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pzarquon
September 15th, 2004, 10:43 AM
While this is awfully late notice, I thought I'd mention that some folks from S.K. Chai's eGullet Hawaii (http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showforum=128) food forum are meeting up for a fun, talkstory lunch today at the South Shore Grill on Monsarrat (near Diamond Head). Here's a map (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/maps//maps/extmap/*-http://maps.yahoo.com//maps_result?csz=Honolulu%2C+HI+96815-4441&state=HI&uzip=96815&ds=n&name=&desc=&ed=sMpfnup_0Tpj7RmAb7ohkKNXsrUwhG.ZNyRDXOuRzfrn1if MnmKRBKfjstwLptOpMz1SxEc8mLrd5UQfXyKUi1A8rITMK2Tgx B_0Rw1ZCdKYzckcshy2&zoomin=yes&BFKey=&mag=9), and here's a review (http://www.hawaiidiner.com/reviews/review.php?review=22) of the eatery, and here's the original lunch thread (http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=50499).

As I've mentioned to S.K. Chai, there's just something about local food and online communities that mix well together. And while HawaiiThreads.com is relatively new, I certainly don't think we need a much better excuse than local-kine grinds to venture into "meatspace" (no pun intended). If you can't make this one, without a doubt, there'll be more -- HawaiiThreads.com and eGullet Hawaii together would make a heck of a party.

There's also Burt "Quark" Lum's monthly Bytemarks geeks' lunch... the next one is on Thursday, Sept. 23 in the open courtyard of the YWCA on Richards Street downtown.

And nothing says we can't meet up on our own!

Miulang
September 15th, 2004, 11:49 AM
While this is awfully late notice, I thought I'd mention that some folks from S.K. Chai's eGullet Hawaii (http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showforum=128) food forum are meeting up for a fun, talkstory lunch today at the South Shore Grill on Monsarrat (near Diamond Head). Here's a map (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/maps//maps/extmap/*-http://maps.yahoo.com//maps_result?csz=Honolulu%2C+HI+96815-4441&state=HI&uzip=96815&ds=n&name=&desc=&ed=sMpfnup_0Tpj7RmAb7ohkKNXsrUwhG.ZNyRDXOuRzfrn1if MnmKRBKfjstwLptOpMz1SxEc8mLrd5UQfXyKUi1A8rITMK2Tgx B_0Rw1ZCdKYzckcshy2&zoomin=yes&BFKey=&mag=9), and here's a review (http://www.hawaiidiner.com/reviews/review.php?review=22) of the eatery, and here's the original lunch thread (http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=50499).


Ryan:
If you go to that eGullet thingie, can you ask when they plan to open up membership again? When I went to the main website it said they were revamping the membership levels, etc. and to try back later...later when???

Mahalo,
Miulang

pzarquon
September 15th, 2004, 02:49 PM
Just got back! I posted smudgy camera phone pictures at my moblog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii) (and detailed what I ate in the "What's for lunch today? (http://www.hawaiithreads.com/showthread.php?t=1399)" thread). Lots of talk about food, and about everything else, too!

Turns out the family of local food-focused sites is pretty close-knit! One of the women there is behind HawaiiDiner.com (http://www.hawaiidiner.com/), an online magazine. Between eGullet, HawaiiDiner.com, and HawaiiThreads.com (and its sister sites), there's definitely room for a regular lunch social. Anyone interested?

As for membership at eGullet.com, I don't really know. I don't think Sun-Ki Chai is privvy to that kind of detail, either. Their relaunch announcement (http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=50616) says 2-3 weeks, so I'd hope by the end of the month, you'd be able to get in. Of course, nothing's stopping anyone from getting some good food talk going here!

Albert
September 16th, 2004, 09:52 AM
"There's also Burt "Quark" Lum's monthly Bytemarks geeks' lunch... the next one is on Thursday, Sept. 23 in the open courtyard of the YWCA on Richards Street downtown."

At what time? Do you plan to be there, Ryan?
Is it by invitation only?

pzarquon
September 16th, 2004, 01:19 PM
We generally start coagulating at around 11:30 a.m., but folks tend to drift in and out throughout. I have a conflict right now for Thursday, it turns out, but I'm trying to reschedule... sometimes regularly getting out of my cubicle is the only way to ensure mental stability!

These gatherings are open to anyone and everyone, provided they're willing to forgive a general geek slant to the conversation. That said, we don't just talk tech. Politics, movies, food... like any other gathering of locals, online or off!

