Magic in Low Tide (& Low Times)

Hawaii has been on stay at home order since March. All non-essential workers have been ordered to shelter in place. Some of us haven’t seen our loved ones for months. Even Disneyland is closed. Most would agree 2020 has been a pretty terrible year.

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A+Sushi aka Sushi Kumagai

Atsushi 333 Ward Ave Ste. 3-51 Honolulu 96813

The one thing I miss most from my former life since becoming a mom, is GOOD sushi. Date night doesn’t happen often and all the best sushi restaurants are only open for dinner…until now.

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Daycation: Sailing, Sushi & Sunsets

It can be easy to take Hawaii life for granted. There’s an infinite number of Instagram worthy destinations and travel has never been easier or cheaper. But after visiting many world renowned locales, one of the best places to getaway is still here at home.

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Spalding House

The Honolulu Museum of Art will be closing the Spalding House at the end of the year 2019

You have exactly three months to say Aloha to one of the most gorgeous properties on the island—the Spalding House in Makiki Heights. Doors will close to the public at the end of this year.

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Aussie Leg of Lamb

Leg of Lamb is a dish that’s near and dear to my heart. I never see it on any menu so this holiday season, I had to make it when I saw it for sale. It has a distinct flavor, different than any other roast and in my opinion, better than rack of lamb. It’s rubbed down with garlic, rosemary and olive oil then roasted to a juicy medium rare. Served in thin slices next to hearty roast potatoes and butternut squash and peas w mint. Drizzle with a little lamb gravy and get ready to tuck in ’till Christmas morning. Continue reading “Aussie Leg of Lamb”

This Year Skip the Cookies

Every year I try to find unique gifts with universal appeal for the foodies in my life. And let’s face it, who isn’t a foodie? For me, the perfect gift is something that lasts long after the holidays and enjoyed even after you’ve had your fill of cookies and candy. Something utilitarian but special. Last year I gave out slabs of thick cut bacon and Iberico jamon purchased online from La Tienda. This year I purchased everything in person, so if you’re a last minute shopper like me, no worry. Still get chance. Continue reading “This Year Skip the Cookies”

Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie

This year I had big plans for our Halloween pumpkin–fresh baked pie from scratch to go with our Thanksgiving kiawe smoked turkey. The recipes recommend using a sugar pumpkin but jack o lanterns could make the cut.

Determined not to waste so much food, I press on–cutting, seeding, slicing, and then into the slow cooker. Nothing to do but wait–wait and think about everyone congratulating me on my baking mastery and my ultimate resourcefulness. Continue reading “Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie”

Caught Not Bought

It’s Sunday morning, when I get an unexpected call. “I got you menpachi” Really?? Excited for some fried fish, and still surprised by the call, we make plans to meet the next day at Chinatown Market Place. My good friends Randy and Chris are planning to sell last nights catch and I invite myself to tag along.

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