Friday Food Foto – Hamakua Mushroom Poke Roll

After my wonderful visit to the Hamakua Mushroom farm I began to see them menus everywhere I went. When I saw them prepared as a poke and poke roll at the Hilo Bay Cafe on my visit there I could not resist ordering them. Hilo Bay Cafe is a … [Read More...]

Ted Allen on Dining Out For Life

Ted Allen Photo by Peter Ross

If you have been around these parts for any length of time you will know I like to eat, particularly out.  If you are following on Instagram, Foodspotting or FourSquare you will see I dine out a lot! When you work in San Francisco dining out is an … [Read More...]

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #206 – Wildflower Hunting

(Not quite) Wordless Wednesday #206 - Wildflower Hunting

Over the weekend we went wildflower hunting north of Sacramento.  We were in the Bear Valley Road area between Williams and Clear Lake, while this is a route I had taken many times as a child on my way to visit my grandparents in the summer, little … [Read More...]

Hawaii – AgriTourism

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"90% imported. 90% imported." As I drove around visiting Greenwell Farms, Hamakua Mushrooms, Volcano Winery; as I had conversations with folks at hotels and looked a restaurant menus, I still found it crazy that 90% of produce to Hawaii is imported. … [Read More...]

Hawaii – Volcano Winery

Inside Volcano Winery Tasting Room

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area with famous wine neighbors like Napa and Sonoma it is easy to take wineries for granted. And although there are wineries in every state now (really, I looked it up) that doesn't always mean they are good! So … [Read More...]

Hawaii: Hamakua Mushrooms


Ever had a super-fresh mushroom? Good, right? A luxury item? Maybe not.  But if you live in the Hawaiian islands, a fresh mushroom used to be unthinkable. Enter Bob Stanga.  Gentlemen farmer (with an interior designer wife) who just wanted to grow … [Read More...]



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