Jo McGarry has been writing about food and wine for more than a decade in Hawaii. Former editor of Gusto Magazine she began working as restaurant specialist for the Honolulu Star Bulletin in 2001 and writing a food column for MidWeek the same year. She is the host of a long running lifestyle radio program, Table Talk, that airs Saturday mornings on KHVH 830 AM from 10 – 11AM. She is the author of The Hawaii Tailgate Cookbook and the 'voice' of tailgating on radio. Visit her website: WineAndDineHawaii.com

Table Talk Archive



2011 Archive

A Small Plate Suggestion For Japengo - December 28, 2011
An Upbeat Attitude At Downbeat Diner - December 21, 2011
A Charming Neighborhood Bistro - December 14, 2011
Selling Sake And All That Goes With It - December 07, 2011
What’s Cookin’ In The Big Green Egg - November 30, 2011
Giving Thanks For Island Restaurants - November 23, 2011
A Very Danish Christmas With Aquavit - November 16, 2011
A Major Falafel Discovery In Waikiki - November 09, 2011
Planning A Stress-free Holiday Season - November 02, 2011
Mexican Coastal Cuisine In Haleiwa - October 26, 2011
Carving Up Some Huge Halloween Fun - October 19, 2011
A Pumpkin Patch Full Of Family Fun - October 12, 2011
Traditional Pastries, Bread And Pizza, Too - October 05, 2011
Nico’s New Thing; Elmer’s Memories - September 28, 2011
Keeping Up With The Times On The Rise - September 21, 2011
Mavro Among Top U.S. French Chefs - September 14, 2011
Food And Wine, Sake And Rice Festivals - September 07, 2011
The All-important Host And The Next Guy - August 31, 2011
The Simple Elegance Of Duc’s Bistro - August 24, 2011
A Well-charted Course For Success - August 17, 2011
Chef Priester Takes Soul On The Road - August 10, 2011
Great Mexican Food On The Move - August 03, 2011
Finding A Homemade Food Fix At Mix - July 27, 2011
A Nod To Fellini, Jazz And Italian Food - July 20, 2011
Batali’s Eataly Is Foodie Heaven In NYC - July 13, 2011
A Kahaluu Luau That Goes Back 80 Years - July 06, 2011
Yataimura Is A Big Hit At Shirokiya - June 29, 2011
Hogging The Limelight In Kaimuki - June 22, 2011
Serving Food That Comes From Here - June 15, 2011
Leaving Roy’s To Upgrade Tiki’s Waikiki - June 08, 2011
Gyu-Kaku A Good Fit At Windward Mall - June 01, 2011
These Local Frozen Treats Pack A Pop - May 25, 2011
Hank’s Lobster Dog Is Doggone Good - May 18, 2011
Making The Perfect Ice Cube At Pier 38 - May 11, 2011
Chef Keith Endo’s Italian Love Affair - May 04, 2011
It’s A Doner Deal On Pauahi Street - April 27, 2011
A Food Legend Visits The Kahala - April 20, 2011
Those Delightful, Handmade Dumplings - April 13, 2011
Enjoying Great Food And Wine For Japan - April 06, 2011
Chef Hardy’s Green Kitchen On Wheels - March 30, 2011
Floating A New Local Menu At Pagoda - March 23, 2011
Showcasing Hawaii’s Food, Fish, Farmers - March 16, 2011
Helping Great Chefs Fight Hunger - March 09, 2011
The Legacy Of Swiss Inn In A Bottle - March 02, 2011
An Italian Trattoria In Waikiki - February 23, 2011
Thai Cuisine With A Twist At Plumeria - February 16, 2011
Discovering Chinatown’s Hidden Treasures - February 09, 2011
Nothing Like The Taste Of Fresh, Local Tofu - February 02, 2011
Leonardo’s A Hit With North Shore Foodies - January 26, 2011
Dining On The Classics At Padovani’s Grill - January 19, 2011
New Chef And New Sushi At Roy’s Hawaii Kai - January 12, 2011
A Passion For Fish Makes Poke Stop A Go - January 05, 2011


