Mainland-Style Ahi Poke, aka Tuna Tartare

No single dish says “Hawaii” to me more than Ahi Poke.  It brings back memories of when I first lived in the Hawaiian islands, on Maui, during my windsurfing-bookwriting-sabbatical-from-San-Francisco-lawyer-life days. My roommate, Rick, and I used to get ”Poke” (make sure you say Po-Kay, not Po-Key, I think that means something else!) from the market every time [...]

Tsunami Tri-Tip & Tangy Garlic Bread

Photo by Karl Meinhardt, (c) 2010, South Seas Photography.

Recently, some friends invited us over for a casual supper. We were greeted by the warm ambiance of Karl & Gina’s tropical home, near Kailua Beach. We started with light pupus, including cheese and fruit, as well as having some of my favorite Smoked Ahi Spread.

Karl and [...]

Herbed Garlic-Horseradish Crusted Prime Rib

This year we spent Christmas on Oahu. Just had a small gathering with a few of our friends and neighbors.  We missed our extended family, but it was still one of the best Christmas seasons ever. People in Hawaii are suprisingly festive, despite a lack of cold weather, and there are many events for the [...]

Heaven on Earth Scalloped Potatoes (with Mushrooms)

My friend Karla decided to host a Christmas party at her waterfront home in Hawaii Kai. Fortunately for us, the party coincided with the date of the Hawaii Kai Boat Parade of Lights.  How cool to watch the parade from the ideal location on her lanai, while enjoying a lovely dinner party and Christmas celebration!

The [...]

Aloun Farm & Pumpkin Patch For Holiday Fun

This fall, don’t forget to make a stop by Aloun Farms. Aloun Farms is famous, on Oahu, for its Halloween Pumpkin Patch and tours for school children. But have you thought about visiting year around for fresh produce?

Aloun Farms is located on 18 acres in the Ewa and Kunia areas of Oahu and employs 180 [...]

A'Table Gourmet Cooking - Private Chef Classes & Dinner Parties

My girlfriend, Kasandra, got an amazing gift for her birthday this year: a private in-home gourmet cooking class and meal. I was fortunate enough to be invited to share in the food and fun. The class was conducted by private chef, Aline Steiner of a’ table Hawaii, on Oahu.

Not to be confused with a caterer, [...]

Kitchen Rejuvenation in Progress

Being any kind of Gourmet, “Weekend” or otherwise, can be difficult when you don’t have a great kitchen to cook in. In my opinion, you need not have a Wolf stove, refrigerated drawers or beautiful aesthetics, but at least you need the basic functionality.  Unfortunately, my kitchen has had next to none of that since [...]

Organic Farming at Olomana Gardens

Last Saturday afternoon we went in search of island-fresh eggs. I was inspired by Ann Marie’s Cheese Slave Blog singing the praises of Pastured Eggs. The closest source I could find for fresh eggs was a place in nearby Waimanalo, Olomana Gardens. It was too much of a coincidence that this farm had been recommended [...]

Kailua Eats: Kalapawai Cafe

Other than the Mokulua Islands off of Lanikai Beach, there is probably no more prolific spot in Kailua than the Kalapawai Market. Located on South Kalaheo Avenue, and a short hop from Kailua Beach and Beach Park, the Kalapawai Market has been serving patrons since 1932. It’s owner, Don Dymond, has definitely done the market [...]

Meat Me In the Islands!

Wasn’t I just saying that beef was enjoying a new renaissance? Particularly, here on the islands, where McDonald’s sausage patties & SPAM are considered by some locals to be gourmet delights. Well, that was an understatement. Apparently, all red fatty meats are in vogue – as evidenced by the hot, new & much blogged recipe, [...]