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Returning to Oahu after a decade

Manomin, Did we chat at my talk? If so, why not? And this is a reply to Dare2d as well since when I hit the reply button on that post, everything freezes.

Anyway, I thought it was useful to compare France and Hawaii, specially for students. French cuisine seems so remote and grand, Hawaii so local. Glad you found it interesting.

I just wish I had had time to explore restaurants more. I had just one week, three of the days at a conference. And for the rest, I found I was taken out to breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day. Who's complaining? But if and when I get back, I'm keeping all your suggestions.

Rachel

Dec 08, 2008
Rachel Laudan in Hawaii

Returning to Oahu after a decade

Manomin, Just came across your post. And I never made it to Town. Oh my goodness, it was a fantastic week back in the islands. Old friends, old places, food on the move. Incredible. Wish I could have joined you for that discussion. Regional cuisine is really interesting. Thanks for the comment.

Dec 06, 2008
Rachel Laudan in Hawaii

Returning to Oahu after a decade

Yup, the HRC people were just getting going about when I left. Never got to Mavro or Alan Wong's but to Roy's and I think 3360. Thanks so much for the rest.

Interesting about the mainland chains because that does not occur in most of the posts. Bound to happen I suppose. What about Japanese chains that were making landfall in the years I was there?

I was interested to hear about the changes in Kaimuki. Am I right in getting the impression it has been going up market?

One of my interests was the extent to which the high end HRC-type places could draw on Local Food. Were they going to concentrate on that? Or were they going to concentrate on locally-grown ingredients?

And there seems to be some disconnect between "locally grown" in the sense of largely mainland-type fruits and veg now being produced in Hawaii and "locally grown" in the sense of Asian fruits and vegetables that I could buy in the Kalihi farmers' market or in Chinatown.

Many many thanks for the time. Rachel

Oct 09, 2008
Rachel Laudan in Hawaii

Returning to Oahu after a decade

I've been following all the posts with interest. I lived on Oahu for a decade and just loved poking about in the food culture, specially local food, there. At the end of this month I'll be going back for the first time for a whole week (though I do have various commitments).

Any suggestions from all you knowledgeable people about the biggest changes you've seen, where to go to get up to speed quickly. I'd be really grateful,

Rachel Laudan

Oct 08, 2008
Rachel Laudan in Hawaii

Curry leaves in Mexico?

From a mail order house when I was in Austin, Texas. Can't remember the name but they specialize in Indian plants. I got three seeds, two germinated, one remains.

Oct 08, 2008
Rachel Laudan in Mexico

Curry leaves in Mexico?

I'm growing a little curry leaf tree. Give it a year or so and I'll have leaves to spare.

Oct 06, 2008
Rachel Laudan in Mexico

Prelude:San Miguel de Allende challenge

Thanks so much for the vote of confidence, Kare Raisu. I hate to admit that I am really out of touch with SMA. Guanajuato's a huge state and I get to SMA only once or twice a year.

What I can say is that anything with xoconostle is very typical (though also of other states bordering on the Altiplano. Enchiladas mineras according to friends is very recent and a tourist item. I simply hand this on. All the sweets look good, but the specialty of SMA in this line are tumbagones. Find them in the dulces store on Ancho San Antonio. Really great. Fresas cristalizados are a specialty of Irapuato, don't know if you can find them in SMA. Nieves are the specialty of Dolores, less than an hour from SMA. Many of the things on the list I've never heard of--oh dear.

She's not Guanajuatense but I'm a huge fan of the cooking classes of my buddy Maria Laura Solórzano Ricaud. Mexican cooking is in her bones.

Oct 06, 2008
Rachel Laudan in Mexico