2010 Archive

The Cost Of Fish For New Year’s Sashimi - December 29, 2010
Chef Ralf’s Gingerbread Winter Wonderland - December 22, 2010
New Books From Chefs Wong, Ellman - December 15, 2010
A Garden Full Of Custom-blended Teas - December 08, 2010
The Key To Paesano’s Success - December 01, 2010
Feeding The Hungry At The Checkout Counter - November 24, 2010
A Rare Red Label Goes Home To Scotland - November 17, 2010
Getting A TASTE Of Great Lunch Wagon Food - November 03, 2010
Real Filipino Comfort Food - October 27, 2010
Pumpkin Dessert, Ravioli, Festival, Picking - October 20, 2010
A ‘Taste Of The Imperial’ At Orchids Jo - October 13, 2010
All Fired Up Over Kailua’s Uahi Island Grill - October 06, 2010
Cooking With 100 Percent Local Ingredients - September 29, 2010
An Appetizing Ambiance At Windward Mall - September 22, 2010
The Iron Chef Is Set To Open Waikiki Eatery - September 15, 2010
Farming The Egg-cellent Way At Ka Lei - September 01, 2010
Food Pairings,Wine Tasting And Dining Deals - August 25, 2010
Great New Concept — Any Way You Slice It - August 18, 2010
A Cool Experience At The Snow Factory - August 11, 2010
Supersized Meals Mean Supersized Keiki - August 04, 2010
Nishida Brings Side Street To Kapahulu - July 28, 2010
Sweet Home Waimanalo - July 21, 2010
Going To Town With Creative Power Cocktails - July 14, 2010
A New Soup Lover’s ‘Heaven’ In McCully - July 07, 2010
A Really Cool Way To Eat Fresh Island Fruit - June 30, 2010
A Hot Haleiwa Mexican Spot - June 23, 2010
Getting Creative With Diamond Bakery - June 16, 2010
The Truth About Island Farmers Markets - June 09, 2010
A Sweet Trend In Special Occasion Cakes - June 02, 2010
Going All Shabu Shabu At Hanaki Restaurant - May 26, 2010
Farm-fresh Lunch And Dinner At Kahumana - May 19, 2010
Mother’s Day, Tipping And Cinco De Mayo - May 05, 2010
A Phenomenally Popular Win - April 28, 2010
Going To Town With Fresh Island Produce - April 21, 2010
A New Place For Poke And Spirits In Aiea - April 14, 2010
Making Smarter And Smaller Food Choices - April 07, 2010
A Food Network Feast For Island Foodies - March 31, 2010
Tsunami Overload? Give To Hawaii Foodbank - March 24, 2010
Hawaii’s Chinese Cuisine Is Making Waves - March 17, 2010
Hilo-raised Sturgeon: Ugly Fish, But Tasty - March 10, 2010
A Wine That Offers A Little Bit S’mores - March 03, 2010
A Couple’s Crepe Creations Are A Big Hit - February 24, 2010
Picking Fresh MA’O Produce With Chef Nobu - February 17, 2010
Fine Dining At Vino, Nobu - And KFC - February 10, 2010
A Hello Kitty Cafe, The Ranch House Returns - February 03, 2010
The Separate Checks Scenario - January 27, 2010
Tilapia By Any Other Name ... - January 20, 2010
Island Chefs’ Hopes And Dreams For 2010 - January 06, 2010


