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Sunday, February 18, 2007


Lynne Rossetto Kasper visits Honolulu

Yes, she's been here and gone. Some people spotted her at the KCC Saturday Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago.

Splendid Table airs on Saturday mornings on Hawaii Public Radio, but if you missed the broadcast yesterday, you can catch the archived program on their website.

Here's the description from the podcast link:
This week we're bringing you a special one-hour program recorded in Hawaii. It's a look at the food and culture of Honolulu and its island of Oahu that few tourists see. We talk with legendary chef Alan Wong, tour the shops and markets of Honolulu's Chinatown, and take a whirlwind trip around the island of Oahu.
To stream the program, click here. The downloadable mp3 file is here.

It was fun to listen to the program. It should give tourism a boost (the sponsors included a whole flock of tourism organizations). The program was a series of interviews that left me wondering, though, where Lynne might have eaten while she was here, and what her own thoughts were about her experience. I'm glad to learn that she got to the Green Door and enjoyed it, and that she got to snack on some shrimp and shave ice on the North Shore. And disappointed that no one straightened out her negative view of poi. Did she try any while she was here?

Did she eat only in the hotel? Did she visit Mavros? Alan Wong? Nico's? Olive Tree? Zippies? Did she try a plate lunch? Did she just walk through Chinatown with Joan Namkoong, or did they stop in someplace to eat? Has she tried a Kau Gold orange (better than anything from Florida) or a ripe apple banana? At the market, did she buy any Hawaiian vanilla or try the very special Hawaiian honeys? Nevermind, I was just wondering.

The mp3 file will be great to send to your friends and relatives planning a trip to Oahu. Or email the link to those who can't afford a visit, just to make them jealous that you live here.

This one's a keeper. Download the program and store it somewhere on your disk for reference.


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