And that’s exactly what I had been craving for a few days.
Good thing my pal — former Advertiser staffer — wanted to grab food at McCully Shopping Center, which is near his new workplace.
The first place that came to mind was Hot Pot Heaven, a shabu shabu-style restaurant that opened in the strip mall this year.
The concept is the same at other trendy hot-pot spot — think Sweet Home Cafe or Bangkok Shabu Shabu — where you can pick from a variety of flavored broths and dozens of fixings such as vegetables and meats.
The base of most of the broths, however, is chicken, which is slow-cooked daily to pull maximum flavor from the bones and meat. And all of the dipping sauces are homemade.
It’s a great place to take out-of-town guests or a bunch of friends. The food is good, the prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is causal and laid-back.
Here’s what we ate:
Hot Pot Heaven
Hot Pot Heaven, McCully Shopping Center. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. Monday through Sunday; open until midnight Friday and Saturday. Phone: 808-941-1115.
CAT’S GIFT IDEAS
SHOPPING DAYS LEFT: 22
TODAY’S GIFT IDEA: Lightsaber chopsticks from Split Obsession at Ala Moana Center or Koko Marina Center
Tickets to "Cats"
PRICE: $35 to $60 each
THE GIST: The longest running show in Broadway history, "Cats" returns to Hawaii with all of its feline fantastic-ness. Shows run from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2 — and tickets are still available online at www.ticketmaster.com.
THE ADDED BONUS: You can print out tickets from your computer and, viola, instant gift!
BEST FOR: Broadway fanatics, cat lovers and anyone on your list for whom you haven't shopping.
Got a gift idea? Send ’em my way at email@example.com.
Subscribe to Nonstop Honolulu on YouTube »
RECENT BLOG POSTS
What’s normal, anyway?
Cat Chat episode 4: Eats for guests
ASK DR. DISH: Tip the mailman?
Amber-Lynn Hyden’s Top 5
The value in ‘not-to-do’ lists
FUUD: Afternoon tea at the Halekulani
Lots to be thankful for
Cat Chat episode 3: Whine and wine
Good luck at the airports today
Too much bromance?
The great food debate
FUUD: Gulick Delicatessen on King Street
Should Grandma still be driving?
TOP BLOG POSTS