront on the main street in Kapa’a on the west side of the island, just a few minutes north of Lihue. Inside, you’ll find a big deli counter, an espresso bar and some of the friendliest people on the island. It’s not a big restaurant, although they ... Read More »

Loco Moco and Joe’s on the Green, Poipu

Giant Cinnamon Bun

The only bad thing about staying in on the South shore on Kauai in Poipu is that breakfast options outside of the on-resort restaurants are a bit limited. This time around, I found Joe’s on the Green. Joe’s is located at the entrance of the Kiahuna Golf Course, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and – best of all for an early riser like me – ... Read More »

Hot Dogs from Pink’s Hot Dogs, Los Angeles

Pink's in Hollywood

Pink’s Hot Dogs is a Los Angeles institution. It has been here in the City of Angeles for more than 70 years – and in the exact same location all that time. It started out as a simple hot dog cart and gradually built up into its current counter-service design.  The place is open late and it is almost always packed, with a line running ... Read More »

DineLA Lunch at Spago

Black Forest Pudding Dessert at Spago

This week (and this upcoming week of Jan 31- Feb 5) was restaurant week in Los Angeles. This means that some of the restaurants around the city are participating in an event called DineLA where they offer special, three-course set menus at a special price. I took advantage of this to take in a lunch at Spago. The restaurant was lovely, the food was delicious, ... Read More »

Coffee-Pairing Lunch at Lucques

Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

I rarely mention restaurants – unless I’m dining out of the country – but this week I had a lunch that was so foodie-oriented, I can’t resist writing about it. It was a coffee-pairing lunch hosted by Starbucks at Lucques, a restaurant in Los Angeles. The lunch was held at the end of Coffee College, a day long seminar that Starbucks hosted (and was generous ... Read More »

Free Pancakes at IHOP on National Pancake Day

National Pancake Day: Free Pancakes at IHOP

February 24th is National Pancake Day and, in the spirit of celebration, IHOP will be giving out free short stacks of pancakes (3 large pancakes) to all of its customers from 7am to 10pm! The promotion includes their classic buttermilk pancakes, and there is a limit of one stack per guest. The reason that IHOP holds this promotion is to raise money for the Children’s ... Read More »

Pick the next Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake flavor

Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake Contest

Have you noticed that the prize for a lot of televised cooking competitions (and the bonus for a lot of food “celebrities” sponsorship deal) is to get a food item on the menu of a big chain restaurant? Even if they’re aim is ultimately more fine dining than TGI Fridays, everyone knows that this gets their recipe maximum exposure – and it definitely gets their ... Read More »

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