All posts by Alan Zox

Non-food Vendors at Farmers’ Markets in Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii

During my stay in Hawaii, I have visited many farmers’ markets and interviewed individuals with very interesting products and services. Of course many are food products. My focus has been on finding farmers producing food organically with sustainable farming methods. I have also come across many interesting non-food vendors and listed them and their products and services here in this article. ————————— ———————— ——————    Marysol Ruiz Homebridge Honolulu, HI www.homebridge.com/marysolRuiz C 808-372-3989 F  877-705-5486 ————————— ———————— ——————    Stacy Loe Paris, Realtor Associates Better Homes; Advantage Realty www.stacyParis.com Kailua Town Center, HI 808-261-1800 ————————— ———————— ——————    Coupons are available from Hawaii … Continue reading Non-food Vendors at Farmers’ Markets in Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii

Organic Food Vendors at Farmers’ Markets in Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii

———————————- ———————————- Tony B. Markham Hawaiian Fresh Farms 808- 381-9654 tony@HawaiianFreshFarms.com Facebook: @HIFreshFarms ———————————- ———————————- Healthy Baby Hawaii Fresh, Organic Baby Food, Toddler snacks, and more www.healthybabyhawaii.com ———————————- ———————————- CHANCE NAIKELA Eat It * Drink it * Love it 808-426-6514 ———————————- ———————————- Farm to Barn Cafe & Juicery Haleiwa, HI 808-354-5901 www.farmtobarncafe.com farmtobarnhalelwa@gmail.com Farm Lovers Markets Kailua – Kakaako – Haleiwa – Pearlridge 808-388-9696 alohafarmlovers@gmail.com ———————————- ———————————- ———————————- ———————————- Jessica Rohr, Owner Forage Premium Hawaiian Meats www.foragehawaii.com 808-594-2119 ———————————- ———————————- Chef Jason Kiyota FC Cafe Honolulu, HI 808-782-8990 jasonkiyota@gmail.com ———————————- ———————————- The rice factory  Honolulu, 96814 HI Tel 808-800-1520 ———————————- … Continue reading Organic Food Vendors at Farmers’ Markets in Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii

Puna Rainforest Cottages, Pahoa Hawaii: An Essay and a Recipe

My partner and I found a wonderful retreat on the big island of Hawaii, located about 4 miles from Pāhoa. Puna Rainforest is a magical home away from home covered in fruit trees, avocados, lemons, limes, pineapples, and banana trees among others. Steam vents also fill part of the property with warm and cold swimming plunges for guests. These are created by underground lava flows that heat these plunges. Interestingly the vents and the plunges no longer present a threat from nearby volcanoes. Elijah, an Environmental Engineer and his partner, Jackylynn, a Biologist, jointly own the property. They are constantly … Continue reading Puna Rainforest Cottages, Pahoa Hawaii: An Essay and a Recipe

Grilling and Smoking -A Close Look at the Joys of BBQ

Most of us enjoy the very idea let alone the practice of eating a meal by the fireplace. We might prefer the charcoal pit or eating alongside a wood-fired meal. In days past, eating over wood-fired grills was as thrilling as it was practical. We used to do this at home when my Dad was in town. Food seemed to taste better and more appealing when he was around. We grilled at high temperature or when our meal was smoked, we cooked at low temperature- either was a delight to experience. And it brought family together. We heard about southern … Continue reading Grilling and Smoking -A Close Look at the Joys of BBQ

Hawaii and Eating Hawaiian Seafood

Visiting Hawaii has been an extraordinary experience for me and my partner. Living here is a bit expensive, but it seems to me that the lifestyle is worth the effort. People live all over several different islands – 137 to be exact. But there are four major islands- Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii known as the big island. Each has its own special qualities and other characteristics that cut across virtually everyone who lives there. For example, the range of different types of people in the Hawaiian region is reflected by significant numbers of Japanese, Filipino, Native Hawaiian, White, Chinese, … Continue reading Hawaii and Eating Hawaiian Seafood

Osso Buco – Italian Braised Veal

Here’s a meal that is ideal and unique for cool winter nights. Italians know the dish well while other ethnic groups may be less familiar while no less appreciative. Called Osso Buco it is festive and flavorful when browned in the oven followed by braising at temperatures that are low and slow. The method relies on breaking down connective tissue that binds together tough muscle fiber. This approach is most often used when cooking any tough, unpalatable cut of chicken, as in Coq au Vin; fibrous vegetables, like artichoke; or Sweet & Sour Pot au Feu for Winter dishes. See … Continue reading Osso Buco – Italian Braised Veal

The North Shore Culture of Oahu: Highlights Winter Surfing & Delicious Shrimp

The Island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii has become a culture of big waves and big eaters especially shrimp during the winter months of November to March. Growing numbers of surfing competitors and fans have created excitement and enthusiasm that grows larger and larger each year.  Surfers follow the Winter Trade Winds by watching and surfing enormous waves that burst along the reef-lined shore where waves can reach upwards of 30 to 40 feet a run. One of the original heroes of the surfing world is Eddie Aikau, the first lifeguard of Waikiki. Eddie saved countless surfers in … Continue reading The North Shore Culture of Oahu: Highlights Winter Surfing & Delicious Shrimp

