Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn

I only see Jee in person a few times a year. But! We chat daily, mostly about what we’re eating, what we’re going to eat, what we feel like eating, and what we made for dinner. Our chats get really interesting when I’m home in Hawaii for long periods of time…that’s when I realize all the local foods/snacks we eat are not at all common or regular. Like hurricane popcorn!

What’s Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn?

Jee: What’s hurricane popcorn. And don’t be like, “you don’t know about hurricane popcorn?!”
Kathy: Wait. You really don’t know what hurricane popcorn is???
Jee: No
Kathy: Omg
Jee: Omg

And so, this post is for you, Jee!

It’s not complicated. It’s just popcorn, hot and fresh. Tossed with melted butter. And lots of furikake (aka mochi crunch). And kakimochi!

It looks like a hurricane. A Hawaiian hurricane heheh. There’s no real recipe to this. Add more or less of what you like. I love it with a TON of furikake. I want every popcorn piece covered in furikake. But the thing is, most people don’t make this “from scratch.” Usually go you one of two ways…

Where to Get Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn

Method One. Buy it from Carousel Candyland in Kahala Mall. They make the best hurricane popcorn on Oahu (it’s listed on the popcorn menu as, “Furikake – Mochi Crunch Popcorn”). They also make a bunch of other flavors, but it’s the hurricane popcorn that you want. I usually get the medium bag which I demolish for lunch. It keeps for 2-3 days but you’ll finish it sooner than that. I love how they use heart-shaped kakimochi!

Method Two. Get the Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn mix. This is the most popular brand (can find at all the supermarkets and even Costco). It’s a super easy DIY mix with everything you need.

Other notes:

  • If you make it at home, get the Tomoe Arare kakimochi. For some reason their kakimochi is shinier and smoother than the other brands. You want this look/texture for your hurricane popcorn.
  • Some people like to add a splash of shoyu/soy sauce to their melted butter. Give it a try and compare!

If you must have a recipe, here’s how it goes:

Recipe: Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn

Pop the popcorn however you please (microwave pack, over the stove, etc). Pour out into a big bowl and drizzle the melted butter all over. Sprinkle the furikake (as much or as little as you like!), while stirring/shaking the popcorn around. Add the kakimochi and give it one more mix around.

Ok, go enjoy ^-^

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Breakfast for Two

It was a real nice way to start the day. Big fluffy bed, warm fireplace, and cozy bathrobes. And breakfast! I used to write about hotels. And my favorite part was never the dinners or the bars or the spa, but always, breakfast. I’m not even a morning person, but I’ll wake for a nice breakfast, especially one delivered to the foot of your bed.

This was at SingleThread in Healdsburg. Shall we dig in?

Drinks first. Iced almond milk matcha latte…

Maui, Maui

We were in Maui the other week. Just two quick nights, enough to satisfy my cravings.

I didn’t experience much of the neighbor islands growing up, so it’s fun to spend more time on other islands as an adult. We landed in time for lunch (I like to time Maui arrivals for lunch) because…

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Argentine Yerba Mate, Part V

[I’m collaborating on a post series with the National Institute for Argentine Yerba Mate. In Part 1, we explored how to make yerba mate and Part II showcased origins of the brew. We drank many versions of yerba mate in Part III  and had cocktails in Part IV. Today…we are brewing up a concentrate! Hope you enjoy.]

As someone who works primarily from home, I drink and snack all day long. Part of that is habit and curiosity. I love cooking and eating above all else. And the other part is because working with food/drink is the core of my job. Sometimes I get so preoccupied with the work itself that I forget how neat, how lucky I am to scout drink trends and products as my work. On any given afternoon I’ll have several products on the table – some bottled, others just brewed, and yet other non-liquid samples that are a work in progress. A few things I’ve been loving: delicate, cold brewed teas, shrubs, and concentrates.

Concentrates are something you usually see only in cafes, hotels, or restaurants. Next time you order chai at the local cafe, watch how they make it. Odds are they’ll pour the chai from a concentrate (usually a 32oz or larger carton), add milk and steam. We’d all love to have spices ground and simmered for every order, but a concentrate makes sense in a cafe setting…

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Pleats Please Sushi Box

How very cute is this sushi box? One of my go-to dresses (that I wear almost daily) is also from Pleats Please so you can imagine how easily I fell in love with this. The sushi box was made for the 20th anniversary of their NYC shop, but was also sold in Singapore as a special edition item a while back.

Six pieces of “sushi” inside every set. Every pieces unfolds/opens up into an accessory. Let’s look at them all…

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