July 13, 2011 |
Wednesday night viewers can tune into a reality show about an outspoken, controversial, influential mother who lives in one of the country's noncontiguous states, has a complicated relationship with the media and regularly brandishes firearms. Only this time it's not a former vice presidential nominee, it's Roseanne Barr, who returns to television on Lifetime's "Roseanne's Nuts. " But from the opening scene, in which Barr and her partner, Johnny Argent, hunt the wild pigs that plague the comedian's macadamia farm on the Big Island of Hawaii, the show more than occasionally plays like a satire of "Sarah Palin's Alaska.
April 14, 2011 |
I've always loved Passover, ever since I was a little girl. Long before I understood it as the Festival of Freedom that celebrates the ancient Israelites' exodus from slavery in Egypt, to me it was the holiday of difference. Indeed, it was — and still is — a time to join together for a ritual meal called a Seder, at which we ask ourselves: "Why is this night different from all other nights?" One answer could be: because everything tastes like matzo. But that doesn't have to be true.
April 18, 2010 |
The TV commercial for an insurance company — the one in which a gecko is seen putting a dollar bill that's bigger than it is into a vending machine for a bag of chips — is certainly memorable. But it's also implausible. Anyone who truly knows the little lizards realizes they'll take a sweet treat over a salty one (like chips) every time. Just ask Bob and Pam Cooper. The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory in Kailua-Kona (Big Island) offers tours Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for adults.
August 28, 2006 |
Another bumper macadamia nut crop is expected this year, but Big Island farmers' biggest problem may be finding someone to buy Hawaii's signature nuts. With only a handful of processors on the island and one of the biggest temporarily out of the market, hundreds of independent farmers are concerned. They produced 56 million pounds last year, and many appear to be on track for a good crop this year too.
December 17, 2004 |
Irvine-based Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. was gobbled up Thursday by Hershey Foods Corp., which paid $130 million to purchase the world's leading seller of the exotic nut from buyout firm Shansby Group. San Francisco-based Shansby, which bought Mauna Loa for $40 million in September 2000, increased sales by an average of 30% a year since taking over the company, said partner Chuck Esserman. In the fiscal year ended June 30, Mauna Loa's sales reached $80 million.
June 11, 2001 |
Have you noticed that when you buy a can of fancy mixed nuts, the label invariably proclaims "less than 10% peanuts"? This is not because there's something wrong with peanuts. Quite the opposite, in fact. What you're seeing is truth in labeling, because in the social hierarchy of nuts, peanuts are the poor relations.