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  • Eating Vegan in Hawaii. A Cinch?

    lisa at vegan fusion workshopI started my day with a smoothie, as I have been doing for 22 days now. Mango plus papaya plus banana plus strawberry plus a scoop of Hawaiian Spirulina. The fruit varies; the routine doesn’t. The 22-day smoothie routine got its start last December on Maui when I naively attended Mark Reinfeld’s holiday vegan cooking workshop. The streak didn’t spawn from a New Year’s resolution, but the timing couldn’t have been better.

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  • A Holiday Recipe from Blossoming Lotus Chef Mark Reinfeld

    saffron rice pilaf by mark reinfeld, blossoming lotus chefRemember the famous vegan restaurant on Kauai? The world-famous, award-winning, delicious Blossoming Lotus? The restaurant where my carnivorous husband said, and I quote, "I could eat here every night?" Well, they haven't re-opened, sadly. Let's take a moment to mourn Kauai's loss. It still brings pause to my day, and I am not exaggerating when I say that. Especially this time of year when I'd like to treat myself to a fabulously prepared vegan meal--and here's the important part--made by someone else.

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  • Going Vegan at Roy's Waikiki Beach Restaurant

    Destination: Oahu

    roy's restaurant cheese beignetThe hum of Roy’s Waikiki Beach restaurant was in full swing. Every table in the open-style dining room was taken, a buzz of conversation floated throughout the room. In the exhibition kitchen, sous chef, line cooks and expediters swirled around executive chef Jason Peel, making the restaurant’s signature dishes, like misoyaki butterfish, braised short ribs and, of course, Roy’s ever-popular chocolate souffle.

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  • Forget the Movie. Pass the (Hurricane) Popcorn.

    The Descendants movie ticket and hurricane popcornI finally saw The Descendants, the movie starring George Clooney that’s receiving Oscar buzz. The Descendants was filmed in Hawaii. The book was penned by a Hawaii author with a storyline that could only have taken place in Hawaii. Yet, it’s still not playing on Kauai, where I live, and won’t for another week. What’s up with that? Thankfully, it is playing on Oahu and has been since the movie’s nationwide premier on November 23, and that’s where I saw it.

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  • Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory Warm Cake

    Destination: Kauai

    warm chocolate cake at hukilau lanai restaurant on kauaiDid you know that Hawaii is the only state in which the cacao tree grows? Of course, you know the word--cacao. That's the necessary ingredient for chocolate! Well, here are the ingredients and the recipe for the "Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory" Warm Cake that I mentioned in yesterday's blog post about Hukilau Lanai. I didn't say much about their desserts yesterday--and that was a travesty--but they have their own bakery. I adore the creamy goodness of their Lilikoi Chiffon pie that sits on a crust of macadamia nuts. But the husband--and you chocoholics out there--loves their chocolate cake offering. It takes 20 minutes to prepare, so order it when you receive your entree. But if you can't make it to the Hukilau Lanai restaurant this holiday season, here's a gift: their recipe.

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