Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

On a mission...for dinner O'ahu style

There's nothing like having a dining destination in mind to put a bounce in my step. In this case, I had the fam' in tow and we were all Waikiki virgins. Luckily, I had an ace up my sleeve. Yelp users had favorably reviewed several Hawaiian restaurants so I checked them out and choose Ono Hawaiian Foods as our first dining experience. I was also confident my choice was good since Tina's friend, Wendy, had given her a menu for this very same spot...all the way from Hong Kong!

The (Vietnamese) taxi driver explained how it was a 70-year old restaurant. I'd read Ono Hawaiian Foods was a small, casual local diner and required folks to wait outside for a table - since it's tropical Hawai'i is was no big deal. We got here before the supper rush and were starving. When the food arrived it was faces in the trough! No time for pleasantries. :)

One of the servers was the grandson of the founder and the other was his auntie who ran the place since the grandma has passed away four months ago. But the food was still wholesome and fresh: watercress and chicken soup, Kalua pig (stewed and shredded pork), salt meat luau (like Chinese kau yuk), butterfish luau (a bit bland) and Hawaiian sweet potato (purple inside and served cold.)

Pang's Gormond Guide Pretty much every meal in O'ahu was approached with this level of geekish research and foodie nous. We hit the South Shore Grill for seafood tacos, Roy's for its misoyaki butterfish (and Mum's birthday), Pho Thinh for its noodles, spring rolls and pleasant service and Cafe Oriente for its Hainanese chicken speciality (and 10% discount coupon didn't hurt ;) ) Expect to see my Yelp reviews pop up over the next few weeks (see the left-hand menu bar.)

Hawai'i 101 Tonight's dinner at Ono says a lot about Hawai'i: it's made up of many cultures and Asians of all countries have history here and happily coexist; the culture is laid back and fairly rudimentary with no frills and pretences; and the people are happy-go-lucky.

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Blogger Joshua said...

I love LA. I have only been there once but I loved it. So many cultures combined in one city. With so many demographics, it's amazing. How was the meal at the restaurant. Would you ever move to Hawaii for good. Take care hope you having a good day. - Joshua

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