Pronounced Poh-Kay

Poke has been in the greater culinary consciousness for decades, but in 2016 it’s become a bonafide trend. Restaurants are opening across the country serving raw fish, heavily sauced on kale and zucchini noodles, along with phonetic instruction on how to pronounce the latest fad.

Articles are everywhere with titles like “What Is Poke & Where Should You Get It?” Another video from INSIDER Food, shows eaters “going wild for…sushi in a bowl,” ordering from a Subway-style list of toppings, including cucumbers and jalapeños. While the excitement is understandable, back at home poke is anything but a trend. Continue reading “Pronounced Poh-Kay”

All Over Mo Betta

Moloka’i Part I

If you’re from Hawaii you know, Moloka’i has a reputation for being the unfriendly Friendly Isle. There are threads on travel sites dedicated to tourists inquiring if Moloka’i is safe or about getting stinkeye. Even local people in Hawaii talk about spoiled fishing and hunting trips.

During Anthony Bourdain’s visit with Parts Unknown, he notes Moloka’i is “supposedly the most unwelcoming place in Hawaii” with a reputation for being “mean…inward looking (even) hostile.” But in the end he concludes it’s the place he felt most welcome with some of the nicest people he’s met on his stay.

So what’s the deal? The truth is, like most things–It’s complicated. With family on almost every island, I’ve had a chance to visit nearly all–except Moloka’i. Maybe because of its reputation or because I don’t hunt or fish, but in 30+ yrs I never had a reason ’til now. Continue reading “All Over Mo Betta”

Shave Ice Garden

Ordering Ice Garden is one of those small kid rituals we all know. On a weekday after school, or for us a sticky Saturday afternoon, we head to Aiea Shopping Center. The tepid AC is a mild relief from the heat, but not enough. There are several other offices and stores in the Mini Mall, but it’s difficult to remember what they are. Like everyone else we’re here for one thing only–shave ice. Continue reading “Shave Ice Garden”