Food Trucks: Roll OK Please & 314 Pie at the Eastside Food Truck Snackdown

An event like the Eastside Food Truck Snackdown is problematic for a solo diner, such as yours truly at this second annual Crossroads shopping center gala. With twelve mobile trucks to choose from, I'm not able to sample more than a couple things. I cased the possibilities three times. A few trucks drew my attention, among them one... Continue Reading →

Honolulu Aquarium’s Giant Clams

As aquariums go, Honolulu's in Waikiki may be small, but it is no less interesting than others twice its size. It has several captivating specimens, all of which inhabit the Pacific Ocean. The collection includes several species of giant clams (Tridacna gigas). When I first saw one there, I couldn't tell it was a clam. I was looking for colossal... Continue Reading →

Tropical Fruit Bowl

At the KCC Saturday Farmers Market in Honolulu, we wanted to buy fresh fruit. Even an apple banana or papaya would have sufficed. But we hit the jackpot at a stand that was selling tropical fruits. There were lots of nicely arranged fruit. What struck my eye were plastic tubs of mixed, cut-up fruit, none of which I had ever eaten... Continue Reading →

Recipes: Two Ways with Westover Farm Peppers

Our favorite farmer, Darrell Westover (Westover Farms in Maple Valley), was again at the Issaquah Farmers Market. We'd missed the market for the last two and a half months for reasons beyond our control, so we were sure to get there today before it closes for the season in a few weeks. As I'd posted... Continue Reading →

Middle East Piece

Artist Miri Golan advocates peace and understanding through her organization, Folding Together. In collaboration, Israelis and Palestinians create origami cranes from their respective language newspapers and string them together in the manner of Sadako Sasaki, the Hiroshima bomb victim who folded a thousand cranes. These were displayed at the Bellevue Arts Museum.

Is Matsumoto’s Faltering? (Hale’iwa, HI)

A group of us drove to the North Shore to enjoy its special pleasures: gazing at the beautiful beaches and pounding surf, and making our way through the trifecta of required eating—a shrimp truck, Ted's Bakery and Matsumoto's. A stop at Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp is always an event to look forward to. We always love it there, this trip... Continue Reading →

Chain of Craters Road, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Big Island, HI)

Its history convulsed by vulcanism, the Big Island is basically a giant lava rock. It reveals its ancient past and continuing growth everywhere you look. At one-third of a million acres, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is home to two volcanoes which can both claim Guinness Book statistics. Mauna Loa is Earth's most massive; Kilauea is the youngest... Continue Reading →

Tonkotsu Ramen at Yoe’s Noodles (Bellevue, WA)

The Taiwanese presence in the Bellevue Chinese restaurant scene is unmistakeable. And why not? The Eastside city has a large demographic of Americans of Taiwanese descent. It was no surprise that Din Tai Fung established its first Northwest location in Bellevue's Lincoln Square complex. Many Chinese restaurants in the city, some explicitly serving Taiwanese cuisine and others... Continue Reading →

The Conservatory at Foster Botanical Garden

Foster Botanical Garden in Honolulu is known for its outstanding collection of tropical trees, including an impressive set of palms. There is also an orchid garden, but we didn’t see many flowers in bloom. Inside the conservatory was another matter. Although not the largest orchid collection I've ever come across, there were some beautiful specimens interspersed... Continue Reading →

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