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....

Japan’s changing tofu industry

Forget rising gas prices, try skyrocketing soybean costs. According to this Wall Street Journal article by Hiroko Tabuchi, the price of U.S. soybeans has risen 60%, making business difficult for Japan's tofu industry. Japan imported...
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Taste of Hongwanji Bazaar

WHO/WHAT: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin will hold its annual bazaar featuring ‘ono food and drinks, entertainment, a variety of handcrafted items and many other “hidden treasures.” The bazaar will also feature Maui-style “flying saucers,”...
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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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Itadakimasu – Just In The Neighborhood

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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....

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Ryan’s Table – Holiday Cheer

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Now that we are officially into the holiday season, I decided to highlight some beverages that are sure to add to your holiday merriment. For starters, nothing says cheer like champagne or sparkling wine. After winning their second championship in three years, the Golden State Warriors are said to have....
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“Chibariyo” – Maui Okinawan Festival

WHAT: Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai, along with co-sponsor Maui Mall, present the Maui Okinawan Festival, themed “Chibariyo!” meaning “do your best!” Continuous Okinawan music and dance performed by homegrown talent from Maui, as well as...
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The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibition

WHO/WHAT: Organizers of the Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project documented over 325 restaurants in Hawai‘i that are owned by people of Okinawan ancestry. This remarkable story is being told in an exhibition sponsored by the...

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