DorobekInsider: My “dinner” with the President

As most of you probably know, President Obama and family are enjoying some time off in his childhood home of Hawaii, much to the joy of the White House — and despite snippy criticism from the Mainland. And I too am here just outside of Honolulu spending time with my family, who visit here each Christmas for decades now.

One of our favorite Hawaiian restaurants is Alan Wong’s — a CJD fav, if you ever are in Honolulu. Apparently it is an Obama fav too.

We were at Alan Wong’s this week — and when we got there, we were told that our table was no longer available. We’d have to split our large group across two tables. There was a VIP — and that was where they were putting him. It ended up the “him” was, in fact, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, a contingent of others — and security, of course.

My family and friends, being the good, security conscience American’s that they are, saw me tweeting that we were dining with the President — and they all said, ‘Don’t put the location!’ Of course, outside the restaurant, there were a dozen black SUVs and scores of cops, but… I hope I didn’t give anything away.


Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time I have actually seen President Obama in person — and I have to come all the way to Hawaii to do it.

As far as what he ordered… I’m told the President had  the 5-course tasting menu:

  • 5-COURSE MENU TASTING
  • wine pairings also available (menu subject to change)
    • Appetizer Duo
    • Butter Poached Kona Lobster
    • Nagaimo Potato Cake, Green Onion Oil
    • Ginger Crusted Onaga
    • Organically Grown Hamakua Mushrooms and Corn, Miso Sesame Vinaigrette
    • Twice Cooked Shortrib, Soy Braised and Grilled “Kalbi” Style
    • Gingered Shrimp, Ko Choo Jang Sauce
    • Dessert Duet

More about the dinner from Politico here… and other stories here.

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