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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Sí you south of the border

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Tonight's Hops & Grinds evening at The Willows features Mexican beers and menudo.

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Menudo isn't just a Puerto Rican boy band whose members are kicked out the minute their voices start resembling Antonio Banderas. It's also the name of a hearty — and colorful — Mexican stew made with love using tripe, pig or calf's feet, hominy, onion and a half-dozen or so spices.

This version of menudo stars with other south-of-the-border eats and beers at The Willows restaurant's all-the-pupu-you-can-eat-and-suds-you-can-sample Hops & Grinds fest, from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 952-9200. The restaurant is at 901 Hausten St.

When you wish upon a starry tune

If Disneyland is "the happiest place on earth," certainly it's a place where wishes are granted. So the arrival of "Disney Wishes!" (Walt Disney Records), a collection of classic movie themes, is a logical benefit for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The CD includes "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John) from "The Lion King," and "You'll Be in My Heart" (Phil Collins) from "Tarzan." It also offers former Island girl Bette Midler on "Baby Mine" (from "Dumbo"), Barbra Streisand on "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs") and Tony Bennett on "The Bare Necessities" (from "The Jungle Book"). Teen fave Jesse McCartney puts his spin on "When You Wish Upon a Star" (from "Pinocchio").


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