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Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor

Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor

 

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Island Life: My Food Tour Through Hawaii

Meg Brown

Earlier this month I traveled to Hawaii to visit my best friend and enjoy their authentic island cuisine.

Hawaii is over 2,000 miles form the mainland, so they rely on foods they can grow easily. I've found their cuisine tends to be a blend of Philippine, Chinese, Japanese, and tropical paradise. So yummy.

My first dinner was enjoyed at the Modern Honolulu where I stayed. I went to a luau in Paradise Cove and loved watching the hula dancers while savoring King Hawaiian Bread (a staple made with taro root), salmon salsa, pork poi, rice, taro pudding, and coconut jelly.

 

Olive & Oliver was my go-to in the morning. I adore their strong presence and modern contemporary beach feel. Their coffee was, of course, fantastic as well!

 

Hawaii does a wonderful job relying on what they can grow. However, they do have their splurges.

Due to Hawaii's distance from the mainland, SPAM is incredibly popular because it lasts. It is everywhere on that island!

While in Hawaii I visited my best friend and Hawaiian native, Verena! She knows where to go and invited me to join her private chefs club where Aaron Sanchez cooked us dinner!

He prepared an authentic Hawaiian feast that included rare kumu fish, watercress, rice and corn salsa, and a salad.

 

One morning I stopped by the Surfjack Hotel for brunch. Their spread included fried rice, kimchi and avocado.

Brunch at the Modern Honolulu was fresh and delicious. On my plate was poke tuna and mixed salad with local greens.

Overall I adored the fresh, juicy, and tropical flavors of Hawaiian food. I look forward to my next visit!

Touring Thailand and Japan

Meg Brown

My family and I returned home from a three week trip to my hometown!

Markets full of street vendors are cultural to Bangkok. Every time I'm home I visit them almost daily to taste their savory offerings.

Street vendors typically prepare one or two items, allowing them to develop the tastiest recipe imaginable. Here I am about to try pork satay!

During our trip, we were also fortunate to visit Japan. I haven't been there in so long!

It's a misconception that sushi is a frequent main course in Japan- it's actually a side dish.

Many other dishes make up a typical meal in Japan, including tonkatsu (fried chicken or pork over rice), chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), and radish pico.

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Sakura, or cherry blossoms, bloom just a few weeks in the spring. The streets of Japan were buzzing with people celebrating food and flower of the season, many wearing traditional yukatas.

I get goosebumps every time I think of that sight. When I visit next spring, I'm bringing my kimono.

We returned to Thailand to enjoy a few more weeks in my homeland. Seafood is a staple in Thai food, with squid being as popular in Bangkok as lobster is in Boston.

Restaurants serve a catch-of-the-day special (I enjoyed grilled clam), squid salad, steamed fish, and a side of chili lime dressing.

 

In between food tasting, I enjoyed my $2.50 bit of heaven. Foot massagers are almost as common as street vendors in the market.

I enjoyed a delicious high-end dinner from the upscale Paste Bangkok. I ordered coconut milk with fresh crab meat that came with a side of fruit (star fruit and rose apples) that I dipped in my soup. Yum!

Dessert was truffles with chocolate dust. So good.

One of the more famous street vendors I visited above offered a variety of look-chin made with fish, pork, and chicken. In Thai, we write it as ลูกชิ้นทอด.

I've missed my hometown so much and look forward to visiting again soon. Stop by Chang Thai Cafe to enjoy a taste of my journey; I'm infusing a little inspiration from home into our new dishes!

Emshika's In Thailand!

Meg Brown

 

Emshika is on vacation in Thailand! She's visiting Dad, friends, and bringing Nina & Tyler along. 

She is seen here visiting a street vendor in Bangkok sampling pork satay. Emshika is excited to bring back the newest and most delicious items from Thailand.

Please note: Chang Thai Cafe will be closed April 2 - 11.