Monday, October 5th, 2015


When you are nestled in the belly of the concrete jungle, Honolulu, it’s hard to find an authentic Mexicatessen. Right in the hustle and bustle of King Street is a little spot called Zaratez Tacos. There are many imitation Mexicatessens in town but Zaratez is authentic. The scent of green and red salsa being prepared peppers your nose while your tortilla grills right next to you. The red and green salsa’s are good enough to make you sweat. Paul Zaratez, the owner, started humbly. Paul says, “I used to sell my burritos out of a cooler to my friends at their work”. It’s hard to find a comparable carne asada this side of Mexico City, the savory taste of the meat blends and tantalizes your tastebuds making you crave more. Zaratez Tacos has been around for five years now and has been spicing things up at their current address on 1273 S King St for two years. If you plan on coming to this homely little restaurant during the lunch hours be prepared to wait.







Tacos Zaratez
1273 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96814
M/Sat 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
T – Fri 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
PH: (808) 348-0715




Monday, August 23rd, 2010

These days, there seems to be a heavy influx of lunch wagons opening up all over the island. Sadly, the majority of them are unoriginal, uninspiring steak plate trucks. There’s so many popping up all over that it really is pretty overwhelming, to the point where one would grow tiresome of steaks at just the mere sight of one of these trucks. Luckily there are individuals out there that are more forward thinking with instant eateries. Enter Leroy’s T.A.S.T.E. (Tasty Asian Style Taco Eatery) lunch wagon located on the corner of McCully & Beretania. T.A.S.T.E. has been open for about a month now, serving up original taco recipes with original sauces (the wasabi dressing is a winner!). One of the highlights is the char siu avocado teri taco made with homemade char siu. Check out a photo of the menu for what they have to offer. Make sure your entire palate is clean and you have some time to spare; patience is a virtue, but the mouth-watering wait is well worth it! They’re open M – F and every other Saturday, between 11 AM – 2 PM.


Friday, July 30th, 2010

Finding a great, locally owned diner in a myriad of mediocre ones scattered across the island is far and thin; finding one where you’re welcomed with open arms and evokes a warm, family-type environment where the owners remember your name is much more scarce. Luckily, you can find one of the latter right down the street from University of Hawai’i: Spot’s Inn. Previously located on Dillingham Blvd., they are now situated on the reinvigorated strip of Puck’s Alley. Spot’s (fittingly named after owner Seiko’s spotted dalmation) serves up everything from freshly-made sushi, bentos and amazing sandwiches (you have to try the Crab & Bacon on grilled bread!) to comfort foods like spaghetti, loco moco and chicken katsu plates. The best part? The prices are unbeatable, even for the most malnourished pockets.



Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


Located on South King Street, just a few blocks up from the Moilili post office is a small, locally owned and operated business called Honey Glazed Hams Of Hawaii which many locals and critics alike agree make what is considered the best holiday hams on the island, bar-none. Every holiday, during the beginning of November to the beginning of January, Honey Glazed Hams prepare & sell their infamous holiday hams which is already spirally around the bone, making for an easy and ready-to-go Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. During the peak holiday season, you can order two weeks in advance, however, ordering in advance or not, it is normal to find yourself in a line that stretches out the door. Pretty insane! During the off-peak seasons, many don’t know that their doors are still open and serving an onolicious prime honey glazed ham sandwich and a mean Portuguese bean soup. I can attest to this, having gone here for more than three years.

Honey Glazed Hams Of Hawaii is located at:
2758 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 943-0040
Hours: Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm



Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


We had the chance to do a little lurking on the set of local movie production “One Kine Day” and even snuck in a quick Q and A with local director Chuck Mitsui from 808 Skate fame. I must say the set was very impressive and Chuck seemed to be running a very tight ship. After enjoying lunch with the director and Lady Zana we sat in on a few live rehearsals and got to see everyone’s favorite gaffer Lukas get busy. Haolewood Productions Stay Up.!! Stay tuned for the official trailer.



Thursday, July 23rd, 2009


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Being that we live in what is considered one of the greatest and most beautiful places to reside in, why not take advantage of the attractive scenery that surrounds us? And by that, we don’t mean hopping on The Bus or riding around in your car, after all, we’re all going green, aren’t we? Instead, head over to Ecowheels and take a look at the many different eco-friendly bicycles they have. You’ll kill two birds with one stone: by helping to save our environment as well as being able to enjoy the full scenery, cool breezing at the same time. Ecowheels, run and operated by Eric Arii offers a variety of electric-powered bicycles, in all shapes and sizes. You have your choice of lithium-ion or lead acid battery powered and each bike offers “pedal assist mode that takes the sweat out of riding a normal bike.”

For a test ride, you can contact Eric any day of the week (between 8 AM – 9 PM). Phone number: (808) 780-5114.



Thursday, July 2nd, 2009


Al’s Tinting Inc. has been locally owned and operated by Al Tod since 1998. What began as a simple automotive tint shop has grown into a full fledged tint warehouse that now provides both commercial and residential tint applications. Al’s Tinting is also known for their highly detailed custom designs, everything from Louie Vuitton to Metal Mullisha to all over Fitted crest wraps. Being the hands on kind of guy that Al is, expect to see him in the shop getting his hands dirty on at least 90% of the jobs. Staying true to his skateboarding roots, Al’s Tinting employs some of the best skateboarders from Hawaii both past and present. So if you are in the market for any type of tint needs, please give Al a call at 808.484.5093 and tell him FITTED sent you.



Wednesday, May 27th, 2009


Hamuras is a local and visitor’s favorite on the saimin circuit. From the front door, open kitchen to the community style seating, this place does not lack your typical hole-in-the-wall attributes, they’re star quality with a dense dosage of authenticity. It starts off from Aunty selecting the bowl to go with what you ordered, then you tell her if you want side-orders of BBQ beef, chicken or shrimp. Nothing is written down which is crazy ’cause I was wondering how she forgot my shrimp order, but she remembered to charge me for it. Haha. As far as taste-bud fulfillment: Super Ono! Side of hot mustard & shoyu for my large special. The fam added some Diamond Head soda. Game over. if you’re ever on Kaua’i and have a chance to find this Lihue staple, you will definitely not be disappointed. “Hamura’s was awarded [2006] the James Beard Award for the most authentic ethnic food in the United States.” (via Trip Advisor)



Friday, May 8th, 2009


The Waikane store has been in business and flourishing for nearly 110 years, and still going strong. A part of their house was actually converted into a store front, which makes it all the more unique, and local. Little spots like this make my mouth water every time I think of it. Driving on the Eastside (Beastside) is a beautiful thing. But to know the spots, one has to grow up around it. You might have passed this 1000 times on the long drive to the North Shore. But if you want some unreal pupu’s (snacks), you gotta stop by and scoop some of their infamous mochiko chicken and sushi (famous in these parts). Add some shrimp fritters, game over! If you’re with the kids, pick up a couple grab bags (liquor store specials), candy, li hing mui or Diamond Head soda (classics).

Please visit this link for more info.



Wednesday, April 29th, 2009