5 posts tagged dinner

Mixed Greens Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

Do you ever go out to eat and order a dish that, when it comes to the table, you think, "Damn, I could do this at home and it would be so much better"? Not that it's bad at the restaurant! Just that you know that you could make it at home and you'd put your own spin on it. There's something about the restaurant experience that will forever make me adore going out to eat, but most of the time I finish my plate and think, "I'm going home and recreating this, except I'll use this instead of that ... Continue Reading

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lima Crema

Happy National Taco Day! Did you know that last year, Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos? That's A LOT of tacos. And why not? Who doesn't love a small tortilla shell, crispy or not, corn or flour, filled to the over-flowing brim with spicy fillings and fixings? Judging by the number 4.5 billion, the answer to that question is, "no one". This Taco Tuesday, trade in the traditional ground beef and shredded cheese taco for a healthier and slightly more sophisticated (don't yell at me, beef ... Continue Reading

Ginger Shrimp and Rice Bowls

I have to admit that before I moved to Hawaii, I didn't like rice. It just wasn't something that piqued my interest. It wasn't something that my family ate frequently and I never thought it interesting enough to order off of a menu. But in Hawaii, rice is a staple. I mean, it's everywhere. Lunch, dinner, breakfast, dessert. Rice is there. Eggs, poke, salad, plate lunch. Rice is there. I developed an appreciation for this simple little grain. My favorite way to eat rice? Rice bowls. Rice ... Continue Reading

Seared Marlin with Avocado-Mango Salsa

Kajiki is the Hawaiian name for Blue Marlin. Here in Hawaii, Kajiki/Marlin can grow to be close 2,000 pounds - can you imagine snorkeling quietly, bubbles floating to the surface, minding your own business, only to look under your right fin and see a 2,000 pound fish with an enormous bill playing tag behind you?! Not that they do that (they might, I don't know), but think about it. Jaws in real life. DuunnDun. Duuuuun Dun. The good news is, Kajiki is super tasty and probably doesn't chase ... Continue Reading

Chicken & Garden Vegetable Quesadilla

Remember when you were a kid and a quesadilla was the only thing you would order at the Mexican restaurant? And it was only acceptable if it was a plain, flour tortilla with cheese, and only cheese, oozing out? I love Mexican and Tex-Mex food. It'a a family thing. When I was a kid, my parents were pretty religious about visiting whatever Tex-Mex restaurant-of-the-moment was nearby. Chi Chi's was in when we were really little, Acapulco's for years after that (yes, the owner's new our ... Continue Reading