The Cook and The Photographer

How quickly time flies when you’re having fun. I can’t believe it has been five months since I became a restaurant owner. And what a challenging five months… hopefully, things will continue to work out for the better. Needless to say, the cash flow continues to be a challenge and dealing with the government is a pain — you wouldn’t believe the amount of fees I have to pay every month just to keep the door open. It’s almost like dealing with the mafia. I have to pay up or else…  :(

Well… at least the cooking part is easy. I am having a great time doing what I love and seeing the joyful reactions of the customers when they eat my food, made all the challenges worth it. I finally got the restaurant website up. http://www.alohagrille.me . Here are photos of some of the dishes from the menu. I think being a food photographer definitely have a big influence on the way I cook — my food is very colorful and the presentation had to be picture perfect. Which sometimes can make things a little difficult for my servers — such as when I see a bean sprout sticking out of place… and I want to fix it before I let them take the plate out… but it’s all good. In the end it’s the satisfied smile and wonderful compliments from the customer that lets me know I am doing the right thing.

Hawaiian Style Plate Lunch

Slow Roasted Pulled Pork

Hawaiian Carrot Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

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14 Comments on “The Cook and The Photographer

  1. I’m not one for complicated foods, but these look so good I think I’d give them a try. What you’ve accomplished is amazing, Em! Great shots, too.

  2. Lovely, Emily. Well done! (And if I didn’t live so far away, I’d say send me some lemon cookies!)

  3. Wow! Do you drop-ship that Hawaiian plate lunch? I don’t know if I can wait until I can manage a visit in person!

  4. I’m with Jolene – everything looks great and very happy to see you moving forward with your new life. Now that I’m settled in Texas I am poking around west of here a bit – might make it to your area one of these days… :-)

  5. I am so glad that things are still going well, even if there’s more paperwork than dollars. As long as it makes you happy, that’s all that counts!

    Great photos, and I checked out the menu, and the food all sounds fantastic! I’ll be on the next plane. :-)

  6. It’s good to hear that things are going at least OK for you! Once I get my situation settled, which may take a couple of years, I’ll stop by sometime.

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