I've actually brought you up in conversation a few times, so I'm sure folks would love to meet you! :D

skchai
September 16th, 2004, 09:20 PM
Zarquon is right - I'm not privy to such things. They're transitioning into Invision Power Board ver. 2.0, simultaneously with the product itself easing itself out of beta testing. So they're still fiddling with some of the features and disabling others, and I'm sure the membership list is the last thing they'll bring back up. Maybe a vBulletin vs. Invision discussion at some point?

Bytemarks lunch is a great institutions. . .

pzarquon
July 24th, 2006, 10:40 AM
Just a heads up to chatty downtown geeks, Burt "Quark" Lum's monthly BYOG (bring your own grinds) lunch gathering at the YWCA is taking place this Thursday. Brown bag it or order something from Cafe Laniakea, and join the wide-ranging conversation!

helen
August 22nd, 2006, 12:59 PM
So when is the next Bytemarks lunch?

pzarquon
August 31st, 2006, 09:26 AM
So when is the next Bytemarks lunch?Today! YWCA courtyard at about 11:30 a.m. Might just be me, but one geek still makes for a geek lunch, right?

helen
August 31st, 2006, 02:33 PM
Can I assume that the Bytemarks lunch event is held on the last Thursday of the month?

pzarquon
August 31st, 2006, 03:24 PM
Usually, but it is rescheduled if availability is a problem for the usual attendees or if something else big and tech related conflicts. Even I've goofed up on occasion, with the meeting moved to a Wednesday and me showing up on Tuesday instead.

You should just sign up with the Bytemarks mailing list (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bytemarks), which includes meeting reminders, along with some generally interesting but sporadic tech talk.

AbsolutChaos
August 31st, 2006, 04:17 PM
Between eGullet, HawaiiDiner.com, and HawaiiThreads.com (and its sister sites), there's definitely room for a regular lunch social. Anyone interested?

Did I "hear" the word lunch??? I'd be interested! I'm just not sure I can guarantee making it until the last minute though...my job can be quite frustrating in that regard! I have a better chance ot making it if the lunch is later as opposed to earlier too.

hawaiidreaming
September 1st, 2006, 12:15 AM
shame it wasnt before i go home that day

pzarquon
September 28th, 2006, 06:42 AM
http://static.flickr.com/22/29792738_4438490f7f_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bytemarks/29792738/)

Good news! Today is the monthly "Bytemarks" gathering of geeks at the YWCA downtown. Find Burt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/91582014/) in the Laniakea courtyard at 11:30. (Even better news? I won't be there, as everyone in this house is being flattened by a nasty bug.) Bring a lunch, your best tech story and your newest gadget, and enjoy the talkstory!

pzarquon
October 5th, 2006, 11:43 AM
Anyone downtown ever up for a spontaneous, casual, talkstory lunch, let me know. While I've done better at bringing lunch from home and saving money, I'm also feeling a bit of cabin fever and am trying to force myself to leave the building now and then!

pzarquon
December 14th, 2006, 07:54 AM
The December Bytemarks geek lunch is a week early in December, to steer clear of Christmas madness. Geeks or people who like geeks are invited to bring your own lunch and drink and join a bunch of other geeks for a casual talkstory gathering today in the courtyard of the YWCA on Richards Street. Folks drift in an out from 11:30 to 1:30, and we'd love to see you there!

scrivener
December 15th, 2006, 12:29 PM
This high school teacher is on Christmas break, and since I NEVER get to "do lunch," I'd love to get together for a bite any time in the week following Christmas, if anyone's interested. C'mon, let me be a grownup for a change!

pzarquon
December 15th, 2006, 12:56 PM
Works for me! Where would you like to go on your grown-up field trip? How's Thursday, Dec. 28?

scrivener
December 15th, 2006, 01:00 PM
I like Thursday. As for where, I'm totally open to suggestions.

1stwahine
December 15th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Hey! I a grown-up with kid's heart and mind. :p heheheh

Count me in!:D

Auntie Lynn

anapuni808
December 15th, 2006, 02:07 PM
how nice - that's my birthday! can i go too?

Palama Kid
December 15th, 2006, 04:51 PM
Bard and I will be having lunch at Macaroni Grill on 22 December ... in Reno. Anyone wanna join us?

damontucker
December 15th, 2006, 05:38 PM
Bard and I will be having lunch at Macaroni Grill on 22 December ... in Reno. Anyone wanna join us?

You pay my ticket and I'm there!:rolleyes:

scrivener
December 17th, 2006, 10:47 PM
Coolness. So far we have Ryan, Lynn, Fran, and me. Anyone else want to join us in celebration of Christmas Break?

