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Franklin BBQ

Franklin BBQ

Ah, Franklin BBQ.  It’s been written up just about everywhere – Food & Wine, Budget Travel, Texas Monthly, Cowboys & Indians.  But is it worth the 6-hour wait??  Probably not, but I’ll hold that judgement until the end. Dave and Amy got to Franklin BBQ at 9:15am on a Saturday,..
Terry Black’s BBQ

Terry Black’s BBQ

Terry Black’s BBQ is relatively new in Austin but comes from a long line of BBQ family, originally in Lockhart, TX, about an hour away from Austin.  I worked for Dell for ten years, and it wasn’t until my seventh year traveling to Austin that my husband finally agreed to..
Vino
8.7

Vino

There’s rarely an incidence when the hub has a customer dinner at a place new to him, Vino, and then insists on taking me back there the following night.  We had a wonderful golf tournament fundraiser at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, the place where Obama plays on his Hawaii..
Roy’s Restaurant
7.2

Roy’s Restaurant

Ok, so my Hawaiian friends reading this are gonna say “I told you so”!  Mea culpa!  My lovely veteran bartender friend and party girl, Cheryl, told us to go to Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge on the second floor of the Trump hotel for cocktails and pupus (hors d’oeuvres).  Since we..
Buzz’s Steakhouse
7.3

Buzz’s Steakhouse

I met my friend Barbara at Buzz’s Steakhouse in Lanikai for lunch.  Buzz’s Steakhouse is such a delightful place, and the building itself gives you the feeling of old Hawaii.  They make a Mai Tai cocktail that has no juice in it, but is surprisingly the same as the juiced..
Ratna Ling

Ratna Ling

I was fortunate to purchase a two-day stay at Ratna Ling, courtesy of the Redwood Coast Medical Services.  Ratna Ling is part of a Tibetan Buddhist Mandala, or family, of eight or more organizations including the Odean Buddhist Temple near Ratna Ling, Dharma College and Ningba College, and Dharma Publishing..
Mitch’s Fish Market and Sushi Bar
9.3

Mitch’s Fish Market and Sushi Bar

We were invited to take a tour of the United Airlines Customer Service Center at the Honolulu Airport, a perfect prelude to dining at Mitch’s Fish Market and Sushi Bar just 2 miles away. We were introduced to Mitch’s Fish Market and Sushi Bar several years ago by our local..
3660 on the Rise
8.2

3660 on the Rise

Over 20 years in business, 3660 on the Rise is a Honolulu local’s favorite.  And, I have to be honest.  I’ve dined at 3660 on the Rise many times, but this past week, I was there with friends invading 3660’s cocktail lounge area, eating pupus and old world wines.  I..
Fat Boy
7.1

Fat Boy

We played golf at Ala Wai Golf Course on Wednesday, a Honolulu municipal course I’d never played.  It looks totally boring driving up Kapahulu on my way to such great places as Cafe Kaila or its neighboring Vietnamese restaurant.  Although the course isn’t in the best shape, it is far..
Nanzan Giro Giro
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Nanzan Giro Giro

Foodie friends love outdoing each other, and that’s just what my friend and chef Russell and his wife, Marcy, did with us on Monday night at Nanzan Giro Giro in Honolulu.  (They don’t actually have a website, so the attached link is to Yelp’s review.)  A simple full-window corner restaurant,..