14th Annual Taste of Honolulu
Last night after work, I walked over to the grounds of the Honolulu Civic Center to take part in the 14th Annual Taste of Honolulu.
As one of the state's larger outdoor festivals, the Taste of Honolulu brings together great food, wines and entertainment. Many of Hawaii's top restaurants participate in this event which benefits the Hawaii Easter Seals.
I haven't been to the Taste of Honolulu in quite sometime, but what really sparked my interest this year were some of this year's participants. Two of the participants, Hapa Grill and the Mandalay, have not yet opened for business so it was nice to be able to get a preview of the food ahead of time. After paying my $3.00 entrance fee, I proceeded to enter the festival grounds.
Once inside, I made my way to one of the booths selling scrips.
The scrips (US$.75 each; US$5.00 for 9) will be used to pay for the food, drinks and other items at the various booths. I started off with US$35.00 worth.
First on my list of stops was Hapa Grill.
HAPA's teriyaki beef with rice.
Next on my list of stops was the Mandalay.
Fresh Manila clams with black bean sauce.
After that it was on to E&O Trading Company.
Combo: Be thui (Saigon steak), perkedel jagung (Indonesian corn fritters) and ginn thoke (Burmese ginger salad).
After eating all of that, I was a little stuffed, but I still had a lot of scrips left over. Instead of leaving, I decided to walk around a bit. Look at the crowd!
And some rides for the kids...
After making my way around the rest of the festival grounds, I came upon Kevin's Too Boots.
Spicy smothered alligator.
Sweet potato pie.
Next up, Yakiniku Hiroshi.
U.S. Kobe-style "toro" kalbi in lettuce wrap (U.S. Kobe-style beef is Wagyu).
Still hungry? It was finally time for dessert.
Kahuku apple banana & taro root with tapioca and coconut milk.
And from the Top of Waikiki booth (sorry, no photo), the chocolate fondue with fresh Kula strawberries, sponge cake croutons and whipped cream.
After all of that, I called it a night...