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Dark Roost Coffee, Kauai

Posted by Ligaya on November 11, 2015

Rolling down Koloa Road from Po’ipu, veer left onto a swath of gravel just after Lawai General Store and before the stoplight at Kaumuali’i Highway. There, find the charming vintage trailer of Dark Roost coffee, where the brews are as smooth and inviting as the tradewinds Hawai’i is known and remembered for. If you need…

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MO POKE MO BETTA!

Posted by Neens on October 1, 2015

This is the story of how “Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max” took over the streets of Seattle. Sam Choy is known as the Poke Master.  He is the man who unknowingly paved the way for our own event, I Love Poke, and most any poke establishment on the mainland should give credit to Chef…

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Spam for Breakfast: Stacks Pancake House

Posted by Neens on April 13, 2015

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working with Stacks Pancake House as their photographer.  It’s been a real treat to see this power couple from Indonesia open up their first location in Dana Point, and then grow into a second location in Mission Viejo.  Stacks is a special breakfast place because of it’s…

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The Ube Coconut Donut

Posted by Neens on April 13, 2015

I was having a very normal morning.  I woke up, put the kettle on for some green tea, put the news on and started to brush my teeth.  As I was brushing and watching, I noticed the news reporter was at a donut shop, so it got my attention even more.  Pretty much anything “food”…

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Which Came First? The Wrench or the Rodent?

Posted by Trout on April 13, 2015

In 2011 my son and I were in a documentary on sustainability in the surf industry. It was new. It was different. It was the future. Hands-down the quote of the film was, “WHAT’S MORE PUNK ROCK THAN SUSTAINABILITY?!” Think about it. It’s against the grain and contradicts everything humans have been pushing for the…

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Malasadas in the OC

Posted by Neens on April 13, 2015

We who love Hawaii, but live in California, usually have our staple list of things we miss and crave from the land of plate lunch, poke and shave ice.  Each list may vary slightly pending on each persons individuality, but one thing is for sure.  90% of us living on the mainland will have malasadas…

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Kimchi Spam Musubi Croissant

Posted by Neens on November 15, 2014

About a year ago somebody (I don’t remember who) tagged me in a photo of a Kimchi Spam Musubi Croissant.  I was in disbelief that this even existed, so of course I had to do some research.  I found out that this piece of art was created by a bakery called Sugarbloom Bakery in LA.…

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Drop, Baby Drop

Posted by Neens on September 29, 2014

  Toilet Humor What’s up with “the drops?” By Marie Tutko If you’ve been to someone’s home or an upscale office in Hawaii, chances are you’ve seen this in the bathroom: a Visine-sized bottle of clear liquid with an image of a toilet on it, emblazoned with the phrase “One-Drop.” It’s clearly not eye drops,…

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Tio Chino Pac-Mex Cuisine

Posted by Neens on October 29, 2013

About a month ago I started to see Instagram posts from “Tio Chino” (@tiochinorestaurant).  You know how it is.  Someone ‘likes’ something of yours and you check out their profile and then you see one of their foodie posts and that leads to finding out about a new place to go and have a meal. …

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It’s Snowing in Cerritos?

Posted by Neens on October 11, 2013

We are Hawaii Lovers.  Asians, Islanders and Mainlanders that have a passionate palette for a particular mix of flavors.  We are a melting pot  and we cook in a melting pot style. Let’s skip dinner and head straight for dessert.  We love Hawaiian shave (no “d”) ice, we love boba and we love frozen yogurt. …

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