Archive December 2011
That master of thrillers, best-selling novelist and part-time Hawaii Island resident, John Saul, is home for the holidays! One of his first stops? Huggo’s — what he calls one of the best watering holes in town with great food to match. Last night we found him entertaining long-time friends from Seattle, Bobby and Cindy Masin, who were just winding down a two-week stay at one of the toniest residential resorts on the Kona-Kohala coast. Word has it several celebrities have arrived on-island just in time for Christmas. Among them Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Christian Bale and more. Our lips are sealed, however, as to where you might see them. Judging from last night, however, Huggo’s just might be a good bet! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy Hunnukah! Photos by Dave Kearns via Iphone. (Thanks Dave!)
At Huggo’s our seafood is always day catch fresh and our Kona grown shrimp are no exception! Chef Ken prepares them in a variety of mouth-watering dishes. Be sure to ask about nightly specials if you don’t see them on the menu. Among tonight’s specials: Macadamia Nut Crusted Ono with French Green Beans, Purple Molokai Potato Mash, Roasted Banana Curry Sauce and Fried Ginger Chips — this dish alone is a holiday feast! Wishing you all much aloha & happiness this holiday season. Mele Kalikimaka from all of us at Huggo’s.
Congratulations to Kailua-Kona’s very own Suzanne Gustavson for being named the Top Tagging Angler for Spearfish in the Pacific Ocean by The Billfish Foundation (TBF) this month. With thousands of participants taking part in the foundation’s international competition, Suzanne is a member of an awsome, elite group of anglers! The honor recognizes Suzanne’s strong commitment to the catch and release of billfish and her contribution to worldwide conservation efforts; it also places her in the company of other leading captains and anglers scattered around the globe. Well done Suzanne! According to the Foundation, participation in its Tag and Release Program contributes greatly toward the collection of data used by scientists and decision makers to monitor billfish population stocks, movements, growth rates and other factors critical to better understanding the species. Huggo’s is the proud sponsor of the annual Huggo’s Wahine (billfish) Tournament held each July and benefitting the Family Support Services of West Hawaii – the 2011 event was the 16th annual. Join us in 2012!
Huggo’s Executive Chef Ken Schloss is taking time out from his holiday cooking to answer your questions and respond to your requests. Simply log-on to Huggo’s facebook page to post your question & Chef Ken will get back to you wiki wiki!
But tonight, spare yourself the work and the mess — treat yourself to Chef Ken’s fresh catch special:
Pan Seared Kona Kampachi with French Green lentils, Haricot Vert, Leek Fondue & Frisee/tomato garnish
Kau kau & enjoy!
If you’re not a member you’re missing out on all the fun! Every day more and more people are enjoying special deals, up-to-the-minute news & sweet birthday offers as members of Huggo’s e-club. Joining is easy: simply click here on Huggo’s, scroll to the bottom of the home page to Join our Mailing List, enter your email address and then leave the rest to us!
Exclusive to members this week — purchase two entrees and receive a complimentary appetizer. Hurry, offer ends December 16! Not to worry if you miss it, many more specials are coming your way on a regular basis.
Tonight, Chef Ken’s fresh catch (Ono) is prepared Thai-style for a beautiful presentation and delicious dish! It’s not-to-be-missed: Ono Sauteed in Panang Curry & Coconut Milk with Huggo’s Housemade Mango Chutney, Hearts of Palm, Avocado-Bamboo Rice and French Green Beans — Kau Kau & enjoy!
Coffee Bean and Black Pepper Crust, Gorgonzola Potato Gratin, Haricots
Verts, Cabernet Glaze, Béarnaise Sauce
K’au Orange Segments
Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Macadamia Nut Profiteroles
United Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Hemispheres, has featured Huggo’s on the Rocks once again (this is our second time and we’re working on a three-peat!) in its “Three Perfect Days” feature. You’ll find it on board now or simply follow this link: Three Perfect Days: Hawaii.
Jacqueline Detwiler, the magazine’s senior edior, penned the article and says in part:
“The sun is nearing the water again, which means it’s time for a giant beer and a guava–barbecue pork sandwich in the sand at Huggo’s on the Rocks. A band breaks out into some island standards while the tide rolls in, and the crowd gets rowdy. You are briefly reminded of college spring breaks — but in a good way.”
We couldn’t agree more! Mahalo Jacqueline and come back and see us again soon!
Serving dinner nightly for more than 40 years, Huggo’s has a huge roster of loyal local fans. In fact, for many, the comfortable dining room and lounge has become home away from home. Warm aloha from staff — many who have been part of the Huggo’s ohana for more than 25 years — outstanding food & drink (combined with the best waterfront location & the most stellar sunset views in Kailua-Kona) keep them coming back for more, more, more! We love you all & look forward to welcoming you for dinner soon! In the meantime, a few images to inspire your dining out plans.
Mayor Billy Kenoi, George Applegate of Hawaii Visitors Bureau and other dignitaries lunched at Huggo’s this afternoon with meeting planners. Beautiful blue, blue Hawaiian day on the bay in Kailua-Kona, Chef Ken Schloss’ ono grindz — all enjoyed while being seranaded by live Hawaiian music and hula — can’t get much better than that!
Come back and see us again soon!