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Need a Recipe for Pumpkin Soup

We've just harvested a nice pumpkin and my wife would like to make a nice pumpkin soup...possibly with coconut milk and curry...please send any and all ideas...mahalo nui loa for your kokua

Jul 01, 2008
S Marquis in Home Cooking

Chow-tastic restaurants on Kauai and the Big Island?

you should not miss the Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa town, which is a small enclave of art galaries and shops highlighted by its "bright pink" Kona Hotel which has a restroom with arguably the best view in the world (for a restroom)...breakfast and lunch everyday but Monday and dinner Wednesday thru Saturday...reservations recommended for dinner...in the spirit of full disclosure, we eat there often and our farm provides a small portion of their locally grown ingredients

Jun 22, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Chow-tastic restaurants on Kauai and the Big Island?

Recommendation for the west side of the Big Island are for Thai try Original Thai or the Bangkok House both in Kailua town, for Japanese try Kenichi in Keauhou area, for Hawaiian style Japanese try Teshima's in Kainiliu, for local style cuisine try the Big Island Grill in Kailua town or the Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea, but the best restaurant today is the Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa town...their gnoochi is outstanding, an excellent lunch spot is the Roadhouse Cafe in Kainiliu, Cafe Pesto in Kawaihae is good and the Bamboo Restaurant in Hawi is good, too...we don't tend to frequent the resort restaurants so we can't help much there but I'm sure there are some fine dining spots. Hava a nice trip and ka'ahele malu.

Jun 22, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Best tea for ICE tea

lilikoi ice tea is the absolute best...refreshing in the summer heat...give it a try

Jun 20, 2008
S Marquis in Home Cooking

What can I add to a cold watermelon soup to make it more savory?

try passion fruit/lilikoi puree

Jun 20, 2008
S Marquis in Home Cooking

Had To Share My Joy

It was such a wonderful dinner and it was largely locally grown or caught which inspired me to share my joy. The fish was Ono (wahoo in other climes). The entree was medallions of Ono rolled in tumeric and baked for 5 minutes at 450 and served on a bed of sauteed joi choi mixed with Japanse tunip greens with oyster sauce. The side was a melange of roasted Japanese turnips and Tahitian squash. The bread was a freshly baked boule. The wines was a 2003 Cab from Chateau Souvreign. Desert was a freshly baked choclate brownie topped with Roselani Haupia(coconut) ice cream with a freshly brewed cup of newly roasted Kona coffee. Ok, we didn't grow or catch the brownie or bottle the wine but it was wonerful. It makes me very happ to be growing "things". Mahalo nui for uderstanding my joy.

Jun 15, 2008
S Marquis in Home Cooking

Review: The Hualalai Grille by Alan Wong, Kona

just curious...mahalo nui...I'll read your "current" reports with greater interest

Jun 11, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Kauai vs. Maui

I don't think anyone has suggested Mema's(sp?) for thai cuisine...located across from Kintaro's...very good

Jun 09, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Jackson Hole Food Review

it's been years since we've visited JH...is the pizza place located in the big house west of town still there?...is the little house located just east of the town square which had excellent breads and soups still around?...mahalo nui loa for giving us an update

Jun 09, 2008
S Marquis in Mountain States

Review: The Hualalai Grille by Alan Wong, Kona

I'm curious about you, Bill Hunt.
You seem to comment on every Hawaiian report.
Are you some sort of Hawaiian culinary specialist?
Do you live here?

Jun 09, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Need ideas for using Joi Choi and Monument Cabbage

We've just begun growing the two aforementioned veggies and we're in need of some ways to prepare them....mahalo nui loa for your help.

May 20, 2008
S Marquis in Home Cooking

Please critique our planned choices on Big Island

Jackie Rey's is pretty average...Holuakoa Cafe is much better (in Holualoa)...the last time we were at Merriman's it was quite a disappointment...the Canoe House might be a better choice...we like Fujimama's...Sushi EF is a touristy rip off...lunch at Bangkok House in King Kam Mall is very good...Kona Brew Pub has pretty good gormet pizzas and excellent award winning beers...if you mean Habenero's rather than Habahero's then it's very good...also, you might try Keii Cafe...lunch or dinner at Original Thai will be a treat...Kenichi is excellent...good luck

May 18, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Request Recipes using Joi Choi and Chinese Monument Cabbage

We've jst started growing these two items. Would you share your favorite dished using either joi choi or monument cabbage? Mahalo nui loa.

May 18, 2008
S Marquis in Home Cooking

Recipes Requested for Joi Choi and Chinese Cabbage

We've jst started growing Joi Choi and Chinese Monument Cabbage. Will you share your favorite dished which use either? Mahalo nui loa.

May 18, 2008
S Marquis in Pacific Northwest

Polynesian Lu’au on the Big Island

What I've always heard is that the best luau in West Hawaii is at the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua town but Kona Village is a 5-star resort so...you make the call.

May 12, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Hana and Big Island - recs for seafood lovers on honeymoon?

I forgot to mention Fujimama's in Kailua town for cocktails and pupus

May 09, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Hana and Big Island - recs for seafood lovers on honeymoon?

