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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 feel cozy and warm.

And most modern style homes could definitely use a little more “cozy and warm”. Even if they’re in a tropical clime, 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 another way.

Luckily, installing a fireplace in a modern home is easier than ever, thanks to electric … 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 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 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 Read More

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 Read More