Here are my preferences:
1. Something casual and light but not too casual.
2. Not Chinese food or Korean food because I eat those all the time.
3. I'd love to get sushi if there's a good place for it.
4. Or Mediterranean food, but not at Leo's Taverna because I go there a lot.
5. Or a good salad and sandwich combo. I like Heidi's a lot; how do you all feel about Heidi's?
6. I've never eaten at the Y; how is it?

anapuni808
December 17th, 2006, 11:47 PM
Hi Scriv - we have a new place at Remington College Bldg. called "Zen Sushi". It's Korean style sushi and it's REALLY GOOD!!!!! I don't even like sushi & I think it's good. We got a special tasting last week before they opened - he served us 9 different kinds of sushi - I now have a few favorites. If you like sushi, you should try this place.

1stwahine
December 18th, 2006, 04:07 AM
Whereva's...I love FOOD!:p I'll be there.hahahaha

Auntie Lynn:D

helen
December 18th, 2006, 07:48 AM
Coolness. So far we have Ryan, Lynn, Fran, and me. Anyone else want to join us in celebration of Christmas Break?

I can make it on Thursday Dec. 28.

christa
December 18th, 2006, 05:25 PM
wait.. THIS thursday? let me know! that's .... ahhhh.... my birthday too :)

anapuni808
December 23rd, 2006, 05:46 PM
are folks still planning to meet on 12/28 for lunch? if so - did you all decide where/what time?

pzarquon
December 23rd, 2006, 07:12 PM
I've still got it down, and am looking forward to it. See, Christa? You didn't miss us yet!

Mitchell mentioned Heidi's, I guess that's the one in the Pacific Guardian Center near the bottom of Bishop Street? I've only eaten there once, visiting LavaNet, but it was nice indeed! As for Cafe Laniakea at the YWCA, it's always a good choice.

There are lots of great options. Our own glossyp took my wife, son and I to Brasserie Du Vin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/327696857/in/datetaken/) on Bethel, next door to Soul de Cuba. French (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/327631301/in/datetaken/)-inspired (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/327630506/in/datetaken/) cuisine (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/327633095/), which you gotta admit is a nice break from the usual downtown options... and an incredibly charming side room (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/327686106/in/datetaken/) that can be reserved. So if Heidi's or Cafe Laniakea don't get the tummy rumbling, Du Vin's my suggestion.

scrivener
December 24th, 2006, 01:01 AM
Du Vin's sounds like a great idea, as long as the priciness doesn't put anyone off. I'm fine with it. How do you people feel?

pzarquon
December 24th, 2006, 06:43 AM
Well, it's not food court prices, but it's not food court cuisine, either! The only area on the menu where the prices seemed a bit scary was the 100+ wine list. I think appetizers run $4-7, and the daily specials at least (looking back at the sign on the door (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/327623258/)) ran $12-$14. I can't see a good lunch costing more than $25.

anapuni808
December 24th, 2006, 10:03 AM
PZ - thanks for the update. I guess I will have to cancel joining you.

scrivener
December 24th, 2006, 10:36 AM
Wait. Why do you have to cancel joining us?

pzarquon
December 24th, 2006, 12:25 PM
PZ - thanks for the update. I guess I will have to cancel joining you.Yeah, why's that? The date hasn't changed...

Hey, folks, if Du Vin's not your style, just say what is. We've got several days to choose a venue. Heidi's, Cafe Laniakea, and the Korean sushi place in Fran's building have been other suggestions. Du Vin's just my obsession at the moment, but I can eat anywhere. Hell, I'll take McDonald's if it's the only way to see y'all.

1stwahine
December 24th, 2006, 12:31 PM
It's also Fran's B.D. I put my vote in foa the Korean Sushi place ~ I heard it's excellent!;)

But anyplace you all choose count me in.

I love Food but I love you all BETTA!:D

Lynn

tutusue
December 24th, 2006, 12:47 PM
Yeah, why's that? The date hasn't changed...[...]
Just a guess on my part but, possibly, for many a $25. lunch tab might be a bit much.

scrivener
December 24th, 2006, 12:52 PM
Hell, I'll take McDonald's if it's the only way to see y'all.
Me too. Unless you've been there, you really don't know what it's like never to have a chance to really have lunch. Because my school doesn't have a cafeteria or food service, "lunch" is whatever I have the foresight to prepare the night before (because forget about mornings!), which means I'm often grabbing a Pop-Tart at the gas station on my way to work, or finishing someone else's Doritos. Plus, lunch is only 40 minutes long, and the first five of them are spent wrapping things up from the class period before, and the last five of them are spent getting things ready for the next two periods. Lunch is also the only time students can come talk to me about stuff if they don't grab me before school. So the very act of sitting down with other adults and having lunch without worrying about what I've got to do next is a blessing all by itself.

