Hawaiian cuisine in Vancouver: Coho x Hanai Family Table event and new Honolulu Coffee food and drinks

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      Although B.C. embarked upon its reopening plan this week, it remains uncertain when international travel may resume.

      In the meantime, an easy way to rekindle memories of sun-soaked destinations is to enjoy the wide variety of international cuisines available in Vancouver.

      After a strangely long-delayed infusion of Hawaiian cuisine into the city, Vancouver has become awash in poké places. But for those looking for something beyond raw fish and salads, here are some options to have a foodcation with.

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      Island eats ’n’ treats

      Those well-versed in island cuisine know that Spam is a familiar comfort food, and one that has been incorporated in various ways.

      One such item will be on the menu when Coho Commisary launches its inaugural Street Food Series tomorrow (May 28) and Saturday (May 29).

      The first event in the series will feature local food and catering company Hanai Family Table serving up Hawaiian-style cuisine.

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      The menu will include island faves like Spam musubi, tofu musubi, teri-burgers, chicken skewers, butter mochi, pog juice, and more.

      Grilling will take place outside on Coho Coffee’s patio at 1370 East Georgia Street items will be available from 4 p.m. until sold out.

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      Aloha to summer

      Honolulu Coffee Vancouver is gearing up for summer with new seasonal offerings to check out.

       Its new Picnic Kits will be available at its two locations (downtown at 888 Nelson Street and in Kerrisdale at 2098 West 41st Avenue) on June 3.

      Kits, which can be preordered online (24 hours in advance), that serve four to six people ($79 plus tax) include the following fond favourites from the coffee house:

      • 16 ounce bottle of Hawaiian Toddy Latte (choice of milk option);
      • 16 ounce bottle of matcha latte (choice of milk option);
      • an açaí bowl set (16 ounce base with choice of dry topping and fruit toppings);
      • a dessert box (guava bread, matcha cookie, mac nut, chocolate brownie);
      • an assorted macaron box (guava, chocolate, rose lychee, yuzu, tiramisu, matcha);
      • two Caprese ham croissant sandwiches;
      • two cans of Hawaiian Sun tropical drinks;
      • an ice bag and cups.

      A smaller version for two people ($50 plus tax) includes: 12 ounce bottles of Hawaiian Toddy Latte and matcha latte; Caprese ham croissant sandwich; a dessert box; and an assorted macaron box (the latter two are the same as above).

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      But there are also new drinks and food items are being added to the menu for summer, such as:

      • Sunset Guava Spritzer, with housemade guava sauce and cold-brewed jasmine green tea, topped with San Pellegrino;
      • Hawaiian Cream Cold Brew, featuring cold-brewed coffee topped with macadamia nut and coconut flavoured cream;
      • Iced Americoco, which is an iced Americano made with pure coconut water and lightly sweetened with coconut syrup; 
      • Blue Valentine and Hibiscus Ginger kombucha on tap (growler fills are available);
      • new Açaí Bowl flavours like Waikiki (strawberries, bananas, blueberries) and Wailea (raspberries, mango, strawberries).

      And with indoor dining restarted, both cafes are now open for limited in-store seating as well.

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