Oahu’s Best Java: Coffee Talk In Kaimuki

Posted in Food & Dining on December 9th, 2008

Every coffee shop should smell and look like Coffee Talk. When you walk in the door of this roomy Kaimuki joint, it smells like coffee, sure, but with an undercurrent of toasting bread and baking sweets. A real coffee hangout needs to hit all the gluttonous vices and I’m always disappointed when a coffee spot only serves beverages and a tiny little case of sweets.

First–the coffee was great. No, more than great, it was fan-friggin-tastic. In the winter I like my flavored drinks, and the pumpkin pie latte was perfect. Spicy, but not cloyingly sweet. My friend got a toasted marshmallow hot cocoa that was so authentic that if they used a syrup you can slap my face and call me Bessie.

The regular brew was good too, not over-roasted and perfectly smooth. On a subsequent trip, I went completely off-course and tried a lychee iced tea, and although the green tea base was a little strong, once the ice melted it was just divine.

And the baked goods? I had to make several trips back to confirm that they’re excellent. A pumpkin bread pudding was perfectly moist and was topped with a lovely surprise—peanut butter chips. Tried the fat-free oatcake and it tasted delicious and not at all like the cardboard-y fat free stuff I’m accustomed to.

I think I spent all my commission for this story on trips to this place, if that tells you anything. Next time I’m going for lunch to check out the sandwiches and soups and other little culinary delights. I just couldn’t afford a third trip this week…

Coffee Talk is at 3601 Wai’alae Ave, Kaimuki – (808) 737-7444


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Oahu’s Best Java: Coffee Talk In Kaimuki

Posted in Food & Dining on December 9th, 2008

Every coffee shop should smell and look like Coffee Talk. When you walk in the door of this roomy Kaimuki joint, it smells like coffee, sure, but with an undercurrent of toasting bread and baking sweets. A real coffee hangout needs to hit all the gluttonous vices and I’m always disappointed when a coffee spot only serves beverages and a tiny little case of sweets.

First–the coffee was great. No, more than great, it was fan-friggin-tastic. In the winter I like my flavored drinks, and the pumpkin pie latte was perfect. Spicy, but not cloyingly sweet. My friend got a toasted marshmallow hot cocoa that was so authentic that if they used a syrup you can slap my face and call me Bessie.

The regular brew was good too, not over-roasted and perfectly smooth. On a subsequent trip, I went completely off-course and tried a lychee iced tea, and although the green tea base was a little strong, once the ice melted it was just divine.

And the baked goods? I had to make several trips back to confirm that they’re excellent. A pumpkin bread pudding was perfectly moist and was topped with a lovely surprise—peanut butter chips. Tried the fat-free oatcake and it tasted delicious and not at all like the cardboard-y fat free stuff I’m accustomed to.

I think I spent all my commission for this story on trips to this place, if that tells you anything. Next time I’m going for lunch to check out the sandwiches and soups and other little culinary delights. I just couldn’t afford a third trip this week…

Coffee Talk is at 3601 Wai’alae Ave, Kaimuki – (808) 737-7444


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Oahu’s Best Java: Coffee Talk In Kaimuki

Posted in Food & Dining on December 9th, 2008

Every coffee shop should smell and look like Coffee Talk. When you walk in the door of this roomy Kaimuki joint, it smells like coffee, sure, but with an undercurrent of toasting bread and baking sweets. A real coffee hangout needs to hit all the gluttonous vices and I’m always disappointed when a coffee spot only serves beverages and a tiny little case of sweets.

First–the coffee was great. No, more than great, it was fan-friggin-tastic. In the winter I like my flavored drinks, and the pumpkin pie latte was perfect. Spicy, but not cloyingly sweet. My friend got a toasted marshmallow hot cocoa that was so authentic that if they used a syrup you can slap my face and call me Bessie.

