Field Trip: Kapahu Living Farm & Hāna Fresh Farm Stand

Last week, Shake and I were invited to join the Mālama Maui press trip, hosted by the Maui Visitors Bureau and partners, to experience the Ritz-Carlton Celebration of the Arts weekend, and then go down to Hāna, where we stayed at the Travaasa Hāna property and got to do Hāna... Read More

Celebration of the Arts 2015 Line-Up

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua’s annual Celebration of the Arts festival, honoring Hawaiian culture and arts, takes place this weekend (May 8 through 10). The hotel hosts hula and musical performances, an artisans’ gallery and all sorts of demonstrations and workshops to help visitors and locals learn more about and perpetuate native... Read More

Friday Photo — Cake As a Way of Life

I was so busy toiling in my cake factory last week that I plumb forgot to post this photo of cake for Friday Photo! So, although it is admittedly a bit late in the day, it is still Friday, so I can at least post it for this week: This... Read More

Friday Photo — Pinterest Cupcake Fail

Ah, Pinterest. That crazy morass of aspirational ideas. I admit to having cadged more than one idea by browsing the boards, and they’re not always successful. Case in point, my attempt at what were supposed to be cute “Ice Cream Cone” cupcakes—you know, ice cream cones filled with cupcake batter,... Read More

Cooking by the Book: Chocolate Whiskey Tart (Baked Elements)

The Baked NYC cookbook Baked Explorations is a favorite of mine, so I was thrilled when Shake gave me the two other books in the collection about a year ago. (There’s now a fourth, released this past fall.) I’ve made a couple other recipes from them before. I know that... Read More

What Do I Do With This? Oven-Ready Deli Roll Edition

It’s already the final third of March and not only have I failed to put up a blog post this month until today, I haven’t even gone through and processed more than a couple of the photos I took while we were in Hilo for our New Year’s vacation. Ugh.... Read More

Friday Photo — Nikka Whisky Tasting at the Manifest

Last week, The Manifest held one of their Tasting Session seminars with bar manager Justin Park. This one focused on whiskies from the Japanese distillery Nikka. I happened to see a posting on Instagram (if you want to find out about future tasting sessions, you should definitely be following them)... Read More

Field Trip: Manulele Distillers (Kō Hana Rum)

We’ve been fans of Manulele Distillers’ Kō Hana agricole rum ever since barman Kyle Reutner at The Pig & The Lady introduced us to it last year. At the time, P&L was the only place serving it—a perk of Kyle’s apprenticeship at the distillery. Now, it’s popping up in several... Read More