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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 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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
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2nd attempt at posting today...I lost the post I made earlier when I tried to 'publish' it and am having to reproduce it from memory...Hope I don't forget anything! ~~~~~ The beautiful Bay Front Lawn of the Sheraton Kona Resort... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Official Festival Posters by local artist Janis Solerno were available for sale as well as T-shirts with the poster graphics. This year's Mango Festival was held on Sunday, June 29th on the beautiful Bay Front Lawn of the Sheraton Kona... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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It is always fun to wake up to another birthday...No matter how old I get, I prefer a birthday to the alternative...so was quite pleased to wake up yesterday as a 77 year old! As birthdays go, it was sort... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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So what does a farmers market correspondent do when visiting other cities...?....she visits a farmers market, of course! The Pinecrest Famers Market is open every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm and it's set up in the back area... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The sky was cloudy, but it was a perfect Hilo day...slightly overcast, nice breeze blowing...and the rains held off until evening...a gorgeous day to picnic in the park. We had agreed to meet our friends Brenda and Kevan at the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Although Summer won't be officially here until June 22, it is already summer time here. Spring hung on for a bit, but the last week of so, we have definitely felt Summer. I got the itch to play with a... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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a Cuban in Hawaii Hola, Hello and Aloha! As some of you know, I was born in Cuba and ended up in Hawaii....from one beautiful island on the Atlantic side and after several years of living in the American South... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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The original recipe came to me via the Cuban Food Market newsletter - I changed it quite a bit. I used tomatoes and parsley from our garden. This makes a lot, but it could be taken to a party as... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Many years ago, attached to a package containing a birthday gift, my mom gave me a large round pin button with chocolate brown background and white lettering that said "If found unconscious, please administer CHOCOLATE immediately!" I must say that... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Yesterday I shared the recipe for one of the confections demonstrated by Valrhona Chef and President of the Asia Pacific Pastry Cup Board, Vincent Bourdin who is one of the most respected pastry chefs in the world. He and his... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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If you've been following my blog laterly, you know that we were invited to attend the 3rd Annual Big Island Chocolate Festival held May 1-3 at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel. There were tours, workshops, and demonstrations during the 3 day... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii