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big island, fairmont orchid, is finding nearby chow hopeless?

For the last dinner in Waikoloa, I would just go the Brown's Beach House. It's the best you're going to get without driving at least an hour or so away.

For Oahu, make sure you check out The Pig & the Lady, Mission Social Hall & Cafe, and Mud Hen Water. These three places are leading the way for locally sourced ingredients honoring the diverse culture of Hawaii.

As for MW Restaurant, I would save that for desserts and cocktails. The entrees are not as great as the desserts, which have been recognized with a James Beard nomination recently.

Jul 05, 2015
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big island, fairmont orchid, is finding nearby chow hopeless?

As a local born and raised here as well as having the ability to travel to Kona 3-4x/month over the last 12 years, this is my short list of eateries:

Lunch and Dinner- Manago Inn: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

If you're in the area: http://dapokeshack.com/

Breakfast on the way: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pine-tree-caf...

Regarding Merriman's, I do find it overrated and overpriced but has it's place in Waikoloa if you want an afternoon cocktail and some light Mediterranean snacks.

I hope this helps.

Jul 05, 2015
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

big island, fairmont orchid, is finding nearby chow hopeless?

Sorry to say but you are pretty much screwed for good food in Waikoloa. Here is your only half-decent option within the relative vicinity:

http://islandresortproperty.com/the-b...

Unfortunately, all the good food for a "foodie" will be on Oahu but you're in a good place for nice pools and dry hot weather. Good luck

Jul 04, 2015
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Non-smoking Izakaya in Tokyo?

Good sake for me and good food for the wife sounds like a plan. Thanks for the quick response.

Jul 04, 2015
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Non-smoking Izakaya in Tokyo?

I'll be in Tokyo for a week with my family and was wondering if there are any izakaya that entirely non-smoking with decent food? I usually go to izakayas on my own and don't care if there is smoking or not, but this time, the people I'm going with would prefer the non-smoking environment. I understand that Japan is still fairly smoker dominant but I would appreciate any recommendations. As we're comfortable with getting around anywhere in the city, I'll take any and all suggestions.

Jul 04, 2015
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Tabelog . . . now in English!!

Fantastic, thanks.

May 02, 2015
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Restaurant near Hanauma bay

You're in the middle of state and federal property so there will not be any food close other than the sole vendor next to the ticket office. After that, I would go to Koko Marina Mall (5 minute drive) and eat at Greek Marina. They do a decent lamb gyro. After that get some mochi ice cream down the mall at Bubbies. That's my rec

Sep 20, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Honolulu in November - looking for your thoughts on a few places

Lots of these places you're looking at do have Instagram accounts. I would take a look at their food through that medium before making a decision. With that said, I would only go to M&W for the dessert and not the food as Michelle's desserts are what makes that places special.

Salt is a pass for me but do take a look at Town (Ed Kenney). He's also another "chef stop" restaurant

Sep 10, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Honolulu in November - looking for your thoughts on a few places

I would highly recommend The Pig & the Lady and here is why. Great food, fun atmosphere, and extensive bar. If that's not enough, the 2014 Hawaii Food and Wine Festival just concluded the other day and guess where most of the the chefs went for their after hours dinner last week? That's right, Pig & the Lady.

Sep 10, 2014
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First time in Japan (Opinion on my list of places to go to)

That would be it

Sep 09, 2014
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First time in Japan (Opinion on my list of places to go to)

Here is a small sampling of what they served on the day I went:

Sep 09, 2014
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First time in Japan (Opinion on my list of places to go to)

I just visited Moto for the first time a couple of months ago and loved it! I found the owner to be extremely friendly and helpful when making adjustments to my personal sake tastes

Sep 09, 2014
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60th birthday in Honolulu! HELP

Can you give some info on what your colleague likes to eat at home and a suggestion can be made for something new, fun, but not too unfamiliar. Is he/she an adventurous eater?

Aug 27, 2014
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Where to stay in Tokyo for Chowhounds?

All in fun. I absent-mindedly wrote the same area twice. It happens

Aug 27, 2014
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Slow Cooker Savory Oatmeal

Thanks for this. I'll be trying it very soon.

Aug 26, 2014
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Where to stay in Tokyo for Chowhounds?