So yeah. Don't just say you're out. Let's work on it so we can hang.

anapuni808
December 24th, 2006, 12:52 PM
1) i'm on a VERY limited budget
2) i usually only have about 30 min. for lunch
3) much as i would love to try PZ's choice - its too far away from my office

no other reasons :)

helen
December 27th, 2006, 10:39 AM
So what is the plan for tomorrow? Like time of day and where?

scrivener
December 27th, 2006, 03:29 PM
Fran, is your lunch at a set time? If so, post it here and THAT will be our meeting time at the Korean sushi place at Remington College (near Mitchell's Shoe Repair, if it's still there. I need a picture of me in front of that place).

jdub
December 27th, 2006, 04:04 PM
Hey! Where is this place what time? I get an hour for lunch each day, but I usually take it at 1pm, as I don't go in to work until 9am. That's gonna be too late, I'm guessing?

anapuni808
December 27th, 2006, 04:46 PM
I'm flexible for lunch time. I should warn you all that due to some repairs to the flooring, we are short one umbrella table so right at noon, seating may be tight. I would suggest coming more like 12:30 or so. If it's too crowded, we can come upstairs & eat in our conference room if anyone likes.

JDub - Remington College is located at Bishop & Hotel Sts, same block/same side of the street as Hawn Tel. Just look for the building will all the food places.

Scriv - yes, the shoe repair place is still there.

Thanks for deciding to come there for lunch - Mr. Kim of Zen Sushi is looking forward to all of you enjoying his sushi!

scrivener
December 27th, 2006, 04:56 PM
12:30 at Zen Sushi in the Remington College building. That's on Bishop, just shy of the Bishop/Hotel intersection. I'll be there perhaps fifteen minutes earlier to vulture a table if one opens up.

jdub
December 27th, 2006, 05:34 PM
I'll shake it up to Hotel at 1pm and hope yall're still around. If not, ain't no thang, I'm down for a 6-piece ebi nigiri with wasabi shoyu so hot it'll melt my face.

scrivener
December 27th, 2006, 05:53 PM
I'll shake it up to Hotel at 1pm and hope yall're still around. If not, ain't no thang, I'm down for a 6-piece ebi nigiri with wasabi shoyu so hot it'll melt my face.
I'll still be there, if for no other reason than to get pictures of a guy's face melting.

lavagal
December 27th, 2006, 06:22 PM
I'll still be there, if for no other reason than to get pictures of a guy's face melting.

Scriv:
EMAIL ME those PIX! I've seen smoke come out of his head, but to watch jdub's face melt, why, that would be priceless!

For my annual contribution, I make a mean California Roll here for New Year's Eve! I catch a falling avocado, kill crab by rolling it in mayonaise, sweeten up some steamed rice, harvest seaweed out of the Costco pack, and roll it all up with wasabi that is so hot I oughta wear GLOVES! Talk about face melt. You don't know what to do with your tears of JOY!

But I digress!

Pua'i Mana'o
December 27th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Scriv:
EMAIL ME those PIX! I've seen smoke come out of his head, but to watch jdub's face melt, why, that would be priceless!

For my annual contribution, I make a mean California Roll here for New Year's Eve! I catch a falling avocado, kill crab by rolling it in mayonaise, sweeten up some steamed rice, harvest seaweed out of the Costco pack, and roll it all up with wasabi that is so hot I oughta wear GLOVES! Talk about face melt. You don't know what to do with your tears of JOY!

But I digress!


ggrrrllll that description verges on porn! :p

lavagal
December 27th, 2006, 07:14 PM
Pua'i Mana'o--so true, so true, so true. An anual oral orgasmic event. Which reminds me, it has cucumber in it, too! I am so bad. I bet I get spanked.

Lei K
December 27th, 2006, 08:16 PM
An anual oral orgasmic event. Which reminds me, it has cucumber in it, too! I am so bad. I bet I get spanked.