2009 Archive

Farm To Fork In Waikiki - December 30, 2009
Holiday Wining And Dining - December 23, 2009
A Kraft-y Way To Help Hawaii Foodbank - December 16, 2009
The Spot For Comfort Food - December 09, 2009
A Cookbook Holiday Wish List - December 02, 2009
‘Tis The Season To Give Back - November 25, 2009
An 11th Avenue Italian Neighborhood Eatery - November 18, 2009
Discovering Fine-dining Deals - November 11, 2009
Visiting Oahu’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives’ - November 04, 2009
Getting The Royal Treatment - October 28, 2009
A Week Of Good News For Island Foodies - October 21, 2009
A Weekend Expo For Foodies - October 14, 2009
A 4-H Benefit You Can Sink Your Teeth Into - October 07, 2009
A Taste Of The Himalayas - September 30, 2009
The Joys Of Dining Out On A School Night - September 09, 2009
The Skinny On Chef Sam Choy’s Weight Loss - September 02, 2009
Adding A Little Swizzle To Your Cocktail - August 26, 2009
Sippin’ Jack With Jimmy - August 19, 2009
Shooting For The Moon In Hawaii Kai - August 12, 2009
Great Food For A Good Cause - August 05, 2009
National Awards, Great Pizza, A New Tropics - July 29, 2009
It’s About More Than Food - July 22, 2009
Fine But Casual Dining At The Chart House - July 15, 2009
Cooking A Luau For The President - July 08, 2009
The Four Seasons’ Rich Taste Of Chocolate - July 01, 2009
Chronic Grumblers And A Side Street Wedding - June 24, 2009
A Fabulous Table Of Tastes At Halekulani - June 17, 2009
Growing Award-winning Coffee In Cloud Rest - June 03, 2009
Fabulous Smoked Pork And Wings - May 27, 2009
Discovering Nordstrom’s ‘Food-first’ Concept - May 20, 2009
Improved Ambience Makes Sergio’s A Must - May 13, 2009
Rock ‘n’ Barolo At Longhi’s - May 06, 2009
Golf Prizes Way Better Than Flatscreen TVs - April 29, 2009
Putting Local Food First - April 22, 2009
Island Saloon Pilots In New England - April 15, 2009
Safe, Fresh And Island-grown - April 08, 2009
Authentic Mexican Fare In Aiea - April 01, 2009
The New Home Of Local Music - March 25, 2009
Closings, Openings And Gift Cards - March 18, 2009
Saving Money By Dining Out - March 11, 2009
Tough Times For Restaurateurs - March 04, 2009
Jo’s Excellent Hana Adventure - February 25, 2009
The True Value Of Dining Out - February 18, 2009
A Taste Trip To Sunny Greece - February 11, 2009
Waialae Avenue Hot Spots - February 04, 2009
Local Food: The Next Generation - January 28, 2009
A Cup Of Tea In Kailua Town - January 21, 2009
Hitting The Culinary Jackpot - January 14, 2009
Great Places To Dine In 2009 - January 07, 2009


2008 Archive

Dishing Up DeVito - December 31, 2008
Making A Return To The Stage - December 24, 2008
A Festive Italian Holiday Feast - December 17, 2008
Having A Sweet Holiday Season - December 10, 2008
The Excellence Of Chef Mavro - December 03, 2008
Savoring An American Tradition - November 26, 2008
A Taste Of Japan At Shirokiya - November 19, 2008
Great Restaurant Week Deals - November 12, 2008
Foodie News Across The Island - November 05, 2008
Saying Aloha To Mom Kodama - October 29, 2008
Great Chart House Dining Deals - October 22, 2008
Dining Out In These Tough Times - October 15, 2008
Spa Products You Can Eat - October 08, 2008
Celebrating 20 Years With Roy’s - October 01, 2008
Gathering Food Memories - September 24, 2008
A downtown MA’O Fundraiser - September 17, 2008
Cutting Portions And Prices - September 10, 2008
Moo-ve Over, Mainland Milk - September 03, 2008
Buying Fresh From The Farmers - August 27, 2008
Cooking Up A 4H Project - August 20, 2008
Michel’s: Where Food Becomes Art - August 13, 2008
Raising The Bar On Service - August 06, 2008
An Excruciating Restaurant - July 30, 2008
Not Your Ordinary Burger Joint - July 23, 2008
It’s Tea Time In Nuuanu - July 09, 2008
A Pupu Platter Of News - July 02, 2008
Wowing Bon Appetit Magazine - June 25, 2008
Hazama Is Hot At RumFire - June 18, 2008
Rediscovering Waikiki - June 11, 2008
Eating Well On A Budget - May 28, 2008
Finding Island Dining Deals - May 21, 2008
Putting Pork In The Limelight - May 14, 2008
The Crisis In Food Prices - May 07, 2008
Authentic Mexican In Mililani - April 30, 2008
Tipping On Wine Service - April 23, 2008
Satisfying The Cravings - April 16, 2008
An Alfresco Feast At LCC - April 09, 2008
Oahu’s World-class Chefs - April 02, 2008
Tips For Waiters And Diners - March 26, 2008
Doing The Tango At Hokua - March 19, 2008
Where White Zin Was Born - March 12, 2008
Tamura’s Comes To Aikahi - March 05, 2008
TV Chefs Heat Up Hawaii - February 27, 2008
Top Chefs Celebrate Roy’s - February 20, 2008
A Shindig For Sean Koahou - February 13, 2008
When Chefs Get Romantic - February 06, 2008
A Rum Revival In Waikiki - January 30, 2008
A Fresh Look At Island Eggs - January 23, 2008
Bravo For A Great Lunch - January 16, 2008
When Good Eateries Close - January 09, 2008
Healing With Good Food - January 02, 2008


