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Kona's operative word: fresh

July 13th, 2016

Eateries in Kona on the Big Island sure know how to take full advantage of the bounty that fills their land and waters. On a short visit last week to the island, I ate at several restaurants both humble and fancy, and was duly impressed by the absolute freshness of the food served on the plate.READ MORE

New Kailua breakfast, brunch spot, ready to open

July 12th, 2016

A media preview this morning offered a glimpse of savory and sweet breakfasts, and savory lunches to come, starting Wednesday morning in Kailua. Those who aren’t early risers but still love breakfast fare will appreciate that breakfast is served as long as the restaurant is open. Over Easy, at 418 Kuulei Road, is the fruitionREAD MORE

Fresh menu at Keauhou Bay inspired by South Hawaii's bounty

July 10th, 2016

With an eye toward becoming a culinary destination, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is dazzling visitors with endless delicious cuisine, made of fresh products sourced from Big Island waters and small South Hawaii farms. The pulse of the resort’s efforts, situated on the history-rich, picturesque bay, takes place at Rays onREAD MORE

Favorite isle restaurants, foodie finds, featured

July 8th, 2016

The Travel Channel series “Island Explorers” continues its series about Hawaii’s major islands this weekend with “Capturing Kauai” and “Mastering Maui, both airing Sunday. Local couple Wendy and Jeremy Gilbert will show viewers Kauai classics including Hamura’s Saimin, Aunty Sandy’s banana bread in Hana, as well as the Maui Chocolate Tour. The premiere episodes ofREAD MORE

Building a dish from the bottom up

July 8th, 2016

The dish is called Soft Shell Crab Taco, but really it’s chef David Lukela’s take on shrimp and grits, minus the shrimp, adding crab, minus a taco shell but adding some taco-ness. And mango-ness. The dish is among mango-centric dishes and drinks on the menu in July — Mango Month — at Beachhouse at the Moana,READ MORE

Cook Hawaiian style

July 5th, 2016

Lanai Tabura is back for a sixth season as host of “Cooking Hawaiian Style,” the celebrity-driven show inspired by home cooking and family traditions. The season opened Monday with actress Tia Carrere preparing her father’s recipes for chicken adobo, cascaron and lumpia. If you missed it, no worries, the show repeats all week. “Cooking Hawaiian Style,”READ MORE

Wine and fellowship at Plantation Tavern

June 30th, 2016

  Once a month Adam Gilbert sets up the patio of his Plantation Tavern restaurant in Kapolei for a dozen or so guests primed to appreciate a good pairing of food and wine. June’s dinner was held Wednesday night, a three-course meal of tomato bisque, duck confit and creme brulee. Plantation Tavern is not a fancy-pants restaurant.READ MORE

Authentic aloha

June 29th, 2016

Aloha spirit is a term that in many instances must be taken with a grain of salt, as marketers of these islands make much ado of our gracious culture in saccharine (and profitable) ad campaigns and the like. But the real deal was in fine form June 22 when generous folks in Hawaii’s culinary communityREAD MORE

Brug Bakery, a beginning

June 24th, 2016

Brug Bakery Hawaii hosted a preview of its new shop at Ala Moana Center Friday, showcasing a sampling of its distinctive pastries for a carb-hungry crowd of invited guests. The bakery opens to the public Saturday at 8 a.m. President Miho Choi opened the bakery inside Shirokiya in 2013, but has her own place now (Shirokiya, meanwhile,READ MORE

Nostalgia in every bite

June 22nd, 2016

In my day, there wasn’t a kid who didn’t love Pop Tarts, those toaster pastries that provided a hot, quickie breakfast in a mere minute. (Straight from the toaster, they were so hot, in fact, that they had to be wrapped in a napkin to be able to hold in the hand, and each biteREAD MORE

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