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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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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Cheap Eats: Maui Mike’s Chicken Will Make You Crow

Posted in Food & Dining on November 21st, 2008

The best food happens in the most unlikely of places. Take Maui Mike’s roast chicken, for example. I’ll drive all the way to the tiny central Oahu town of Wahiawa for no reason other than the promise of moist chicken and the best french fries in Hawaii.

What makes this place so ono is its simplicity: every item on the tiny menu is done up perfectly. You’ve got roast chicken with a choice of sides and six dipping sauces, plus two sandwiches—a barbeque bacon melt and a honey mustard and cheese—great for the dine-and-dash crowd from nearby Schofield Barracks. And there’s nothing over $10, and even a ten spot literally buys you the whole chicken.

I always take a number and sit down so I can eat with my hands. I can’t miss out on that skin, which is rubbed with spices and served perfectly—crisp but not too crisp. It’s so good I can’t stop myself from sucking on bones and licking my fingers in public.

Get the half or quarter chicken with fries and the Lava Hot and Honey Mustard dipping sauces (you get a choice of two with each order). Although the dipping sauces rock, the chicken is so moist you’ll probably forget to use it while you’re diving in.

Cooler still is the Maui Mike’s vibe. It’s a tiny place, always packed. They have only a few bench tables so you’ll most likely enjoy your lunch alongside perfect strangers. It’s chicken and Aloha. Who can complain?

Check out Maui Mike’s at 96 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa or visit www.mauimikes.com


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Cheap Eats: Maui Mike’s Chicken Will Make You Crow

Posted in Food & Dining on November 21st, 2008

The best food happens in the most unlikely of places. Take Maui Mike’s roast chicken, for example. I’ll drive all the way to the tiny central Oahu town of Wahiawa for no reason other than the promise of moist chicken and the best french fries in Hawaii.

What makes this place so ono is its simplicity: every item on the tiny menu is done up perfectly. You’ve got roast chicken with a choice of sides and six dipping sauces, plus two sandwiches—a barbeque bacon melt and a honey mustard and cheese—great for the dine-and-dash crowd from nearby Schofield Barracks. And there’s nothing over $10, and even a ten spot literally buys you the whole chicken.

I always take a number and sit down so I can eat with my hands. I can’t miss out on that skin, which is rubbed with spices and served perfectly—crisp but not too crisp. It’s so good I can’t stop myself from sucking on bones and licking my fingers in public.

Get the half or quarter chicken with fries and the Lava Hot and Honey Mustard dipping sauces (you get a choice of two with each order). Although the dipping sauces rock, the chicken is so moist you’ll probably forget to use it while you’re diving in.

Cooler still is the Maui Mike’s vibe. It’s a tiny place, always packed. They have only a few bench tables so you’ll most likely enjoy your lunch alongside perfect strangers. It’s chicken and Aloha. Who can complain?

Check out Maui Mike’s at 96 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa or visit www.mauimikes.com


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