Category Archives: History

Mom’s Homemade Piccalilli Makes a Special Appearance

Posted on November 23, 2016 by admin

[caption id="attachment_7087" align="alignright" width="720"] Mom's homemade piccalilli[/caption] A couple months ago when I was visiting in Massachusetts I rummaged through my mother's cabinets in her absence to locate a childhood favorite, homemade piccalilli. I was unsuccessful. I simply figured she was slacking on the canning and enjoying life so much! Low and behold this came in the mail a few weeks ago. Piccalilli is relish with green tomatoes, peppers, and onions. My mom would put it on my roast beef sandwiches for bag lunch in high school, and my friends would barter for my sandwiches. I can't remember what I got in return, but more often than not I wouldn't want to trade! For our new Lunch Menu rollout (coming soon to you all in a few weeks!), I'll be featuring my own version of piccalilli, using Mom's tried and true recipe, of course. It will complement our revamped Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Melt Sandwich & Soup. The panini will be made with fresh island ahi tuna salad (dolphin & green sea turtle free and safe), Swiss cheese, the housemade picca... Read more

KITCHEN COMMANDMENTS! – 10 Tips to Help You Cook Like a Pro

Posted on October 25, 2016 by admin

            “Of course, everyone knows that.” It was just a good natured tongue-in-cheek jab from Grace Lee, host of the Kitchen Creations segment on Hawaii News Now Sunrise Show. My off handed comment had begged for a little sarcasm. She made a good point. I was mixing up the batter for Banana Andagi and mentioned that the recipe emphasized not to over-mix. When I added “cuz then you can activate the gluten in the flour - right” I made it sound like something so obvious it hardly needed saying. [embed][/embed]  While it’s something a trained chef would definitely know, someone with a little less kitchen experience might still be wondering why their cakes always come out tough and chewy. It got me thinking about what other basic kitchen know-how has been buried under piles of microwave meals and fast food wrappers. Here are 10 great tips to get started on the right foot. 1. Don’t Over-Mix the Batter - See above if you... Read more

For the Love of Mangoes

Posted on August 27, 2016 by admin

I had tried several times before but the last time I was determined to make it work. For two and a half years I struggled. I moved my little mango tree around the yard like it was a piece of furniture. My soil is sandy and probably has too much salt being close to the ocean. Mangoes like sandy soil but have a low tolerance for salt. In the end I had to accept I wouldn’t be picking any mangoes from my backyard. I love mangoes. There is a lot you can do with mangoes. Mangoes are great for old favorites like mango bread or as a nice flavor twist for many familiar recipes ranging from salsa to chutney. When I think of mangoes though, what comes to my mind is just the fruit. Nothing beats dicing and scooping out chunks of fresh luscious mango. It’s one of those lucky we live Hawaii moments. Throwing Down at the Mango Festival June through August is peak mango season and recently I had an opportunity to join in on a couple of mango themed events. The Mango Throwdown is part of the annual Mangoes at the Moana Festival. Now in its eighth year, the festiva... Read more

The Iolani Fair Turns 25

Posted on June 24, 2016 by admin

    Who’s Kid is that Eating Crab Dip Behind the Malasada Tent?  A few years ago somebody made the comment, “we need more chefs’ kids in the school”. It was while preparing for another two full days of gourmet food and cooking demonstrations that have become a unique fixture of the Iolani Fair. While the idea of going out to recruit more children of local chefs to help stack the roster at the gourmet food tent was meant as a joke, it did demonstrate how important the school’s commitment to local cuisine has become. The Original Roy’s Gourmet Food Tent Back when Roy Yamaguchi’s kids were going to Iolani, his wife got involved with the fair and encouraged Roy to round up some of his chef buddies to help as well. The new Gourmet Food Tent became a showcase for local, established chefs to highlight their dishes and it added a unique element to help the relatively new Iolani Fair, stand out. The fair has now successfully celebrated its 25th birthday and over the years there have been more local chefs involved in the gourmet... Read more

The Secret to Super Light Tempura

Posted on May 25, 2016 by admin

Hawaii News Now has been gracious enough to let me be a part of their Sunrise show, during their Kitchen Creations spot. I'll be filming another segment soon, so stay tuned for that! Click on the link to see the full clip from my last shooting: Tempura Kakiage. The Secret to Super Light Tempura For my last appearance, I stirred up some light and fluffy vegetable Kakiage live on the show. Business reporter Howard Dicus was in the studio to do the traditional TV host taste test and I could tell what he was thinking before he even picked up the ball of deep fried tempura battered veggie sticks. Most people think anything deep fried by definition is going to be heavy and greasy. It’s not. Howard's reaction was great. He first grabbed one of the bigger cakes and was immediately trying to break off just a piece or find a smaller cake to try. I remember him saying something like “naturally it turns out to be really huge”. He was probably thinking that even a small sample was going to leave him feeling full. When he took his first bite he had a price... Read more

Join Us for a Relaxing Brunch at the Beach this Mother’s Day

Posted on May 03, 2016 by admin

  [caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignnone" width="350"] Me and my Mom, at Roman's Graduation.[/caption] Tiki’s Mother’s Day Brunch continues to attract more locals and visitors each year. With our diverse menu of local favorites like the poke bar and house-made kimchee plus Tiki’s Mother’s Day favorites like the build your own omelet station and pancake bar, there is something for everyone across the board. Something Special for the Early Risers Maybe you need to share this Mother’s Day with more than one special lady, maybe you have things to do or maybe you just enjoy that peaceful time of day before things really get rolling. This year, to let even more guests enjoy our brunch buffet we are opening at 7:30AM. As always we offer 3 hours of free valet parking in Waikiki and an outstanding buffet selection to spoil all your mothers and grandmothers. The ocean views are gorgeous and there will be plenty of time to eat, enjoy the food and talk story. Dreaming of Mother’s Day Although organizing the Mother’s Day buffet does... Read more