Take a Bite: New summer menu at Bernini
BY NADINE KAM / email@example.com
Ever wonder why you’re less hungry during summer?
Chalk it up to the thermic effect of food. The body’s reaction to heat is identical to its response to fever.
Years ago, I interviewed nutrition consultant Dr. Joannie Dobbs, who said, “When you have a fever, you don’t feel like eating because the body is doing what it can to keep your temperature down.”
Blood is directed to the stomach and digestive area as you eat, so the body is not able to radiate heat.
“When you eat, your metabolism increases and the body has to work harder to get rid of the excess heat,” she said. To regulate body temperature, appetite is suppressed.
On a cellular level, the body knows what it needs to cool down, but we don’t always cooperate.
Sometimes you need someone to do the meal planning for you, and at Bernini Honolulu, chef Kengo Matsumoto has done that with a summer menu that offers a lighter approach to Italian cuisine.
The full regular menu is also available, but here are the a la carte summer additions.
Bernini Honolulu is at 1218 Waimanu St. (on the left if heading in the direction toward the parking ramp to Ala Moana). Open 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Call (808) 591-8400.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.