Cooking for Causes

Posted on September 28, 2013 by admin
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Creating a sensational dish is even more rewarding when having the opportunity to do it for a good cause! October 4th I will be on the Big Island at Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range. The purpose of this event is to “provide an educational venue to encourage and support local production of agricultural products through social, cultural and scientific exchanges. It features a diverse array of talents brought together for the purpose of developing an ethos of compatibility, tranquility and sustainability with this land we co-inhabit.” We will be making mutton. I’m bringing Mike Kealoha with me, his family has a secret recipe passed down from generation to generation for smoking, curing and seasoning meat. We are acquiring Big Island lamb. Serving with a vanilla bean and poha berry agradolce.  Sambo from Sambo Berries is hand picking me the plumpest most beautiful poha berries just for this event. It will be a non-thickened, reduced, vinegar, sugar and berries with vanilla beans. We’ll add this to the marinated, treated smoked meat. White shoyu ... Read more

Make A Wish

Posted on September 21, 2013 by admin
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[imagebrowser id=10] Xhosa Chinn is a really sweet kid from Orlando Florida who has heart problems. He’s 6’4” and was playing basketball. His wish was to come to Hawaii and see what it would be like to be a chef. I was given the honor by the wonderful people at the Make A Wish Foundation to be that chef for Xhosa. So I made a list of proteins, starches, vegetables and finally sauces we could make from scratch. We “Iron Chef-d” it; took a bunch of ingredients without a preconceived idea of what to do and make something cool out of it. I collaborated with Xhosa on his ideas and what he wanted to make. He was really into making egg rolls. I told him we’d make some nice authentic multi-cultural egg rolls. All of the proceeds of Xhosa’s special that would be sold that night would go back to Make A Wish. We decided to make a combo plate for greater value. I took him through the process of putting together a special, why you could use this fish, what makes it great, this is the kind of sauce that you can make to compliment it. I have some great Lao... Read more

New York City Dining Part 3 of 3

Posted on September 13, 2013 by admin
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  Welcome back to my final two days of exploring New York’s dining culture. We continue our journey from our previous posts Part 1 and Part 2. Day 4 An amazing new concept in NYC are single named celebrity chef venues with many genre’s of food stations that you can order, from homemade breads and pizzas to sushi bar, homemade pasta and homemade sausage station and much more. It’s an amazing signature spin on a traditional food court. Today we visited Todd English’s Food Hall and I was blown away with the quality of the food. There were about 10 different restaurants. The sushi was excellent, I was amazed considering I’ve been eating sushi in Hawaii for the past 20 years which has great, premium fresh fish. Seemed no matter what you chose; Spanish, Italian, sushi, grill, raw oyster bar, a communal theme, all fantastic. You could take it home with you or eat it there. Next my dining consociate and I, Brian Berusch, went to East Village, very cool and eclectic. There we checked out Lady M Confections, Manhattan’s hottest bakery of t... Read more

New York City Dining Part 2 of 3

Posted on September 05, 2013 by admin
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DAY 2 We continue our urban cuisine adventure from our previous post. We started the day with lunch in Tribeca at the Manhattan institution Tribeca Grill. After an Ozzy Osbourne sighting we were able to sit with the owner/restaurateur Drew Nieporent, one of the most renowned in Manhattan, he opened the first Nobu, launched Montrachet and other venerable NYC hot spots. Food was hearty and straightforward, and the dessert sit-down with Drew was enlightening. [imagebrowser id=9] Continuing to Walk through Tribeca up to SoHo to an Italian sandwich shop called Alidoro, known to “in-the-know” circles throughout Manhattan. It was formerly “the sandwich Nazi” story that gave way to the “soup nazi” of Seinfeld fame, but was bought by an Italian family. Endured an amazing prosciutto and roasted pepper hero. We spent an hour and a half at Mario Batali’s latest forray Eataly. An entire Manhattan 
city block devoted to Italian specialty foods/ingredients for purchase. Salumeria, custom pasta maker/counter, fish monger, butcher, plus a pasta ... Read more

New York City Dining Part 1 of 3

Posted on August 30, 2013 by admin
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I recently had the opportunity to really experience the culinary skills of New York City. We ate and we ate and then we ate some more. Five full days of lunch, dinner and then dinner again! A fantastic and unforgettable experience. I was accompanied by Travel Expert, NBC host and Publisher Brian Berusch. Brian lives here in Hawaii but is from New York originally and knows the restaurant scene. He was the Editorial Director at Oahu Publications Inc. magazine for years and has done a lot of award winning freelance for various travel, culinary and lifestyle magazines. I’ll do a 3 part blog rundown and some highlights for you incase your in New York City and would like some direction in what can be an overwhelming decision on where to go. A special thanks to Brian for his guidance, company and pictures and writing some of the list descriptions I'll be posting over this 3 part blog series.  DAY 1 Ess a Bagel. Legendary midtown Manhattan institution for bagels, sandwiches, smoked fish and precision service. Sparks Steak House. We didn’t eat here as... Read more

VOTE TIKI’S

Posted on August 15, 2013 by admin
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Things are rolling right along as the summer winds down. We've got our labels and bottles in for our Passion-Lilikoi Salad Dressing that I'll be whipping up a batch of tonight on our first housemade run. My brothers coming in tomorrow which would have been fun to take some extra time off. Sunday a very special kid from Make A Wish is coming to work side-by-side with me and design a dish to sell for Sunday evening's dinner special. Half of all sales of that dish will go back to Make A Wish so I encourage you to come into Tiki's this coming Sunday. I'll be posting about the experience next week hopefully. Finally this week I'd like to encourage all of you to take a minute and VOTE TIKI'S in the 2014 Hale Aina Awards for 'Best Place to Take a Visitor' and if you would be so kind as to write us in for 'Best Seafood' and 'Best Barfood'. We work very hard all year to bring our A-game and we'd appreciate the recognition. Also, if we win the gold we will through a party. Thanks in advance! That's all I have for now, hope your staying cool, more to come!... Read more

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