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We Promise Not to Be Boring on Father’s Day!

We all know Dad has enough ties and socks to last him for-ev-er. That’s why this Father’s Day you should consider doing something that’s not boring. Treat him to a #NotBoringNation Gift Card! Trust us, he’ll appreciate a gift of food.

As a thank you to you, we’re offering bonus certificates when you purchase Gift Cards. You’ll receive a $10 Bonus Certificate when you buy $50 in Gift Cards and $25 when you purchase $100! This special gift card celebration runs through 6/18/17.

While you’re at it, why not invite your Dad or that special someone who may be “like a Dad” to Ling & Louie’s for a “tropical getaway?” We’ll be serving up a special Father’s Day Luau that runs from Thursday, 6/15/17 – Sunday, 6/18/17, featuring Hawaiian-inspired cuisine such as our Desert Island Poke, Luau-Style Pork, Louie’s Loco Moco, and Hawaiian Sweet & Sour Pork!

In addition, we’ve partnered with Kona Brewing Co. to usher in that true island feel, featuring great Hawaiian craft beers like Fire Rock Pale Ale (Louie’s Pale Ale), Longboard Lager, and a limited edition Pineapple IPA!

To show our appreciation to all dads, we’re also giving them a $10 bounce back for the next visit.

Father’s Day was first celebrated in the early 1900’s. President Calvin Coolidge recommended Father’s Day become a national holiday in 1924 but nothing became of it. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an executive order making the third Sunday in June as the official day for Father’s Day. It finally became recognized as a national holiday in 1972 under the Nixon administration.

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to show your dad how much you care about him in a way that’s not boring!

The Heartbreak Grape: A guide to Pinot Noir Wine

There’s a reason they call pinot noir grapes the Heartbreak Grape and it’s not because of the correlation between breakups and wine consumption. If you’ve ever wondered what makes pinot noir so special and elegant in the world of wines, here’s the simple answer: it’s not easy to grow. The conditions that yield the perfect grape for a medium-bodied and flavorful pinot noir are very particular and that’s why they can only be grown properly in certain regions of the world.

As of today, the regions producing the best pinot noir grapes are France, Oregon, California, Germany, Italy and most recently, New Zealand. Each region yields different tasting wines even though they come from the same grape, so if you’re not exactly sure where to begin your pinot noir adventures, this should help just a little:


When it comes to pinot noirs, France is the real OG. In fact, for many years it was believed that pinot noir grapes couldn’t grow to their full potential outside the Burgundy region but, surprise! They totally can. When enjoying a real Burgundy wine, expect earthy, sometimes cherry-like flavors and low tannins (the stuff in the wine that makes your mouth feel dry after).

New Zealand

New Zealand is kind of the self-proclaimed new cool kid on the block when it comes to pinot noir. More commonly known for its sauvignon blanc, New Zealand started giving France a run for its money thanks to its fruitiness—which many Millennials and wine newbies prefer—laced with the complexity of Old World wine.


Having Oregon in the U.S. is a lot like having our own little (a lot bigger than actual Burgundy) Burgundy, except better in terms of variety. When it comes to variety of flavors, aromas and complexities, Oregon pretty much has the pinot noir game figured out. Expect earthy and cranberry flavors in many or Oregon’s best and most popular wines.


Thanks to its year-round cool climates and beautiful scenery, California makes the perfect vacation destination for humans, so it’s no wonder when grapes grow there, they stay there. That is until they’re turned into a wide selection of pinot noirs ranging from light and fruity to rich and spicy. While California doesn’t yet have quite the reputation of France and Oregon, it’s well on its way to cultivating some of the best grapes for pinot noirs in the world.


If Burgundy’s pinot noir had a more mysterious but for some reason younger brother, his name would be pinot nero. Italy’s dark, rich and earthy take on pinot noir is nothing less than you’d expect from the romantic boot known for its delicious food and wine.


German pinot noirs, also known as (a slightly more intimidating) Spatburgunder, are typically grown in the Ahr region of Germany. Thanks to warmer climates, winemakers here are able to cultivate an earthier, ripe and plum-like flavor. A nice change from the everyday German beer, eh?

To say the least, pinot noir grapes are tricky to grow and hard to keep alive. They’re picky about the weather, they don’t have the thickest skin and are pretty prone to rot—they are after all the Heartbreak Grape. But to know them is to love them and though difficult to cultivate, there’s no denying they’re worth the effort for a heck of a tasty wine.