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Big Island of Hawaii
A foodiesleuth from way back!
Interests: food, herb gardening, writing about food, love my digital camera....!
Recent Activity
Did you know that the Wailea-Hakalau FoodSHARE (Farmers Market) is happening every Tuesday on the grassy edge in front of Hakalau Veterans’ Park? Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. or until the FoodSHARE Band is pau! This is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
It felt strange participating in the Taste for the first time as an exhibitor instead of media! Our Orchid Isle Traders company has been having 'soft openings' in the past few months as part of food festivals and events and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
Madeline and Lester have decided they both want to visit our right after the other... Madeline is the first one, due to arrive sometime in the early morning (like 2 am!) hours of Thursday (tomorrow) and Lester follows behind... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
The nights and early mornings are a bit cooler but the heat holds on during the middle of the day and persists up until early evening...Although I can almost 'smell and see' autumn coming, summer, at least in the middle... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
Hard to believe the Kino'ole Farmers Market in Hilo is already 9 years old. I remember visiting it during the very early days to check it out and wrote a feature for the Hawai'i HomeGrown Food Network. I have been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
I forgot to share this back earlier... Back in early May, my friend Jessie Voigts asked if she could interview me for an I8Tonite feature... AUTHOR, COOKBOOKS, FOOD PEOPLE, SALADS I8TONITE WITH HAWAIIAN AUTHOR AND FOOD WRITER SONIA R. MARTINEZ... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
Our friend Holit has had a visitor from the mainland for a couple of weeks and they've done the island in style during this time, but had not had a picnic in a park, so last week we all decided... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
Our friends Flavia and Gordon have a tradition of inviting everyone they know to a big, informal 4th kind of bash at their place, up in the nether regions of Kaiwiki Road, on the Hamakua side of Hilo. This was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
We're spending tomorrow afternoon with friends who host a big Fourth BBQ every year - they cook all sorts of good stuff in the underground imu and guests bring sides or desserts...I will try to get some good photos to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
I just finished making some quick, refrigerator type Bread & Butter pickles and they were a breeze to make...Took longer to score the length of each cucumber with the tines of a fork and cut them than to put it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
At first I had thought to host a small tea party at home to celebrate my birthday...but in the last month or so, too many things were happening and I was feeling overwhelmed. My son suggested holding it somewhere Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
Tomorrow is Fathers' Day. Tomorrow is my birthday. My birthday and Fathers' Day are always tied in my mind, since they're usually either the same day or very close to each other...most times on the same weekend. Depending on where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
Cloudy, soft on and off rain...the garden is just slurping and loving the moisture. Everything is thriving, including the weeds...I am almost giving up on them. I need to bring in loads of mulch but am worried about 'importing' little... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
I cooked a whole chicken in one of my clay pots for last night's dinner, and shared a post on Facebook. It generated comments about cooking in clay...I thought I would share some of my 'learnings' about the use of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
Hydration is important. We're told our bodies can survive without food for 3 weeks but we cannot (normally) function for more than 3 days without water... We've been told countless times we need to drink at least 8 glasses of... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
One of our favorite treats are Pastelitos de Carne. Because it is so humid where I live, I use store bought sheets of puff pastry. Here is my simple way to make the popular Cuban pastelitos de carne (meat pastries)... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
I am so excited with how our garden is doing this time around (keeping my fingers and toes crossed!) One of three banana stalks! This is the largest one Thai basil...I keep snipping the blooms off and it seems like... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
It rained off and on most of last night and the garden is happy...but the sun keeps playing peek-a-boo...I took a little stroll through this morning to check how things were going.. Almost spent gardenias are still perfuming the air...... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
I have had this fig tree (if you can call it a tree) for several fact, I can't even remember when I got it... so long ago I have even forgotten what variety of fig it's supposed to be!... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
I have been invited to give an 'author talk' about my cookbook "From Soup to Nuts" at the Hilo Library on Wednesday, May 18th from 5 to 6 pm... I will be talking about writing the book, the inspiration behind... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
A couple of months ago, we planted 3 small Hawaiian Currant tomato plants in the pig through...or what we believed to be the currants... but it turns out they are a bit larger than currants...more like grape tomatoes. and in... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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
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
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, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
"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