chaoticsoul's Profile

Title Last Reply

Underground Restaurants in Oahu?

Underground restaurants are kind of a new thing, but I'd be truly surprised if Hawaii didn't have one or two. I've been to two (not here), and both were great. Unusually good food, but beyond that a totally different kind of experience...

Would any of you be interested if I did find one? I mean, I wouldn't be able to post it on the board, but if anyone is interested in being contacted privately...

Aug 03, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Underground Restaurants in Oahu?

Great, so-- how do I RSVP?

Jul 31, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Underground Restaurants in Oahu?

I hadn't heard of The Pig and the Lady, but that sounds great-- thanks! Definitely will try to track that down. No other leads yet. The one I've read about was called "Spork", but it was either a one-off or its very quiet.

Jul 31, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Underground Restaurants in Oahu?

Hi all--

I've been to several underground restaurants overseas and in the mainland... but are there any here? I heard rumors of one when I first arrived, but haven't looked into it subsequently. Would love to find out; thinking of starting one myself.

If you don't feel like you can post details publicly, email me directly....

D

Jul 30, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Worth shipping wine, foodstuffs, kitchen equipment, (furniture?) to Oahu? [Moving--Time sensitive! ; >]

Thanks very much for all your thoughts! I'm sorry I went AWOL there for a bit, I was caught up in all the craziness of moving, flying, jetlagging, hotel hopping and car shopping. (I actually packed out AS the blizzard was coming down... nothing better than sheets of ice raining down your neck as you try to get one last box in!) Anyway, I didn't want you to think I wasn't paying attention-- just really flat out exhausted.

So I arrived on the island Friday, and I'm happy to say that from what I've seen I think I did it pretty much right (at least for me). I did pack out about five cases of wine: that seemed to be the focus of controversy, so I'll tell you how they fare when they arrive and I can open a few. I suspect that they will be fine; I probably would not have tried this in the summer, however.

I went out to Tamura's my first day (I know, I'm obsessive) and was very pleased with the selection-- they had a lot of the less-popular varietals that I love and wasn't sure I could find. And, frankly, I think the prices were pretty comparable to what I would find most places on the mainland. At the same time, they only had one of the wines that I packed (the delectable Juan Gil Monastrell), so I feel pretty good about bringing out the rest. Again, no one's risking thousands of dollars in expensive French imports: these are little-known gems that I have found and collected through years of wine tasting in California, Argentina, France, and Italy. They're more valuable by virtue of being hard to find than by price tag.

As far as other stuff, I'm happy I brought out my furniture and (some) kitchen equipment. Basically I packed everything that I would be happy to live with for a while but wouldn't mind leaving behind whenever I depart again; a decent compromise. If I really love it here, and can afford it, maybe I'll ship out the rest later-- but for now I'm sure I'll be comfortable.

Food-wise, I'm thrilled. I remember eating well here in the islands but I don't remember so many interesting and exotic ingredients! I went to the KCC Farmer's Market on Saturday and was in heaven: I can't wait to make passion fruit sorbet or taro chips or deep fried abalone. They even had truffle oil, so I doubt I'll be hurting much. Diamond Head Market was also awesome; I bought a blueberry scone for the next day's breakfast but ended up scarfing half of it in the parking lot. I even had a cheesecake this morning from a market in Waikiki-- not New York, but pretty darn good.

So now I'm looking for housing (mostly, Honolulu, Kailua and Kaneohe). So far the main hurdle seems to be finding a smaller place (i.e., 1 or 2BR) with a good kitchen. Electric stoves abound! : P Ideally, I would have a small house where I could start a garden... but I might trade that for a sunset view. Thoughts welcome.

Feb 01, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Worth shipping wine, foodstuffs, kitchen equipment, (furniture?) to Oahu? [Moving--Time sensitive! ; >]

Sorry, didn't mean to sound legalistic-- it's the over-caffeinated mainlander in me. I took it as intended, with good spirits (so to speak). I should have explained though that I've visited the islands, as a tourist, I just didn't take a good inventory of wine stores or kitchen supply depots (ramen, however?--yes, that I did).

I am hoping that it is as little like everyplace else as possible-- because then what would there be to experience?--with a few comforts thrown in for good measure.

Jan 20, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Worth shipping wine, foodstuffs, kitchen equipment, (furniture?) to Oahu? [Moving--Time sensitive! ; >]

Thanks all for your thoughts! I'm really excited about arriving. As the conversation progressed, I got the feeling some of you may have misunderstood my proposal or level of seriousness. Let me clarify:

1. I am not proposing to ship over cases of 1998 St. Emilion signed by the winemaker. I'm talking about wines that I like, that are somewhat difficult to find *here* (and presumably moreso there), that are moderately priced, and that I already own. As a rule, I don't drink expensive wine: there's too much good inexpensive wine, if you know what you're looking for. (Then again, my definition of "expensive" has shifted somewhat over the years...) In other words, no Montrachet, just "special" wines that are one or two steps above daily drinking wines (which I'm sure I can buy locally).

