This week we dive deep into the CULINARY Culture of HAWAII with Brian Berusch who just recently released a book with Bill Tobin called:

Food to Write Home About…Hawaii

Hawaii restaurateur Bill Tobin tells the story of his love affair with Hawaiian cuisine—and all the nuances associated with Hawaiian fare. He does so through a series of affectionate letters to his mother, in their Midwest USA farm town. Through these highly personal letters, Tobin and author Brian Berusch explore every ingredient, dish and the chefs behind them—which about-faced Tobin’s vocation into a career “Foodist” on the islands, including a stint as the president of the Hawaii Restaurant Association. Through each chapter we see the evolution of Tobin’s palate, right through to the meeting of his wife and the start of his own family, whom are still highly immersed in the food arts there.

The Culinary Culture of HAWAII stands alone in the middle of the Pacific…You really can’t have the type of fusion food that Hawaii has from all over the world and we discuss what makes Food special here and Hawaii and how chefs are changing the way they cook around the world because of it.


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11 thoughts on “The CULINARY Culture of HAWAII

  1. THIS was a great episode. Loved hearing about the food, and I’m definitely interested in the book. It’s interesting to hear the first mention his travels to different cities, and Hawaii very much holds its own in cuisines. This is one area my wife and I really didn’t get to explore when we were there. We did go to the food trucks and it was amazing, but we really feel like we missed out. Didn’t even get to try poke. Definitely want to change that next time we’re in Hawaii.

    About the race stuff…hey Wayde go fuck yourself, but I still understand where you’re coming from :p. I respect your position and hope you’d do the same for me. We should all have a beer! Except for AlohaMoose, that guy can jump out of a plane into the Pacific ocean with an anvil around his neck for all I care.

    I consume alot of Hawaii material. Your podcast, Civil Beat, khon2, Hawaii Life in HGTV. I feel like I’m pretty up to date in what goes on over there. We caught the newest Hawaii Life and a couple was looking at a house on the Big Island. Jesus the difference in pricing is insane. They were looking at properties in the 400k range, 4 bedroom , 2 bath etc, and the properties were on a nice amount of land. I know it’s less developed over there, but that seems way more reasonable than the extortion that is taking place on Oahu.

    Final thought – How is the internet service over there? I work in IT and do a lot of stuff online that requires a good connection. Curious how that is with Hawaii being in the middle of the ocean and all.

  2. Aloha Brothers,

    Just start listing on my way to office and i am laughing. Your last podcast became more hot topic then the last presidential debate 😉 where is aloha sprite everyone. No worries 2 more weeks and everything will be back to normal after election.
    Note to Wayde : (I told Gul about your striping story and she don’t believe that now i have to search online to find some old Wayde the magic mike pictures to prove her so make it easy and post some pictures on Facebook )

  3. Great episode guys. Thanks for giving Maui some love! I have to admit I’ve told people that if they were coming to Maui to have some great culinary adventure they are here for the wrong reason but sounds to me like I need to do some more exploring!

  4. I always appreciate listening to your shows both for the specific topics and the overall discussion of the news & how it affects Hawaii. Living in NYC, it’s easy to forget that people in other parts of the country might see things in a different way.

    In terms of the whole thing about racism and being politically correct or not, I think our culture has gone too far in dissecting every word that is said rather than paying attention to actions. Why has this happened? Because there are so many fewer incidents of outright hate and discrimination to talk about. Only in a relatively free, egalitarian society can you worry about “microaggressions” and jokes. The racism that my grandparents’ and even parents’ generations dealt with was in your face and accepted by the majority. People would turn you down for jobs or reject you from college and not bother to hide why. Kids would say slurs on the playground and never get in trouble. It really isn’t like that anymore in our part of the country, at least. Talking to people who really care about racism and social justice is frustrating because to them now is EXACTLY like the 1950s, and wearing a Halloween costume is exactly like assaulting someone in the street and getting away with it. We need some perspective.

    Thanks again for continuing to do the show & for keeping it real!

    • It’s still around. Last night on Halloween we were giving out candy and having a good time with everyone in the neighborhood. A woman dressed as Uncle Sam with “Make America Great Again” written in the top hat walked by. My wife and I spoke to her, just like we did everyone else. I didn’t really care what her hat said, it’s Halloween! That said she walks around our driveway, intentionally ignores us, and goes to the house next door…who happen to be white.

      Now am I comparing this to the atrocities of the 50s? No. By the way…that was only 60 some years ago. It’s not THAT far in the past.

  5. Question regarding your last podcast on carports…can’t you just enclose it on the back and add a garage door? Shouldn’t cost more than a few thousand and then your Tesla will stay dry and protected.

    • Not the way the Car Ports work here Jake…sometimes, in fact many times the car ports are just a roof with posts…sometimes they have a front wall, but open on other other sides…sometimes the only side that exists is the one side up against the house or townhome and the roof. 3 sides are almost always open with posts.

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