Monthly Archives: April 2018

American pie and other cryptic messages

Ever since he learned to cook as a teenager, the closet chef has made a ritual of researching, testing, and collecting recipes, constantly improving upon them until he is satisfied. He meticulously stores handwritten index cards in a small wooden … Continue reading

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Tango to mango chutney, dance the Mummers

How else would you enjoy a juicy mango other than directly, freshly cut from the fruit, chopped up in a salad, or juiced in a healthy drink? The closet chef is creative in making mango chutney though he refuses to … Continue reading

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Tropical breakfast in America

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I was told. For me, the best breakfast is handpicked from your garden. In the case of Maui, it’s the fresh tropical fruit.

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Painted toenails, tainted love

After she trims her fingernails and toenails on his wooden deck, she asks him to paint them. Happily, he brings out his assortment of nail colours from the fridge, nail polish remover liquid, undercoat, and cotton balls. She leans back … Continue reading

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Passion for lilikoi margarita

The Hawaiian name for passion fruit is lilikoi. The Chinese name “bai xiang guo” means a hundred fragrant fruit. Each summer when the passion fruit turn lemon yellow and ready to pick from the vine, he patiently collects the fruit with … Continue reading

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Aloha Friday with Happy Hour

It’s the last Friday of the semester. He wraps up his final class at noon and walks to the campus restaurant upstairs. The last four months have been demanding, to say the least, juggling course work, dealing with family matters … Continue reading

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All this time on Maui

When I returned to Maui in August 2011, I began reading “The Vein of Gold” over breakfast on my mother’s patio in Kahului. She had gone to Taiwan for a month, leaving her freezer and fridge so packed that removing … Continue reading

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