Aloha all! Happy belated Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas..
Getting ready to fly out for a couple of weeks to Japan for a couple of concerts (Aloha Yokohama) and more filming. It's pretty cold there so for anyone that's going to be there, bring something warm!
So this bento box is about food.. more food and some Japan travel tips!
Restaurant Wada * 611 Kapahulu Avenue (808) 737-0125
They've been open for a while now and some dear friends of mine took me to Wada. It's really good. REALLY
good. Izakaya with an edge. Highly suggest all things fish and beef. Yeah, I know, it doesn't narrow it down
at all, but everything I've had there, fish or beef, has been incredible (especially the beef tataki and chicken
kaarage tartar sauce)
The Corner Kitchen * 477 Kapahulu Avenue (808) 732-3217
Definitely a go to and one of my favorite places to eat. The Corner Kitchen balances good local-palette
Japanese comfort food/dishes, sushi with a kick-in a great sports-bar feel like place.. think Cheers
(for those old enough to remember that tv series). Corner Kitchen is the home to great entertainment about
6 nights a week. If you want a quiet, romantic place to have dinner.. you may want to go later in the evening
or Sundays. For other nights of the week, it literally feels like a party with ono Hawaiian and Contemporary
music/artists. Definitely do the garlic ahi and garlic salmon rolls (pictured above). I like doing
the garlic salmon with fried crispy onions, vs. raw ones.. but that's just me. Also, gyu-katsu aka SUPER
TENDER KALBI KATSU!!! Right?!? that and a bowl of rice!
Restaurant Hokkaido * Shinjuku Island Tower +81 3-5323-0255
Ok, this one is for folks going to Tokyo (though, I really wish they'd open one here). Restaurant Hokkaido
has a great view and as it's the penthouse of the Island Tower building (right across Tokyo Hilton), it's open
air beam and ceiling is cool and vast. Hokkaido features the foods of Hokkaido. So for fans of fish and
especially all forms of crab (sashimi, tenpura, kegani.. hairy crab), restaurant Hokkaido is a must.
One of the biggest assets, seafood in Japan is GREAT. It's also pretty expensive, or can be. With Hokkaido,
prices are pretty fair and if you can't fly over to Hokkaido (literally), I'd highly suggest trying it out.
Japan Travel! A couple of tidbits...
* Some great events coming up around the corner. Sapporo's Ice/Snow Festival is in Feb. We'll be filming
there so if you see me there, do say hi and you can be part of the Doko Ga TV: JapanMania audience!
* Nagaoka Winter Matsuri was a blast. With such a rich history and connection between Hawaii and Nagaoka,
I'd highly suggest checking out Nagaoka as well (Feb. 2014)
* Speaking of being a part of the audience, the Doko Ga TV team and I will be hosting a number of tours next
throughout 2014. If you'd like more information, check out the JapanMania website, www.dokoga.tv
* Finally, I often get the question, where's the best place to exchange dollars for yen?! That's easy.
Hands down, Pacific Money Exchange. The best exchange rates, no service fees (do NOT exchange at
your bank!!!) and special rates for kama‘aina, Pacific Money Exchange is the real deal. Itʻs located right
across DFS. I know, you're thinking, what about parking?!?! it's in Waikiki!!! fear not, there's a loading
zone right in front that you can pull up to and have enough time to do the deal. Call in first to check the
rates: (808) 924-9318 and to call in larger exchanges.
Finally, in case I don't post on here before Christmas, from the Doko Ga TV: JapanMania ‘Ohana:
Shane, Sanae, Erina and I, we want to wish everyone out there, a very very Merry Christmas, Happy
Holidays and all the best!
p.s. we covered one of the best food trucks, Ono To Go, on a previous episode of DGTV.. They
had a Doko Ga Bowl which featured spicy ahi and oishii chicken. Many a heart was broken
when they disappeared, but they've been featuring at TASTE. The BBQ meats are incredible,
spicy ahi-to die for.. just a great, hearty plate lunch. Ono To Go is on feature Wednesday
morning/afternoons-be sure to check it out! (get the spicy ahi, pulehu chicken combo!) Will
be there this Wednesday with the Nonstop Honolulu's Melissa Chang and Russ Sumida, 11:30am!