The Cookbook Challenge

In an effort to simplify my life, I am attempting to declutter my house by 20-30% before the first day of Spring, or the Equinox. This year it falls on March 20th, so I have almost three full weeks to make it happen. I know I can pull this off, but the hardest part about…

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Dining in Hilo

On the occasion of date night, it’s always worth the hour long drive to Hilo to eat at some my favorite places. In addition, I also look forward to having a date night (or lunch) in Hilo with my lovely girlfriends. In the spirit of frugality, I often suggest meeting for a ladies’ lunch at…

Greek Style Squid Salad

Some of the tastiest ocean-caught delicacies are mollusks, and I am just crazy about clams, scallops, oysters, and squid. Lucky for me, I live in Hawaii, where we eat at lot of the ocean’s bounty and we like to turn most of these fresh caught things into poke. (Pronounced: “Poh-Kay”) If you haven’t had it,…

Curried Manapua Minis

This Lunar New Year I made these little gems to go with my baked, salt-crusted fish and green tea noodles. I enjoy using my bamboo steamer basket for many things because it’s super easy and it’s a great way to cut down on using oil in my cooking. The funny thing is, I started making…

LuNaR nEw YeAr wHoLe FiSh

The Lunar New Year is more special to me than the traditional Gregorian calendar New Year. I especially love some of the Chinese traditions observed during this time, particularly, the tradition of cleaning your house and paying your bills. Out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new! Such a responsible habit to get into and a nice way to start off…

Aina Love

Even though we are on an island, the enormous open spaces are still plentiful on rural Hawaii Island. They are particularly abundant in areas like the districts of Ka’u and North Kohala. These two wide-open districts also happen to have three of the nicest beaches that are very easy to get to. The Ka’u District…

Volcano Life

I am completely in love with Volcano Village and the Hawaii Volcano National Park area. In addition to the awe inspiring Kilauea volcano, there is native flora and fauna to appreciate, as well as art and cultural experiences to be had. The National Park is constantly offering Native Hawaiian cultural events and activities, and the Volcano…