About Malia Y
Lives in honolulu, HI
Since Apr. 2010
35-49 year old female
I've travelled through 38 countries on six continents, but Hawaii will always be home. I was born and raised on Maui, so you'll often find me shopping at the farmers market there or scoping out the latest Honolulu restaurant or bar opening. When I travel, I'm always up for a food mission - whether seeking out a snake dinner in Hanoi, a swanky closed door asado dinner in Buenos Aires, or the perfect roast chicken in Paris. I love to find out where the locals go for the best anticuchos in Cusco, the best cocktails in Portland, or the spiciest curry in Chiang Mai. Learning about people and cultures through sharing a meal is my favorite way to experience the world. I try to travel slowly to really get a feel for things to do and see beyond the tradition touristic sights. I recently spent five months in South America doing just that. Whether I'm at home in Hawaii or tasting my way through the world one salty-sweet adventure at a time, you can follow along at www.ShoyuSugar.com.
Gift & Speciality Shops
The Pig and the Lady is a family-run operation focusing on elevating Vietnamese street food. This brick and mortar location in Chinatown has a loyal following for good reason: The menu changes based on what's seasonal, there is a fantastic cocktail bar, and even a dessert bar!
Fans of Top Chef will remember Lee Anne Wong from the show's first season. In 2013, she delighted Honolulu foodies by relocating to Oahu and opening Koko Head Cafe in Kaimuki — now one of the island's most popular options for brunch.
'Best shrimp truck' is a hotly debated category among Oahu residents, but Giovanni's is one of the top contenders. Two locations serve up their popular shrimp plate lunches, but I prefer the original truck, located in Kahuku on the island's beautiful northern coast. For me, it's worth the one hour drive and the 30 minute wait when I take that first garlicky bite of shrimp scampi!
Another popular debate among locals is where to get your fix of shave ice — the best way to cool down on a hot day in Hawaii and a must-try while you are in the islands. While there is inevitably a line out the door at Matsumoto, it moves rather quickly, so be sure to have your order ready!
For those in search of a fine dining experience for a special occasion (including the President and First Lady), Vintage Cave really puts Honolulu on the fine dining map as a food destination.
The seafood at Nico's is literally the freshest that you'll find on Oahu because it's located at Pier 38, just steps away from the island's fish market. Every morning, Nico and his chefs pick out the best of the day's catch and create a menu to match. Casual and seat-yourself for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant switches to table service — often with live music — in the evenings, when the bar fills up with a pau hana crowd.
The largest farmers market on the island is popular for good reason. It's worth it to push through the crowds for the variety of fresh veggies, tropical fruits, value added products to take home, and prepared foods from vendors from all over the island.
Tamura's is a local favorite with a wide selection of wine, beer and spirits, plus locations throughout the islands. But the real reason to come to Tamura's is the fresh poke counter.
With a perfect location right on Waikiki beach under the shade of the kiawe trees, here at this Halekulani Hotel venue you can grab a cocktail and listen to live music as the sun sinks into the water. Heavenly!