It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
As it turns out, Mele Kalikimaka really is the thing to say on a bright Hawai’ian Christmas Day. So, in honor of all my friends from The Islands Big and not-so-Big, I am saying “Merry Christmas” with a big bowl of poke. Of course, since this is a Holiday piece, I felt it necessary to make this raw tuna dish look as Christmas-y as possible, under the circumstances.
Our first Hawaiian meal — aside from that pineapple-drenched shave ice we treated ourselves to after hiking to the top of Diamond Head in serious heat — was at the Saveur-recommended Side Street Inn on Hopaka Street in Honolulu. Determined to try as much as we could that was unknown to us, we ordered about […]