When Unique Sweets traveled to Hawaii for the Season 6 premiere, the goal was to get the opposite of a beach body. Our favorite contributors loaded up on sugar with innovative sweet dishes like ube (aka purple sweet potato) gelato at Via Gelato, yuzu semifreddo at The Pig and the Lady and new spins on brunch at Koko Head Cafe. If you missed their tropical adventures, watch the full episode online now:
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The Sheraton Kona's Luau
The Big Island, or Hawaii Island, is a must-see when visiting Hawaii. Its small population and breathtaking scenery make it a quiet getaway. Restaurants source local ingredients and infuse them with culture. Do not miss The Big Island, including Kona, when you hop on a plane and visit, and make sure you get a tour of the black-sand beaches.
Big Jake’s Island BBQ
Sam Choy knows I love good barbecue, so I’m glad he took me here. Big Jake set down his smoker in 1997, and customers have flocked to it ever since. This modest but mighty spot is known for its Southern smoked meats and Hawaiian keawe mesquite. You’ll enjoy eating outdoors while dining on brisket, ribs and chicken.
If you haven’t tried poke yet, you definitely need to at Umeke’s. Nakoa Pabre’s flavor combinations will amaze you and make you think of tuna in a different way. He uses fresh ingredients like avocado, fern salad and fruit to create unbelievable dishes.
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There’s so much more to Oahu than just Honolulu. It’s the most populous of the Hawaiian Islands and is home to Diamond Head and the North Shore, which are great for surfing. When you get off that plane, don’t be afraid to explore beyond Waikiki Beach, because you’ll find amazing food spots beyond the strip.
Dat Cajun Guy
I loved finding a taste of the South in Oahu. Jordan and Ashley Romano (see photo) take Louisiana cooking and dish it out of a food truck in an amazing location. Haleiwa is right along the North Shore, so make sure you stop by this part of the island if you’re a fan of surfing. Be sure to order the Gumbolaya!
Hughley’s Southern Cuisine
Ken and his family make some incredible soul food for the local military. The ribs, the fried peach cobbler, the catfish — all of his dishes take me back to Georgia. Sneak over to Aiea on your trip if you’re feeling homesick for the South.
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
Meet Piña Colada’s playful, vibrant and positively patriotic cousin, the Lava Flow, a tropical treat hailing from Hawaii. Since a lot of red, white and blue eats have been happening lately, why not make a drink that will set off fireworks of full flavor while also keeping with the star-spangled color theme?
The trinity of Piña Colada flavors— pineapple, coconut and rum— take a whirl through the blender for a smoothie so thick and icy it hesitates to be sipped through a straw. Pour sweet strawberry puree around the frosty hillock (and I suggest popping a few blueberries on top) for a cocktail that will be the star of your Fourth of July celebrations.
Bottoms up, folks.
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In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!
With summer’s days waning and the temperatures continuing to rise, I’m itching to get in some last outdoor parties — but with a light menu and minimal effort required. To satisfy this entertaining urge, I decided to embrace a classic theme — a Hawaiian luau — and give it a bit of a sophisticated twist. Sure, there’s room for a paper parasol or two, but this affair is all about a clean color palette, natural materials and a light, fresh menu. With Polynesian- and tiki-inspired elements and an island music soundtrack, we felt transported to Hawaii as we toasted and feasted late into the night.
To host your own luau, you’ll need five essential ingredients:
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