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Maguro Brothers Hawaii – Poke and Sashimi in Honolulu’s Chinatown

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The first time I spotted a photo from Maguro Brothers on my Instagram scroll, I knew I had to visit. So fast forward a month later when I was on Oahu visiting family, I quickly put the address in Google maps and headed there for a late lunch. They close at 3:00 p.m. and it was already 2:15 p.m. by the time I was heading over, so was already off to a bit of a late start. As the GPS boldly announced that I arrived at my destination, I parked the car in Honolulu’s Chinatown, stepped out of the car, and then looked all around. I couldn’t find it. Where was it? It was now approaching 2:40 p.m. and I started to slightly panic. I set my mind and appetite on that unfiltered tempting poke visual for lunch and now there was a chance I was not even going to find this place. Ugh, a literal hidden gem, I thought.

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Finally after pulling up a set of detailed directions on the web, I found myself in front of the Kekaulike Marketplace – Maguro Brother’s stand is located inside towards the center, back.

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As I entered, I let out a huge sigh of relief as I saw a clear ocean blue Maguro Brothers sign and approached a counter with giant slabs of fresh ahi tuna and hamachi (yellowtail) in a refrigerated glass case. There were also several made-to-order types of poke varieties listed on the menu to choose from. Now my only problem was going to be deciding what to order. It all looked and sounded inviting. I wanted to order everything.

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Mauro Brothers Junichiro and Ryojiro Tsuchiya

Brothers Junichiro and Ryojiro Tsuchiya originally from Kawasaki, Japan were both behind the counter running their team operation with one taking customer’s orders while the other was preparing the plates. In the tight, adjoining space were several small wooden tables for guests to sit down and enjoy their lunch. And although a modest environment, what came out of the kitchen is far from ordinary. Vibrant sashimi and poke on beds of rice, and cooked items such as grilled ahi belly and togarashi peppered ahi steak graced the tables. Customers looked happy and were digging gleefully into their lunches.

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If you want to truly taste the beauty of what comes out of the local Hawaiian waters, first go for the raw and if you have more room, order the hot dishes. Just don’t take the chance like I did and go near closing time. It’s a hidden gem you surely won’t want to miss and as Honolulu’s Chinatown becomes more and more popular and gentrified, parking is a bit tougher and you want to arrive there early to grab some of the daily specials. On a recent follow-up visit, I added the fresh-caught uni (sea urchin) to my plate and natto (fermented soy beans) as well. The prices at Maguro Brothers are extremely affordable with the high-quality poke, donburi, and cooked items all priced below $11 before add ons. See chalkboard menu below and enjoy! Oh, and please say Aloha to a glorious Hawaiian sunset for me.

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This article, Maguro Brothers – Poke and Sashimi Lunch in Honolulu, Hawaii, originally appeared on Chowhound.

Maguro Brothers Hawaii

Address: 1039 Kekaulike Street at Kekaulike Market (stall #113) Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii

Phone: 808-259-6901

Hours: 

Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Festive Finds at Nespresso Boutique and Sur La Table

‘Tis the season for an abundance of holiday entertaining, gift giving and much-needed energy, so why not start planning earlier than later to avoid those crazy crowds AND the stress of that last-minute holiday rush.

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If you happen to be spending time in cities such as San Francisco, New York, or Beverly Hills, the Nespresso Cafe and Boutique is the ideal spot to grab a comfortable bite and coffee with a friend either before, mid, or after your shopping excursion. My friend Kathy and I met at the Nespresso Cafe in San Francisco’s Union Square and fueled up with a Grilled cheese, Mediterranean pita sandwich, a Mocha latte and a seasonal Honey Spiced Latte. If you’re trying to eat on the healthier side, but don’t want to skimp on taste, the Mediterranean sandwich is a winner with its soft pita stuffed with cucumbers, avocado, hummus and tzaziki. I had a bit of food envy and wished I had ordered that over my grilled cheese.

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Caffeine and Carbs at Nespresso Boutique, San Francisco

In addition to catching up, we plotted our necessary purchases for the upcoming holidays. After our meal, we zipped on over to Sur La Table and browsed through all the walls and aisles of offerings. There really is something for everyone on your gift list there. Make it a simple holiday on yourself and do some one-stop shopping. 

Here are some of the  Sur La Table festive finds that we found. Hopefully, they’ll make your holidays abundantly bright and cheery.

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1. This Caviar Christmas tree ornament is just one of the many fabulous food-related ornaments you’ll find at Sur La Table. They even had macarons, ice cream sandwiches and a food truck.

2. Canning is already done with love, but make it even more so with these heartfelt labels.

3. These rose gold twisted spoons add a touch of chicness when you’re mixing those cocktails.

4. International cocktail napkins – très chic and also no added bundle for the washing machine.

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5. From knife skills to baking workshops, cooking classes are a fun and useful hands-on gift most everyone will appreciate.

6. A high-quality hand soap is a must – both in the kitchen and bathroom. Compagnie de Provence’s liquid soaps are hypoallergenic and the bottle can be either recycled or refilled after use.

7. Nespresso’s Aerrocino Plus is the most convenient at-home milk frother and steamer. I use mine every day for my lattes or a touch of milk for my English Breakfast tea.

8.This red and white candy cane apron is almost cute enough to go out in.

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Nespresso’s new VertuoLine offers a large single-serve coffee or espresso at home

For locations and hours, visit Sur La Table

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The Fare Trade Guest Editor + Interview

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What came first your love of food or passion for fashion?

My earliest memories always centered around food. Whether it was my mother preparing and surprising me with my favorite bento items for school-time lunch, or enjoying ikura at the sushi bar with my father, these moments always make me smile.

 

You grew up in Tokyo! How does their approach to food and fashion differ from that in the Bay Area?

I was born in Tokyo and have lived and spent a lot of time there, but I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both places hold a very special place in my heart. In Japan, a focus on pristine ingredients and minimalist composition have always been an ingrained part of the culture and therefore is prominently evident in the food, presentation, design and so on. Throughout the years, it’s been fun and interesting to see the Japanese aesthetic and ingredients I have known so well since childhood, become new and adopted here in the U.S. As far as fashion, the biggest difference is that Tokyo is a fashion-forward city. San Francisco isn’t.

 

With Fall upon us, what ingredients are you excited to see back again?

I always look forward to the return of Kabocha in the late summer, early fall. Pumpkin, when prepared correctly can be highly enjoyable in both savory and sweet preparations.

 

What is the one clothing item appropriate for any restaurant?

Shoes are a must-have. Unless you’re smack dab right on the beach or you are Michael Franti, there’s just no excuse to be barefoot in a dining establishment.

 

How do the worlds of food and fashion intersect?

What to wear? What to eat? These are questions that we ask ourselves daily. Both food and fashion can express an individual’s unique sense of thought and style. Chefs create and showcase their own personal style in everything from how they plate their chosen ingredients to the selection of dish ware they use.

 

It’s Happy Hour. What’s your drink of choice?

Give me a nice, crisp, cool glass of Champagne or a Kir Royale and I’m happy.

 

Do you have a favorite local artisanal treat?

A spoonful of raw Marshall’s Farm Honey both by itself and in my cup of tea or coffee is how I start my day. I purchase the Bay Area blend weekly and believe it’s also assisted in toning down my local, seasonal allergies. We are pretty blessed here in the Bay Area with the multitude of artisanal choices.

 

If you could choose one of September’s featured ingredients to cook with, what would you choose and what would you make?

The Pure Oregon Flake Sea Salt would be the perfect pantry staple. A high-quality salt is an essential item in any kitchen. But, one should never over salt. That’s a salty sin.

 

What chef is always on your “Best Dressed” list? Which restaurant?

The last time they were in the U.S. from Copenhagen, Denmark, I had the pleasure of dining with the chefs from Geranium on several occasions. Executive Chef Rasmus Kofoed, Assistant Head Chef Will King-Smith and Will’s wife Sarah were always impeccably and stylishly outfitted.

 

What’s up next for you? Any exciting culinary travels or ventures to share?

I have several upcoming adventures planned, but coming up soon includes a visit to Oregon to explore the local dining scene and the Feast Portland food festival. I’m excited about that! I’ll also be in New York at the end of the month for the 2015 NYC Michelin Guide launch.

 

 

The Fare Trade connects at-home cooks and gastronomic aficionados with the America’s top up-and-coming chef talent and culinary artisans through curated baskets coupled with exclusive recipes and video tutorials. Their purveyors are chosen based on criteria including artisans with small-batch efforts that create their products by hand. The majority of their purveyors are not found outside of regional markets within their area and have limited distribution channels. 

 

Learn more about The Fare Trade at thefaretrade.com

 

Nespresso Maestria Machine + Coffee Giveaway

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Ever since I became the official San Francisco blogger for Nespresso USA, everyone always asks what machine happens to be my absolute favorite. It’s a tough question since each of them are sleek, contemporary, high-tech, and efficient. They are all unique and each hold a special place in my caffeinated heart, but today it’s all about the mean, lean, and sexy Maestria machine.

