A little city, a lot of surf, here’s my guide for how to do a long weekend (or leisurely week) trip to Honolulu.
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A round up and video of my trip to Hawaii for two birthdays and a wedding.
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It was like eating my way through history with each bite revealing something new about the origins of cacao. I was tasting the creations of Hawaii-based Madre Chocolate, whose goal, in their words, is to serve up “an edible history of chocolate.”
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Having spent the last few weeks in Hawaii, it only seemed appropriate to spotlight a Hawaii-based food person as this month’s TasteMaker. Dave Caldiero immediately came to mind not only because he’s a friend, but also because he’s at the front lines of the local, organic, sustainable food movement in Hawaii.
Dave is a native New Yorker and his cooking reflects both where he’s from and where he’s been. As the chef de cuisine at Town, a restaurant started by chef-owner Ed Kenney, Dave has embraced the flavors and ingredients of Hawaii while paying homage to his Italian-American upbringing. The crew at Town has been so successful in creating seasonal, local food that they have become synonymous (along with sister restaurant, Downtown) with Hawaii’s local food movement. As the next generation of chefs bring a new voice to food in Hawaii, Dave and Ed continue to lead with their mantra: “Local first, organic whenever possible, with Aloha always.”
Here’s a bit about Dave and what makes him tick; and be sure to check back tomorrow, when Dave shares his top ten essential kitchen tools.
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It was like I walked into a freeze frame of a bygone era. The place I would be house sitting for the following few weeks was a glimpse into mid-century Hawaiian design.
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Cooking in somebody else’s kitchen is always a shot in the dark: sometimes it’s a pandora’s box of cooking frustration while other times it’s a fabulously pleasant endeavor.
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For my third Travel Treat, I’m giving love to Matsumoto’s Shave Ice on Oahu’s North Shore. I grew up with a shave ice store down the street (and, yes, it was genuine Hawaiian shave ice and not sno cones), but I hadn’t had one in years. So, after reading much praise for Matsumoto’s, I braved…
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A name like crack seed store conjures up a lot of shady images, least of which (for a non-local) are Hawaiian bodegas chock full of sweet, salty, and umami-flavored snacks. The Kaimuki Crack Seed store has become my go-to locale on Oahu and a quick web search proves I’m not alone on that one. It’s…
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Like a tippling honing bird, I instinctively seek out quality drinks the minute I set foot somewhere new. It’s probably pretty easy to visit Hawaii and leave thinking bars only stock beer and umbrella-clad tiki drinks, but, after some research, I found thirtyninehotel. From a spot-on spin on a Negroni with the addition of Domaine…
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It’s not a football game until the tailgate drops and people start noshing. Just like everything else in Hawaii, it turns out the pre-game snacks are one part Pan-Asian, one part American, and a whole ton of goodness. Feast your eyes on this weekend’s treats from the University Hawaii football game (click on the photos…
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