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Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI

Baking Bites at Matsumoto Shave Ice, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI

Shave ice is one of my favorite Hawaiian treats. Unlike “shaved ice,” shave ice is made up of impossibly fluffy ice shavings that melt almost instantly on your tongue. The tiny shavings really hang on to the syrups, so you get a lot of flavor in each bite, not a cone of ice and a pool of syrup at the bottom. Matsumoto Shave Ice just ... Read More »

Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu, HI

BBQ Pork Plate Lunch at Rainbow Drive-In, Honolulu, HI

When you are hungry around lunchtime in Hawaii, you want to look for a place to grab a “plate lunch.” Plate lunch is a standard lunch in Hawaii, and it usually consists of a large plate or tray heaped up with white rice, mac salad (macaroni/pasta salad) and/or some other side dish, as well as an entree, usually a meat dish. The entrees range from teriyaki ... Read More »

Leonard’s Bakery, Honolulu, HI

Malasadas at Leonard’s Bakery

Hawaii is known for many foods. They’re known for having amazing fish, hearty plate lunches, a love for SPAM and lighter-than-air shave ice. They’re also known for malasadas. A malasada is a Portuguese donut, made of balls of yeast dough that are deep fried and coated with sugar. The yeast dough is rich and buttery, much more like a brioche dough than the airy dough that is ... Read More »

The 13th Annual Waikiki SpamJam

Nicole and Spammy

If you have ever visited Hawaii, you know that Spam is hugely popular there and that it used in all types of dishes, from breakfast scrambles to musubi snacks to burgers. With that in mind, it should be no surprise to hear that the biggest Spam festival in the country is held in the state the consumes more Spam than any other. This year I ... Read More »

A Visit to Carlo’s Bakery, Hoboken, NJ

Baking Bites at Carlo's Bakery

If you watch a lot of food-related TV, you have probably heard of the show Cake Boss. The show, which is aired on TLC, is focused on the day to day workings of Buddy Valestro’s bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, including everything from the family dynamics of those who run to place to the efficient production that goes into make beautiful cakes for weddings and ... Read More »

A Dinner on Virgin America in First Class

Virgin America First Class Salt Shaker

The meals on airplanes these days aren’t what they used to be. When airplanes have food available, it’s usually a snack box of prepackaged crackers, cheeses, cookies and/or a prepared sandwich. It’ll get you through the flight when you’re hungry, but it’s hardly a gourmet meal. This is all only when you’re flying coach, of course. Now, I don’t mind going without food or with ... Read More »

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