Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mission Street Honolulu Popup

I know it was more than three months ago, but I did have to digest it!

Between the worlds of farmers' markets and popup dinners in Honolulu, we have met some fantastic people and crazy chefs. When we sat down to the Mission Street Food dinner, we were soon joined by more than half a dozen of those regulars. If they weren't in the kitchen, they were at our table!

Here's what we ate:

Pickled Mussels, Guacamole
Yellowtail tuna
Fried Chicken,Watermelon, Fromage Ranch
Pork Belly, Lentils
Braised Beef Cheek, Burrata
Sauterne Shave Ice with Honeydew Cream

How was it? Great food and companions, good wine. My favorites were the yellowtail, the salad with watermelon and the dessert. Ted's favorites were the pork belly and beef cheek. One of our friends said the food was more like Commonwealth than Mission Street Chinese. The Mission Street empire now includes Mission Bowling Club and Mission Street Chinese NY. I went because I'm not sure when I can get to any of those places.

Here's my review of their book, Mission Street Food, by Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz. It's irreverent, amusing, full of recipes and insights. And their philosophy of giving back.

20% of each dinner went to a local Hawaii charity, GreenWheel Food Hub, an initiative which is working on getting electronic food stamps into farmers' markets. A worthy cause.