2. No, I'm not taking anything refrigerated on the plane. At this point I'm willing to take my chances shipping the wine in the container (or how do you think most of your wine arrives in HI?). I'm still a bit skeptical that my bottles, packed in styrofoam, stuffed in a pod, nestled in a shipping crate, stacked under a pile of other shipping crates, hanging out in San Diego or crossing the Pacific in January, is going to incur the kind of horrendous damage that will make it undrinkable. Yes, I know that metal intensifies heat and that my crate could sit in the sun. Yes, I know it's still warm in January. I'm still willing to take my chances: in my experience, wine's not as delicate as people make it sound, and this is a good time of year. I could be wrong.

3. While I appreciate the sentiment that says, forget it, don't bring anything, buy it on the local economy, or burn it-- I already own accumulated kitchen stuff, and I have a shipping allowance. Why not use it? It's not very much trouble at all; it's already packed, and it's better than feeding consumerism by duplicating items or living with crappy stuff from Target. (No offense, Target.) The only question is: what to pack and why? I've gotten some great suggestions here (spices, art, furniture) and some differing opinions on wine. OK-- fair enough.

4. I've read up about Tamura's and Fujioka's and Costco: that's probably where I'll go for daily stuff. And yes, I know that Hawaii has electricity, paved roads, paper currency, and internal plumbing (at least in most parts!). I'm mostly just trying to decipher the messages I've gotten that warn of dire, dire sticker shock. (For instance: "i couldn't find a salt grinder; finally I found one and it cost me $30." "Definitely bring furniture. If you get a furnished place, you'll be renting with the cheapest, most worn and oldest furniture that the owner has available...") Now, I'm coming from New York, so I think maybe folks are overblowing it a little-- but I honestly don't know. That's why I appreciate peoples' thoughts here!

It will all work out. I think I have a better sense now, and anyway the worst that can happen is that they drop the container in the ocean and I get to buy new stuff. 8 p

Jan 20, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Worth shipping wine, foodstuffs, kitchen equipment, (furniture?) to Oahu? [Moving--Time sensitive! ; >]

UES Mayor: That sounds like the Aloha spirit... ; > Still, life isn't always about essentials, and I've been living out of two bags for more than a year. If I have stuff, and I get a shipping allowance, why not bring it out rather than live without or buy (more) quality things? (I'm assuming, of course, that I'm going to leave/sell all of it there when I return.)

But, you have a point. It does have a peaceful simplicity to it.

Jan 20, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Worth shipping wine, foodstuffs, kitchen equipment, (furniture?) to Oahu? [Moving--Time sensitive! ; >]

Thanks, that's exactly what I need to know. Even gas prices that people are quoting to me seem perfectly (un)reasonable-- a gallon is $3.60 here in New York, too.

Jan 20, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Worth shipping wine, foodstuffs, kitchen equipment, (furniture?) to Oahu? [Moving--Time sensitive! ; >]

Hey, thanks for the reply. What you said makes a lot of sense-- definitely not importing Asian stuff. I assume I can probably get as much, or more, there. I'm thinking more about appliances and weird little ingredients like you mentioned (tortilla chips, really?). I didn't think about art-- that's a great suggestion.

Let me give a spoiler. So far my plan is to pack:
- a mattress/boxspring/bed, dresser, nightstand
- 1 World Market "Mission" dining table, plus bench, maybe chairs. (I need one and it's on sale)
http://www.worldmarket.com/product/in...
- 5 padded shipping cases of wine: 1 box French bordeaux and etc, 1 box Italians, 1 box Misc non-U.S. (Spanish, Australian, etc), 2 boxes Misc Californian (from places I know
)- 4 bottles of good single-malt Scotch (I can get Lagavulin here for about $50, I'm assuming it's significantly more...?)
- Cutting boards, knives, mixing bowls, dishes, etc, etc...

Anyone know where to get a good wine cabinet? = >

Jan 20, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Worth shipping wine, foodstuffs, kitchen equipment, (furniture?) to Oahu? [Moving--Time sensitive! ; >]

Oh yeah, and-- spices, seasonings? I'm in NYC right now and I can get ANYTHING!

Jan 19, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii

Worth shipping wine, foodstuffs, kitchen equipment, (furniture?) to Oahu? [Moving--Time sensitive! ; >]

Hey y'all--

So I'll be moving to Oahu next week, the result of a job offer that came through suddenly. I'm very excited, and as part of the offer I have a relocation allowance to bring along some of my stuff. Basically I have a moving "cube"-- 6x7x8, or about 336 sq. feet-- and now I'm desperately trying to figure out what is really worth including.

So the question is: IF YOU HAD A SHOPPING SPREE ON THE MAINLAND, WHAT WOULD YOU PACK IN THE CUBE?

Assume you're starting with nothing, except clothes. Also assume that you really like food and really like to cook, and intend on being able to outfit a kitchen somehow. Further assume that you're a bit of a wine snob and have access here to some pretty good selection/prices.

To put it another way: for the difference in price/selection, is it worth shipping out wine or foodstuffs? If so, what kinds? Do blenders at Costco in Hawaii cost the same as blenders at Costco in LA? Is there anything that you really CAN'T find, or is so expensive to make it really worth importing?

(And, while we're at it-- anything else worth considering as I plan my move? I only get to do this once... ; >)

David

Jan 19, 2011
chaoticsoul in Hawaii