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Sonia
Big Island of Hawaii
A foodiesleuth from way back!
Interests: food, herb gardening, writing about food, love my digital camera....!
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The run of rainy days (and nights!) we just went through are beginning to pay off...the garden is grateful! The baby bok-choy plants are growing new leaves and filling out The red hot Hawaiian Chile peppers are just beginning to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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On my way home from a meeting down in lower Puna yesterday, I made a little detour to Rozett's Nursery to see what was available in the 'edible world of plants' that I didn't have and also was looking for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Last night, my friend Georgia and I attended a presentation by K.t. Cannon Eger about the beautiful Lili'uokalani Japanese Garden in Hilo by the bay. It reminded I had shared photos and information about our lovely gardens in Gather.com, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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"Words and Wine" is a monthly event held on the First Tuesday of each month at the Kona Stories Bookstore located in the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona (the west side of our island) where the public can come to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I have served as a judge or have helped organize quite a few cooking contests in the last 12 years or so...here are some facts and thoughts I would like to share Cooking Contest Definition There is confusion in many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The year started nice and easy...and continuing to write on my cookbook project (two and half years and seemed to not be getting anywhere) I don't make New Year's resolutions any longer...hate to break them but invariably, I do...instead I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Would you believe I slept in today? I never do that! I'm usually up between 5 and 6:30 am...this morning I did not open my eyes until 7:20!!! That is almost unheard of unless I'm sick...and I feel fine...I guess... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The table - tablecloth made and given to me last year by my friend Jorge in Saint Pete, FL... the monogrammed stockings I'm using with the napkins are a gift from my cousin Nancy in GA. The napkins: outside napkin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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This month is passing by with a flurry of activity...and Christmas is upon us and for the first time in years, I am not quite ready for it to get here yet! With a business partner, we've started a small... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving and enjoyed delicious food. Too much has been going on this fall for me, so we had a quiet one, just the two of us. Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrot & Ginger Soup This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
I found the cutest little pumpkin, the kind we Cubans call ‘calabaza’, at the Hilo Farmer’s Market. Then and there I decided I wanted to cook it whole stuffed with ‘something’….but the something was eluding me until I realized that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Our evenings and mornings are turning cooler and you can tell fall is definitely here...Yes, we do have seasons in Hawai'i...they're just not as defined as they are on the mainland, but after a while living here, you start noticing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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...and a lot has happened since... My computer crashed about a month ago and had to get a new one...I lost many of the programs I had installed in the other one...among them, Photoshop. I have the Photoshop discs...both versions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 6th Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge judging was held on Tuesday, September 1st at the Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. The honey judged comes in liquid, solid or as a slice of comb in glass canning jars. Honey jars from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Honoka'a is a lively little town at any time, but Mamane Street (the main thoroughfare through town) certainly jumps on First Fridays! I was invited to attend First Friday yesterday afternoon and evening by Edie Bikle, owner of Taro Patch... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A few days ago I shared a post about my grandmother's flag, given to me by my mother which I had stored in a flag case. Now I am sharing a little story about another treasure, and though it did... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Our island is one of the most bountiful bits of land anywhere....and the most remote from any other shore. That thought alone should dictate that we make more of an effort to either grow as much of our food as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Some years ago my mother gave me a flag that had flown from a pole over a small island off the Gulf Coast of Central Florida. The island was called Footprint because from the air, it resembled a footprint. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I am finally tackling something I have been wanting to do for years...I am organizing all of my published "body of work" in 3 ring binders... Since the first of my food & cooking related articles appeared in the Hamakua... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Our office was the place where everything ended up...it was jammed with furniture on all four walls and stuff stacked all over the place. I had been wanting to get in there and get rid of stuff but it took... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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With the recent publishing of my new cookbook, "From Soup to Nuts", my first little cookbook is receiving a bit of renewed attention. For those who might not be aware, back in 2001 I self-published a cookbook - small in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A few days ago we received about 6 cups of beautiful, sweet grape tomatoes, bursting with flavor...we also received a few small sweet Maui onions. We had used some of them in salads and also making a small medley of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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While my sister was here visiting us for three weeks, we wanted to show her places she had not visited during her previous visits to our island...so last Sunday we planned a small, sort of impromptu picnic to the Kalōpā... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A lot has been happening lately and I am way behind on blog postings; my sister and friends visiting from the mainland... showing them the sights around the island... celebrating my 78th birthday, and a lot more. I will maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii