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Sharing a Plate, Meeting a Friend

*Apologies to Off-Menu and readers who are curious about this past weekends Off-Premise Dinner, that write-up is forthcoming, but certain events have happened that will be made clear in this post, that I would like to do a write-up later.

Sharing a Plate, Sharing Memories and Experiences

I didn’t really know if I should post these thoughts.   However, after debating about it I felt that sharing is one of the major themes of this blog and my life in general.  As many of you know I run the Honolulu Grub Club blog, as well as One More Plate here and there goal is to share food information and ideas with others, with an emphasis in Hawaii.  A large part of my personal life, when it isn’t involved with the law, video games, reading, writing, or whatever, is dominated by dining out with friends.  Indeed, the HGC words are “food, friends, and fun!”

So where is this going?  Well, in my adventures with the Grub Club and in particular Off-Premise, I have had the wonderful opportunity to become more social, especially during a time when my life is more stressful than it looks.  I have met a wonderful array of new friends, and through them acquaintances that I hope will become friends.  I am not naïve and think that friends of friends will always get along, but that was not the case with Ryan Suenaga.  In fact, I could already tell when I met this guy, he was entertaining , self-effacing, and a very colorful person.  Someone, I would enjoy getting to know.

Unfortunately, this past Sunday, Ryan’s life was cut short in a hiking accident at Olomana trail.  I would rather not dwell on the details, but if you would like to know more, you can read about the story here.  For my own part, my heart and care goes out to my mutual friends with Ryan who are bereaved by this tragedy.  I will be honest I only shared a couple meals with him and was only beginning to get to know him.   However, in the face of this tragedy and remembering my own mortality and my sense of purpose I’d like to share some feelings and thoughts.

Share a plate with someone.  Specifically, a meal or two, as I consider it sharing a new experience with someone.  Last year, was a hard year for me, but I started the Grub Club with the distinct notion that I wanted to have fun with my current friends, but I also wanted to meet new ones.  One of the ways I know best, and I think humanity and its various cultures has it right too, is to “break bread” with each other.  I think one of the best ways to meet people and know their qualities is can you sit down and share a meal with them.  Recently, I had the fortunate of sitting down with some of my more longtime friends and reminisce and share new foods and thoughts with them.  Honestly, it was one of the best nights I have had this year.

I am moved at the outpouring of love and affection shown to Ryan Suenaga (aka @rsuenaga of the Twitterverse).  I am saddened that I will not get to him as some of my other friends have, as the times we shared a meal were all positive.  However, this tragedy has given me pause.  In this time of reflection, I know now that I do want to go out and share more food adventures with others.  I do not think that I will like them all, but I think that sharing meal experiences with others has helped shape and define my character and I would want they way others view me to be at the very least half as positive as those invaluable traits that made Ryan a wonderful person.

My last thoughts on this are you don’t have to like food as I do, but you just need to pick something to be passionate about and share it with others.  For myself, I choose to add another plate on top the load I carry because it is just that one extra experience that adds to my life.  In law we talk about wearing hats, on stage it is wearing masks, but the reality is whatever you are doing are the activities you truly treasure all solitary?  Are not some of your best moments in life when you are surrounded by friends or even strangers?  This is not a clarion call to go out and love all your neighbors, but this is just asking you would it just hurt to say, yes to someone for lunch, coffee, tea, or whatever it may be and spend an hour getting to know that person?

Final Words to Readers, Friends, and Ryan

To my readers all I say is this go out and meet people, you never know who you will be lucky to find.   Whether they are a fellow dork, musician, eater, or writer, they do add something to your life, even if it is temporary.

To my friends who have lost someone dear, just remember that while he cannot be replaced neither can your memories of him.  Remember those times you ate out, had fun, and the friendship you forged.  Also remember that you, yourselves have other friends that care about you.

To Ryan, wherever you may be, in response to what you posted on my Facebook, I too hope to hang out with you again.  Keep a plate warm for me because I will probably be hungry.

Finally, if you would like to find out more about Ryan Suenaga please follow on these links, as I think our mutual friends have said it the best and do his memory honor:

Goodbye Ryan


Aloha Ryan

Aloha ’oe @rsuenaga


National Eggs Benedict Day and American Food Days

Happy hollandaise!

Today is National Eggs Benedict Day . . . hmm, that makes me want to go to Cinnamon’s and get Kalua Pig Eggs Benedict, which let me tell you is salty, soft meaty, goodness, that will make your taste buds melt and make your heart race (probably from all the calories, but never mind that).

However, a more interesting fact is that almost every day on the calendar is a an American Food Holiday.  Yep, that’s right a lot of the 365 (or 366 days, Feb. 29 is Surf and Turf Day) are taken!  So how do you get a special day like that put on the calendar?  Well, the President of the United States actually can declare a special day through a signing of a Proclamation.  If you are curious on a the details of such things then, click on this link.

However, if you are more curious about food and to see what special food represents your day then click on here.  I was born on National Vanilla Ice Cream Day, which is kind of ironic because I prefer chocolate over Vanilla.  I think I should petition Congress for a change of days.

So what food day were you born on?  And don’t you think with all this shameless promotion of food, which at least have a holiday from the food holidays?


Food Trucks Go Gourmet

Skillet looks like an awesome food truck . . . too bad I'm in Honolulu and it is in Seattle.

It looks like that a lot of chefs are heading out of the restaurants and into the trucks. This NPR article talks about how a lot of fine dining chefs are setting up their own food trucks rather than a regular brick-and-mortar store.

I definitely am behind this all the way. Living here in Hawaii plate lunches from trucks are some of the best finds for eats. Then living and going to school in Philly I could not get enough of the crepe truck that parked near the gym at the UPenn campus. I know, crepes after gym equals awesome diet . . .

From a business perspective, I really think that this is a show of innovation and creativeness on the part of the chefs. The mobile food keeps costs down and the like or dislike is definitely felt more immediately. Therefore, there is a lot of creativity going on. Despite the higher prices compared to cheap food trucks, these gourmet ones are still more bang for your buck. Especially, for workers in office buildings who can afford the prices. They know where to get a restaurant meal without having to go to a restaurant. Plus it still comes out cheaper because the chef can offer a meal without all the costs associated with a restaurant.

Anyway, enough of my analysis, I’d also like to share these other finds for Honolulu food trucks.

Some Other Noteworthy Food Trucks

First up, is the Soul Patrol by Chef Sean Priester. Chef Sean used to work at Top of Waikiki before he set out on his own. Now he has his own restaurant, but still finds time to keep his soul food service on wheels. I myself have not tried his food, but several people have suggested it and Chef Sean definitely has a following. (Future Lunch Review!) From what I hear, best place for soul food on the island.

Next up, Shogunai Tacos. Never heard of it here on Honolulu? Well, that’s because it isn’t here yet. Shared to me by a Facebook post, I checked the link and it definitely sounds interesting and fun. I definitely think this will be a cool one to check out. I like Sapori and Moroccan food, and I think that Chef Kamal will bring some new flavors, which I think makes it a great concept.


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