A Vegetable Harvest Medley—Italian Style

Harvest season has arrived. But it’s not a happy time for everyone. In fact some of us find this time of year too unsettling and off putting. Is it the end of warm weather and sunshine that depresses us? Certainly, it’s a time of change that leaves some people feeling blue and off balance. Nonetheless, I for one enjoy the Fall and all that it brings us…with or without constant sunshine. I love eating the multiplicity of produce and vegetables that are virtually countless and wonderful tasting. Each Fall season I am happiest when I discover new ways to prepare … Continue reading A Vegetable Harvest Medley—Italian Style

Enjoy Sous Vide—The New Home Cooking Method

Sous vide ovens have been around for more than 45 years, primarily in France and Europe. Only in the last couple of years have home versions become available.   Sous vide immersion cookers available by Sancere. Other versions are also available online by Sous Vide Supreme. They are selling like hotcakes. I found a new “demi” version on Amazon.com that was no bigger than a small microwave oven, with a discount that was remarkable. Ideally you will also need to purchase a vacuum bag sealer, which can also be found online. What are we talking about here? Sous vide in … Continue reading Enjoy Sous Vide—The New Home Cooking Method

Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce

20  min to make 4-6 servings Sauces serve to make average dishes more flavorful and special.  Yet sometimes meals with sauces are too time consuming and overly caloric. Still it’s nice to have a few sauces in your Grab Bag of flavor enhancers. Virtually every culture has its favorites. I have several I enjoy with the seasons of the year. Here’s a few others to consider besides today’s recipe of Chimichurri.    French sauces specialize in six basic “mother sauces” including Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, Tomato, Hollandaise and Mayonnaise Sauce. Their popularity is only exceeded by the many dishes they complement. Italian … Continue reading Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce

Hawaiian Poke: Featuring Ahi Tuna with Herbs & Asian Spices

By: Chef Alan Zox, Ph.D November 20, 2019 Poke (pronounced poh-Kay) is a salad of cubed raw fish marinated in delicious Asian style sauces.  It’s easy to eat with rice, noodles or vegetables.  Poke dishes are popular nationwide especially in Hawaii, California, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, and New York City and is growing in popularity. The dish is simple to prepare at home and delightful to make for parties as well. Children and Adults of all ages love the healthy nature of Poke and the refreshing nature of the low-fat dish. Ingredients Sushi-grade ahi tuna, cut into 3/4-inch cubes  Arborio rice: … Continue reading Hawaiian Poke: Featuring Ahi Tuna with Herbs & Asian Spices

Street Food Mexican Style

 Street food has become a favorite way to satisfy one’s hunger for special types of cuisine. It’s been documented in a recent film called Chef that tells the story of the gourmet chef who cooks across the country from Miami to L.A. in a food truck. This interest in food trucks and mobile food delivery has been around a while, but seems to be growing in neighborhoods across the U.S.   In fact, exotic food of all kinds has become accessible to the public thirst to taste something different and delicious. Food celebrities who cook for us on TV have … Continue reading Street Food Mexican Style

Brunch by the Sea

In 1896 Punch magazine wrote that the term “brunch” was coined in Britain in 1895 to describe a Sunday meal for “Saturday-night carousers”. The term has evolved to mean the wonderful meal we enjoy today between breakfast and lunch. It might be bacon and eggs, omelets and vegetables, or any number of lunch time dishes reflecting where the meal is taking place. On Cape Cod or Montauk, LA,  San Francisco, Miami or Houston.  for example, seafood brunches are common in part because of the daily bounty of seafood readily available.  Of course any combination of complementary dishes work well for … Continue reading Brunch by the Sea

Creamy Cold Cauliflower Soup with Curry & Greek Yogurt

Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa has left indelible memories. Warm weather reminds me of detasseling corn, tomatoes you can only dream about eating, fields of watermelon, summer baseball, swimming in sand pits with cold springs which made warm summer days bearable, drive-in movies and eating Eastern European specialties. It wasn’t Brooklyn but it wasn’t merely cornbread and BBQ either—dishes I also came to adore. Friends are often surprised about this biographical fact of my background suggesting I have changed since moving away from the cornfields of Iowa. Perhaps, but these memories can be warm and comforting as well. Of … Continue reading Creamy Cold Cauliflower Soup with Curry & Greek Yogurt

Eating Well Regardless Of Your Age

When eating is a burden as opposed to a pleasure, it becomes painful to return home at the end of the day to prepare a healthy, nutritious meal. While some of us see this as a wonderful and creative opportunity, others see the opposite. They turn to fast food, pizza or high sodium frozen meals. Managing one’s hunger and feeding the kids or one’s spouse are burdens to overcome quickly. Serving cheese, crackers, pretzels and soda, or a quick and filling burrito become the simple way to fill one’s stomach. Achieving flavor can become a hardship. College or high school … Continue reading Eating Well Regardless Of Your Age

