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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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Any time is a good time to be thankful for our health, our family, our friends and for all we've been given, but November is the traditional time to outwardly show our gratitude. One of the ways we express our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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These are the last 5 entries in the Liliko'i Festival's Cooking Contest. Congratulations to ALL the contestants for such amazing creativity! Liliko’i Coconut Pie – Destiny O’Hara of Pahoa 3/4 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 cup fine shredded coconut... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Photo: Part of the Puna Taiko group during their performance which followed the festival's opening pule ceremonies There is a story written by freelance reporter Crystal Richard about the Liliko'i Festival that can be read on-line at the Big Island... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Photo: People waiting to get in the Cooking Contest tent for the Public Tasting of entries...and this was the end of the line...dozens had already come through when I thought to step outside and take the picture! All three second... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Photo: Spicy 'Ahi & Cream Cheese Wontons: the Spicy Liliko'i Sauce was not drizzled until ready to taste so the wontons would stay crispy longer The First Place Winner of the Sides - Soups - Salads - Sauces - Preserves... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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It never ceases to amaze me the creativity of the entries in cooking contests...and more so, the many uses that can be found for liliko'i (passionfruit) in recipes...I mean, what cannot be done with liliko'i? During yesterday's 4th Annual Liliko'i... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The 4th Annual Liliko'i (passionfruit) Festival has come and gone...and for me, this is a very bittersweet moment. I have been involved in this festival as their cooking contest organizer from the beginning (the first one in 2013) and am... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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My son and I recently participated as judges in the 2016 7th Annual Natural Honey Challenge...his second and my 6th time to participate in this 'sweet' event sponsored by the Big Island Beekeepers Association (BIBA). There were 13 judges and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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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
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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
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Madeline and Lester have decided they both want to visit our islands...one 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 else...so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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