Meet Me in St. Louis…to Eat! A Day of Mexican Food at La Vallesana and Chava’s

By Eva Pearlstone Welcome to St. Louis!  For those of you who don’t call this city home, you probably know St. Louis as the home of the Arch, the Cardinals, and the Anheuser-Busch brewery.  Growing up in the suburbs, I didn’t get to go downtown very often.  It is an unfortunate fact that the countyContinue reading “Meet Me in St. Louis…to Eat! A Day of Mexican Food at La Vallesana and Chava’s”

Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Poipu, Kauai

It has been a long road back to being the King of Kauai chefs for Jean-Marie Josselin, since the demise a few years ago of his original restaurant in a Kapa’a mini-mall (the one with Safeway directions would always say), the critic’s favorite and universally beloved A Pacific Café. Josselin’s cooking at A Pacific CaféContinue reading “Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, Poipu, Kauai”

Beer of the Week: The Beers of Hawai’i

Hawaii conjures thoughts of mai tais, guava juice, pina coladas, maybe even pineapple wine from Maui. But beer? When we go to the beach, we want to look trim and fit from coconut water diets, not the beer belly gut. However, it can’t get much better than a can of Maui Brewing Co.’s Big SwellContinue reading “Beer of the Week: The Beers of Hawai’i”

Wine of the Week: 2010 St. Supéry, Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc has a very bad reputation, often overly crisp, too thin, the white that serves as the opposite to chardonnay’s overly thick, buttery, oaky notes. St. Supéry, the Napa Valley winery of the Skalli winemaking family of France, produces some of the rare Napa Valley sauvignon blancs that possess life and hold up toContinue reading “Wine of the Week: 2010 St. Supéry, Sauvignon Blanc”

Plat du Jour: Wednesday April 11, 2012

Today’s catch of the day seems to be all about economics. Marginal utility, supply and demand, Keynesian cross, labor markets, incentives, oligopoly…I’ve always said and still believe the most useful class I ever took was high school Economics AP. Don’t quiz me on what most of these terms mean, but at least I still rememberContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Wednesday April 11, 2012”

Tuesday Project: Roy’s Blackened Island Ahi

After writing about the struggles of the Merriman’s “signature” ahi, let’s look at a very successful signature ahi dish from Roy Yamaguchi, his Blackened Island Ahi with Beurre Blanc and a Spicy Soy Mustard Sauce. The first key is to have high grade ahi tuna, as ruby red as you can find. The ahi atContinue reading “Tuesday Project: Roy’s Blackened Island Ahi”

Plat du Jour: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We’re back from Kauai, always a challenge to realize that every day this week won’t be filled with mai tais, pineapples, beaches, and golf. It’s now time to reflect on the lessons learned from Kauai’s emerging food community and restaurant scene. This week we’ll have a review of what I consider the four main restaurantsContinue reading “Plat du Jour: Tuesday, April 10, 2012”

Merriman’s Poipu, Kauai

What exactly is Hawaiian regional cuisine? That is the great question when dining in the restaurants of the “fathers” of this cuisine, be it Roy Yamaguchi at his two dozen nationwide restaurants, or like our President at Alan Wong’s Honolulu stalwart, or Jean-Marie Josselin’s riveting tapas on Kauai, and since 1988 at Peter Merriman’s flagshipContinue reading “Merriman’s Poipu, Kauai”

Monday’s Neighborhood: Kukui’ula, Poipu, Kauai

Today is the “day after” leaving a week on Kauai, the day where you realize not every day features guava jam on your toast, the dinner choice is fresh ahi or onaga, and the 6 pm hour doesn’t meant prepping mai tais for the sunset. If only every day could be Kauai… We’ll cover theContinue reading “Monday’s Neighborhood: Kukui’ula, Poipu, Kauai”

The Bites of March

The Alembic, San Francisco:The Promissory Note cocktail A spectacular, mellow blend of Reposado tequila, dry vermouth, canton ginger liqueur, honey, and a brief bite from absinthe. Served up, this is everything you want from a cocktail: some spice, some sweet, some booze notes, all together refreshing and thought-provoking. Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco: Mexican Chocolate withContinue reading “The Bites of March”