Posts under ‘Food, Recipes and Restaurants’

Papakolea Green Sand Beach, coffee and honey

The Papakolea Green Sand Beach is  a long drive (1.5 to 2 hours from the house) and a long hike (1-1.5 miles for the 3 mile hike) to the green sand beach, but worth it for the day excursion, especially if stop by one of the coffee farms in Ka’u for some coffee, local honey [...]

Hawaiian Fruit Salad (rummed :D)

I’m calling this Hawaiian fruit because I can get all these fruits in my backyard or within at the farmer’s market in town. I’ve taken an old recipe I had for rum spiked fruit salad and changed it to the point that the only similarity is the rum . It’s basically a bunch of fruit [...]

Hawaiian Paella: the challenge

I was thinking today about dinners to make. And, as we are in Hawaii, I’m trying to make food that can be sourced locally and is at least loosely based on local tradition. It’s the basis of my banana bread with rice flour. I was thinking our girls loved the quick paella I made for [...]

Grilled cilantro-lime shrimp w/ avocado dip

Try this recipe for grilled shrimp w/ a spicy avocado dip. If you are lucky (and a bit adventurous), you can get three of the main ingredients at our house: shrimp, lime, avocado. Talk about local! Lime tree is just in the back of the yard, the huge avocado tree is to the far left [...]

Roadside food (and flowers)

And I’m talking really roadside . As I talk my walk every day (or what should be everyday), I start to notice there are a lot of fruit trees growing semi-wild along the roadside. Fruit trees that are not any anyone’s yard and obviously are not being harvested. So far, within a mile down the [...]

Baker Tom’s & malasadas

  Alas, Baker Tom’s is closed. I do sorely miss it!! For great malasada’s you might have to do some searching. There are some in Honoka’a apparently, at the interestingly named “Tex Drive in“. So stop there if you are driving up the coast. “Hole in the wall” and “Mom and Pop” are both descriptors [...]

Hilo Restaurants

A short post. You could find it anyway, but thought I’d make it really simple: Yelp has a decent rundown of Hilo restaurants. Want some really local food from a local chain? Blane’s. Just be forewarned, it’s not diet food. My favorite is the Korean Mix Bento (it has spam, the Hawaiian staple ) or [...]


No, not a Facebook annoyance. It’s a traditional Hawaiian food. It’s evolved over the centuries, but basically its raw fish that has been sliced (the meaning of ‘poke,’ pronounced poe-kay) into cubes and seasoned with salt and other ingredients. If you are new to Hawaii, you’ll notice it just about everywhere. Large plates of it [...]

HAWAIIAN banana bread

Every summer we spend some time in Hawaii, on the Big Island, and every year I experiment with recipes for our time in Hawaii. My criteria: 1. Ingredients have to have a local origin or _could be_ grown commercially on a local basis if there was demand. 2. Ingredients (some at least) have to have [...]

Avocado Cream Pie

Really? We have a huge avocado tree in our backyard. So big when the avocados are ripe, there is no way even the most avid avocado eater can eat them all, or even a dozen avid avocado eaters. So, gotta find a way to eat them all so they don’t go to waste. I found [...]