Wednesday, January 5, 2011
New Year, DFS style
Nadine Kam photos
Morimoto's offering was foie gras chawanmushi with wasabi. It was so good I considered going back for seconds.
DFS Galleria Waikiki hosted its inaugural Aloha Nights block party on Kalakaua Avenue on Jan. 3, and brought in some major names to feed those who stopped to hear Jake Shimabukuro, Keola Beamer and Raiatea Helm perform, catch a glimpse of
Japanese TV personality IKKO, or check out what's inside the galleria, including the largest cosmetics department on the island.
The community thank-you party also celebrated the launch of The Vault Collection presented by DFS. The collection showcases rare and exceptional products that have never been seen in Hawaii, and is being shown by appointment only, through DFS Platinum Services Club at 931-2820.
The collection includes rare time pieces, exotic leather handbags from Chloe, Celine, Salvatore Ferragamo and more, as well as Bvlgari Sapphire Flower Collection jewelry Van Cleef & Arpels Snowflake floweret diamond necklace.
But a majority of those milling around Kalakaua were more in a more primal mode, figuring out what was for dinner at booths manned by Alan Wong's, Azure, Chai's Island Bistro, The Beachhouse at the Moana, Kai Market at the Sheraton, Morimoto's, Nobu, Roy's Waikiki, and Wolfgang's Steakhouse, which was serving a hamburger slider with chips for $5. There was a lot of beef all around, so I was hoping Wolfgang's would be offering their thick slabs of bacon or crab cakes.
As for how primal? Well, it just goes to show that locals know how to behave and keep a natural flow going at street fairs, by studying the signs from a distance so as not to get anyone's way, ordering quickly and moving aside to get out of the next person's way. But tourists came darting in at every direction, standing right at the table to study the signs for unduly long intervals, and there were a lot of Japanese tourists getting shoved by their larger Western counterparts.
The food was great though, and if DFS brings this back next year, maybe more locals will attend to show these tourists how it's done!