Seafood Paella for Father’s Day

Eating with my father was often an enjoyable process.  Sunday night we would charcoal steaks on our grill. Weekend breakfasts often included waffles or sometimes kippers and herring with sautéed onions. And the local delicatessen sold delicious corned beef sandwiches on bagels with mustard that we all enjoyed. When I got older my dad often invited me to join him on business trips that often included memorable meals. Years later when I began to travel on business my father joined me as I did with him. One of our favorite trips was to Barcelona, located along the Mediterranean Sea, and … Continue reading Seafood Paella for Father’s Day

Eating Well While Enjoying what we Eat

It’s difficult to say what is healthy and unhealthy food today. Organically grown food for example, appears to be good for us while growing in popularity. But It also continues to be more expensive than ever leading to some resistance to buying it. Nutritional studies are helping explain that we are what we eat. Yet even though these studies are becoming more and more common there is still much more to know about the effect of each and every supplement available at GNC or at your local CVS. No question that the definition of healthy food has gone through a … Continue reading Eating Well While Enjoying what we Eat

Comfort Food of Mexico – Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is the chicken soup south of the border. The name implies an Aztec origin, but it owes much more to the Tarascan people from the Michoacán area of Mexico. I enjoy eating it in all its variations whatever its origin. It’s also easy to serve vegetarian style, or with shredded chicken thighs. Breast meat I have found is a bit too bland. Mexico is known for its soups especially when chili peppers are used like in the case of Tortilla soup which are called chipotle chilies when roasted and Jalapeño when fresh. All Mexican chili peppers have such … Continue reading Comfort Food of Mexico – Tortilla Soup

The Amazing Dover Sole

Dover Sole is now available in East Coast Fish markets.. It’s delicious, nutritious, and has not been overfished either. Further, the National Marine Fisheries Service which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the American Heart Association (AHA) tell us that a 3 ounce portion of sole is said to have one of the highest concentrations of Omega 3 in fish (which is very healthy for us), and are low in mercury. Yet there is confusion about Dover Sole but not about the flavor. First off there are at least two types of sole. The most … Continue reading The Amazing Dover Sole

Mother’s Day Chocolate Cake

It’s a time to remember and to celebrate the mothers in our lives. It’s always fun to make a special meal or to eat at a special restaurant when the weather is starting to turn warm and temperate. Mother’s Day in the United States was given birth by Anna Jarvis of West Virginia in the early 1900s. It was conceived as a day to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children. With the collaboration of the department store owner John Wanamaker, who held a Mother’s Day event, the holiday was off and running. Jarvis started a letter-writing campaign promoting … Continue reading Mother’s Day Chocolate Cake

New Study on Exercise and Mental Health – Amazing Findings!

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS , NY Times Blog: More people are living longer these days, but the good news comes shadowed by the possible increase in cases of age-related mental decline. By some estimates, the global incidence of dementia will more than triple in the next 35 years. That grim prospect is what makes a study published in March in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease so encouraging: It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Exercise has long been linked to better mental capacity in older people. Little research, however, … Continue reading New Study on Exercise and Mental Health – Amazing Findings!

Super Bowl Eats

Thanksgiving has become the holiday Americans of all backgrounds celebrate together. Yet the football event called the Super Bowl has also become no less observed and venerated on TV by millions of Americans. It will be interesting to see if the viewing public continues to follow the sport as we have up till now with the release of the film Concussion, starring Will Smith. The film documents the risks that athletes of all ages can suffer from sport induced head injuries called CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Do you think the film, Concussion, will alter the popularity of American football? … Continue reading Super Bowl Eats

The Enduring Importance of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Only three figures in American history have a national holiday named after them: President George Washington, Christopher Columbus and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Reverend King however is the only one who is a native born United States citizen. Whenever I write about King, I am reminded of this profound fact. To have a day named in your honor is no small achievement. But it wasn’t easy to accomplish. It took 15 years after King was assassinated in 1968 until it was finally signed as a Federal bill by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. One of the more popular initiatives … Continue reading The Enduring Importance of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Ajiaco- Colombian Chicken Soup

Ajiaco ( phonetically pronounced Ah-He-A-Ko) is a wonderful seasonal delight that is a very popular Chicken soup in Colombia, South America.  The key to the soup is the sauce you add called Aji and the herb, “Guascas” which can be found on www.amazon or substituted with dried oregano or bay leaf and parsley. Soup is considered a staple of Colombia for all social classes and ethnic groups. It meets the needs of Colombians living in hot and colder climates, T The smells of the soup are memorable and remain with us forever like so many dishes we grow up with. … Continue reading Ajiaco- Colombian Chicken Soup

The Thrill of Blue Fishing

A summertime fishing challenge and equally a culinary delight Headboats are 50-60 foot fishing vessels that carry 20-40 men and women who pay a captain to catch fish. Rods and reels and bait are provided along with radar to find your fish of choice. My brother and I enjoyed these outings off the Montauk and Connecticut shores. If the conditions are right, you can land several fish in a couple of hours. Summertime brings schools of bluefish and stripers (striped bass) to the Eastern shores that challenge the best of us. We always enjoyed fishing for these species because of … Continue reading The Thrill of Blue Fishing