Whoa, soooo many comments, too many comments. Lets just start with the fact that I didn't think that said "anual" when I read that the first time around. Then with the rest of the sentence... :D

You are definitely naughty, ummhmmm. ;)

lavagal
December 27th, 2006, 08:16 PM
I was talkin' 'bout sushi!

anapuni808
December 27th, 2006, 09:48 PM
hmmm, I never knew sushi could be so ............... interesting.

pzarquon
December 28th, 2006, 07:23 AM
Well, I've always felt there were some incredibly sensuous qualities to sushi. (Leaving aside the question of whether a "California roll" is, indeed, sushi.) Though I don't expect the menu at Remington College to lead to such intense levels of ecstacy, I do look greatly forward to today's lunch gathering nonetheless.

anapuni808
December 28th, 2006, 08:03 AM
For those of you who know what this stuff is, Zen Sushi has the following:

Maki Mono = 10 different items from $2.99 to $5.99

Temaki = 26 different items from $.99 to $2.59 each

Nigiri Special = 12 different items
Ikura Nigiri is 3 pcs for $3.99, rest are all 6 pcs for $3.99

Donburi = 5 different items at $4.99 each

Leo Lakio
December 28th, 2006, 08:28 AM
Sarah McLachlan once told a friend of mine that sushi reminded her of oral sex; he was too taken aback to ask the follow-up question of which kind. But he's never viewed a sushi meal the same since. (Note to Scrivener - the friend is the Canadian musician on Cockburn's label; I heard the story at his wedding; fortunately --- or perhaps not --- it was AFTER I had spoken with her.)

anapuni808
December 28th, 2006, 08:49 AM
well, after we all have group.................ummm, sushi together, let's make it clear that we don't have to call each other in the morning. ;)

lavagal
December 28th, 2006, 09:05 AM
Wish I could join youz guyz. Enjoy your cool, melt-in-your-mouth kisses from the sea! I want to read about the gathering, OK?

pzarquon
December 28th, 2006, 01:09 PM
A great lunch was had at Zen Sushi, a Korean sushi shop that actually isn't celebrating its "Grand Opening" until Jan. 8! A mix of things from the diverse menu were consumed, including some items graciously offered by proprietor Jong Ho Kim. He was still hanging signs and pictures of dishes as we ate!

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/144/336723397_70b90c884d_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/336723397/) http://farm1.static.flickr.com/130/336732977_ba02afee23_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/336732977/) http://farm1.static.flickr.com/138/336758154_c2e79ed158_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/336758154/)

It was good to see scrivener, anapuni808, jdub, and helen downtown today. Happy birthday, Fran, and thanks, Mitchell, for calling us all together. Here's to more spontaneous lunches in 2007!

Lei Liko
December 28th, 2006, 01:30 PM
A great lunch was had at Zen Sushi, a Korean sushi shop that actually isn't celebrating its "Grand Opening" until Jan. 8! A mix of things from the diverse menu were consumed, including some items graciously offered by proprietor Jong Ho Kim. He was still hanging signs and pictures of dishes as we ate!

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/144/336723397_70b90c884d_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/336723397/) http://farm1.static.flickr.com/130/336732977_ba02afee23_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/336732977/) http://farm1.static.flickr.com/138/336758154_c2e79ed158_t.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/336758154/)

It was good to see scrivener, anapuni808, jdub, and helen downtown today. Happy birthday, Fran, and thanks, Mitchell, for calling us all together. Here's to more spontaneous lunches in 2007!

I'm jealous. Food looks great!

It's so hard for me to get to downtown from work for lunch. Hopefully there'll be a spontaneous lunch gathering in Kaimuki one day soon!

jdub
December 28th, 2006, 04:07 PM
Dammit! Why didn't I finish my ebi?! Now I'm starving!

scrivener
December 29th, 2006, 11:30 AM
Thanks, anapuni808, helen, pz, and jdub, for the great company. We had a nice lunch and even nicer conversation. The proprietor must have thought, with all his picture-taking, that Pz was someone important, because he kept bringing us free food and almost didn't let me pay for the platter I shared with Pz. He finally conceded and said, "Just give me ten dollars," so I gave him the sawbuck and dropped a few bills into the tip jar. But the spicy ahi temaki and the cheesy Korean maki were freebies.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/163/337129748_96ffeb7671_s.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/mitchell/337129748/) http://farm1.static.flickr.com/135/337129673_d1d8e73a3c_s.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/mitchell/337129673/) http://farm1.static.flickr.com/136/337129586_a1f157a446_s.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/mitchell/337129586/)

It was incredibly pleasant to be able to sit down with friends and chat over a mid-day meal! I am thinking of switching careers...

helen
December 29th, 2006, 12:11 PM
But the spicy ahi temaki and the cheesy Korean maki were freebies.

Just to clarify to anyone else that is reading this that the cheesy Korean maki did contain cheese as well as kim chee.

Lei K
December 29th, 2006, 06:38 PM
A spontaneous lunch must also happen in late May/early June. :D

Pua'i Mana'o
December 29th, 2006, 07:03 PM
Just to clarify to anyone else that is reading this that the cheesy Korean maki did contain cheese as well as kim chee.

that is so wrong.

scrivener
December 29th, 2006, 07:38 PM
that is so wrong.
But it felt so...not too bad.