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Sharon’s Birthday Ambush at MORE GOOD HAIR DAYS

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Who doesn’t want more good hair days?  I sure do. I stopped by a new salon called MORE GOOD HAIR DAYS (on Lanikaula/Laukapu) not to get my hair done but to surprise my… Continue reading

I Found Breakfast in my Garden

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I accept it.  I’m officially old. I woke up with the sun, walked around the garden. Was excited to see that one bitter melon was ready to be harvested. I continued to look… Continue reading

Sake, sake, and some beer and shochu with Kadota Liquor!

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Kadota Liquor organized a sake tasting event recently. It was held at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in their Moku Ola banquet room. We tasted beer and shochu in addition to sake. I love… Continue reading

Hurricane Lane/Disaster Prep

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Is your household prepped for a natural disaster with water, food, first aid, etc. for at least a few days?  Thankfully, I have a good-sized (but messy) pantry and a habit of buying… Continue reading

Russ, Peanuts, and Life

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I went to a funeral for a friend of mine who had a long, full life. He recently passed away at the age of 89. There is a long list of contributions he… Continue reading

Garden to Table: Summer Panzanella Salad

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My peppers are finally growing and starting to turn a pretty red color. I don’t have a whole lot of peppers to harvest but I do have enough peppers to add some pretty… Continue reading

Garden to Table–Bitter Melon (Goya) Salad

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My bitter melon vines are starting to grow and produce fruit. I’m so happy to be able to create dishes from produce I harvest from my garden.  I can’t wait until my eggplants… Continue reading

Garden to Table: Bittermelon with Black Bean Garlic Sauce

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We are in a bittermelon phase these days. One dish my husband loves is Chinese-style bittermelon stir-fried with beef in a black bean garlic sauce. It is such a quick and easy dish… Continue reading

Malunggay from Grace turned into Chicken Tinola

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My friend Grace has a green thumb. She grows lemons, calamansi, bitter melon, tomatoes, papaya, and I am not sure what else. One day, my daughter asked me to pick up Grace’s daughter… Continue reading

Garden Separation Anxiety

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I am preparing to go on a week-long trip and other than thinking about what I need to pack, I’m also thinking about my plant babies that I’ll be leaving behind for a… Continue reading