2007 Archive

New Orleans New Year’s Eve - December 26, 2007
The Beautiful Beachhouse - December 19, 2007
Service Sans The Attitude - December 12, 2007
Gifts To Make A Difference - December 05, 2007
Zippy’s, Alan Wong-style - November 28, 2007
Giving Thanks For Helemano - November 21, 2007
The Skinny On Restaurants - November 14, 2007
A Cassis Lunch Menu Debut - November 07, 2007
Japanese Food And Wine - October 31, 2007
The Ultimate Fundraiser - October 24, 2007
The Seafood Buffet King - October 17, 2007
A Pumpkin Patch Experience - October 10, 2007
Celebrating Island Seafood - October 03, 2007
Putting On The Dog - September 26, 2007
The Customer From Hell - September 19, 2007
The Power Of Family Meals - September 12, 2007
Lunch At The Wedding Cafe - September 05, 2007
Cooking With Top Chefs - August 29, 2007
The Skinny On Whole Foods - August 22, 2007
Dining Out For The Foodbank - August 15, 2007
Aloha, Flamingo; Dinner Deals - August 08, 2007
Women In The Food Biz - August 01, 2007
Culinary Young Guns - July 25, 2007
Chains vs. Mom-and-pops - July 11, 2007
The Hawaii Restaurant Buzz - July 04, 2007
Playing Tourist With Guests - June 27, 2007
The New Eateries In Town - June 20, 2007
An OnStar For Dining Out - June 13, 2007
Restaurants: Helping Out - June 06, 2007
The Changing Food Scene - May 30, 2007
Bowled Over By The Alley - May 16, 2007
A Taste Of Northern India - May 09, 2007
Local Greens In Local Markets - April 25, 2007
Ready For Roy’s In Waikiki - April 18, 2007
Local Dishes Go Gourmet - April 11, 2007
Targeting Junk Food For Kids - April 04, 2007
Shouting Sweet Nothings - March 28, 2007
Eating To Feed The Hungry - March 21, 2007
Celebrating St. Patty’s Day - March 14, 2007
Joys Of Gourmet Olive Oil - March 07, 2007
Dishing Restaurant Rumors - February 28, 2007
Creating Romantic Evenings - February 14, 2007
The Perfect Romantic Date - February 07, 2007
Just What The Doctor Ordered - January 31, 2007
An Ola Fundraiser For Brent - January 24, 2007
Staffing New Restaurants - January 17, 2007
Cooking Aboard Hokule‘a - January 10, 2007


