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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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My friend Renée is also my past editor at Ke Ola Magazine...and we're working on a project. She called me to see if we could meet this past Friday to talk about the project and discuss some ideas...since she had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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New Year's Day 2017 dawned wet and cold...we were meeting friends about mid-day for their traditional First Sunday of the Month Beach Day, and this Sunday just happened to also be the first day of the year... As usual, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Just us two, to celebrate and welcome the New Year...my taste buds were calling for seafood, so that was on our dinner menu. Tray: Sea Scallops sautéed in blood orange infused olive oil Slices of Meyer Lemons 'Ahi Sashimi drizzled... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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serene sunrises... a bright year ahead... the gift of today... a glass half full... joy each day... a heart filled with love... simple beauty... a warm hearth... inner peace... a happy song... dreams fulfilled... I wish you... more... Happy New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Before Christmas a year ago, a friend made some creamy limoncello and shared it as tastings with several friends...It was love at first sip! My friend Janet and I decided we were going to make some for this Christmas and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Seems as if I have been cooking for a crowd...even though it's just the two of us...although I've prepped and cooked for three days and accomplished three holiday meals, it didn't seem too crazy, since the dishes were all fairly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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In keeping with our 'back to our roots' food for this Christmas, I prepared a breakfast 'casserole' that was a play on a typical Cuban food combination...guava and cream cheese pastelitos! Cream cheese and guava go together like love and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Christmas is a time of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace...a time of reflection and the perfect time to think of all our blessings, big and small...a time to treasure our families and friends...Even though we're so far from our own,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Believe it or not...the 'Save the Date' invitations went out August 9th. Our friends are very busy during the month of December and we wanted to be the first ones on their Holiday Radar. SAVE THE DATE - Sunday, December... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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Anthony Louis Martinez - September 20th, 1938, Cienfuegos, LV Cuba - November 30th, 2016, Winston Salem, NC USA I cannot even remember a time before my brothers were born... one of my first memories is going from one crib to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Sonia Tastes Hawaii
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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