Our Picks for the Weekend
All artists welcome at drawing marathon
If you fancy yourself an artist, or occasionally have the urge to draw, grab your sketchpad and head to Zaney's Restaurant on Saturday morning. Like-minded individuals will be waiting to meet you.
Professionals and amateurs are invited to this drawing marathon held every three months in a different location worldwide. Spend the morning chatting with fellow artists and walk around the downtown area, taking in the sights before putting pen -- or pencil -- to paper.
"There is so much happening downtown -- it's such an interesting place to be," said event organizer John Yamashige. "There are art galleries, the Capitol district and all different kinds of people in between."
Then reconvene at 2:30 p.m. at the ARTS at Marks Garage to share stories -- and possibly sketches.
Meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of Zaney's, 1170 Nuuanu Ave. Call 286-6566 or visit www.sketchcrawl.com/blog.
Free ice cream to be had at Make-A-Wish benefit
Free ice cream.
Let's say that again: Free ice cream.
Cold Stone Creamery restaurants nationwide are hosting the World's Largest Ice Cream Social, which means free 3-ounce servings of "Cole's Creation" from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28.
Cole's Creation is chocolate ice cream with yellow cake, chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles, created by Cole, age 10, of Denver, Colo., Cold Stone's "junior tastemaster" for 2006.
Now, the ice cream social is a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so the free treat is supposed to put you in the mood for giving. Donations will be collected all month.
Can't make it to the social? How about Tuesday, then? Cold Stone is also offering 55-cent shakes and smoothies that day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by Family Night (free keiki cone with each adult cone) from 4 to 8 p.m.
Get back into the swing of ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy'
"Grey's Anatomy" is back. How we've missed those doctors.
The season opener will run twice -- at 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday on KITV/ABC, in case you forget to watch. As a true fan, how could you? But then again, they did move the show from Sunday to Thursday.
When last season ended, Izzie had quit the program after losing her fiancé, Denny, following his heart transplant. Meredith was faced with a choice between old love McDreamy and new love the vet. Cristina was at the side of a recovering Burke and George had found relative relationship happiness.
Here's a heads-up on what's to come in the first couple weeks, from ABC's Web site:
Meredith deals with the fallout of her liaison with McDreamy. The chief's wife confronts him when he spends the night in his office. Cristina meets Burke's parents and the interns campaign for Izzie's reinstatement.
Society's show offers sweet sights and scents
Want to be surrounded by things colorful, pretty and sweet-smelling? The Honolulu Rose Society's Fall Rose Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Kahala Mall's Center Stage area. Check out the flower that can convey messages of love, friendship or joy, depending on its color.
If you're a rose grower and want to show the world -- OK, the island -- your beauties, bring them to the mall before 9 a.m. There is no fee to enter.
And, if the show gives you the urge to begin your own rose garden, rose experts will be there to answer questions.
Call the Honolulu Rose Society, 545-LOKE (545-5653).
SHORT ATTENTION SPAN EATER
Take a stab at these offerings
Teriyaki sticks and kebobs were the only food on sticks at one time -- well, Popsicles, too, but that isn't really food. Now there's a restaurant that puts almost everything on a stick:
Puck's Alley, 1035 University Ave. / 489-2747
Careful you don't poke out anyone's eye with a stick here, where the specialty is kushi katsu, an assortment of panko-coated, deep-fried meat and vegetables served on skewers. Newbies need only start with a seven-piece ($15) or 10-piece ($19) set to experience the range of kushi katsu available. Quick flash-frying preserves the integrity of the food, so beef and chicken, the latter lined with sour plum sauce, are still tender, as is shrimp with barely cooked sweetness. A la carte items such as asparagus, sausage, ahi and potatoes with cheese can also be added for $2 per skewer. The one drawback is it all starts to seem the same after a while, but there are many other side options to keep boredom at bay. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 5 to 11 p.m. daily. Dinner for two is about $40 to $50.
Tsukuneya Robata Grill
1422 University Ave. / 943-0390
While we're on the subject of food on a stick, consider Tsukuneya, which focuses on the foods of Nagoya, and in particular "tsukune," or chicken.
Said chicken is ground, blended with grated yam and other ingredients, kneaded to tenderize, wrapped around bamboo skewers and, finally, seasoned and grilled just for you. The result is a juicy, tender chicken meatball on a stick that somewhat resembles a drumstick. The menu suggests that you start with teriyaki ($1.50) and lightly salted versions of tsukune ($1.50) as a palate primer before graduating to the likes of cayenne- ($1.50) or wasabi-topped ($1.80) chicken skewers. The price listed is per piece, with a minimum of two pieces.
The product that arrives is not as tantalizing as one would imagine. Instead of being rolled in freshly crushed peppercorns, for instance, the peppercorn tsukune ($1.50) is sprinkled with a little black pepper.
Hours are 4:30 to 1 a.m. daily, and the cost is about $20 to $25 per person without drinks.
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