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table set for garden party

My Obsession with Sonic Ice

There are some things that dedicated hosts cannot forget at their parties. There must be enough entertainment, enough food and drinks, and lots of ice to put in those drinks. However, some hosts may not realize that one type of ice is, apparently, better than others. It seems that once people learn about the joys of sonic ice, there is no going back. It can even become a bit of an obsession, and I am talking about myself here.  I ended up buying one of those portable home ice makers after reading reviews online from IceMakersHub.com. now I can get my fix of good … Read More

Moda Flame 50 Wall Mounted Electric Fireplace

Buying A Fireplace For My Tropical Home

A fireplace adds a certain incomparable charm to a room. It makes a house look and feels cozy and warm. And most modern style homes could definitely use a little more “cozy and warm”. Even if they’re in a warm climate, like mine.

In my opinion, a traditional fireplace just doesn’t work in a tropical home. To start with, wood-burning fireplaces require chimneys and mantles which don’t always fit in a modern-style home.  When we finally decided to add a fireplace, we needed to find another way.

Luckily, installing a fireplace in a modern home is easier than ever, thanks to electric fireplace inserts.

An … Read More

roy's maui shrimp salad photo

Maui Shrimp Salad Inspired By Roy’s Restaurant

Hawaiian cuisine is one of those specialty foods that can be overlooked in mainland America, but it is a nice treat when you find a restaurant that is so inspired by the produce and style of the state that they celebrate it with the best ingredients and a little flair.  You are going to love this shrimp salad.

Roy Yamaguchi is a man that made a big name for himself in the world of fusion cuisine after opening his first restaurant in Honolulu in 1988. His fusion was an amalgamation of Pacific Rim flavors that celebrated the region and his success led to a long … Read More

Mango banana apple

How To Figure Out If Fruit Is Ripe?

Fruits are some of the healthiest foods that we can eat. Most, if not all diets, include servings of fresh fruit daily to be healthy. The thing with this kind of food is that they need to be ripe in order to be savored and appreciated. Some can be eaten unripe but these are few and far between. Eating unripe fruits might give you a mild stomach ache or land you to the hospital in severe cases. On the other hand, over ripe fruits can be unappetizing to eat so it is best to leave those alone.

Those who have their own fruit trees may … Read More

Pineapple

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

There are a lot of different dietary lifestyles out there these days, and it’s hard to know which one is best. Is going vegan the answer, or is paleo the way to go?

At the end of the day, there are good arguments for both options, even though vegan and paleo are incompatible with one another most of the time.

Then there’s the whole ‘wheat belly’ argument. Is gluten really as devastating as it’s been made out to be the last couple of years?

So it can be hard to come up with a tasty treat that’s not only nutritious and delicious but also cuts … Read More

Grilled Marinated Fish With Tropical Salsa And Coconut Rice

This recipe is one of its kind and reminds me of my early years when I was growing up in Hawaii. My dad, who was a chef in a local restaurant not far away from our home was an avid fan of grilled marinated fish with a touch of coconut rice and tropical salsa.

Every Saturday he used to come home early to prepare the sumptuous meal for the family, while our mom just watched how it was done in pure admiration. However, she too learned how to make the good meals after awhile. The meal was special considering the fact that it was prepared … Read More

BBQ Chicken

Guinness BBQ Chicken

My Husband And I love To Throw Football Game Parties For Our Friends And Family.

The excitement of the game and shouts of encouragement make game day special.

Last weekend, I decided to prepare my recipe for Guinness beer BBQ chicken. I made them using chicken wings, which is more appropriate for a football game. It makes for succulent tasty chicken wing that makes it impossible to eat just one wing.

Beer BBQ Chicken recipe
I love this particular Guinness Beer BBQ chicken recipe because it has Asian influence.

You can vary it by changing the pieces of chicken or adding other ingredients such as extra brown sugar Read More

Mango Chiffon Cake

Mango Chiffon Cake

I Just Ran Across A Really Nice Recipe For Mango Chiffon Cake

I substituted a few ingredients and turned it into a cake that easier to make but just as good. The ingredient list is nice and short on my version, too – it’s easy to find everything you need.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Cake Flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup + 3/4 cup White Granulated Sugar, divided
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 7 large Egg Whites
  • 1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 7 large Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 3/4 cup Mango Puree

DIRECTIONS

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mango margarita

Isla Sangria Frozen Margaritas

Recently, my husband and I had a rare chance to spend some time together away from the kids – we flew down to Cabo, San Lucas, for the weekend. The resort we stayed at was all inclusive, and there was a lot of alcohol available. A lot of it was Sangria – but I find the traditional Sangria drink is too tart for my taste.

