Category Archives: Tiki’s

Flavor Punch!

Posted on April 13, 2018 by admin
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What’s my definition of a flavor punch in a meal?  I would say that it's like it sounds...a "PUNCH"!  Bold and strong, not subtle. Not just something that enhances flavor like salt or pepper but a primary flavor like anchovies, miso, a pungent cheese, fish sauce, capers or even chocolate. When trying to recall my first 'flavor punch' meal, I couldn't really narrow that down but  I definitely was intrigued with Asian ingredients not being the norm from my childhood. Hot Chinese mustard, fermented foods & seasonings, kimchee etc, all very bold. [bctt tweet=" Get people excited about your dish! #ChefRonnie" username="@tikisgrill"] I encourage you to get people excited about your dish! Use buzz words to generate interest & anticipation. Make food EXCITING! When doing this interview with  I used words like..SIZZLING HOT, SPICY KO CHU JANG, FRESH WAIPOLI LETTUCE, HIGH-SPEED BLENDER.  You get my drift.   Tell me your favorite "Flavor Punch"? Delizioso!!  Chef Ronnie [yumprint-recipe id='6']... Read more

Localicious is back!

Posted on March 11, 2018 by admin
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  [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://treehousechef.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Kitchen-Creations-w_-Chef-Ronnie-Nasuti-of-Tikis-Grill-and-Bar-Maui-Nui-Venison-Burgers.mp4"][/video] - Mahalo to Grace and the HAWAII NOW KGMB/KHNL/KFVE for featuring Chef Ronnie Nasuti Localicious Hawaii! is back again and we are supporting the cause! They promote participating restaurants who are committed to buying local and features a “Localicious Dish”.  During the month of March buying, that dish supports AG education in our public schools (Veggie U Kit).  Every “Localicious Dish” ordered, the restaurant will donate $1!  Localicious Hawaii is a part of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation whose mission is: “to support and sustain Hawaii’s agricultural industry by addressing critical needs and services of farmers and the agricultural industry in Hawaii, and by better connecting the farmers with the community and vice-versa. This involves educational and outreach programs in the community, as well as direct marketing, tec... Read more

The Artistry of Food

Posted on July 30, 2017 by admin
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The artistry of food. The complexity of food can also be the simplicity of food. When an artist draws on his canvas, he or she is creating something, something that grows with every stroke of the brush and every twist of the wrist. A chef also has a canvas in the form of an empty plate and his imagination and thoughtful ingredients are his brush to create extremely colorful and delicious dishes. [bctt tweet="#Watermelon & Feta Cheese Salad = YES!" username=""] Summer is a hot one and what better way to stay cool than fresh cold watermelon but with a twist. Mine was meshing watermelon with arugula, feta cheese, Hawaiian salt, Mint pesto, house made harissa and some balsamic vinegar. Be yourself, break away from the typical cuisine of authentic local food and don’t be afraid to experience the absolutely delicious merge of fruit and vegetables, guaranteed to stimulate the taste buds to a different dimension! Challenge yourself to experience a watermelon in different ways. Delizioso, Chef Ronnie [yumprint-recipe id='4']... Read more

Hawaii Chocolate Festival 2016

Posted on October 12, 2016 by admin
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    It's that time of year again - Chocolate Festival! Today, I went and picked up a whopping 10 pounds of dark chocolate from Manoa Chocolate. For this year's Chocolate Festival, I will be making some Hawaiian Style S'mores, with Coconut Marshmallow Creme, Dark Manoa Chocolate, Graham Cracker Tartlet, Hawaiian Grown Cacao Dusted.   Manoa Chocolate Hawaii is a self-proclaimed bean-to-bar company. Besides sourcing quality beans from around the globe, they also use local cacao beans, thus drawing attention to premium products manufactured on the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S that grows cacao. Cacao trees produce beans, roasted beans become cacao nibs. Manoa Chocolate Hawaii then crafts them into delicious dark chocolate bars. This event is presented by Special Events Hawaii in celebration of the state the Department of Agriculture's "Hawai`i-Grown Cacao Month". This sweet celebration takes place on Saturday, October 15, 2016, in the Ward Village Courtyard. Event hours are Saturday from noon... Read more

French Toast and Fruit Kebabs in Under 4 Minutes

Posted on July 29, 2016 by admin
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We’re Almost Out of Time Not long ago I had a chance to tackle another recipe from the pages of the Honolulu Star Advertiser live on the Hawaii News Now Sunrise Show. When doing any kind of cooking show or demonstration I always try to show as much of the actual preparation as possible while still keeping it interesting. In front of the cameras there is added pressure because you’re working on a very tight schedule with very little room for even the smallest thing to go wrong. Preparation is a big part of any well executed dish, whether that means demonstrating a recipe in under four minutes, putting out six-hundred plates at a fundraiser or just making a great meal at home. Just Relax Trying to look relaxed while racing to get the dish put together can be challenging. I should admit here I’m not a big morning person. Despite my best intentions I’m usually operating on less than the optimal amount of sleep. Maybe that’s a good thing. Despite the early wake-up calls, these things are still fun. Staying relaxed, either in front of the camera o... Read more

The Palama Settlement 808 Junior Chef Team Visits Tiki’s

Posted on July 14, 2016 by admin
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The Palama Settlement 808 Junior Chef Team Visits Tiki’s July is National Culinary Arts Month. In honor of this, I wanted to share two experiences that are close to my heart - both involve working with local youth who are interested in breaking into the field of culinary arts. It's so important to light a fire under these kids who will become the next generation of pioneers and pirates in the kitchen, and who can keep our Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement alive, while challenging it and making it better. Their First Real Restaurant It was a revelation. The email had come from Larry Sweets, the youth recreation specialist at the Palama Settlement in Kalihi. He wrote to thank us for dinner and offer to have some of the kids from Palama’s fire knife dancing and hula programs perform at Tiki’s. A few days earlier we had hosted three boys from Palama’s 808 Junior Chef Showdown team for dinner. According to Larry the visit to Tiki’s was the “first time any of them have been to a real restaurant”. What struck me was that these kids were already... Read more

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