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Tasteful Tours Of Hawaii #3

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by Steve Dryden on December 14, 2015

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Helena’s Hawaiian Food in Honolulu

Hawaiian cuisine can be traced back to the early history of Polynesian immigration and the settlement of the Hawaiian Islands. Ancient explorers brought specific animals and about thirty edible plants to Hawaii in hopes of creating a sustainable source of nutrition, thus allowing the establishment of new communities throughout the Pacific region.
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Tasteful Tours Of Hawaii #2

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by Steve Dryden on November 9, 2015

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Little Village Noodle House in Chinatown, Honolulu

Few people know that it was the Chinese who brought the original sugar mill to Hawaii in 1800. The first official Chinese citizens to arrive in Honolulu were crew members aboard four ships in 1788. A Chinese resident and trader set up shop around the Honolulu harbor area in 1823, and by 1840, there was about 30 Chinese in the district that eventually became known as Chinatown. Many more Chinese were imported as contract workers for the sugar fields, some eventually staying, gravitating towards Chinatown and starting small businesses.
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Tasteful Tours Of Hawaii #1

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by Steve Dryden on September 15, 2015

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Aloha or universal love are the primary words that sum up our affection and passionate affair for anything Hawaiian. Blessed with plumeria-scented trade winds, colorful kaleidoscope sunsets, brilliant tropical flowers, warm seawater, perfect waves and a rich diversity of cultures, you easily discover the reason we call these islands paradise.
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Is There Really A Santa Claus ?

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by Steve Dryden on December 17, 2012

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Sometimes it is better to keep some secrets to yourself, but at other times the truth simply needs to be told. Thus, now that I’m getting more mature and can make rational decisions on my own, I’d like to share this revealing story with other believers or non-believers.
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Through Wine-Colored Glasses

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by Steve Dryden on April 11, 2011

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Freedom is a question of perspective. And the border that divides Mexico and the United States is a prime example.
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With Gold In Their Hills (Part II)

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by Steve Dryden on January 31, 2011

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This is the second of a two part series. The Collio wine region lies in the province of Gorizia and is also known as Friuli Venezia Guilia or Friuli. There are six distinct regions within Collio: Gorizia to San Floriano del Collio; Mossa to Capriva del Friuli; Preval; Cormons; Dolegna del Collio; and Farra d’Isonzo.
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With Gold In Their Hills (Part I)

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by Steve Dryden on January 24, 2011

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Throughout 2011, Images For Renewal will publish excerpts from wine writer Steve Dryden’s Vino Mundo series. This post about the wines from the Gorizia region represents the first of the series and was written while Steve was traveling in Italy in December 2010.

Massive amounts of pure gold are being unearthed in the province of Gorizia in northeastern Italy along the Slovenian border. Within this “magical-like kingdom” of Austrian-Hungarian and Italian decent lies the wine region of Collio, which produces distinct white wines with 14K gold color. Not only are these wines beautiful in color, but the flavors drawn from the rich mineral soils are interpreted by the vines and fruit varietals into stunning white wines of elegance, finesse, and distinction.
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A Grizzly Event

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by Steve Dryden on May 31, 2010

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My first assignment as a park ranger for the National Park Service was at Glacier National Park – home to one of the largest Grizzly bear populations outside of Alaska. I was a technical climber, naturalist, and Grizzly bear manager. Actually, you can’t manage Grizzly bear. You manage people to stay far way from the bears. As rangers, we patrol the backcountry, take reports of bear sightings, close trails, post signs, and observe the interactions of bears and humans – from a safe distance!
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Mission Valley Has A Beach

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by Steve Dryden on April 19, 2010

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It’s a well kept secret going back to the glorious days of the Kumeyaay (our native peoples) and the early mission friars. The Kumeyaay Trail and Friars Road both led down Mission Valley and ended at a stunning paradise-like peninsula called Mission Beach. The San Diego River flows into the ocean from Mission Valley, dividing Ocean Beach from Mission Beach while feeding a remarkable estuary called Mission Bay. Few people realize that this beach and bay were a significant food source for our native peoples, important habitat for wildlife, and a point of recreation, relaxation, and exploration for the friars and other early community members.
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