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Bon Ton Girls reunite at OCC

November 8th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Luncheon host Dr. Thomas Sakoda, and the Bon Ton Girls, clockwise from top right, are Gladys Goka, Peggy Ono, Dorothy Nakama, Lillian Hatae and Jane Lyman.

The Bon Ton Girls continued their annual lunch tradition, meeting at Oahu Country Club Oct. 28. Their friendship dates to the 1930s and ’40s, when they were all employed at downtown Honolulu’s first grand department store, Bon Ton, or its sister store, Bon Marche, until the businesses closed after World War II.

More than simply employees, the women banded together as a social club, picnicking, dating and presenting fashion shows together, and it’s great to see them together again. I somehow became an honorary member after writing a story about the stores’ history and the Bon Ton Girls back in 2008.

Hosting the getogether was Dr. Thomas Sakoda, the son of the stores’ longtime general manager Horace Sakoda.

The women still have healthy appetites. Here’s a little of what was on the table:

Pan-roasted salmon over baby bok choi.

A curry trio served with basmati rice.

A club sandwich, or two!

Grilled turkey breast cobb sandwich.

Lobster sandwich. Not bad, but I’m still looking for Honolulu’s definitive lobster sandwich/roll.

Strawberry Napoleon dessert.

Courtesy Gayle Ozawa
The group shot.

On the plate: ‘Ama’Ama

September 21st, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

The entry to ‘Ama’Ama, Aulani A Disney Resort & Spa’s new contemporary restaurant.

What a treat it was to venture out to out to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, last week. It may have been work, but it felt like a vacation to wander the newly open resort at Ko Olina.

A team of us went out for a first look regarding our respective beats of dining, art, entertainment and travel. By late afternoon, I was starving, having skipped lunch, so a couple of us stayed to check out lunch at the resort’s contemporary restaurant ‘Ama’Ama.

It was a hot lazy day, and so relaxing to look out over the ocean during the late lunch that started at about 2:30 p.m.

Food—just a burger, chicken sandwich and kalua pig buns—took a long time to come out of the kitchen, so by the time we were finished it was 4:30 p.m., which is OK if you’re a tourist and have all the time in the world.

What I really wanted to do was return for dinner, and my review appears in the paper on Sept. 21, 2011. Essentially, the quality’s high, but I couldn’t help thinking it was created to Disney taste, with all the middle-of-the-road sweetness that implies. Here’s the pictorial version.

Stepping through the entryway to a world of relaxation and leisure. Can’t you feel yourself breathing deeper and your shoulders relaxing already?

The room by day.

On the lunch menu, pulled pork, local-style, $14.

A starter of Hamakua mushroom “tart,” really more like an elaborate crostini also topped with arugula, coriander creme fraiche and Parmesan, turned out to be one of the better dishes I tried, at $16.

Head-on grilled jumbo shrimp ($18) was painted with sweet barbecue sauce, too much for my taste, but good for those with a sweet tooth, who like to bury their food in sauce.

This side of souffle potato (I was expecting it to be mashed) was fun. I like potatoes anyway, and these were deep-fried to puff up like balloons. The trick is to eat ‘em while they’re hot without filling up before you’ve touched your entree. (more…)