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June 14, 2015

Getting a ‘Man-Handle’ on Seafood Boils

Have you ever seen that episode of “Seinfeld” where Jerry dates a woman with large, masculine hands who everyone on the show calls Man Hands? It’s a great one, and if you haven’t seen it, there’s one scene in which Man Hands grabs hold of a lobster tail at a restaurant, crushing the shell to…

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June 7, 2015

The Key to My Heart

They’re petite, yellow-green and pack quite a citrusy punch. I’m not talking about the regular limes you find in grocery stores; what I’m bringing to your attention are the citrus-fruit world’s juicy little jewels known as key limes — commonly found in the Florida Keys — because we have them to thank for one of…

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May 31, 2015

Hooked on Chilean Sea Bass

From fresh poke and world-class sushi to grilled mahi mahi, hamachi, onaga, you name it, we are no strangers to incredible fish here in the Islands. To all my fellow seafood lovers out there, I’m calling on you to join me in an exciting culinary challenge this week. Let’s get creative and forego our usual…

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May 26, 2015

One with the waffles

The first signs of summer are emerging all around us, as school years begin to wrap up, the sun starts to shine brighter and we get ready to fire up the grills for festive Memorial Day barbecues. These all are indicators to me that it’s time to fully embrace summer mode in all its free-spirited…

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May 18, 2015

Say YES to Sukiyaki

Synonymous with comfort food, sukiyaki is a dish that’s absolutely worth getting to know. The popular form of simmering nabe may be traditionally enjoyed during winter months, but here I am — in the middle of May, clad in a tank top and all — craving this Japanese stunner as if it were the last…

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May 10, 2015

Let’s Hear it for Sizzling Platters

Hisssssss … crackle … spark! If food could sing, without a doubt its theme song would be the loud sizzle that ignites from fiery hot plates served at our favorite restaurants. That’s right, we’ve all had those moments when we’re waiting for our food to arrive — and suddenly, heads turn and gasps are sounded…

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May 6, 2015

There’s no match for Matcha

Of all the diverse options of green tea that exist, there’s one variety that leaves the others trailing in the dust. With its bracing earthy flavors and numerous health benefits, matcha stands in a class of its own, brimming with potent antioxidants, detoxifiers and metabolism boosters. And, of course, there’s its wildly bright green —…

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April 27, 2015

Broke da Mout’ Hawaiian Plates

No matter where in the world life takes me, I’ll always be a local girl at heart. Though I’ve been to many exotic places around the world, Hawaii is my home. The Islands are a very special place, one that’s immersed in the aloha spirit and a culture centered on ohana. And the food? Especially…

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April 19, 2015

Pigging Out on Kalua Pork

What represents Hawaii’s carnivorous culture more than kalua pork? Nothing. That’s right, kalua pork, which primarily is unique to the Islands, is spreading across the nation as a must-have source of protein. The word “kalua” is a Hawaiian word that refers to cooking in an underground oven or imu. Traditionally, a whole pig seasoned with…

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April 12, 2015

Getting to the Heart of Artichoke

‘Tis the season for artichokes! From March through May, artichokes are believed to be at their peak in terms of freshness and abundance. Having grown up with this good stuff since I was a kid, I can’t help but love it. For as long as I can remember, my mother would steam it to perfection,…

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