Mr. Big, Afro Samurai and sheep

A list of nearly 6,000 Japanese military personnel who passed away in U.S. custody during WWII has been discovered. What's an Afro Samurai? The answer: an animated adventure that represents both U.S. and Japanese pop...
Local hot sauces. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – More Than Just Chili Peppah Watah

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto What condiment do you find on dining room tables in Hawai‘i almost as often as shoyu? A good guess would be home-concocted chili pepper water — you know, that suspension of ground Hawaiian chili peppers mashed with salt or sometimes fresh garlic or vinegar and usually stored in either a....

Samurai iPhones, Nisei Week, and Pi

Thinking about seeing a movie this week? Beware. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard is making headlines for what some are calling racist content. And, in Japan, McDonald's unveils an ad campaign that some suspect...

“From Kau Kau to Cuisine”

Food, like music, is one of those universal “languages” that everyone can understand and one that is open to various interpretations. Former Hawai‘i Herald editor Arnold Hiura explores the evolution of food, past and...
Photo of a bottle of Aloha Tofu's “OHANA Soy Sauce.”

Innovations – Aloha Tofu

Tofu Making 2.0 Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Question: How do you transform a 67-year-old mama-san and papa-san business like tofu making into an exciting and relevant 21st century enterprise? Answer: By being innovative and persistent and by throwing heart and soul behind your craft. That is precisely what Aloha Tofu owners....
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....

Baked fish, basketball, and a little dragon

The Rafu Shimpo wants you to meet Jeff Hironaka, assistant basketball coach at Washington State University - and the highest ranking Japanese American coach in the country. Yukimi Nagano leads the eclectic Swedish pop group...
Columnist Ryan Tatsumoto for "Ryan's Table"

Itadakimasu – Tasting Neyers Vineyards

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Ryan’s Table – A Toast to Negroni Week

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto For the past five years, Imbibe magazine and Campari have teamed up during the first week of June to celebrate Negroni Week, a time when restaurants and bars worldwide raise money for various charities by toasting the aperitif that was created in the early 1900s. The first Negroni Week, in....
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Ryan’s Table – “Springtime in Provence” in Honolulu

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Spring is in the air . . . especially at Chef Mavro, the eponymous restaurant operated by Chef George Mavrothalassitis for the past 19 years. And, once again to welcome the arrival of spring, Chef Mavro recently hosted his biannual dinner for generous, regular supporters of Hawai‘i Public Radio. While....

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