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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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Ryan’s Table – “Wine Speak” at 12th Ave Grill

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto Since remodeling its private dining area a year or so ago, 12th Ave Grill in Kaimukï has been hosting monthly dinners featuring four- or five-course meals paired with vino specially selected by wine director Rick Lilley. Sometimes the dinners highlight a specific winemaker as the guest of honor. On other....
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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....
Libations made with regular spirits (left) and barrel-aged spirits (right). (Photos courtesy Ryan Tatsumoto)

Ryan’s Table – Sometimes Aging is a Good Thing

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto When I look in the mirror every morning and spot another white hair in my goatee, or notice that the hair atop my head looks a bit thinner, or when I wake up with body aches from unknown causes, I always chalk it up to the unwanted consequences of aging.....
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Ryan’s Table – To Excite, Encourage, Raise Up and Rouse

RYAN'S TABLE BY Ryan Tatsumoto To excite, encourage, raise up and rouse. That is the translation of the name of a new Honolulu restaurant, Pai Honolulu (from its original name, Ho‘opai). It’s also how chef and owner Kevin Lee wants his guests to feel about their dining experience at Pai Honolulu. You probably thought the....
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....
2018 Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition Finalists

Ryan’s Table – 15 Minutes at the Soy and Tofu Festival

RYAN'S TABLE By Ryan Tatsumoto As Andy Warhol said in 1968, “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.” Well, my time in the spotlight lasted a little more than 15 minutes. Actually, it lasted for two 30-minute sessions at the eighth annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival. If you didn’t....
“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....
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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