I’m so excited to announce that one of you lucky Nespresso fans will soon be the winner of a black standard Maestria machine. It retails for $549 and believe me folks, this is one fabulous coffee machine. This Nespresso model will bring an expert, professional, barista experience right into your home. I predict that once your friends and family know that you have this new addition to the household, you’ll be getting a lot more guests coming over. I’m no fortune teller, but that same scenario kind of happened to me.

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 The luxurious Maestria machine includes a hands on, elegant, retro design, featuring high-quality materials and a full aluminum body. Versatility, capacity and expertise will allow you to prepare milk froth like a true barista with a new and improved steam pipe. You’ll be doing your own impressive coffee art in no time!

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And although we now know who won the 34th America’s Cup, everyone in San Francisco and many around the world are still buzzing about the thrilling twists and turns that occured with this world-class sailing event. Nespresso was the official coffee for the America’s Cup races and has been a dedicated supporter of this international sport of sailing for nearly a decade. They also sponsored Emirates Team New Zealand who fought an incredible race, but in the end it was Oracle Team USA who defended the cup here at home in the U.S.

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To celebrate America’s Cup, Nespresso even created a Limited Edition America’s Cup version of the black Maestria. The Limited Edition America’s Cup Maestria machine is embellished with the America’s Cup logo and International Maritime Signal Flags. It’s truly a collector’s item and a dreamy gift for the coffee lover and sailing fan. The giveaway is for the standard black Maestria machine, but the Limited Editon America’s Cup Maestria machine is truly a functional conversation piece and it’s available for a limited time at Nespresso Flagship Boutiques (New York, Miami, Boston, and San Francisco), Nespresso Boutique-in-Shop locations, through the Nespresso site.  

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Okay, now to the juicy contest details. To enter to win the standard black Nespresso Maestria machine with a set of Nespresso coffee capsules, leave a comment below expressing why you would love this black beauty in your life. Also, make sure to follow Food Fashionista on Twitter or Facebook or both. 

Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck, everyone!

Comments must be received by 11:59 pm PST on November 4, 2013, winner will be notified by November 6, 2013.

The machine is the exact same one (in black) as the one Penelope Cruz is daydreaming about below, but for a full description of the machine that may soon be yours, visit Nespresso USA.

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Baja Style Tacos in Chinatown at Ricky’s Fish Tacos – Los Angeles

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No visit to LA is complete without a weekend stop at Ricky’s Fish Tacos. In the last two months, he has moved from his Hollywood/Silverlake location to a new home in a parking lot in LA’s Chinatown.

Tip: If you can’t decide between shrimp or fish, order the combo! I always order two-three shrimp and fish combo tacos with a homemade agua fresca of the day.

 

New York with Nespresso

I'm in NYC this week as Nespresso's blogger/ambassador from San Francisco. This photo was taken as we got back home (away from home) to the Mondrian SoHo. It was snowing, and although not great for heels, it was gorgeous.

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Hakkasan Restaurant Arrives in San Francisco

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In a city packed with Chinese restaurants, you’d wonder if we really need another one. When they come in the distinct shape and form of Hakkasan, you’ll know this isn’t your average, typical Chinese dining room or fare. From the hugely successful London-based restaurant group arrives the newest arrival of the world famous Hakkasan destination at One Kearny in San Francisco. Indulge in Roasted silver cod with champagne and Chinese honey sauce and Truffle braised noodles with crabmeat and scallops. Hakkasan isn’t take-out Chinese. It’s take your date out to Chinese kind of food.

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1 Kearny StreetSan Francisco, California 94108
(415) 829-8148

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Food Fashionista’s Fondness for All Things French

Only after I glanced at day before yesterday's Instagram did I realize that everything I posted had a French theme. No surprise there. J'aime la France. Happy Bastille Day, my friends.

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Moules Frites (Mussels and Fries) with a baguette and a glass of Beaujolais at Grand Cafe. Although the Orpheum is in a sketchy neighborhood, Grand Cafe is a good spot to grab a quick, pre-theatre bite followed by a brisk 10-15 minute walk to the play to burn calories. *Note the French newspaper. 

 

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Les miserables 25th anniversary orpheum theatre

The 25th of Anniversary of Les Misérables is now showing at the Orpehum Theatre. I attended the Opening Night performance this week and fell in Les Mis love all over again. You can catch it now through August 26th. Dream the dream.

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