Here we are again in February, and another birthday. I was born in the Chinese Year of the Pork, so we feasted on David Chang’s slow-roasted ssam and a bevy of banchans. Parents: “What would you like for your birthday?” … Continue reading
Snapshots and bites from January: Spent a weekend on the water in Punaluu, to kick off our training for Merrie Monarch. In between verses I snuck into the kitchen to watch Kumu’s mom make Wow Laulau: first frying lots of … Continue reading
These two bites from my holiday reading struck me as very similar. The first, from the new monograph on Dieter Rams by Sophie Lovell (Phaidon, 2011); second, from Judy Rodgers’ enchanting Zuni Cafe Cookbook (Norton, 2002), in which she recalls a lesson … Continue reading
File under: new year, mochi, long life. Happy New Year!
My sister asked me to drive her to Waimanalo on the 21st of December, and it won’t surprise you to know that when I asked why, she explained that it was to find my Christmas present (a lime tree and … Continue reading
More catchup: I’m eating soup made from year-end refrigerator dregs today, and reliving the past year’s eats in photographs, too. A friend who knows Tokkuri Tei’s menu backwards and forwards chose his favorite dishes for this feast on July 2nd. … Continue reading
Sumo wrestlers, a line in the sun (more sumo wrestlers, construction workers, Honolulu hipsters, Kalihi businessfolk), fruit punch, iceberg lettuce, famous garlic chicken (the garlic perhaps playing second fiddle to artificial maple syrup), ahi tataki and miso soup at the … Continue reading
Time flies. Snapshots from our 2011 Christmas: ham, maple roasted butternut with apples and sage, scallops, sushi, a collard-strewn table, a breakfast casserole, Kaʻū Kuahiwi beef, Wailani chard, roasted red peppers, and holiday fun with the kin.
“Ooh, what is that?” “Uni.” “Uni?” “It’s uni. Sea urchin roe. For pupu.” “How would you like it to be served?” “I thought, I don’t know, maybe on a cracker. But we didn’t have any crackers. I mean, of course.” … Continue reading
Here are some pictures from a birthday party at Sushi Sasabune, the Honolulu omakase where the approach to soy leaves no room for nonsense. Above, the halibut (left, no soy please) and the snapper (right, soy sauce permitted). Most dishes … Continue reading