Monthly Archives: June 2011

Rice, Rice, Baby!

We had a fun (and tasty!) weekend promoting our latest release, The Hawai‘i Book of Rice: Tales, Trivia & 101 Great Recipes, by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi. On Saturday, Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village in Waipahu hosted a Rice Talk Story & Tasting. The wonderful HPV volunteers made a selection of dishes from the book and everyone was invited to partake in this (FREE!) rice buffet. We got to try creative musubi, mochi, fried rices and even a rice dish assembled in a pumpkin!

  

  

For more photos, see our album at our page on Facebook. (You don’t need a Facebook account to see it, but if you’ve got one, be sure to “Like” us to keep up with the latest rice news!)

On Sunday, we headed east for Kahala Mall’s “Shop Local” celebration. A team from The Kahala Hotel & Resort demonstrated Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi’s ‘Ahi Poke Musubi with King Crab Namasu “rice-ipe,” which is featured in The Hawai‘i Book of Rice. This crispy-outside poke-filled musubi was a hit with shoppers.

   

  

For more photos from the demonstration, check out the album.

For fun, we held a trivia contest at the Plantation Village Talk Story. Those who answered questions correctly received a rice paddle. (Hey, who can’t use an extra one, right?) Our final trivia question was:

How many grains of rice in one pound of long-grain white rice?

Post your guess here. We’ll select two lucky winners from among the answers that guess correctly within 1,000 grains*  to receive their own rice paddles and a copy of The Hawai‘i Book of Rice. Contest ends at 11:59PM on Tuesday, July 12. Good luck!

Contest Rules: A winner will be selected at random from the valid comments posted prior to the contest closing time. To be counted as an entry, the comment must include an on-topic answer. One entry per e-mail. The winner will be notified via e-mail; in the event that we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours to confirm acceptance of their prize, a new winner will be chosen. Winners who do not respond within the stated time frame forfeit their prize claim.

*The answer is published somewhere in The Hawai‘i Book of Ricethis is the number we consider the correct answer.

Kau Kau “Biting Commentary” Giveaway

Kau Kau author Arnold Hiura (right) and KTA’s Derek Kurisu in Kau Kau Stadium. Photo by Eloise Hiura.

Food historian Arnold Hiura and his book, Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands, will be featured on the debut episode of HONOLULU Magazine’s Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn TV series, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, airing on KGMB9 on Sunday, June 19, 2:30 pm.

In this first episode of Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn, Arnold and John take a trip to Arnold’s hometown of Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, to meet up with old friends and cook up some “local-kine kau kau.” First stop, KTA Super Stores, a homegrown grocery chain where Arnold’s good friend and Hilo High School classmate Derek Kurisu is Executive Vice-President. Derek’s team set up an outdoor cooking arena, “Kau Kau Stadium,” to show off what real Hilo folks cook. As the host of two locally-broadcast shows (airing only in Hilo, but you can watch episodes online at YouTube), Primetime and Living in Paradise, Derek’s a pro at the whole cook-and-talk-at-the-same-time thing.

What’s on the Kau Kau Stadium menu? Classic local dishes: bacalhau (salted cod) salad, warabi (fiddle-head fern) salad, shoyu pork, pork with eggplant, and also some KTA Mountain Apple brand Big Island Wild Boar Portuguese Sausage, and some smoke meat (yes, that’s “smoke” meat, not “smoked”). Pick up a copy of Kau Kau for Arnold’s recipe for this local-style version of beef jerky (it’s actually made with pork).

To celebrate his appearance on the show, we’re giving away a copy of Arnold’s Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands to one lucky winner, selected at random. In Kau Kau, Arnold waxes rhapsodic about the iconic, born-in-Hilo, favorite Hawai‘i dish, loco moco:

You have to have an egg. There is a huge, Kīlauea Crater-sized gap between a plain bowl of hamburger, rice and gravy and a true loco moco with an egg. Saying that the egg came later is akin to saying that you invented baseball—but without bases or foul lines. It is the egg, after all, that sets the loco moco apart from the simply mundane and catapults it into the realm of Kau Kau Hall of Fame genius. You start with a generous bed of steaming-hot white rice. Add a homemade hamburger patty, fried so that the juices are still dribbling out of it. Gently slide an egg onto the burger so its yolk (sunny-side-up or over-easy) does not break until you’re ready to eat it. Cover the whole concoction with brown gravy. Break the yolk so that it oozes down into the hamburger juices and brown gravy. Together, the yolk and juices and gravy cascade down into the starchy depths of the rice, filling every nook and cranny and completing the exquisite symphony of flavors that is the joy of loco moco.

Now that’s some real love for a dish! Tell us in the comments below about a  local Hawai‘i dish that makes you drool like Arnold does over loco moco. Contest closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, June 19, 2011; see the end of this post for additional contest rules.

Catch more of Arnold, John and Derek’s adventures on the Big Island when this episode airs  Sunday, June 19 at 2:30 pm! For now, check out the slideshow below for a sneak peek behind the scenes at Kau Kau Stadium, courtesy of Arnold’s wife, Eloise.

Special Deal: We’re so excited about “Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn” that we’re offering 30% off all our non-sale titles at our online store. Use coupon code BITEBOOKS to get your discount.

View a larger version of the slideshow here.

Contest Rules: A winner will be selected at random from the valid comments posted prior to the contest closing time. To be counted as an entry, the comment must include an on-topic answer. One entry per e-mail. The winner will be notified via e-mail; in the event that we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours to confirm acceptance of their prize, a new winner will be chosen. Winners who do not respond within the stated time frame forfeit their prize claim.

Hello, World!

Welcome to Watermark Publishing’s new blog! We’re devoting this part of our site to sharing the latest news about our books and authors, photo and video galleries, contests and other bits of information that we think you might enjoy.

If you’re looking for the latest media coverage on our titles or more “quick bite” content, you’ll want to “Like” us on Facebook — it’s the quickest way for us to share the small bits of information, links and photos or updates from us on the road. You can also find us on Twitter under the handle @WatermarkHawaii. Connect with us online—you’ll find we do answer back!

And for those of you who are here looking for our first contest—our HONOLULU Magazine’s Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn giveaways—please be patient! Our first giveaway launches June 12, 2011—you won’t find the contest announcement here until then.

Aloha and Happy Reading!

The Watermark Publishing ‘Ohana

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 421 other followers