The malasada is a must-eat in Hawaii. The dessert is just as popular on the islands as the doughnut on the mainland, if not more so. I could easily forego the other foods of Hawaii (with the exception of poké), but not malasadas. Their defining characteristics vis-à-vis doughnuts are their relative crispiness and eggier texture, but otherwise... Continue Reading →
I don't know if Nashville, both the city and its food, has suddenly become trendy, or not. Articles about it seem to be appearing in print and digital media wherever I turn. Could it be that I've become more attuned to these write-ups because I had just been there last year (and loved it)? While the Grand Ole Opry... Continue Reading →
In a non-descript strip mall, virtually next door to Spud Fish & Chips, is a gem of a pizza restaurant. Evviva Wood Fired Pizza is a bit tricky to find. You won't see a big sign along the rooftop as there are for its neighbors (Spud's dominates), but set your sights lower at storefront level and you'll see... Continue Reading →
I saw these beautiful leis at the Hanalei Farmers' Market. These were not the full leis that one normally sees in Hawaii, but elegant strings of plumeria, bougainvillea and crown flowers, the first two growing in abundance on Kauai and Oahu throughout my visit.
Asking this question is tricky in Hawaii. There are SO MANY shave ice places that I doubt anyone can realistically answer it. I've been to, I'd say, ten different sellers of this ultimate refreshment, and that number doesn't even come close to how many places offer it. Can I still ask the question, who sells the best shave... Continue Reading →
Kauai has lots of taro fields. Not that the Garden Isle has exclusive claim to them, but the North Shore is considered the best place on the Islands to grow taro. Over half of all poi in Hawaii is made from Kauai taro. Around Hanalei, you drive past the fields on all sides. The largest farm in... Continue Reading →
What's a week on Oahu without glutting ourselves on local grinds? We revisited some old 'friends' and made some new ones. Hawaii is the land of shave ice; we did our best to support that sub-economy, as much to have the best in the world as to be a foil for the Hawaiian sun. Wherever we could include island fruits... Continue Reading →
Amaebi is prized for their sweet flavor and for their use in sushi. They are caught off the shores of several Hawaiian islands. I saw these sweet shrimp at the Maunakea Market Place in Honolulu's Chinatown and at the KCC Saturday Market.
The hundreds of koi in the ponds surrounding Byodo-In temple have always been an incredible sight, but in my mind, the impression left by black swans floating above the fish is more extraordinary.
There's nothing more mesmerizing than watching the huge, crashing surf at Ehukai Beach on Oahu's North Shore, more commonly known as the Banzai Pipeline. Our traveling party sat on the warm sands, digesting our shrimp from Fumi's and chocolate-haupia pie from Ted's Bakery, when a dog came trotting along the swash, not in the least bothered by... Continue Reading →