Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii’

Favorite Gangnam Style Videos

Posted: September 11, 2012 by Nathan Kam in Random Raves & Rants
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks, you know that Korean rapper PSY and his “Gangnam Style” has been sweeping the nation globe. It’s also swept into the Kam family household with a relentless grip that just won’t let go. Ensen and Avery love it. I can’t get enough of it. Why? I really don’t know and I have no idea what the guy is rapping about. But being half Korean myself, the catchy beat, ridiculous horse dance (which we’re trying to perfect) and humorous video all likely have something to do with it. And based on the more than 140 million views of the original video on YouTube below, I’m obviously not the only one.

The only one in the family that hasn’t been bitten by the bug is Kelly. But I’m intent on changing that. How? By finding more and more crazy and creative remixes of the song on YouTube. Here’s a few of our favorites at the moment. Bet you can’t watch just one! ;-) Please share yours in the comments below.

Pretty entertaining Hawaii parody…

And another Hawaii version…

A more “girly” version which Avery likes…

One for all the Oregon Ducks fans out there…

For the headbanger in me…and you…

Okay, this one is hilarious…”English language” version…and don’t be alarmed by the name of the video…it’s quite innocent…

And finally, a baby gangnam style…

Hope you enjoyed these as much as we do. Now don’t forget to comment with your favorite videos and links.



Honestly, I’m not counting on anyone ever buying a print out of my gallery, but hey, you never know who might desire pictures of Hawaii, delicious food, average gardening, and fat cats adorning their walls. I must say though that I love the idea of being able to turn Instagram photos into pieces of art with the click of a button. And there are some incredible galleries out there with killer images by Zak Noyle, Tino Valdez, and many others. BTW, if you happen to come across a great Metallica gallery, please do let me know. \m/

Photo courtesy of PRIMA Hawaii

A part of my job in travel public relations I enjoy is the ability to bring the excitement of Hawaii to cities across North America. This month, my client the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is supporting one of Oahu’s hottest and newest restaurants, PRIMA, which is “popping up” at Iorio restaurant on Monday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m.. It’s a great opportunity to bring a new taste of Hawaii to Portland and share the story of the exciting culinary evolution taking place in the Hawaiian Islands.

Rising star chefs and co-owners Lindsey Ozawa and Alejandro “Aker” Briceno, along with chef de cuisine Kevin Lee, of PRIMA will offer an eight-course modern American menu honoring Hawaii’s ethic diversity, while featuring handmade pasta and creative preparations using the freshest fish, beef, and produce from the Aloha State and Portland area. This is the first time Iorio owners Chris Thompson and Hilary Benson are opening up their establishment for such an event. The menu (subject to change) looks like this:

Smoked Fish
Avocado Puree, Heart of Palm, Purslane, Olive Oil

Coppa di Testa “Adobo”
Green Mango, Peanut, Radish, Patis, and “Fried Rice”

Oregon Mushroom, Snow Peas, Hijiki, Bamboo Shoot, Hijiki, foie gras butter

“Panang” Curry Clams and Dungeness Crab
Dried Shrimp, Potato, Lime, Chili, Ikan Bilis

Venison Sausage
Celery root puree, Mango Mostarda, Brussel Sprouts

Ricotta Mousse, Almond Cake Powder, Lime Butter, Financier Chip, Apricot Sorbet


Petit Fours

Chefs Alejandro “Aker” Briceno (far left) and Lindsey Ozawa (far right) of PRIMA celebrate the opening of The Whole Ox Butcher and Deli chef/owner Robert McGee in Kakaako.

The chefs will be joined by Dave Power, owner of The Feral Pig on Kauai and one of Hawaii’s most respected bartenders, who will offer a selection of craft cocktails that will pair nicely with the menu. Power’s “from scratch” approach to cocktails using the freshest local ingredients, homemade bitters, and other creative influences has put him among the elite of Hawaii’s bartending scene.

Dave Power (right) and me exploring Menehune Ditch and Makaweli Poi Factory earlier this year. BTW, this dude’s cocktails are pretty amazing.

Since opening in September 2011, PRIMA quickly asserted itself as one of Oahu’s top restaurants with its casual ambiance, commitment to sourcing the best quality ingredients from Hawaii and around the world, and approachable food that is familiar to the average diner, yet innovative in flavor combinations, technical preparation, and artistic plating that real “foodies” can appreciate. Ozawa and Briceno have cooked in some of the top kitchens across the country, including the award-winning Nobu Waikiki. They are also co-owners of V Lounge, a destination for some of the best kiawe-fired pizzas in Hawaii, and previously operated Melt, a popular food truck serving gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that closed last year. Lee left his position as sous chef at New York’s Dovetail restaurant to join the PRIMA kitchen last year. There’s definitely firepower and talent here.

There will be one-seating only, so space is limited. Cost is $65 per person, plus gratuity. Cocktails and beverages are additional. For reservations, call Iorio at 503-445-4716.

This promises to be a great evening of delicious food and inspiring stories that will have diners leaving with a fresh, new perspective on Hawaii cuisine. I hope to see you there!

