Quick Bites: Quality coffee at bank center

Feb. 17, 2012 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Head barista Rowlinson "Row" Aczon, head barista of Cafe Central Honolulu in the First Hawaiian Center lobby, created this intricate art atop a cafe latte. --Courtesy Cafe Central Honolulu

Head barista Rowlinson "Row" Aczon, head barista of Cafe Central Honolulu in the First Hawaiian Center lobby, created this intricate art atop a cafe latte. --Courtesy Cafe Central Honolulu

GOURMET COFFEE: Cafe Central Honolulu is now open in the lobby of the First Hawaiian Center at 999 Bishop St., offering gourmet specialty coffee. When you enter, head for the center corridor.

Choose from a Cafe Central house blend, regional coffee of the day or gourmet espresso drinks including a machiatto, americano or cafe latte, and cafe mocha.

The coffee beans come from Kona Coffee Purveyors and are roasted fresh twice a week. Espresso is brewed with a La Marzoco “Strada” machine. You can also choose a French press or “pour over.”

Blended iced-coffee drinks, assorted pastries, acai bowls and a few signature sandwiches (from Fendu Boulangerie) are also available, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Follow the cafe on Twitter @CafeCentral999 or visit its Facebook page for updates.

FREE PANCAKES: IHOP will celebrate National Pancake Day by offering a free short stack of its buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 28. Guests are welcome to make a voluntary donation ($5 or at least what they would have paid for the pancakes) to the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network.

This is the seventh year IHOP has celebrated National Pancake Day. IHOP’s goal is to raise $2.7 million for the Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities this year.

IHOP has five locations in Hawaii: two in Waikiki, one in Pearl City, one at Windward Mall and one at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo. Visit www.ihophawaii.com.

FOR THE HONEYBEES: Throughout February, 12th Ave Grill is supporting honeybees with “Derived from the Hive” bar cocktails and culinary specials. A portion of proceeds from each special will be donated to the University of Hilo’s Adopt-a-Beehive program as well as the Honeybee Project at the University of Manoa.

Cocktails celebrating bees include the Bees Knees (fresh-squeezed lemon and orange juice, gin, Manoa honey simple syrup with a twist) and the Fresh Citrus Manoa Honey Daiquiri (Meyer lemon, lime and orange juice, Cointreau and white rum).

And look for savory and sweet plates inspired by local honey, fruits, veggies and blossoms, as well as a prix fixe dinner on Feb. 27. The dinner starts with an introduction to honey tasting, followed by three courses of bee-inspired dishes paired with Samuel Smith’s cider, lager and ale. Cost is $55 plus tax and tip. Two-hour seatings start at 6 p.m.

Visit 12thavegrill.com.

NEXT-GENERATION CHEF: Alan Wong’s Next Generation Dinner, with a menu by chef de partie Hongsoeb Kim, will feature Korean flavors combined with Hawaii Regional Cuisine.

Kim, originally from Seoul, wants to show diners that Korean cuisine is about more than just kalbi and meat jun. The menu includes a white kim chee summer roll, butter-poached Kona cold lobster with seafood mandoo, coconut-crusted onaga jun and Maui Cattle Co. beef tenderloin with forbidden rice.

Dessert by pastry cook Jasmine Quibilan is a makkoli granite with yogurt sorbet and fresh fruits.

The Next Generation Dinner is offered 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday at Alan Wong’s Honolulu, at $75 per person ($105 with wine). Call 949-2526 to make reservations.

— Compiled by Nina Wu. Email “quickbites” news to nwu@staradvertiser.com.

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