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Ready for New Year detox?

December 31st, 2012

green juicingDrink your way to good health in 2013.

By now, you're probably up to your ears in cookies, chocolates, mochi and other treats, which doesn't bode well for getting in shape in 2013. Too much holiday cheer means you need detoxing. Now.

Cleanse America is on mission to transform the health of the nation, and is aiming to inspire 1 million Americans to participate in its 10-day raw food cleanse, running Jan. 4 to 13. You can join the cleanse at

Omega Juicers is on board for a 3-day cleanse ritual to help people eliminate harmful toxins, restore their internal system and reset their bodies through juicing.

I haven't tried it myself, but one of my friends was beginning to develop a rough, ruddy complexion due to stress, and the only change she made in her life was to start green juicing with spinach, kale and fruits, and her complexion cleared up in about a week of drinking her vegetables three times a day.

Here are Omega Juicers recipes for one day of cleansing:

The vitamin C in oranges enhances the absorption of the iron in the spinach by 30 percent.
4 oranges
1 bunch of spinach

Juice and drink.

Bee Fruity
There are a thousand different variations of fruit salads. This one makes a great first meal of the day.
2 bananas
1 mango
2 cups of blueberries
2 tablespoons of bee pollen

Cut the banana and mango into bit sized pieces. Put into a bowl and add blueberries topped with bee pollen.

Get Rooted
Beets are powerful health foods, containing compounds that may reduce blood pressure, ease digestive disorders and control heart disease. They can also raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides, respectively, by 30 percent and 40 percent.
3 carrots
1 beet (palm size)
Thumb size of ginger

Juice and drink.

Green Machine
Blending produce makes the process of absorbing protein and minerals more efficient. If you are drinking the green machine after a workout, add double hemp seeds and a few more greens. When you drink a smoothie with a lot of protien 30 minutes after a workout, the protein synthesis is about 75 percent compared to only 30 percent beyond that time.
2 large kale leaves (or 2 handfuls of other leafy greens)
2 bananas (frozen)
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1-½ cups of hemp milk
1 tablespoon spirulina

Place all ingredients in a juicer or high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Top with hemp seeds.

Lemon Apple Blast
Apple and lemon contain a lot of vitamin C and citrus acids. This assists in dissolving gallstones which are deposits of a composite of calcium salts such as oxalates and carbonates.
2 small lemons
3 apples
2 inch piece of ginger

Juice and drink.

Celery Stalker
1 cup coconut water
3 celery stalks
1 handful of greens or 1 bunch of spinach
1 cucumber
1 apple

Juice and drink.

Sweet victory for Maui Onion Festival Recipe Contest champ

May 8th, 2012

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Chef Jojo Vasquez of Banyan Tree Restaurant at Ritz-Carlton Kapalua claims his glass onion trophy from Ramsay Wharton as the winner of the Maui Onion Festival Recipe Contest, the final contest of the event on May 5. His recipe is at the end of this post.

The 23rd Maui Onion Festival with a recipe contest involving seven of the festival's featured chefs. The dishes prepared by Maui chefs Joey Macadangdang of Roy's Kaʻanapali, David Paul Johnson of David Paul's Island Grill, Jojo Vasquez and Oahu chefs Russell Siu of 3660 on the Rise and Kevin Hanney of 12th Avenue Grill and SALT Kitchen & Tasting Bar was amazing.

Siu took time off from his busy schedule that has included a spate of fundraisers, and L'ulu, the Leeward Culinary Arts Gala that was taking place the same evening as this competition. He had to prep 150 pounds of Shinsato Farms pork for 650 portions of Southwest-style dish his restaurant was serving up at L'ulu. Who says you can't be in two places at once!

