Chef Roger Mooking recently traveled to the United States and Jamaica, and returned with tons of photos and stories about the incredible food culture. We hope you’ll be inspired to explore different cuisines and exotic ingredients this summer. We’ll be publishing a new post every Thursday over the summer, so stay tuned and enjoy Roger’s third post below! Make sure to also check out Roger’s latest solo album, Feedback, available on iTunes.



Welcome to Hawaii

I love a great adventure, and visiting Oahu for the very first time definitely earns that title.  For years, stories of this beautiful island have surrounded me but always remained elusive – until now.

After a long flight, I arrived just before sunset and was greeted with a stunning view from my hotel balcony, certainly a great start to a great journey.

One afternoon driving around the island, on our way to a location, we happened to pull up to a stop sign and I realized we had stopped on a food lover’s street name so I held up traffic while I pulled out my camera to get a shot of Avocado Lane. It had to be done (there was a lot of honking).

Once we got to the location on the west side of Oahu, I realized we stepped onto the set of one of my favorite shows, Lost. I got extra-excited by the idea that Hugo walked this very same ground! If you are a fan of the show, then the mountain valley above will look very familiar.

Keep looking out for more travel blogs from Hawaii; the whole trip, like the surprise fireworks on the water at the Honolulu festival, was a bang!

The First Supper in Hawaii

After a long flight, on the first night in Honolulu, the whole crew got together for a celebratory dinner. We found a place on the brink of closing called Tokkuri-Tei: the perfect mix of delicious Japanese food and college bar that was highly recommended by some locals.

The décor was a collage of pub chairs and tables, Japanese lanterns, fisherman’s buoys and customer testimonials written on the walls.

The kitchen staff was slightly annoyed that we arrived with 10 people just 10 minutes before closing, and the server warned us that the cooks were getting ready to go home. So we rushed and ordered; the food came out quickly and was delicious. I’m a soup fanatic and love a good broth with noodles, so that was my choice. To make it even better, the soup had another one of my favorite foods: a soft-poached egg. The shrimp tempura and cabbage were an extra special bonus.

Everyone left stuffed and tired after a long travel day. On the way out I noticed a sign that made me laugh…a lot. Check it out in the photo gallery above!