Friday Photo — (Bar)Men at Work

A quick action photo at the hottest ticket to drink in town right now: Bar Leather Apron in the Topa Financial Center downtown. I took this photo on the final night of BLA’s soft opening weekend. That’s head bartender Justin Park on the left, with his bar crew of Art... Read More

How to Become a One-Woman Bread Pudding Factory

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means it’s just about time for me to turn our house into a one-woman bread pudding factory. We give these to friends as holiday gifts every year, so for one tiring weekend, the house turns into a non-stop sugar-and-booze-scented baked goods assembly line with one employee:... Read More

Friday Photo—Sunday Salad with French-ish Dressing

Sometimes, the weekends call for a nice salad for lunch. This tends to happen on Sundays, particularly when I know that I’m making something extra-hearty or indulgent (e.g. fried chicken). I’m woefully behind on my magazine reading; I finally got around to the April 2015 issue of Food & Wine,... Read More

Hello, Hāna!

This week, Shake is spending the weekend in Hāna, and I am incredibly envious. I’m just fanning the flames of jealousy by looking at these photos, but since I hadn’t gotten around to posting about our Hāna trip we took back in May, now’s as good a time as any!... Read More

The Summer of Hipster Shave Ice

This summer shall be known as The Summer of Hipster Shave Ice. Why? Because Sugar + Shake have developed a wicked weekend shave ice habit (it is so, so, so, so very hot!) and our preference is for the style we have dubbed “hipster shave ice.” So what IS hipster... Read More

Current Obsession: Williams-Sonoma City Grit Fried Chicken Kits

When we walked into Williams-Sonoma, we were not there for chicken mix. No, we were there to purchase a beautiful, lovely new red Vitamix. But we bought a City Grit Fried Chicken Kit anyway. (Because it was 30% off and this picture of fried chicken on the front made us... Read More

We Ate It — Westin Maui & Westin KORV’s Restaurants: Relish Oceanside, Pailolo Grill and Pūlehu

For many years now, it’s been our annual tradition to go on a summer trip with our hanai (adopted) parents. This is one of the greatest things about growing up in Hawai‘i: You collect parents. When you’re a kid, it’s not so cool since it means that in addition to... Read More

Friday Photo — Good Things, Tiny Packages

We’ve been trying to make an effort to get up earlier on Saturdays and get out and do things. Things, particularly, like go to the Kaka‘ako Farmers’ Market to visit the Link HNL folks and get some delicious meats. On a recent visit, we passed a vegetable vendor on our... Read More