The regular brew was good too, not over-roasted and perfectly smooth. On a subsequent trip, I went completely off-course and tried a lychee iced tea, and although the green tea base was a little strong, once the ice melted it was just divine.

And the baked goods? I had to make several trips back to confirm that they’re excellent. A pumpkin bread pudding was perfectly moist and was topped with a lovely surprise—peanut butter chips. Tried the fat-free oatcake and it tasted delicious and not at all like the cardboard-y fat free stuff I’m accustomed to.

I think I spent all my commission for this story on trips to this place, if that tells you anything. Next time I’m going for lunch to check out the sandwiches and soups and other little culinary delights. I just couldn’t afford a third trip this week…

Coffee Talk is at 3601 Wai’alae Ave, Kaimuki – (808) 737-7444


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Drink Away Black Friday Blues at Oahu Wine Shop

Posted in Food & Dining on November 26th, 2008

If you’re anything like me, the happy coma inspired by Thanksgiving is interrupted by nightmares. Specifically, nightmares of the Christmas shopping I’ll be forced to do the next day. The crowds! The footlong Christmas list! The traffic!

Take the edge off Friday’s frazzled nerves with a nice glass of wine. Or two. Maybe buy a bottle.

Wine By Numbers in Waipio Gentry is having a special all day wine tasting on Black Friday that includes a range of reds, whites and (gasp!) a tequila. Hooray for the hard stuff!

Owners Dawn and Clint Gomes’ swank little store is a nice antidote to the snooty small wine shops you may have wandered into in the past. Each wine is rated on a numerical scale between one and six by taste profile. A one is “bone dry” and a six is “nectar sweet.” I’m a two. My sister is a five, “very sweet and very fruity.” That is NOT a commentary on her mental state.

Knowing my number makes it easy to try new wines without fear. Plus, the Wine by Numbers staff is very helpful and approachable, so they’ll guide you to something you’ll like, in a reasonable price range.

The shop has tastings every Friday and Saturday so don’t fret if you miss this one. The one I attended was like an episode of Cheers. Regular customers joked with the owners and commented on my wine selections, recommending some of their favorites. I spent an hour, no joke.

So get out there and shop. Then have a little nip. You deserve it!

Wine by Numbers, 94-1235 Ka Uka Blvd., Unit B, Waipahuwww.winebynumbers.com
Open Saturday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays until 7p.m.


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Drink Away Black Friday Blues at Oahu Wine Shop

Posted in Food & Dining on November 26th, 2008

If you’re anything like me, the happy coma inspired by Thanksgiving is interrupted by nightmares. Specifically, nightmares of the Christmas shopping I’ll be forced to do the next day. The crowds! The footlong Christmas list! The traffic!

Take the edge off Friday’s frazzled nerves with a nice glass of wine. Or two. Maybe buy a bottle.

Wine By Numbers in Waipio Gentry is having a special all day wine tasting on Black Friday that includes a range of reds, whites and (gasp!) a tequila. Hooray for the hard stuff!

Owners Dawn and Clint Gomes’ swank little store is a nice antidote to the snooty small wine shops you may have wandered into in the past. Each wine is rated on a numerical scale between one and six by taste profile. A one is “bone dry” and a six is “nectar sweet.” I’m a two. My sister is a five, “very sweet and very fruity.” That is NOT a commentary on her mental state.

Knowing my number makes it easy to try new wines without fear. Plus, the Wine by Numbers staff is very helpful and approachable, so they’ll guide you to something you’ll like, in a reasonable price range.

The shop has tastings every Friday and Saturday so don’t fret if you miss this one. The one I attended was like an episode of Cheers. Regular customers joked with the owners and commented on my wine selections, recommending some of their favorites. I spent an hour, no joke.

So get out there and shop. Then have a little nip. You deserve it!

Wine by Numbers, 94-1235 Ka Uka Blvd., Unit B, Waipahuwww.winebynumbers.com
Open Saturday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays until 7p.m.


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