Remember that time you sent me to Hawaii?! Yeah, you guys are pretty amazing. I want to hug and squeeze you all to smithereens just thinking about how you rallied behind me and voted me to paradise. And then remember when I regaled you with tales of all the amazing dishes I got to try, and all the incredible chefs that I got to hobnob with? Oh right, because I’m terrible and never got around to posting about it! #bloggershame. Life got the best of me and all the stories I had in my brain got pushed further and further into the depths of despair (that’s what I call my backlog of material that I have piled sky high, by the way). Please forgive me. I’m going to make it up to you, and well, think of this as a #TBT series. In a way, this is fitting to share now because tickets just went on sale for this year’s Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (August 29 – September 7, 2014). So enjoy this throwback and soak up the aloha vibes I’m throwing your way this week. First up is this highlight reel from the “Under the Modern Moon” tasting event hosted by Morimoto at The Modern Honolulu. Pool-side elegance? Check. Delightful use of balloon décor? Double check. Food frenzy powered by 15 esteemed chefs from around the world? Triple checkity check.