Poisson Cru (Tahitian Ahi Tuna Coconut Ceviche)

Tahitian Poisson Cru

A few years ago, we took an 8-year-delayed honeymoon to Tahiti!  We had a fantastic time, and had a lot of great food!  On our first day in Bora Bora, I splurged on an all-day private island tour.  Our guide, a Tahitian man named Ari, took us all around the island of Bora Bora, showing [...]

Misoyaki Salmon Fillet with Sizzling Soy Vinaigrette

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I think that I’ve mentioned before one of my favorite restaurants is Roy’s (a Hawaiian fusion restaurant opened by chef Roy Yamaguchi).  At Roy’s, they have a dish called “Misoyaki Butterfish” – it’s a very soft white fish marinated in a salty/sweet miso teriyaki, served with a tangy citrus vinaigrette.  If you ever have a chance [...]

Korean Seafood Pancake (Haemul Pajeon)

Haemul Pajeon (Korean Seafood Pancake)

Here’s a tasty Korean snack recipe… “Haemul Pajeon” or “Korean Seafood Pancake“.  This delicious savory pancake is prepared with a simple batter, mixed seafood, and chopped green onions – gently pan-fried until crispy and served with a sesame-soy dipping sauce.  It’s a great dish to eat when it’s cold and rainy out (so it’s perfect [...]

Pan Roasted Cod in Puttanesca Sauce

Pan Roasted Cod in Puttanesca Sauce

What is Puttanesca Sauce?  Puttanesca is a tangy and salty Italian sauce, made with tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic, and (sometimes) anchovies.  The story goes… back in the 1950′s, some late night patrons were hungry – but the restaurateur was almost out of ingredients, as it was near closing time.  They told him to make them [...]

Langostino Scampi and Polenta

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Last time I went to Costco, I found a new item – frozen (cooked) Langostino tails.  What are “langostinos“?  Here in the U.S., “langostinos” refer to the Squat lobster (which is not what we think of as a real “lobster” – it’s actually a species related to hermit crabs).  Do not confuse “langostino” with “langoustes” [...]

Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Homemade Cioppino

Cioppino is a tomato-based seafood stew which is traditionally made from the catch of the day (typically a combination of Dungeness crab, clam, mussels, shrimp, scallops, squid, and fish).  While many people think of this dish as being Italian, it actually hails from San Francisco, California!  During the late 1800′s, San Francisco fisherman would cook up [...]

Asian Style Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallions

Asian Style Steamed Fish

On our recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, we had dinner at the Kamuela Provision Company at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort.  We tried the Ginger Steamed Monchong… OMG it was to die for!  So soft and tender… flavored with a tasty ginger-soy-hot peanut oil sauce.  I vowed that when I got home, [...]

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Sweet Chili Sauce


Over Thanksgiving, we decided to skip the turkey… and took a cruise down to the Caribbean instead.  Our second port-of-call was Phillipsburg, on the Dutch side of St. Martin.  We took a tour over to the French side of the island, and stopped for lunch in the seaside town of Marigot.  Now, after eating cruise [...]

Shrimp Gumbo

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(Original Post Date:  December 21, 2010) The weather here in San Diego has been rainy and cold all week long… and like many native Californians, this kind of weather makes me want to curl up in a ball (and not get out of bed), turn the heater on full blast, and eat nothing but soup.  [...]

F- Clam Chowder and Lazy Biscuits

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(Original Post Date:  September 10, 2010) Just last week I posted about how it seemed that summer was finally here… but it looks like I spoke too soon, because our 1 week of hot summer weather rolled right over into a crisp fall cold spell.  It’s been so cold lately that it makes me want [...]