Tasty Tidbits: Mars Min, Whole Foods Ala Moana, Tokachiya Ramen & Green Sriracha

Mars Min?

The Honolulu Star Advertiser’s John Berger interviewed Bruno Mars after his three sold out concerts at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu this past weekend, asking him what he misses most about home in Hawaii besides family and friends. To which Bruno instantaneously replied “Zippy’s”, noting “If they ever come to Los Angeles, I want to be there.”

Could this HUGE celebrity endorsement possibly lead to Zippy’s putting a “Mars Min” (a twist of the classic Zip Min) or “Bruno Pac” (twist on the classic Zip Pac) on the menu? Hey, they did it for major league baseball star and Maui native Shane Victorino with the Vic Pac, so don’t put it past them!

Read more at StarAdvertiser.com here (subscription required).

Whole Foods Ala Moana

In news on “Hawaiian Time”, back in February, Duane Shimogawa of Pacific Business News reported that Whole Foods will open a store in Ala Moana Center’s redeveloped Ewa wing, which is still under construction. Whole Foods will occupy the ground floor of Nordstrom’s relocated store to the Ewa wing, from their current one on the mauka side of the mall along Kapiolani Boulevard.  Nordstrom’s new 186,000 square foot space will be located in the footprint that was formerly Sears. Whole Foods original plan was to open a flagship store at Ward Center, however that deal fell apart, and that space is now T.J. Maxx.

Ala Moana Center will be Whole Foods third location on Oahu, with their first in Kahala Mall that opened in 2008, and a Kailua location that opened 2012.

Read more at this Pacific Business News article.

Tokachiya Hokkaido Ramen Opens in Yataimura at Shirokiya

While we’re on the subject of Ala Moana Center, Tokachiya Hokkaido Ramen opened this past Monday in Yataimura Food Court at Shirokiya, near the mall side entrance of the 2nd floor space.

Tokachiya made a guest appearance at Yataimura back in May 2013, where Shirokiya explained their ramen as such, “TOKACHI-YA has reproduced the exact flavor of Hokkaido’s famous ramen shop, “DON”, and will bring this special ‘NOKO MISO RAMEN” to Shirokiya, for the first time!
The rich vegetable broth, mixed with “miso” imported from Japan is a perfect match with the thick ramen noodles.Tasty and Flavorful!

Apparently Yataimura fans really enjoyed them during their limited engagement, as now they have a permanent home in Yataimura. And yelpers have already left a couple of reviews for Tokachiya, with one giving them 3 stars (average) only because their order took long (expected when a restaurant is new), and another giving 5 stars, saying “Everything we ordered was awesome!”

Their main in-house competition is Menya-Ifu-Do-Do Ramen, located straight forward around the seating area as you get off the escalator from the first floor.

New Green Sriracha Heats Up Competition for Red Rooster Brand

Wrapping up this edition of Tasty Tidbits, from across “the pond”, Good Morning America’s Genevieve Shaw Brown reports to ABC News today about a new Midori Green Sriracha, sold by New York-based Musashi foods, who call the sauce, “a unique Japanese interpretation of the classic sauce.” Company president Gideon Sarraf told ABC News his creation is made from green chilies, which he called “a little hotter and more flavorful than jalapenos,” and rice vinegar, among other “natural ingredients.”

Sarraf said his sriracha is also thicker than the famous Huy Fong Foods red sauce.

Read more at ABCNews.com here.