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Ryan’s Table – High Tech Smokin’

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist After experimenting with a number of smokers I’ve picked up over the years, I realized that each has its own upsides and downsides. For instance, only one of the three smokers can cook a full cut of beef brisket, and only one does not need a fan to circulate the....
The “Family Ingredients” crew with Chef Jiro Ono outside his Tökyö restaurant: Kneeling, from left: Chef Ed Kenney, producer Dan Nakasone, cinematographer Todd Fink, director Ty Sanga and Chef Alan Wong. Back row, from left: director of photography Renea Veneri Stewart, executive producer Heather Giugni, Jiro’s apprentices in whites with chefs Jiro-san and Yoshikazu-san (fifth and sixth from left), Japan coordinator Nancy Singleton Hachisu and Leigh Ito, vice president, Alan Wong’s Restaurants. Missing from photo: sound engineer John Saimo. (Photos courtesy Dan Nakasone)

Lead Story – Living Food Memories

Behind the Scenes of the Award-winning "Family Ingredients" Dan Nakasone Special to The Hawai‘i Herald They migrated to Hawai‘i from all corners of the world. They bid farewell to family, friends and the place they called home, knowing they might never return. To describe this upheaval as unsettling is a gross understatement. But the cultural....
Porchetta di testa. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – In Praise of Porcine

Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist The Japanese celebrated the “Year of the Boar” earlier this week. In a little over a month, however, the rest of Asia will celebrate the “Year of the Pig.” So, to be all-inclusive, let’s just say that 2019 is the “Year of the Porcine.” No matter that they are the....
Kahala Elementary School third-graders (front, from left) Alex Tomasa, Levi-Michael Bird and (standing) Hi‘ilei Dunn enjoying their Thanksgiving lunch.

Eating Local – Sweet Potato Pie Added to DOE Menu

“Ooh, what's that?” “Wow, sweet potato pie!” Those were among the comments heard in the lunch line last month at Kähala Elementary School’s Thanksgiving lunch. This year, 200 public schools celebrated the holiday with a roast turkey and gravy lunch and an Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie square dessert as part of the Hawai‘i Department of....
Rolled Saba (Photo Courtesy by Ryan Tatsumoto of 'Ryan's Table')

Ryan’s Table – Hooked on Sushi

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto The Mrs. and I have been on a sushi binge for the past couple of months. About three or four times a year, we head over to Mitch’s Fish Market and Sushi Bar in the airport industrial area for a couple of reasons: their super-fresh seafood and their BYOB policy,....
“Smokin’ Oysters” on the half shell.

Ryan’s Table – Still-Great Regional Cuisine

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto The local food movement known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine started almost 30 years ago. Some of its principals are just as well-known today as they were back in the day. For example, if you told a colleague that you planned on sampling the cuisine of a chef named Roy, nearly....
Ron Mizutani, President and CEO of Hawaii Food Bank, along side a young girl, storing bags of food on a flat bed

Lead Story – ” … My Turn to Give Back”

Hawaii Foodbank President Ron Mizutani Comes Full Circle Jodie Chiemi Ching This past April’s devastating floods forced residents of Kaua‘i’s North Shore to once again muster their inner strength and power through the crisis. It was almost a repeat of September 1992, when Hurricane ‘Iniki, a category 4 storm, came ashore on the Garden Island,....
Miso Chilean Sea Bass. (Photos courtesy Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – The Sixth Noble Grape

RYAN'S TABLE By Ryan Tatsumoto Of the approximately 1,500 grape varieties grown worldwide, it is generally acknowledged that there are only six noble grape varieties. These six varieties produce outstanding wines on several continents. If you are a wine lover, you’ve probably sampled at least three, if not all six, of these noble grapes. All....
Smoked meat sushi.

Ryan’s Table – Time to Light a Fire

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto “Time to light a fire . . .” That’s what celebrity chef Roger Mooking proclaims on every episode of “Man, Fire, Food” as he is about to light the coals. Although nature’s thermostat has moved several degrees higher these past few months, that is the only proclamation I need to....

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