My new favorite restaurant on the Big Island is the Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa town (excellent pastas with fresh locally grown ingredients)...the Original Thai in Kailua town is also excellent...for local type food the Big Island Grill in Kailua town is very good...for Japanese food Kenichi is the best (in Keauhou area)...for ambiance the Canoe House along resort row cannot be beat...luncheon at the Bamboo Restaurant in Hawi town is a special daytrip treat...lunch at the Coffee Shack on the main road south of Captain Cook village is special, too...good luck and ka'ahele malu

May 09, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Puako for the week

I don't believe that any of the previous responses you've received will provide you with "freshly grown" or "recently caught" anything...the only market which deal with local farmers are the KTA chain...there's a store in Waimea...also, Waimea, Hilo, as well as Kailua towns have local farmer's markets which are held on certain Saturdays.

May 02, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

The Big Island

The best new restaurant is the Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa town, which is just above Kailua-Kona...the chef (Wilson Reed) presents outstanding freshly made pasta dished with either gnoochi or risotto complemented with whatever is available from local farmers. Reservations are a must, given limited seating.
Local sights may be a bit disappointing, given the recent upsurge in the amount of vog (volcanic haze) but the sacred City of Refuge is an interesting bit of Hawaiian culture.
Snorkelling in Kealakekua Bay is the best.
The drive to the northern end of the island can be breath-taking when accompanied by lunch at the Bamboo Restaurant in Hawi followed by a large dish of Tropical Delight ice cream.

May 02, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Puako for the week

Not too many suggestions because there's not much very close to Puako...if you're talking about Big Island Puako...the closest market with fresh items would be in Waimea and I believe that there is a fish market in Kawaihae...good luck

Apr 30, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Big Island Disappointment

next need for a culinary fix try the new Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa...chef Wilson Reed does a spectacular job...you'll need a reservation...it's becoming very popular and has limited seating

Big Island Redeemed!

We're pleased to hear that you had such a wonderful experience. The last time we dined at this restaurant it was not such a high quality experience and we have heard the same from a number of other locals. Maybe they're on their way back to the high quality we knew a couple of years ago. Mahalo for the report.

Big Island chow

Original Thai has the best Thai food...Big Island Grill has the best "local" food...the best new restaurant is the Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa...the Cafe Pesto in Kawaihai is better than the one in Hilo...we had a fine dinner the other night at Quinn's in Kailua town...the last time we were at Merriman's it wasn't that good...the quality has slipped...Theibault's might be a better choice...the Hawaiian Style Cafe in Waimea has excellent "local" food...good luck and malama pono

Mar 27, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

ISO Fresh Passionfruit Ideas

lillikoi butter is spectacular on pancakes and lillikoi jelly is great on morning toast...if you'd like the formula just let me know...also, we had a great tasting lillikoi mustard from Auntie Lillikoi's shop on Kauai...malama pono

Mar 21, 2008
S Marquis in Home Cooking

Where'd everybody go?

we live above Kailua town in Holualoa...we eat out often...when you're preparing to visit let me know and I'll send along a list of the current places we've enjoyed...malama pono

Fujimama's on the Big Island

We recently had an fine dining experience at this small restaurant just mauka of Alii Drive in donwtown Kailua-Kona. The pupus made for a superior starting point with an excellent selection of sushi. We elected the Yomama roll (an excellent combination of seafood and veggies exceptionally well spiced), the always steady choice of tobiko nigiri (crunchy fish eggs on a bed of rice wrapped in seaweed seated in a shoyu/wasabi sause), and an order of lightly fried calamari strips so thinly massaged that they melted in your mouth. We follow those with entrees including a succulent lamb sate which was outstanding with a bed of pickled vegetables, a lightly corn-crusted Walu (Hawaiian Butterfish) served on a bed of sauted greens and brown rice (it was so smooth and sweet), and a five-spice pork yakisoba that provided an excellent kick to offset the sweet Walu. We topped off the evening with a cup of fine Kona coffee and shared a desert of Bananas Tempura with locally made Tahitian vanilla ice cream. We will definately return.
While this is not a place for a a traveler on a budget, it was truely a fine dining experience with excellent service and reasonable ambiance.
I should mention that this place has an awesome martini selection with a wide range of exotic concoctions. Our next visit will be to sample more of their sushi roll selection while sipping a giant Sapporo beer or a fine martini.
We hope that your dining experience here will be a fine as ours.

Kauai Luau?

If you'd like an original Hawaiian experience you should attempt to attend a blessing...I attended a blessing yesterday at the opening ceremony for a festival on the Big Island and it was very nice and authentic...bonne chance

Mar 02, 2008
S Marquis in Hawaii

Big Island Hilo day trip

have you tried the malasadas sold at the roadside stand at Hina Lani and Queen K?...the stand is there in weekends...if yes, how do they compare?

French Quarter dining - mid week

Bayonna's is superior...located just outside of the Quarter

Feb 27, 2008
S Marquis in New Orleans

Mangosteens

try lemi wai

Feb 27, 2008
S Marquis in Features