Our Picks for the Weekend
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Fish lovers suffered a blow last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that ahi contains more mercury than previously suspected.
That's what happens when we poison our own backyard. It hasn't stopped me from enjoying sushi or poke yet, and guidelines for fish consumption safety are geared toward children and women who are or may one day become pregnant to prevent neurological damage in their offspring.
But for those who don't like to live on the edge, consider those guidelines, which put kajiki (swordfish), shark and saba (mackerel) at the top of the list of fish to be avoided.
As for yellowfin, big-eye and blue-fin tuna, it's suggested that kids and pregnancy-age women ingest no more than three 6-ounce servings a month.
Seafood getting the green light to date include ebi (sweet shrimp), salmon (watch out for PCBs, though), salmon roe, squid, scallops, octopus, tai (sea bream) and sea urchin roe. I'm filling up before we get more bad news.
By Nadine Kam, Star-Bulletin
Betty sez ...
Someday I will have my dream kitchen, but at this point that's all it is -- a dream. This weekend offers lots of opportunities for browsing through the latest in kitchen upgrades in the company of other dreamers.
The Home Building and Remodeling Show takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall (847-4666), the Servco Pacific Home and Appliance Showroom in Mapunapuna (564-2493) holds a grand unveiling of its spruced-up kitchen displays on Saturday, and the Sub-Zero/Wolf Honolulu Showroom (597-1647) is hosting a series of cooking demonstrations in its sleek and shiny demonstration kitchen, also on Saturday.
To demonstrate how fancy-dancy kitchens are best put to use, chef Martin Yan will be at both the home show and Servco; chef Beverly Gannon will be at Sub-Zero.
Michelle sez ...
Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, it's time to watch those movies that are up for awards. Several of them are on DVD -- "Crash," "Hustle & Flow," "The Constant Gardener" -- so why not gather a few friends together, get lots of food and have a movie marathon.
The leftovers can be taken to the Super Bowl parties because we all know that guys will eat anything.
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