PRIMA Hawaii “Pop Up” at Iorio
Monday, August 20, 2012 | 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $65/person, plus gratuity. Cocktails and beverages extra.
912 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 503-445-4716

Now Growing: Broccoli

Posted: August 1, 2012 by Nathan Kam in Home Garden
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It took forever to grow from seed, but there is finally some things that resemble broccoli appearing in our garden.

This is our first attempt at growing the kids favorite vegetable, so I hope to continue seeing more buds show up and getting it to the dinner table.

I’ll keep you posted.

So what the heck does a guy who enjoys pork belly, a good steak, chocolate, and a cold beer know about good health? That’s a legitimate question and one I asked myself as I was invited to join the HONOLULU Family team of bloggers a couple weeks ago. What could I really bring to the table? What could I share that other families would care about? Afterall, I’m not a gym rat, not as athletic as I once was in high school and college, and not nearly as active outdoors as one who lives in Hawaii should be.

But all of that aside, and after consulting Kelly and some friends, I decided to accept the challenge of writing the weekly Good Health blog for the magazine’s website. Why? After really thinking about it, good health has many different meanings. It not only has to do with eating smart and physical activity, but also mental and emotional well-being. All things that we as a young family are dealing with and striving to get better at on a daily basis.

Going back to the original question, “what the heck do I know about good health?” Well, you’ll have to read along each week to find out. I’ll be sharing personal stories and experiences about our home garden, eating sensibly, keeping the kids (and ourselves) active and mentally stimulated, and practicing good hygiene to name a few things. I’ll also be reaching out to family and friends and interviewing them about their tips and best practices for all things related to good health.

Needless to say, I’m excited and humbled to have this opportunity. But even more excited for the chance to learn from others along the way on this journey. I appreciate your honest feedback offline, comments online, and support!

Here we go!

“Dad, my favorite tonight was the spaghetti…it was so delicious!,” exclaimed Ensen, my 5-year-old son, following our family dinner at PRIMA in Kailua this past Friday. This statement came after he devoured two slices of heavenly prosciutto rucola pizza which I thought for sure was going to be his choice of the night. But I should have anticipated this answer since he ate close to half the bowl himself. And after having this twice now at PRIMA, I don’t blame him. It’s one of my favorite dishes on the menu.

Why? For one, porky guanciale never hurts to be included in any dish as far as I’m concerned. But the perfectly cooked pasta tossed in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce with a little red onions and guanciale (did I already mention this?) is the kind of dish that wraps its arms…err…noodles around you and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s “broke da mout,” elevated Italian comfort food with a local twist that one can enjoy in a casual setting while wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and slippers. A great neighborhood spot for a quality meal where you can bring the kids (our 2-year-old Avery enjoyed as well) and have a great experience.

Built by chefs/owners Alejandro “Aker” Briceno and Lindsey Ozawa, PRIMA has been getting a lot of well deserved attention since it opened last September. Yes, they source most of their ingredients locally. Yes, they take pride in working with local farmers and ranchers. But the main priority of the team, including Chef de Cuisine Kevin Lee, is putting delicious, creative, and well-executed food on the table for customers to enjoy. And they do that exceptionally well with handmade pastas and ravioli, arguably the best kiawed fire pizzas on on the island, via their treatment of vegetables like Brussels spouts and broccoli, and what I consider “mad-scientist” approach to their flavors of sorbetto and gelato. Here’s a few other dishes from our meal that night.

Tandoori Pear – yogurt, grapefruit, cilantro, mint

Spicy Poke Bowl Soup – congee, spicy ahi and tako

Monchong – local vegetables

Roasted Brocolli - prosciutto, bordelaise

So, the next time you’re in Kailua town, consider stopping at PRIMA Kailua for dinner. They’re located in the strip mall off Hekili Street that’s also home to Big City Diner, Foodland, and Baskin-Robbins. As their website suggests, it is quite “A Dining Experience!”

108 Hekili Street, #108 (next to Baskin-Robbins)
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 808-888-8933
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 5-10 p.m.
Follow them on Twitter and Facebook
Make reservations on OpenTable 


Happy Friday the 13th. May today be less scary than the day our family encountered this situation in the old Don Quijote in Kailua a couple years ago. Simply terrifying!

Remember kids (and mature adults) don’t do crack in private and especially not in public.

Have a great day!

If you’re a sucker for boiled peanuts like I am, then you’ll love the giant, juicy, and flavorful ones from Patty’s Peanuts. I discovered them by chance after we moved to Pearl City and visited the Momilani Farmers Market (at Momilani Community Center on Fridays from 3-7 p.m.). I bought a couple of bags of the giant sized boiled peanuts (she also sells the regular size, dried and soy beans in various flavors) for $5 each. As soon as she handed them to me, I could smell a strong aroma of star anise permeating the bag and it was evident these things were gonna be juicy.

We dove into a bag as soon as we got home. As I cracked open a shell, the cooking juice came running out and in front of me were three perfectly cooked, succulent, and incredibly delicious peanuts ready to be devoured. It was a pretty memorable first bite. The peanut as a slight crunch and a salty, anise flavor just as I had anticipated. It paired perfectly with my cold beer.

If you have a chance to get some of Patty’s Nuts and Beans, I highly recommend it. A quick search on Google revealed no other information about the business or other locations which she sells these delicious legumes. Best bet is to call the number in the photo below or come on down to the Momilani Farmers Market held every Friday.