Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Yes, food is certainly a big deal here in the "Aloha State." Being the cultural melting pot that Hawaii is, with plenty of history behind it, it's no wonder this is the birthplace of such creations as the "SPAM Musubi" (think sushi with luncheon meat instead of fish on it), "Saimin" (a fusion noodle soup made with Chinese style noodles and pork, Japanese dashi broth and fishcake, and American luncheon meat and/or ham) and "Loco Moco" (a popular "plate lunch" entree made by topping rice with hamburger steak, fried eggs and brown gravy). Not stopping there, Pacific regional and Hawaiian regional fusion is more popular than ever, thanks to pioneering local chefs, as well as up-and-coming stars in Hawaii's world-renowned culinary scene.
I started "The Tasty Island – Honolulu Food Blog" four years ago as a hobby, simply to share the wonderful foods I grew up with here in Hawaii, and to this day it continues to grow in content and popularity, including just recently becoming the second most-read blog on a national aggregate hotel review site.
For the most part, "The Tasty Island" maintains its focus on the foods of Hawaii and food or food-related products made in Hawaii, as well as coverage of local events such as cultural festivals, fundraisers and block parties. The restaurant reviews, product reviews, recipes and events coverage run a linear story-telling format that relies heavily on photography to "tell a thousand words" visually. I don't know about you, but I usually look at pictures before reading anything, and my readers constantly remind me how much they appreciate the photographs I provide in my postings.
The Tasty Island employs a unique "SPAM Musubi" rating system which is based on a score of 1 to 5, with 1 being "average" to 5 being "superb." Note that the lowest score is "average," as The Tasty Island doesn't go into negative or bashing territory of "not good" to "horrible." If a dish or product is anything less than average, it will either be made note of, or simply will not be qualified to be featured at all on this blog. After all, this isn't the " Yucky Island," it's the Tasty Island!
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