A different, delicious recipe you must try for St. Patricks Day!

Posted on March 06, 2019 by admin
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With St. Patricks Day coming up soon, I'm bringing back a delicious and different recipe you must try! As always, I have a wonderful time (despite being up very early in the morning) with Kitchen Creations on Hawaii News Now. This trip to the Hawaii News Now Kitchen, we cooked up RUEBEN SPRING ROLLs with Guy Hagi! The beef we used was provided by Kunoa Ranch that has many great options and a fantastic message and belief that whenever possible the food eaten in Hawaii should be born, raised, and processed here! Kunoa currently ranches 2,000 head on 4,000 acres of Kauai and Oahu pastureland. Much of our land is former sugarcane plantation land, which has either been fallowed or more recently cultivated by some of the world’s largest seed companies. This presents us with an opportunity to demonstrate the power of regenerative grazing to build soil, store carbon, restore hydrologic function to the landscape, and protect our marine habitats from runoff. Our herds are a genetic rainbow of English, continental, and hot-weather breeds that ha... Read more

A exciting and sustainable trip to Mari’s Garden on Oahu!

Posted on March 06, 2019 by admin
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Cooking with local produce has always been at the forefront of my mind because they just make the dish taste so fresh and delicious!  Taking a trip to Mari's Garden to see beforehand what I was excited to have in Tiki's Grill & Bar's kitchen was a treat. Mari’s Gardens is an 18-acre aquaponics and hydroponics farm located in Mililani on the island of O‘ahu, Hawaii.   [bctt tweet="Eating local produce has so many great benefits. #FarmToTable . " username="@tikisgrill"] Their mission is to promote sustainable living, organic urban farming, and buying local through soil-less agricultural techniques. We are dedicated to practicing sustainable methods of farming through aquaponics and hydroponics in order to grow a variety of vegetables, fruits, and fish. They also offer farm tours, farm to plate dinners in the garden, nursery plants, landscaping services, as well as aquaponic and hydroponic systems.  My team & I took advantage of the farm tour. We believe that by being completely transparent about all of our operations, ... Read more

Reasons to support Restaurant Week Hawaii 2018

Posted on November 16, 2018 by admin
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The Most Delicious Week of the Year! Every year, there is a week that local diners look forward to!  And I'm proud to say we are thrilled to be participating again.  Restaurant Week Hawaii Showcasing Hawaii’s restaurants and supporting the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head-RestaruantWeekHawaii.com There are delicious eats for every type of foodie.  From fine dining to fast food goods, there's something for everyone.  And you support a good cause.  Parts of the proceeds for each restaurants special menu dedicated to the Restaurant Week cause is donated to the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head. This is all kinds of yes.     We are big believers in the #FarmToTable movement and this is another great reason to enjoy what restaurants have offered up to showcase the local produce grown by Hawaii's farmers with their Restaurant Week Menus.  Another reason to be all kinds of yes.       This 10 day week of deliciousness is from November 9-18 so jump ... Read more

This is what happens when you use Ko Hana Rum to make Karaage Chicken & Waffles.

Posted on October 04, 2018 by admin
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Kohana Rum, Chicken Karaage & Waffles...Oh My! It was time for another visit to the Sunrise Hawaii News Now set.   [bctt tweet="It’s great when you can find locally sourced items to throw into your recipes. #ShopLocal @kohanarum" username=""]  With Ko Hana Rum, they provided an enjoyable ingredient to integrate into a classic dish.  Chicken & Waffles...or as we enhanced it a bit, Chicken Karaage & Waffles with a Kohana Rum Butter Syrup.  (Mouthful, I know...but trust me, it’s simply delicious!)   [caption id="attachment_8241" align="aligncenter" width="370"] Image by Kō Hana Rum[/caption] A little talk story about Kohana Rum.     Manulele Distillers-home of Kō Hana Agricole Rum.  Wait, what’s Agricole Rum? is the French term for cane juice rum, a style of rum originally distilled in the French Caribbean islands from freshly squeezed sugar cane juice rather than molasses. [caption id="attachment_8240" align="aligncenter" width="370"] Image by Kō Hana Rum[/caption] “Cherish... Read more

The Most Epic Field Trip with the Bees

Posted on September 26, 2018 by admin
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A FIELD TRIP to a quaint apiary (Bee Farm) was a great break away from the hustle and bustle of Oahu for some of my staff.   A small group met up with my good friend Jenn and also got the pleasure of meeting Robin from Kauai Nectar Co. who is one of the few young, female beekeepers worldwide who loves sharing this ancient practice with people of all ages and backgrounds.  [caption id="attachment_8211" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Image Courtesy of Kauai Nectar Co.[/caption] They settled into having fun sweating in their special suits to protect ourselves from what they came to encounter.   It’s truly quite fascinating to watch the process of these hard-working insects.  Pollenate = Help Plants Grow = Produce Food. That’s the simple but super important math to how they are vital to our world. [bctt tweet="Pollenate = Help Plants Grow = Produce Food. #SaveTheBees " username=""] [caption id="attachment_8213" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Image Courtesy of Kauai Nectar Co.[/caption] You know that I lov... Read more

Crab Luau Leaf Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms

Posted on August 21, 2018 by admin
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Crab Luau Leaf Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms for the Win!  It was Superbowl LII (aka 2018) this past year and one of our Managers from Tiki’s Grill & Bar had made some fantastic crabbed stuffed mushrooms and thought it was a great way to showcase these mushrooms from SmallKine Farms in Waimanalo for this Kitchen Creations showcase. The versatility of this recipe Mushrooms are so versatile and can be used for so many things. Make this dish your own! Put what you LOVE in this. From meats to other veggies, there are so many different ways to make a stuffed mushroom your own (in my experience, cheese always make things tastier).  Using locally sourced ingredients supports your local farmers and is a great reason to get out and shop in a different way. Talk about Farm to Table, right! What’s a crimini mushroom, you might ask? It’s just another name for a baby portabella, so don't be shy about using it if you haven't heard of it before. Remember, have fun. Challenge yourself and see what others around you are making, and put you... Read more