When I was down there, I missed the richer, fruitier taste of my favorite Hawaiian-style drinks.  So after I came home, I decided to give the basic Isla Sangria an upgrade. My version uses white wine, fresh mango, lime Read More

ahi poke with ogo seaweed

Ahi Poke With Ogo Seaweed

Ahi Poke Is A Common Sight At Hawaiian Family Get Togethers And Outdoor Activities.

In Hawaiian, Ahi is another name for raw tuna (preferably yellow fin) and Poke means to “mix up”. So, mixed-up raw tuna. 

The tradition of ahi poke goes back many years.  Real Hawaiians eat their poke with their fingers. It is not unusual to see this still done today at luaus.

I like to serve my poke with tropical fruits on the side – mangoes are a great addition when cubed and chilled. Sprinkled with coconut shavings and diced pinapple, mangos go well with any fresh ahi or sashimi dish.

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lemon bars with coconut crust

Mango Lemon Bars With Coconut Crust

The Weekend Was So Much Fun! But Here It Is, Monday Again.

It’s 4 am and the alarm goes off, waking my 2 sleepy kids and my husband (who has a trip to take). Looking outside, I can see a drizzle of rain. My shoulders slump.

What could possibly help my Monday morning blues?

And then, I remembered:  the mango lemon bars we made yesterday! Just thinking about them made my mouth immediately pucker up with anticipation. That flaky coconut crust, the lemon zest and the vanilla bean tempted me. Oh, how they tempted.

Luckily, we had about a dozen left in the fridge from Read More

mangos and sticky rice

How To Make Mango Sticky Rice From Scratch

When I Grew Up In Hawaii, We Ate Sticky Rice Pretty Much Every Day For Lunch Or Breakfast.

Every once in a while, though, my mom knew how to turn that boring starch into a Thai dessert magic – by adding mangos, of course.

Seriously, mango sticky rice is to die for. But in truth, it is not really made with regular sticky rice – to make this dish, you need sweet rice.

Sweet rice is sometimes called glutinous rice, and you can find it in most Asian groceries and on some Asian food shelves at your local market.

Because this dessert was such a Read More

mango butter cream frosting icing

Mango Butter Cream Icing

Being Creative In The Kitchen With My Kids Is Something I love To Do.

Its not always easy to find the time, but I try. 

When I cook with my kids, I like to use tropical ingredients such as mango or coconut or pineapple, because they remind me of home in Hawaii. When I make meals with these ingredients, my kids learn to appreciate my heritage AND enjoy a treat. 

I like to remember that cooking with my kids is not about perfection. Its about creativity and having fun together. This is family time to expand their world and letting them try new foods. I Read More

Homemade Blueberry Sherbet

Homemade Blueberry Sherbet

Being a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but sometimes, the everyday challenges that come with it can really get to me!

As a mom, I always have to make choices for my kids, be it nutrition-related choices or other choices.

One of the top guilty indulgences of my kids would have to be ice-cream. My kids love ice-cream, in fact I think if given a choice, they would love to have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Nevertheless, I can’t allow that to happen. Ice-cream is full of processed fats, artificial flavors, sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Therefore, I Read More

Beer & Bacon Waffles

bacon waffles

Many years back, I went out to brunch with a pal at one of the places that has a wide-ranging menu of pages and pages of information.

I normally loathe this, as I don’t possess the sharpest decision making abilities. In a special small carton, I saw Bacon Waffle through my sleep-addled gaze and was intrigued.

Over the next 30 minutes, I came back to that page over and over again until my friend told me to purchase the darn thing. So I did and it absolutely was divine – buttery crispy batter with bacon bits throughout.

I promptly told the chefs on duty when Read More

hawaiian shaved ice sign

Hawaiian Shaved Ice With Homemade Syrup

September Is Often The Hottest Month Of The Year In California.

Sometimes temperatures soar up to 90 degrees or higher!

For many CA families, it’s not a problem because they own an air-con – but many of us don’t have an easy way to save ourselves from the scorching heat.

During these times, a Hawaiian shaved ice can serve as a huge relief for yourself and your family. I remember a time when my family was hit with a heat wave and this recipe saved us.  It became a favorite recipe of mine and my children from then on.

This recipe – and our Read More