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Mo Stuffs

Wednesday, November 22, 2000


Watermark Publishing
Authors Jodi Endo Chai and Donovan Dela Cruz,
enjoy their favorite cuisine.

Guidebook catalogs
Oahu’s very special delis

The Okazu Guide: Oh, 'Cause You Hungry! By Donovan Dela Cruz and Jodi Endo Chai, (Watermark Publishing), $8.95

Betty Shimabukuro

Here's a gift idea for your hungriest friends: Teach them to hunt. Present them with "The Okazu Guide" and send them off to grind.

The guide will point them in the right direction for, say, the best fried saimin (Sekiya's), corned beef hash (Gulick Delicatessen) or chow fun (St. Louis Delicatessen). In effect, you will be giving them the gift of good food, without having to cook or go anywhere yourself.

"The Okazu Guide" is the project of Donovan Dela Cruz and Jodi Endo Chai, inveterate okazuya hunters. Their guide explains the parking situation at each of Oahu's 42 okazuya, the seating (if any) and how long the good stuff lasts each day. It tells when each place is open and even when the owners are likely to be away on vacation.

And the guide gives these unsung restaurateurs a voice. "Our storefront reads 'Royden's Okazuya and Catering'," says Royden Oshita. "Some of our customers -- local people -- think 'Okazuya' is our last name."

Dela Cruz and Chai will autograph copies of their book at these locations:

Bullet Saturday: Noon, Waldenbooks Mililani
Bullet Sunday: Noon, Waldenbooks Kahala Mall
Bullet Nov. 30: 12:30 p.m., Bestsellers Downtown
Bullet Dec. 3: Noon, Borders Waikele; 2 p.m. Borders Ward
Bullet Dec. 9: Noon, Waldenbooks Ala Moana

The guide is at most local bookstores or through Watermark. Call 587-7766 or email

The complete story of the okazu hunters was published in the Star-Bulletin Today section on May 24.

The finest fruity wines

The Hawaiian Wine Circle last week recognized the finest in homemade tropical fruit wines, giving top honors to Bob Cramer, whose semi-dry yellow guava wine took the grand prize.

Cramer "gets my vote as Winemaker of the Year 2000," said Chuck Furuya, one of two judges and a master sommelier.

In the individual categories, Cramer was awarded two first-place finishes, in the dry and semi-dry categories for his guava wines, and a second place for his dry lilikoi wine.

"The lilikoi was very, very subtlety perfumed with great flow on the palate and a delicious, 'I want more' finish," Furuya said in his judging notes on the dry winners. "The yellow guava not only completely captured the very essence of the fruit, it had great balance and a long finish as well. A truly inspiring wine."

The winners:

Bullet Dry wines: Yellow guava (Cramer), first place; lilikoi (Cramer), second; mountain apple (Ray Mitulevich), third

Bullet Semi-dry: Yellow guava (Cramer), first (also named Best of Event); lilikoi (Frank Pawlowski), second; lilikoi (Bill Hasseler) and starfruit (Jim Bayley), third-place tie

Bullet Sweet: Mango (Pawlowski), first; Surinam cherry/banana, (Helen Plumley), second; lilikoi (Hasseler), third

For information on the Hawaiian Wine Circle call Pawlowski, 625-4827.

Holiday specials

Bullet "Come to Our Christmas Party": The Pineapple Room, Liberty House Ala Moana, hosts kids parties, Saturday through Dec. 23, with puppets, Santa and kid-friendly meals. Bento lunches, noon daily, are $7.50; teriyaki dinners, 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, are $9.50. Breakfasts are sold out. Seating is limited. Call 941-2345.

Bullet "Under the Mistletoe and Mele": Compadres Bar and Grill is holding a brunch buffet featuring Mexican grills, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. Choices include salmon tacos, Texas- and Thai-style quesadillas. Cost is $8.95. Call 591-8307.

Culinary classes

Bullet "Using Culinary Spices and Herbs": Husband/wife team Ranjit and Kusuma Cooray lead cooking demo, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Lyon Arboretum. Call 988-0456.

Bullet Chinese explorations: Titus Chan leads two Leeward Community College classes on Chinese holiday pupus and meals, 11 a.m. Saturday; and a second on making dim sum, noon Dec. 9. The first class is $20; the second is $35 and includes a restaurant dim sum lunch. Call 455-0477.

Healthy eating

Bullet "Nutrition and You": Drs. Terry Shintani and Ruth Heidrich join nutritionist John Westerdahl at 8 p.m. Sundays on KWAI 1080 AM talk radio. The show features guest interviews, medical nutrition research and fitness updates. Call for answers to nutrition and health questions.

Keep holiday pounds off

Islanders can learn how to keep holiday pounds off at a free class offered by the Straub Clinic & Hospital education department.

"Managing Your Weight During the Holidays" is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

A registered dietician will provide "party survival skills" and tips and techniques to remain in control and enjoy the holidays without gaining weight.

Call 522-4325 to reserve a seat and obtain specific location information.

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