A Taste Of Honey…The Recipe

When you’re messing with someone’s favorite dish you better bring your “A” game. In the story that inspired this one, Miel was totally wowed by R.B. McCarthy’s recreation of her favorite pork chops. It’s quick, easy, moist, and loaded with exotic flavors. You can leave out the hoisin sauce and add grilled pineapple if you…

Tuia Moa (Malia And The White Rabbit)…The Recipe

Spicey South Pacific Chicken with guava dipping sauce and sticky rice balls Love is at its’ best when it’s naturaly spicey. Nature shows her love and joy best in her tropical fruits. Could there be a better idea than combining these joys with rum? Repeat after me “No”. Malia, the inspiration for this dish, thought…

A Taste Of Honey…The Inspiration

Leela was my favorite bartender at my favorite beach bar on my favorite island. I lied. They are ALL my favorite islands. This evening she was busy listening to a distinguished looking man sitting a few seats down from me sipping his coffee and looking frustrated. My ears perked up when I heard him say “ Do…

Malia And The White Rabbit… The Inspiration

    Even the seasoned hands were holding their breath. The Sphincter Factor was off the charts. We all knew the stories of tragic shipwrecks and huge hungry sharks this place generated. We had heard it was a “No Go” for most sailors. The jagged, hungry coral heads racing just feet below the hull told…

Froze Goes – A Grown-up Slushy

  One of my best childhood memories is of  bombing down PCH  (Pacific Coast Highway to non-locals) in an old VW van with my Grandfather R.B. at the wheel, Beach Boys blasting out of the cassette player, and long open beaches flashing by the window. When the stars alinged and the market was right we would…

Big Fish – Best Fish…The Inspiration

The guide books and sailing guides will all tell you that the season for sailing in the South Pacific is generally April to October. After that the tourists’ boats vanish and most of the sane Aussies and Kiwis haul out and put their boats to sleep for the cyclone season. It’s a slow time for…

Matai’s Island…The recipe

Grilled coconut rum shrimp with pineapple glaze, pina colada dipping sauce, and Shanghai noodle salad In Samoan tradition, Matai is Father, Elder, and Leader of an island. My friend Matai Aleki lived up to all of those labels. He lives the Aloha (Talofa was his word for it) and loves sharing, especially with those he…

Matai’s Island…The Inspiration

S.A.N.D. Time Tafa Tafa Beach, Samoa      The whole paranormal feeling of what I was calling “My Mermaid Encounter” really threw me off. I’d never even imagined things like that…well, maybe back in my college days, but not since I stopped smoking that stuff. Doctor Me prescribed some S.A.N.D. (Sitting Ashore – Nothing Doing) and…

A Little On The Side(s)

Feeding a family usually comes down to trying to present as balanced a meal as possible and filling them up with the standard side dishes like mashed potatoes or green beans. Great stuff really, but we’re using words here like exotic, and fantasy, and romantic. Sides aren’t merely dinner foreplay or an also ran. Harsh…

Mid Course Correction- A cocktale

After R.B. McCarthy adopted the initials of his title “Rum Brother” as his nom de guerre his buddies started to follow suit. To differintiate themselves from the original they simply added the initial of their regular, boringly normal first name. Thus John became R.B.J. (Rum Brother John in the formal fashion). RBJ went on to…