Category Archives: food

Diving for rock lobsters in the dark

Every new moon, he prepares his dive and trap kit and drives to his buddy’s house to hunt for lobsters in the dark. They dress in black wet suits and lay their traps in the pitch black hours of the … Continue reading

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Buttered calves for poaching

All evening, he notices other men eyeing her legs. With her red stilettos accentuating her firm calves, she struts confidently across the floor, chatting to the chefs who serve tropical appetisers and the sommeliers who open the expensive wines. At … Continue reading

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What to wear for wine pairing in Wailea

“What shall I wear?” Hesitantly, she shows him her limited assortment of dresses in her small white closet. She opens several shoe boxes. His eyes immediately zone in on the bright red pumps with black stilettos. “They look brand new. … Continue reading

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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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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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