Kaua‘i find: Living Foods Market + Cafe

San Francisco transplant (and a 1996 Food+Wine Best New Chef) Jim Moffat is going island wide. With his Bar Acuda in Hanalei getting play in every national food magazine (though not so known in Hawai‘i—why???), in January he expanded to the other end of Kaua‘i with Living Foods Market and Cafe in the faux old plantation mall Kukui‘ula Village just up the road from Po‘ipu Beach. Continue reading “Kaua‘i find: Living Foods Market + Cafe”

Poke evolution

I was born in Honolulu the year JFK visited—and one year after Tamashiro Market opened. My life parallels the development of poke from rustic garage snack to high-end restaurant culinary hat trick. When I was a kid, my ojichan mainlined dried shrimp marinated in shoyu as he watched football and slurped his Oly. By the time he died in 2005, poke was the couch snack of choice. How did this traditional Hawaiian dish become the number-one easiest thing to bring to a family pot luck? To find out, I first went to fresh-fish mecca Tamashiro Market. Continue reading “Poke evolution”

No fruit left behind

goglean logo

Two years ago, April Lee and Chetan Mangat were living in Honolulu and two experiences led them to create their new online produce exchange GoGlean.org. One night they saw Agnès Varda’s film The Gleaners and I (a look at harvesting—as former agrarian duty and modern urban survival). It also happened to be mango season. They saw the irony of $2 Costa Rican mangoes being sold in a town where yardfuls of fruit were rotting. Continue reading “No fruit left behind”

Blaisdell Night Market: Farmers markets keep blooming

WOW tomatoes at Blaisdell Night Farmers Market

The launch of the Blaisdell Night Market in June means I don’t have to berate myself for not getting out of bed early enough to make the KCC Saturday crack o’ dawn version. Now every Wednesday I can leisurely walk from work—it unleashes its bounty at the corner of Kapi‘olani Blvd and Ward Ave from 4 to 7pm.

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