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    The Wedding Cafe, Manoa

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    Zaney's, Downtown Honolulu
    Bob's Bar-B-Que, Kalihi
    Restaurant Yamagen, Moili'ili

    Below you will find a never ending list of restaurants that I want to visit or re-visit:

    Young's Fish Market
    Alan Wong's Pineapple Room
    Cafe Sistina
    Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
    Yakiniku Toraji
    Sushi Masa
    Ono Hawaiian Foods
    Tsukuneya Robata Grill

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    The following posts should be completed someday (!):

    New Diner's Drive In
    Border Grill
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    Indonesia Restaurant
    Boston's North End Pizza
    Happy Inn
    Kat's Sushi
    Fritz's European Bakery
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    Singapore/Bangkok Posts
    Chin's Kahala
    Hata Restaurant
    Ebisu Catering Service
    Bubba Burgers
    The Eggberts
    Blossoming Lotus
    Hamura Saimin Stand
    Bob's Big Boy

    WHEW! I hope to have them done by year's end!

    Upcoming adventures

    San Francisco, CA

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    London, UK
    Paris, France
    Chicago, IL
    Seoul, South Korea
    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
    San Francisco, CA
    New Orleans, LA
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Shanghai, China

    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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September 20, 2007



Very interesting! can't wait to hear more about it.


Reid, my friend- I'm sure the meal was an amazing experience, but your photography is simply breathtaking. I always thought you were a good photographer, but your work has improved exponentially. I'm looking forward to your write-up, but I'm thrilled to see your fab visuals first without the text crowding them. Bravo!


Looks simply amazing Reid!


Holy smokes, that is one exquisite meal. It must have cost an arm, two legs, and some internal organs as well!


you went! Hope you enjoyed it - looks like you must have!


Oh, man, that looks insane! Can't wait to read your impressions. (I loved "Fat Duck Films.")

Where can I get a Laphroig whiskey gum?


wow, can't wait to read your impressions of the fat duck . . . it looked like willa wonka's factory when it was featured on diary of a foodie earlier this year.

simply amazing.



Mama BoK

Must be an amazing meal..!! everything looked so unique..! i love..!


OMG. Awesome! I've always wanted to try a molecular gastronomy place. Too bad the wife would never go for it.

El Jeffo

Yow!!! I'm jealous... that's some good food... but uhm.... I bet you had to smash every single piggly bank you had to pay for that meal! But after seeing those pictures, I think... it would probably be worth it :)


I would probably never go to a restaurant like this myself, but the opportunity to see it all in pictures is fantastic!


OMG! what an exciting meal, like you said just like out of a Sci-Fi movie! Wow...thanks for taking me along on your foodie adventure.


omigosh - I've been waiting for this post for a looong time!!! :) thank you, it's simply amazing! =)

Local boy eatz

wow you have only el bulli to visit 2 things on my to do list before I die, visit fat duck & el bulli in the same week, pics are quite impressive

thanks from 1 foodie to another


YAY! Wow I am loving the photographs, and the food looks scrumptious. I wish I could see you in London! *sigh* Sorry I missed seeing you when you went to California.

I am so glad you are posting. So would you recommend this place? Is it someplace I sould save up to eat? :)

btw I posted on my blog to where I am located, well the country at least for now. :P


Hey! I really enjoy reading your site! :) We have very similar taste in restaurants (we've visited many of the same ones)! You've got really great photographs too! Check out my blog if you're interested.


i only have one word to describe this post - WOW!!!


omg, i know it's been a while, but i drop on by and you've been and gone to the Fat Duck? I am all shades of envious green! Gorgeous photos, lovely write-up and well-done too on getting out there during a tube strike too!


Oooooh, there are some new items on that menu at last!! That's always been my one complaint about the Fat Duck: the unchanging menu. But there are some dishes here I've never seen before and certainle weren't there when I went. Isn't that oyster & passion fruit the most divind combination?

And your photos are awe-inspiring - really fabulous. Clearly they didn't have the same issues about cameras as Yauatcha ;-)

Robert Wood

Food scientist author, Harold McGee, chats about Mr. Heston Blumenthal's food on the November 10. '07 Splendid Table. The Fat Duck segment begins at apx. 25:20 into the program.
Reid you doing some excellent work with the Canon 5D!


I read your review with interest, but I am at a loss with respect to how it actually WAS. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Quite apart from the Molecular Gastronomy part, was any part of it delicious?

After you told us about the oak moss and the film, I don't remember you talking to us about how the food actually tasted. And that's a shame. For the better part of three hundred dollars, I can assure you, I would be talking about tastes, and feelings, and smells, and memories, and how great, or how disappointing, a meal actually was.

I think this is the problem with Molecular Gastronomy, or at least ONE of the problems. I have no problem with it. But none of this is new. I respect Wylie, and I respect M. Adria. But M. This plowed this ground years ago, as did our good friend Harold McGee, and with a good deal more attention to the issue of deliciousness, which is one thesis they maintained, and which you seem to have abandoned.

At the end of the day, every innovation, it seems to me, should raise the bar. And that bar is taste. . . does it make food taste BETTER?

Whether it's LNO or Sous Vide, or Gums, or Gellification, or Low temp cooking, or any of the multiplicity of ways in which we can manipulate food and foodstuffs, I think the question should always be this: Was it delicious?

And I read your entire review, and at the end of your review, I still didn't know the answer to that simple, single question: Was it delicious?

Warm Regards,



What an amazing experience! Next trip to London we will have to treat ourselves. Thank you for so beautifully documenting your experience and with such wonderful photographs. Looking forward to reading more!

Stinky Grapefruit

I stumbled upon your blog through and how glad am I that I did.

Your experience at Fat Duck reminded me so much of one of my most memorable meals at Moto in Chicago, where the joy of dining is truly experienced in one culinary spectacular after another. I wanted to slap your friend James up there with a slab of bacon ice cream. Your amazing photography combined with the menu copy clearly painted a mental palette sufficient for one to determine which dishes were aimed at flavor, flavor vs. experience, or experience with a hint of flavor. Thank you for sharing this dining experience. I'm looking forward to a trip to the UK, even if just for a snack.

stinkygrapefruit dot com.


wow, lucky you. i'd love to dine here one day. gorgeous photos as always, and when are you coming to sydney then, ay? :)

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