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Waikiki & Beverly Hills

November 15, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – Vintage Cave

EDIT: Chef Kajioka has left Vintage Cave as of July 2014. At this time, he is looking to open his own restaurant in Hawaii.

“It doesn’t matter how much it costs, even if it’s $10 million or $100 million…”

Those are the words of Mr. Takeshi Sekiguchi, the self-described crazy Japanese real estate developer who has single handedly changed the dining scene in Hawaii through the opening of his $20 million Vintage Cave.

Mr. Sekiguchi put his trust, and a signed blank check book, in the hands of my fellow Iolani School grad, Chris Kajioka. Now at the ripe old age of 30, Chris is the head chef of the top restaurant in the State of Hawaii. After making his mark on the mainland at Per Se and Willows Inn, Chris is now responsible for the wonders of amazement that diners are now able to experience here in Hawaii.

Chris, you are the man.

Tom’s Tip: No tip needed, if you are lucky enough to get a reservation, do it.

Vintage Cave
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. #2250
Honolulu, HI 96814

 

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Waikiki, Downtown

November 14, 2013

Wildsmith – Bloomsbury Loafer (LSW & LSDT)

The first slip on loafer-shoe in London was created by Raymond Wildsmith. It was derived from a bespoke pair of house shoes made for King George VI. The “Wildsmith Loafer” became immediately successful and to this day the style has been carried on by many British shoemakers.

Wildsmith’s modern rendition of the “Wildsmith Loafer” is the Bloomsbury. Available in London tan and mole suede. The Bloomsbury is unlined for comfort with a nicely beveled waist and a very elegant toe shape.

($650.00)

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Downtown

November 4, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – The Manifest

The “Old Fashioned” is my favorite cocktail. Sugar, bitters, and bourbon equals happiness in my book.

My favorite Old Fashioned in Hawaii is made by my friend Justin Park at the Manifest. Justin is a partner owner of the Manifest and one of Hawaii’s most celebrated mixologists. He has competed and won at many national competitions and after trying his cocktails it’s no secret why he has so much acclaim.

The Manifest itself is an amazing space and concept. Once you step inside you forget where you are. I always love spaces like that, where you can escape from your everyday reality, even if just for a moment.

Tom’s Tip: Try the Shoedaddy downtown crawl. Start at the Manifest for a few Old Fashioned, grab a “Sweet Bangkok” at Bar 35, a few beers and a slice at JJ Dolan’s, then finish with pho from The Pig and the Lady (when they open shortly in Downtown).

The Manifest
32 North Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

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