Chocolate Whiskey Enlightenment

by Justin D'Olier on February 23, 2012 | (2) Comments |

Dave Newman, the Bar Manager / Bad-Ass Extraordinaire at Nobu (I believe this is his official title), is too good at his job. By the time I leave Nobu, I’m usually too drunk to remember what new amazing cocktail Dave whipped up, let alone write about it with any type of clarity (“I’m vaguely sure […]

How I Watch Hawaii 5-0

by Justin D'Olier on February 22, 2012 | Comments Off on How I Watch Hawaii 5-0 |

This is an off-shoot of the Drinking through Business School series I call, “Martini Five-0”. The Martini is made with Death’s Door Gin – an American Craft gin with strong citrus and anise notes, Lillet Blanc, and a lemon twist, which perfectly compliments the citrus in the gin. Run the lemon peel around the rime […]

I don’t always analyze fiscal policy, but when I do, I drink Big Swell IPA

by Justin D'Olier on February 15, 2012 | (2) Comments |

During the same vodka event where I asked the NFL’s greatest return man if he takes vodka to the house (answer, “Hell, yeah!”), I ran into two buddies, Danny and Dave, who convinced me to restart Drink with Aloha with the simple logic, “even if you only have time to post pictures of yourself drinking […]

A Frontier Whiskey Man’s Guide to Environmental Conservation

by Justin D'Olier on February 8, 2012 | Comments Off on A Frontier Whiskey Man’s Guide to Environmental Conservation |

You don’t need me to tell you the best thing to do with a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon. (Hint: It starts with D and rhymes with “rink it”). But, after you’ve consumed the bottle of glorious frontier whiskey – yes, it’s called frontier whiskey and yes, it’s ok if that makes you semi-erect thinking about […]

SWAM is so good it makes me want to shop at Waimalu Plaza

by Justin D'Olier on February 3, 2012 | Comments Off on SWAM is so good it makes me want to shop at Waimalu Plaza |

At a glance, there is nothing that would entice you to enter the magical wonderland of Waimalu Plaza. The shopping complex, tucked between Moanalua Road and Kamehameaha Highway in Aiea, is a nondescript series of uniform concrete buildings. It boasts a bizarre mix of retailers ranging from Pink Box, a seductively named Hello Kitty emporium, […]