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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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Excerpts from past columns written for the Hamakua Times and for the Hawaii Tribune Herald...many years ago The rituals: In the last few of years I have noticed that I am spending less time with the hustle and bustle associated... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The Holidays seem to bring out the creativeness in me. Even though I use to be quite traditional about Thanksgiving and Christmas menus I always liked to experiment with at least one dish each year. Through the years, this led... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Getting a bit ahead of myself here, but it is never too early to plan if you wish to entertain during the Holidays...The following are excerpts from columns written for The Hamakua Times newspaper. December 1, 2016 As you drive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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(Originally published in the Hamakua Times newspaper - Honoka'a, HI) Do you usually feel like you’re completely overwhelmed when it comes to getting ready for the holidays? Back in the day when I hosted large holiday get-togethers at our home,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The year has been a long one in many ways and yet, the month of November has caught me by surprise... this is the time when I have to seriously start getting our Holiday gifts together and send to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Photo: The judges Today, my son and I again participated as judges in the annual honey challenge. This was the 8th for this event...my 7th and his 3rd time participating in this fun and 'sweet' event. At the bottom of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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During these really hot days of summer (I wonder why they're called 'dog days of summer'?) we like nothing better than tall, ice cold glasses of refreshing and thirst quenching 'agua fresca'. Agua = water Fresca = fresh (spelled fresco... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Potlucks are a popular way to entertain or to gather a group of friends in the islands...with our year 'round climate being so nice - usually no lower than 60 or higher than 85 - potluck picnics are the way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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One of my Atlanta cousins just shared a photo of this newspaper clipping: I remember Rich's, Atlanta's first department store with many fond memories...I know I had to have visited when I was 3 years old and we lived in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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It's been a while since I've shared anything on the blog...So sorry, but too much has been happening..including a month-long trip to the mainland to celebrate my 80th birthday! But I do want to share about my (slowly) growing collection... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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How many birthday celebrations is anyone allowed to have? The reply is...as many as you can get away with! I've been known to celebrate a birthday week...and was planning to celebrate this coming June as a 'Birthday Month'...but it seems... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Breakfast meals and brunches are usually some of the hardest to put together when hosting a group, be it family or guests; especially for the inexperienced cook, since most or all the dishes on the menu need to be ready... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Not my usual kind of blog post, but one I consider very important. Hurricane season is looming. I wrote the following several years ago for a newspaper article and have shared it off and on with individuals who were interested,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Sonia Tastes Hawai'i Recipes inspired by the farmers markets of Hawai'i Island There are at least 25 farmers markets on Hawai'i Island and I visited all of them, at one time or another, for a special series I wrote several... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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An invitation to Fran & Jim's is always fun...Last evening was no exception. Several pupus, deliciously spicy crawdads, four different pizzas, a huge salad, lots of wines and three different desserts for 10 people! Below, the view from their lanai... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The FoodShare Farmers Market that has been 'happening' on the narrow piece of land in front of the Hakalau Ball Field will not be 'happening' there after today...apparently after 8 years of this happy little market making it's home there... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Certain plants are known in Hawai'i as 'Canoe Plants', meaning plants brought by the early Polynesian voyagers when they settled in the Hawaiian Islands. The Same Canoe Local Food Challenge is an ongoing project of the non-profit group, One Island... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A friend shared an easy recipe for an Italian Easter Pie, and I decided to make one for today. We called a few friends and invited them to a small, last minute picnic at one of our Hilo parks this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Resurecting an old article I wrote for Edible Hawaiian Island Magazine 9 years ago... 2017 celebrates the 54th year of the Merrie Monarch Competitions in Hilo! Note: I've added some photos that did not appear in the original article. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I made these a long time ago and am planing on making them again for Easter. Spinach Tomato Jam Cheese Tyropitas These are delicious and MUCH easier to make than you might think when you read the recipe instructions… My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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One of the fun things about writing a blog is hearing from readers... Sometimes I wonder just who actually reads whatever I happen to post on any given day...and if anyone really does... then out of the blue comes an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Hawaii is a true melting pot. We have a melding of as many foods, holiday traditions and observances as there are ethnic groups who call these islands home. Back in the mid 1800’s when the early wave of Chinese, Japanese... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Made this for dinner tonight - haven't had it in a while. Turned out wonderful! Bistec en Cazuela is a typical Cuban meat dish - Bistec is the word for steak (actually a 'cubanized' and shortened pronunciation of beef steak)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I picked up a little book at the Hilo Library a friend had recommended after we were discussing fruitcakes...how some people love them and some absolutely hate them (or claim to hate them) and I mentioned that my very first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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When my husband and I visited Spain in 1987, one of the dishes I fell in love with was garlic soup...I had never heard of it and found it on the menu in both Northern Portugal, during a very short... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii