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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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Yesterday was a gorgeous day...perfect for a festival... so we headed for the Nani Mau Gardens and the 2014 Honey Festival... Vendor Row - I was able to pick up a couple of little gift items... Apiary products Be a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Final share of my original series of 'Thanksgiving Countdown' articles from The Hawaii Tribune-Herald of Hilo (Photo - Dressing (recipe at bottom) baked in muffin molds served with carrot -ginger sauce and cooked homemade cranberry sauce) HELE MAI `AHA `AINA!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Continuing to share seasonally appropriate old, recycled newspaper articles from when I was the weekly food writer for the Hilo paper Enjoy! HELE MAI `AHA `AINA! (Come Join the Feast!) By Sonia Martinez (November 16, 2004 - The Hawaii Tribune-Herald... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I have decided to take out some of my old articles that appeared in my weekly newspaper columns from my files, dust them off and share them again... There are three in particular that are appropriate to share at this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Last Tuesday I was part of a group of nine judges who participated in tastings for the 5th Annual Natural Honey Challenge. The Challenge is sponsored by the Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA). This year there were a total of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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There are “Food Critics” and there are “Restaurant Reviewers”. There is a big difference between the two. For several years my son and I teamed up and were restaurant reviewers for a local twice a month newspaper. Many people still... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 2nd Annual Liliko'i Festival took place this past Saturday, October 25th at the beautiful Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. Many different activities were held throughout the day with something for everyone; vendors of arts & crafts, value-added food products,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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This past Saturday, October 25th the 2nd Annual Liliko'i Festival took place at the beautiful Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo. There were all sorts of activities to keep everyone busy during the whole event. After the Cooking Contest judging was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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There were lots of different events taking place during the Saturday, October 25th Liliko'i Festival at the Nani Mau Gardens. Above: "Coconut Chris" Carter had a table where he displayed bushels of different varieties of liliko'i and was giving them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 2nd Annual Liliko'i Fest was held at the Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo this past Saturday, October 25h. The day started out rainy but as it usually happens in Hilo, it ended up beautiful and perfect for a festival.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range has come and gone for another year, but it still leaves lingering memories of the food tasted. Photo above: the bracelet / tag all participants and media wear at the taste. If you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The Taste of the Hawaiian Range started in a humble way in the ranching town of Waimea (Kamuela) by a small group of visionaries in 1996. As a companion to the University of Hawai'i School of Tropical Agriculture and Human... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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It's that time of year again... and the Hilton Waikoloa again served as the stage for this Hawaiian foodie extravagaza. This year marked the 19th for this much awaited annual event. It seems to grow every year and new exhibitors... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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My newest article in the Hamakua Times is titled The Magic Chickens and Stretching Meals. The link for the complete article is at the bottom of this post, but I didn't share two dishes that are pictured in the post... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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♫...♪...♫...♫...♪... “Why are there so many songs about rainbows/and what’s on the other side?” I am always chasing rainbows...even at the Kino'ole Farmers Market The Rainbow Connection - Rainbow Bridge on dry side of Waimea's Hwy 190 Neon Rainbow -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Which actor would you like to see playing the lead from your most recent book(s)? I really don’t know! But I’d be just as happy with unknown as known actors – maybe my stories could be the making of a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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How do you come up with a book title? I agonize over naming my books. First of all, I list all the themes in the story then ask my friends and readers to vote on the one they like best.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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I love the above graphics...not sure whose work it was, but it...and the review by our friend Natalie, captures Aaron and his writings perfectly. When did you actually start thinking of yourself as a writer? When I received my first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Although I love all of his books, it is not easy to write about one of my favorite authors. Aaron Paul Lazar is one of those ‘rare-breed’ of writers that cannot be pigeon-holed into one single genre. The author of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Créme Frâiche (krem ˈfreSH) noun = a type of thick cream made from heavy cream with the addition of buttermilk, sour cream, or yogurt. Lately I have become fascinated with Créme Frâiche all over again. I used to make it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The end of June and first week of July have been quite buzy...and I have been buzzing all over... It all started early in the morning of Sunday last week, a gorgeous clear day, when we drove across the island... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The Big Island Mango Festival is an annual free event held in mid summer, when mangoes are at their best. There are over 50 varieties of mangoes in the Hawaiian Islands, (some of them are not found anywhere else), and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 6th Annual Big Island Mango Festival always draws a crowd. This year was no different. The event was held on the Bay Front Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa in Keauhou, on Sunday, June 29th. Several varieties... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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This year's Mango Festival continued the magic of tasting and learning all about fresh, ripe and delicious Hawai`i Island grown mangoes and was held on Sunday, June 29th on the beautiful Bay Front Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort &... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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A view of the beautiful Bay Front Lawn at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa...setting for the 6th Annual Big Island Mango Festival held this past Sunday, June 29th. The tents stretched off to the left taking over the entire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii