Alan’s Café

I’ve been at 909 for 6 years now, but have hardly been on the balcony at all. I guess it’s because of my fear of heights. I get the same view from the living room without having to go outside. Today I finally added some patio furniture.

Found this French Bistro set on Amazon for $130. I used the one-month free trial of Amazon Prime for the free shipping. Now I feel like I’ve added an extra room to my tiny condo.

This new space will be great for a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or a good book. Welcome to the grand opening of Alan’s Ca.

Open all night….

Mon Café

I love coffee. But I really love cafés.

From Paris….

To Beijing….

To Kalihi.

I just enjoy being in this kinda space. I feel at ease and “at home.”

So much so, that it’s always been my intention to give my condo a café vibe.

So welcome to mon café.

I don’t cook (too often,) but at least I know how to make a cuppa joe.

So grab a Starbucks City Mug….

or one from my favorite local cafés.

and pour yourself a cup of coffee or a glass of lemon-cucumber water. The Wi-Fi is free….

“More Than Just A Cup”

I go on a “holoholo” excursion twice a year (on my birthday and at the end of the year.) Today, I went to the Surfers Coffee Bar in Wahiawa. It’s run by Surfing the Nations, a non-profit, humanitarian organization.

I picked up Brian, and we met up with Tom Bauer, the STN founder. He is truly an amazing person. He shared the vision of STN and entertained us with incredible stories.

He gave us a tour of the facility and the offices, where 75 interns volunteer from around the world.

We then went into the Surfers Coffee Bar to talk story.

Tom was so kind to treat us to coffee. I had the Macadamia Latté. It was awesome.

The coffee bar is an inspired space with surf art covering the walls. The staff was extremely nice. I truly enjoyed my time here.

Can’t wait to come back again soon.
We ended the holoholo with ramen at Santouka.

It was a blessing to meet Tom & his staff. Yes, it was far more than just a cup….

Wishful Thinking….

This is the corner of my building, 909 Kapiolani. The space downstairs has been vacant for the two years that I’ve been here. This is due to the economy (and our association’s mismanagement of the parking.) The location is perfect, being directly across the street from the Blaisdell Arena. Here’s my wish for this space….

We could have an incredibly, amazing sidewalk café like the ones you find in Paris. Shucks, I would be happy with a Starbucks. I wish….

Cool New Find….

….in my neighborhood! I found this place by accident. I was filling gas at the Shell on Ward Ave. one afternoon. While pulling out, there was too much traffic on Queen to turn left, so I took a right. A few blocks down, I came across this cafe on the left side.

It’s called Fresh Cafe. I went home and Googled it. Their website is They have the coolest concept….

“Founded in July of 2009, Fresh Cafe was born into the hip and up and coming industrial district of Kaka’ako. Fresh serves 100% Kona coffee, homemade cookies, bagel sandwiches, soups, salads, breakfast foods, deserts, and locally made product (also available for catering events). Fresh Cafe is a hidden oasis with an eclectic mix of artists, students, musicians, and entrepreneurs who need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Open early mornings and late nights Fresh Cafe has the latest cafe hours in town. Soon to come the in January of 2010 Fresh Cafe will bring to you Fresh To-go Market which will carry all locally made product and feature YumYum Shave Ice. Also in January of 2010 Fresh Cafe brings to you FRESH which is a large warehouse space in back where you will often find live music, art and poetry. FRESH is now booking for innovative promotions or public/private seminars.”

The drawback is the limited seating area (only seven chairs indoors.) There are four outdoor cafe tables. The parking lot is kinda funky too.

But the food is really fresh, and really good. I had the Turkey Pesto Melt on a toasted bagel and the Ginger Wasabi Chicken Salad. It was excellent, and the workers were pretty cool too. This is probably the farthest that I would walk to from my condo. It’s another one of the “good things” about living at 909….