Our Picks for the Weekend
Chinese cultural event to aid relief effort
Enjoy an afternoon of Chinese culture while assisting those affected by the May 12 earthquake in China, when the Hawaii Buddhist Cultural Society and Buddha's Light International Association, Hawaii, present a concert Sunday.
The China Sichuan Earthquake Relief Charity performance includes traditional dance, violin, singing and more, 3 to 5 p.m. at McKinley High School auditorium.
Tickets are $20 and are available at the following locations: Hawaii Buddhist Cultural Society, 100 N. Beretania St., 545-1183 (donations can also be made at this number); Hong Kong Harbor View Seafood Restaurant at Aloha Tower Marketplace, 566-9989 or 383-6688; Jewel Box by A&A Diamond at Windward Mall, 235-6661 or 779-8822; The Art Treasures Gallery, 1136 Nuuanu Ave., 536-7789; and Hawaii Global Holiday at Chinatown Cultural Plaza, 921-0999.
Sunset on the Beach turns out the catwalk
It's a special fashion-themed Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki this weekend.
The fun kicks off Saturday at 6 p.m. with a major hair and fashion show presented by Tamaris. With locations in Japan, Paris, London, Milan, New York and Hawaii, the show will commence complete with catwalk and decor and will be projected on the giant 30-foot screen as well. No film will be screened Saturday.
Sunday will start off with live music at 5 p.m.; at 6:45, "The Devil Wears Prada" screens. The story, set in the offices of a top fashion magazine, stars Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.
Food booths will open at 4, including Ba-le, K's Restaurant, Le Crepe Cafe, Leo's Taverna, M&N's Treats and Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog.
DANCEHawaii State Ballet hosts annual school recital
Hawaii State Ballet celebrates its silver anniversary Saturday.
Founded by John Landovsky in 1983, the local ballet studio focuses on classical training, teaching alignment, placement, technique, strength and musicality. The organization's mission is to develop well-trained dancers, both technically and artistically, who are competitive with top-caliber dancers internationally.
The annual school recital will be performed twice, at 2 and 6 p.m., at St. Louis School's Mamiya Theatre. Tickets are $20. Call 947-2755 or visit hawaiistateballet.com.
Academy of Arts presents Korean music concert
The Honolulu Academy of Arts' Asian Art Department will present an evening of traditional Korean music Tuesday evening.
The concert will feature the sounds of the kayageum, or long zither, when five outstanding musicians from South Korea pass through Hawaii on their way to a performance in Washington, D.C., at the annual Smithsonian Folklife Heritage Festival starting late next month.
The featured performer will be Han Rae-Sook, who plays for the Sungnam Municipal Korean Classical Music Orchestra and is a regular member of the Asia "Keum" (heptachord) Exchange Association.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $20 general and $15 Academy members. Call 532-8700 or visit honoluluacademy.org.
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A French-rolled salmon omelet and apple tatin waffle drizzled with homemade caramel sauce are among the offerings at Cream Pot.
Cream Pot is Waikiki's newest breakfast oasis. Unseemly as it might seem to try to recreate a French country kitchen within the confines of the Hawaiian Monarch's glass shell, it actually works, from a floor that mimics terra cotta tiles, to the sturdy wood tables, shabby yet chic furnishings and flowers.
Cream figures prominently in recipes, including the crepes, which my friend ordered only reluctantly. Who could not love crepes, I wondered. But she said the menu descriptions are always so enticing that the reality is often disappointing, with the crepes too flabby, too eggy, too thick or too stiff. Not this time. A nondessert French recipe was adapted to reduce flour content, creating a crepe that's thin, yet sturdy enough to stand up to fillings like fresh Maui strawberries ($10) with homemade strawberry coulis and Valhrona chocolate. Heavenly. You can also have the same toppings, including slices of Kahuku bananas in a vanilla custard cream with caramel sauce ($9.50) on Belgian waffles ($11 to $11.50).
Nongreasy butter-free French-rolled omelets and alternative Eggs Benedicts -- such as a Japanese-style Benedict that starts with rice layered with avocado and magurao -- are also on the menu.
One item I've not seen on local menus is the dish of baked eggs, destined to become a new favorite. Shrimp and spinach ($12.50) topped with two soft-baked eggs, with runny centers, reminded me of the comfort of chawanmushi. You can also have the baked eggs with bacon, potatoes and onion instead ($11). If you want to try the two best things together, there is a baked eggs combo also featuring one strawberry-chocolate crepe for $18.
Accompanying drinks include mango or strawberry shakes ($4), mint lemonade ($3.50), and for chocolate lovers, chilled Cocoberry dark chocolate ($4.50), the start of a new breakfast of champions. Open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Costs about $15 per person.
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