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

Island Ono Poisson Cru

Posted on June 16, 2017 by admin
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 What exactly is Poisson Cru?   It was time to wake up early once again to be a part of Kitchen Creations with Hawaii News Now.  Today, we decided on making the dish, Poisson Cru.  What exactly is Poisson Cru?    Poisson Cru is known as a popular Tahitian dish, in French Polynesian, this literally translates to "Raw Fish".  It's something we used to have on our menu at Tiki's Grill & Bar right before ahi poke became a really big thing.  This dish is marinated in lemon or lime juice until the surface of the flesh becomes tightens up a bit.  About 5 minutes later, mix with coconut milk and diced vegetables.    We used some local sweet onions, tomatoes, limu and Kahuku Sea Asparagus from Dr. Sun's  Olokai Farms added that nice bit of texture.   [caption id="attachment_8135" align="aligncenter" width="227"] Honolulu Magazine Cover showcasing Dr. Sun from Olakai Farms.[/caption] Created to be a very easy and quickly ready to serve dish perfect for any time of the day.  With summe... Read more

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