Sorry, I meant SHIBUYA rather than Shibuya. Man, these 21st century keyboards are killing me.

Aug 26, 2014
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Where to stay in Tokyo for Chowhounds?

Certainly is.

Aug 25, 2014
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Where to stay in Tokyo for Chowhounds?

Between those two, I would certainly choose Shibuya over Shibuya, but that's my choice.

Aug 25, 2014
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First time in Japan! Is Ebisu the best bet for staying/food?

I also agree that staying in Ebisu might not be the best course of action depending on your budget. If you are coming in with a JR Rail Pass, then I would choose a hotel that is near to a JR Rail station. I wouldn't worry about your hotel being central to food since you'll probably be running around everywhere in Tokyo chasing food and not just eating in one ward. With that said, I do always find myself in Shibuya a few times every trip eating somewhere I've never been before. Have fun.

Aug 20, 2014
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Michelin vs Tabelog - Tokyo Edition

To me subjectivity means accepting that life is grey and not entirely black and white as you are insisting I accept. Isn't this forum to share discoveries and ideas and not to crap all over someone because they don't share your philosophy?

Embrace the grey.

Aug 17, 2014
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Michelin vs Tabelog - Tokyo Edition

It's not dismissive. Subjectivity does not mean that we can't find people with similar likes and within that community can compare notes on where to go to eat.

I certainly don't expect you to like everything I like but we can certainly find common ground and learn about new places from each other. Food should be enjoyable without having arrows shot at us for expressing a varied opinion

Aug 16, 2014
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Your thoughts on Lava Lava Beach Club in Waikoloa on Big Island? Or other date night recs?

For a pure "date night" experience, I would drive 20 minutes south to Hualalai Resort. They have a few good choices for seafood (raw or cooked) and the resort is spectacular. There really isn't anything worth mentioning in Waikoloa in my opinion.

Aug 14, 2014
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Michelin vs Tabelog - Tokyo Edition

For me, the Michelin Guide is just that, a guide. I look at it, research what peaks my interests and make my own decision. End of the day, taste is subjective and you know what you'll like.

Aug 14, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Japan

Michelin vs Tabelog - Tokyo Edition

Thanks. Downloaded and saved.

Aug 10, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Japan

Tokyo Itinerary...Thoughts and Suggestions?...

Shouldn't be that hard. All you have to say is "Sumimasen, ______ o kudasai". Knowing that you are a foreigner, they'll forgive you for the 5 year old way of speaking. Works for me everytime I go into a sushi place. Just take that leap and you'll be rewarded greatly.

Aug 08, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Japan

Tokyo Itinerary...Thoughts and Suggestions?...

Although not on your list, there is a Joel Robuchon in Ebisu. Just an fyi

Aug 08, 2014
Sushi Otaku in Japan

Ramen, Yakitori, and all things Non-Sushi in Tokyo?

Any yakitori-ya is a worthwhile stop if you just learn a couple of key phrases in Japanese:

"Do you have ___?"

"Ok, I'll have ___ please"

I would take a look at this link, copy, paste, and print, and you'll at least be armed to have a fun experience. I had to do this my first time too and I was highly rewarded with a great dining experience. With a yakitori-ya, the atmosphere is usually fun and lively so the wait staff is pretty patient when tourist come in to try their food. Have fun!

http://www.bento.com/rf_yaki.html

Aug 06, 2014
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Ukyo in Azabu Juban

Looks great. Adding this to the wish list for my next trip to Tokyo

Aug 06, 2014
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Dining Solo

I just got done with a week of dining solo. Sticking to Izakaya, sushi restaurants, Yakitori-ya, etc. . ., I had no issues with being by myself. With that said, I didn't go to any restaurants that you would normally need a reservation anyway. Most of those places will have a Website that you can ask a question about this. Lots of solo diners in Japan so I think you'll be fine.

Jul 25, 2014
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Honeymoon dinner and lunch in Tokyo

Although it may be cliche at this point, go to Sukibayashi but the one in Roppongi Hills (which is a little cheaper than the original). This will be about $300/person. You can call direct to make a reservation a few months in advance and the person answering the phone does have enough English skills to take your reservation.

Jul 25, 2014
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