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May 5, 2008

Sweet: 0, Spicy: 35

You don’t need a Magic 8 Ball to tell you that getting to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl is beyond your New Year’s budget. Instead, signs point to watching the UH Warriors play Georgia from a comfy sofa in your living room or a friend’s.

But after going big the night before, the thought of facing rowdy fans and standard chips and beer fare at a Sugar Bowl party sends up Outlook Not So Good to the fortune telling window.

Kicking off the first day of the year with a Bloody Mary and authentic Cajun food from chef Kevin Tate of Kevin’s Two Boots Catering?... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Get Fresh

Even though you resolved to eat better in 2008, so far the only vegetables in your diet have been on Veggie-Lover pizza. And it’s been weeks since you roused yourself out of bed on Saturday morning to get to the farmer’s market at KCC.

Quit fighting that inner couch potato, embrace it, and have your vegetables brought to you.

Just Add Water, a community-supported agriculture program, delivers fresh, locally grown, organic produce right to your door at below retail price—helping you eat healthy and our farms stay viable, with amazingly little time out of your busy... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Virtual Veggies

What happens when a native Hawaiian family meets in a house, decides to open an online market, and works together, without having their lives taped? It’s not the Real World, it’s a virtual farmer’s market.

Fresh From the Farm’s online catalog connects people like you (and local chefs like Ed Kenney of Town and Downtown restaurants) to fresh, high quality produce and products, either grown or made in Hawai‘i.

Besides fruit and veg, choose from dozens of local coffees, flowers, meats, herbs, dressings, honey, soaps and more. Order exactly Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Through the Grapevine There’s no shortage of unanswered questions this season (like where you’ll end up when the clock strikes 12). So take comfort that two lingering 2007 riddles have been deciphered: The Superferry is once again charging the waves, and on January 2 the new Formaggio Grill finally opens in Kailua.

After nearly a year delay, owners Wes Zane and former Hy’s Executive Chef Almar Arcano bring a feast of inspired improvements to the new wine bar location, most obviously a full-service kitchen to better display Arcano’s flair for steak, chops and seafood entrees.

The family-style... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

To A Tea

We’re wimps when it comes to cold weather. More than a few days of soggy rain, gusty trades and daytime highs below 80, and we’re bundled up in hoodies, wearing socks and trading icy drinks for mugs of hot tea in the afternoon.

Before you hoist another cup of plain old Lipton to your lips, head to Pacific Place Tea Garden at Ala Moana Center .

Owner Lynette Jee has been dealing with tea leaves for decades (she’s developed custom blends for Mariposa and Moana Surfrider, among others), and her café offers some truly unique teas infused with fruits, herbs, flowers and other... Read more »

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May 5, 2008

Without Reservation T minus 10 days till V-Day, and you’ve just started thinking about it.

The swish places are already booked. Ala Wong’s, La Mer, Chef Mavro – all full. Even neighborhood-y 12th Avenue Grill has stopped taking reservations for February 14.

Unless you’re planning on a candlelit dinner for two chez vous, it’s time to start talking tables – with your man or with the maitre d’ at one of the restaurants that can still fit you in.

Du Vin
There are only a handful of tables left, but call soon and you can look forward to a... Read more »

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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