Truth from Dare: Food isn’t my religion

Jan. 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

To some people, food is a religion. Foodies will worship their favorite dish with an homage on Instagram and map out their farmers market visits.

I’ve never been a huge fan of food, but can appreciate the adoration some people have for it. I imagine its how a wine connoisseur feels about a good bottle.

The courtyards at the Honolulu Museum of Art will be packed with party people during "ARTafterDARK" on Friday, June 29. (Star-Advertiser File)

“ARTafterDARK” returns to the Honolulu Museum of Art this wekeend. (Star-Advertiser File)

While I have no problem with people’s affection for ingestion, I do get annoyed when those who have made a change in their diet — like going gluten-free or eating all organic — feel compelled to point out all the faults of the delicious foods you consume. Like religion, people shouldn’t try to force their diet beliefs on others who are perfectly happy.

Speaking of beliefs, tomorrow is the day many Buddhist will head to various temples to ring in the Year of the Horse. On Friday, Jan. 31, I’ll be the heading to “ARTafterDARK” at the Honolulu Museum of Art to celebrate Chinese New Year. I’m looking forward to the event’s return from its two-month hiatus.

This month’s theme is “Qian Li Ma,” which translates as “thousand mile horse.” The festivities will include a kung fu demonstration and lion dance by Au’s Shaolin Arts, live Chinese calligraphy drawing, DJs and a wide variety of Chinese art. “ARTafterDARK” is the perfect pau hana event, as it starts at 6 p.m. and is over by 9 p.m.

Behrouz returns to Honolulu for an appearance at The Republik. (Courtesy photo)

Behrouz returns to Honolulu for an appearance at The Republik. (Courtesy photo)

From the HMA, I’ll pop over to Safehouse at The Republik for “Foundation.” This pop-up party occurs fairly regularly, and this time will feature Behrouz on the decks. The San Francisco dance music vet returns to Honolulu for one night only, so if you’re a fan of real dance beats, don’t sleep on “Foundation” tomorrow night.

The highlight of my weekend will be Dada Life at Podium Raceway Park on Saturday, Feb. 2. I can’t tell you how stoked I am to see them live. They’re known for putting on a ridiculously entertaining show, so when they say they are setting up something called the “DaDa Land Compound” where “anything goes,” I’m sure things are going to get crazy. Expect an amazing experience, complete with tons of lasers, non-stop dance beats and thousands of party people.

After a night like that, I’m grateful the Super Bowl doesn’t start until the Sunday afternoon. I’m not a football fan by any means, but I do love a good Super Bowl party. My game plan is to start at The Fix in Chinatown (it’s near home). They’re showing the game on a huge projection wall, so that will be an added plus.

At halftime, I’ll make my way over to a friend’s house party to get the full effect. And even though I’m not big on food, I definitely plan on enjoying some super unhealthy BBQ eats. I just hope noone bums my trip by preaching about how bad everything is for me.
When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

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