In the end, Vasquez was the winner, beating Macadangdang by a mere point, and as one of five judges, it really could have gone either way. Vasquez wowed us with the silkiness of his liver (foie gras), onion and egg combination, while Macadangdang's Vietnamese-style lemongrass chicken bao with Maui onion curry also wowed us with the well-considered precision, complexity and layering of flavors and textures. His recipe appears at the end of this post.

orecipeOnion fans could get up close to judges and the food up for top honors. To pace ourselves, we could take only a few bites, so we offered attendees a bite of the delicious leftovers. There were many a dish I wanted to finish, but alas, I had reservations at Alan Wong's new restaurant Amasia that evening, to maximize my stay on Maui.

orecipe9From left, chefs participating in the Maui Onion Festival recipe contest were Joey Macadangdang of Roy's Kaʻanapali, David Paul Johnson, Kevin Hanney of 12th Avenue Grill and SALT Kitchen & Tasting Bar on Oahu, Jojo Vasquez, Russell Siu of Oahu's 3660 on the Rise, and James McDonald, with Whalers Village marketing manager Lisa Donlon, and at right, host Cutty Cutler.

orecipe2Chef Jojo Vasquez's winning dish of rich chawanmushi-style liver (foie gras) and onions presented in an eggshell cup.

Chef Kevin Hanney of 12 Avenue Grill  and SALT Kitchen presented savory Maui onion French toast with Waimanalo crimini, frisee salad, local fried egg, Maui onion and housemade pancetta.

orecipe3Russell Siu offered up caramelized Maui onion horseradish-crusted Kurobuta pork belly.

orecipe4Chef Ivan Pahk of Cane & Taro's dish was pan-roasted opakapaka served over housemade linguine, with Hamakua mushrooms, Kahuku corn, red radish, pickled red chili and Maui onion demiglace.

orecipe5I'o and Pacific'O Chef James McDonald's offering was an inspired Maui onion tart tatin as sweet as apple pie, served with Irish whiskey onion Anglaise sauce.

orecipe6Fellow judge Ayngelina Brogan, the blogger behind Bacon is Magic, was eager to polish off David Paul Johnson's grilled island beef and Maui onion sliders. Me too, but I had to rush off to dinner at Amasia in the Grand Wailea.

orecipe7Chef Joey Macadangdang of Royʻs Kaʻanapali added the adjective "Inspired" to the name of his lemongrass chicken bao with Maui onion curry, topped with crisp onion rings, pickled carrots and daikon, and the combined flavors were truly inspired. His recipe follows. (more…)

A sip of Maui onions

May 8th, 2012

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Fans of the Maui Onion Festival found many of the dishes being created on stage t be finger-lickin' good! This is the aftermath of their getting a taste of chef David Paul Johnson's sweet Maui onion fritters with caramelized Maui onion aioli. Yum! His recipe is at the bottom of this post.

In the afternoon at Maui Onion Festival 2012, fans of the Maui Kula® onion could watch demonstrations or line up for a taste of onion rings being cooked up by Hula Grill Kaanapali executive chef Chris Schobel and his team. People were in line all day for a taste of the 1,000 pounds of onions that went into the deep fryer.

They were so good, crisp on the outside and soft and melty on the inside, without the stringiness that usually has you pulling them out of the bready ring at most, if not all, restaurants. His recipe is at the end of this post.

Chris said the secret is steam that from the water in the onion when the rings hit the oil. Unfortunately, you won't find these rings at the restaurant, because frying them this way is a messy task and he said those onions would take up too much space. So, if you want great onion rings, you'll just have to fly over to the festival next year.

With the festival falling on Cinco de Mayo this year, there had to be a cocktail and margarita contest to commemorate the occasion, and I was called upon to judge six drinks created by Dennis Day of Leilani's, Aloha Dave of Hula Grill, who came up with an avocado-lime margarita, and Sean King of Cane & Taro.

All of their creations were great, and Sean King took home the glass onion trophy for his Maui Wowie Maui Gold pineapple and strawberry margarita and Volcano cocktail, both with a strawberry and Maui onion muddle. His recipes are at the end of the post, minus the onions though.

onion1Hawaii News Now's Ramsay Wharton with chef David Paul Johnson of David Paul's Island Grill after his demonstration. Ramsay did a great job on stage from about 10 a.m. until the last competition ended at about 5:30 p.m., talking and tasting her way through the events. I could never talk that long!

onionlineLined up for Hula Grill Maui onion rings.

onionringsMaui resident Derek Takahashi with his rings, also shown below.


onionagMae Nakahata was manning the Maui Farm Bureau booth, showcasing the bounty of six of the island's farms.

Sean King of d.k. Kodama's Cane & Taro restaurant was one of three Whalers Village mixologists competing in the Cinco de Mayo mix drink contest in the afternoon.

onionsipLisa Donlon takes a sip of Sean's showy cocktail creation, with its strawberry and Maui onion muddle. (more…)