2006 Archive

The Best Taste Moments - December 27, 2006
A Gift They Won’t Return - December 20, 2006
A Hale Koa Christmas Gift - December 13, 2006
Cooking Up Holiday Gift Ideas - December 06, 2006
Favorite Holiday Happenings - November 29, 2006
Shopping For The Homeless - November 22, 2006
The Right Way To Complain - November 15, 2006
Playing On Restaurant Biz - November 08, 2006
Judging A Culinary Contest - November 01, 2006
A Bethel Street Brasserie - October 25, 2006
Home Of The Black Noodle - October 18, 2006
The Best Dining Block In Town - October 11, 2006
Checking Out P.F. Chang’s - October 04, 2006
The Value Of Local Produce - September 27, 2006
The Food And Wine News - September 20, 2006
Mmm, Mountain Oysters - September 13, 2006
A Great Reason To Dine Out - September 06, 2006
Dining Out Fun For Keiki - August 30, 2006
The Best Deals On Meals - August 23, 2006
The Fun, New Food Scene - August 16, 2006
A Shining New Hoku’s - August 09, 2006
Not Your Ordinary Potluck - August 02, 2006
The Best Las Vgas Buffets - July 26, 2006
An Island-fresh Commitment - July 19, 2006
Fusion Is Fun At Bistro Sun - July 12, 2006
What Makes A Great Eatery - July 05, 2006
Staying The Course (For Lunch) - June 28, 2006
Making Chains Adapt - June 21, 2006
Sipping Into Summer - June 14, 2006
Oahu’s Great Steakhouses - June 07, 2006
Good Food With Bad Wine - May 31, 2006
Star Dinner Cruise Shines - May 24, 2006
Actual Euro Food In Hawaii - May 17, 2006
Sharing A Family Meal - May 10, 2006
A Wee Bit O’ Easter Haggis - April 12, 2006
The Perfect Soup Weather - April 05, 2006
The European Revolution - March 29, 2006
A World Of Food Choices - March 22, 2006
The Changing Food Scene - March 15, 2006
A Reputation Is At Steak - March 08, 2006
Cooking With Class At Hoku’s - March 01, 2006
The Little Dining Things - February 22, 2006
A Few Favorite Dishes - February 15, 2006
Seeking An Official State Food - February 08, 2006
A Romantic Table For Two - February 01, 2006
A Golden Chinese New Year - January 25, 2006
Dining Out With The Keiki - January 18, 2006
Ducking A Foie Gras Ban - January 11, 2006
Top Chefs Toss In The Towel - January 04, 2006


2005 Archive

Keeping New Year’s Simple - December 28, 2005
Making A Custom Gift Basket - December 21, 2005
The Tastes Of The Season - December 14, 2005
Culinary Cream Of The Crop - December 07, 2005
Helping Check Out Hunger - November 30, 2005
A ‘Sideways’ Look At Vino - November 23, 2005
A Dream Job By The Sea - November 16, 2005
A Restaurant Point Of View - November 09, 2005
The Real Deals For Meals - November 02, 2005
Avoiding Hidden Calories - October 26, 2005
‘Tis The Season For Awards - October 19, 2005
Cupping For The Customer - October 12, 2005
A New Twist On Fine Wine - October 05, 2005
Dishing Out Pet Peeves - September 28, 2005
Those Kitchen-hopping Chefs - September 21, 2005
Dishing Out Generosity - September 14, 2005
Pairing Isle Fish And Wine - September 07, 2005
In Search Of Best Burgers - August 31, 2005
Closing An Island Tradition - August 24, 2005
A Maui Wowee Food Scene - August 18, 2005
Why Atkins Went Belly Up - August 10, 2005
A Maui Onion Celebration - August 04, 2005
Going To Town About Wine - July 27, 2005
The Best Steaks In Town - July 20, 2005
Judging The Best Barbecue - July 13, 2005
A Mother’s Day Gift For All - May 04, 2005
Cooking Without The ‘Bam’ - April 27, 2005
A Restaurant News Update - April 20, 2005
A Piece Of Italy In Honolulu - April 13, 2005
Making Teppanyaki Magic - April 06, 2005
An Early Diner’s Delight - March 30, 2005
Master Sommelier No. 2 - March 23, 2005
Ono Grinds At The Ballgame - March 02, 2005
A Quest For Tasty Oatcakes - February 23, 2005
Celebrating Chocolate - February 16, 2005
Words, And Foods, Of Love - February 09, 2005
A Fun Week For Foodies - February 02, 2005
A Kona Brewing Co. Redo - January 26, 2005
Enough Of Terrible Tomatoes - January 19, 2005
Making Better Food Choices - January 12, 2005
The Rest Of The Restaurant - January 05, 2005

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