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Tuesday, November 30, 2010


The NAGASAKO OKAZU YA located at the old Lahaina Shopping Center has simple local plates cooked and ready to go. Just simple and good for family and friends hanging out, or if you just want to grine for lunch, this is as local style as any.

My favorite is getting the Hamburger Steaks, with Chow Fun Noodles, and Macaroni Salad, other popular meals, are breaded beef, chicken katsu, fried fish. You want simple and quick and good local style? Go to Nagasakos, located at the old Lahaina Shopping Center, look for the Mc Donalds in Lahaina, it is a block away, and across of Foodland/Starbucks, can't miss it.

Look for this window, inside is some delicious Ono food


A Saigon Cafe in Wailuku Maui, Hawaii is probably the best Vietnamese influenced restaurant on the Valley Island. 1792 Lower Main Street, Wailuku Maui, Hawaii. Ph: 808-243-9560

Awesome soups (Pho) Beef, Pork, Seafoods, Noodles, Steaks, appetizers, Summer Rolls, Garden Delight Rolls, Fried Spring Rolls, Shrimp Pops.

Rare Lemon Beef Salad
Green Papaya Salad

Prices are very reasonable, and can be packed at the bar sometimes.

A Saigon Cafe's Chicken Curry
As we say on Maui "Ono!" =delicious


SW Steakhouse located in the Wynn, Las Vegas, Nevada. 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South 89109 702-248-3463.  5:30P TO 10P daily. Rated the best Steak House in the valley.

Chef: David Walzog

CUISINE: American

PRICING: Average Main Course $75.00

FEATURES: Group Friendly/ Parties/ Private Rooms

Alsatian influenced (from Alsace region of France) where foods are generally rich and heavy but fantastic. SW Steakhouse's signature 14 oz. New York Strip, or the 12 oz. pan roasted Veal Chop. All meats are wet-aged and cooked over an open flame. Great appetizers and desserts.

SW Dining Room


Traveling to Maui? Find great sushi at Sansei Restaurants in Kihei and Kapalua, Kobe's Steak House in Lahaina, Isana in Kihei, Kai in the Ritz Carlton Kapalua.

Caterpillar Roll

Friday, November 26, 2010


Sriracha Hot Sauce is one of my favorites for all kinds of foods, I'll nail this on hamburgers, pizzas, tacos, soups, rice, sushi, you name it, I'll use it.

Huy Fongs Sriracha Hot Sauce cost about 7.00 in most markets, the chili, the seasonings makes this a very popular condiment.

Ron Sambrano

Need a spicy dish, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Indian?
My contact is at the top...


For those of you who have no beer knowledge except that you buy a 12er and drink it, well, I'm with you, beer expert I am not, so let's just get a little tid bit in shall we? Let's talke Pilsner, what the F....  is dat?

According to my beer expert friends, no they aren't as snobby as the wine folks, but Pilsner, is basically a pale lager. Most beers sold these days would fall under this category. The name Pilsner originated from the city of Pilsen in Bohemia in the Czech Republic, where it was produced and developed in the 19th century.... I guess it's the facts. Shit. Oh well, so today, what kinds of brands are Pilsners? or Pilz?

Top 10 American Pilsners
10. Shlitz- Pabts Brewing Co.
9. Red Stripe Jamaican Lager- Desnoes & Geddes
8. Tusker Premium Lager-Kenya Breweries
7. Molson Canadian Lager- Molson Breweries of Canada
6. Leinenkugal's Original- Jacob Leinenkugal Brewry
5. Pabst Blue Ribbon- Pabst Brewring Co.
4. Budweiser- Anheuser Busch
3. Belikin- Belize Brewing-Belize
2. Grain Belt Premium- August Schell Brewing- Minnesota
1. Cameron's Lager- Cameron's Brewing Co. - Canada


So go out and get some of these top 10 Pilz.
I stopped drinking beer, it gives me gout!!

Ron Sambrano


Want some fresh baked chewy gooey chocolate chip cookies for the kids? Don't want to get messy? I will, no problem.

Soft & Gooey Cookies w/ cold milk
will keep the kids happy, get their
video game out, and keep them busy

Ron Sambrano


If you love Mexican Soup, can do... Worked in restaurants where the staff came from Mexico, and these people taught me how to make soup from their homeland the way their mama made it, and that my friends is the difference between good and excellent. Soup south of the border? Call and I will do.

Below Albondigas Soup
Meatballs Soup.
Beef meatballs, chicken broth, rice, cumin, garlic
celery, onions, cilantro, carrots, spinach.

Served with Tortillas, Black Beans &
Spanish Rice.

Ron Sambrano


Got kids? Want something from your favorite burger joint but don't want to leave the premises? Call and I'll make you some Monsteer Cheeseburgers.

Ron Sambrano

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Here's a healthy style chicken stew with some mung beans.

First get a package of mung beans, and place them in about 4-5 cups of water in a pot, bring the pot to a steady boil, not high but a boil likened to a strong simmer, do this for about 25 minutes or until the beans are soft but not mushy, some mung beans will have an outer layer of skin come off, some cooks leave it in because it is harmless, or remove them. When done cool and set aside.

Take 1 whole chicken fryer, about 3 lbs, and hack it up to pieces.

In a deep skillet with a lid, heat up 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, and then add in a tablespoon crushed garlic and a tablespoon of crushed ginger and saute it for a minute until the aroma comes out, then add in the chicken and brown it well for sevaral minutes all the juices will come out.

Meanwhile cut 2 medium potatoes into cubes
1 large round onion into thick slices
1 large carrot into 1/2 inch slices
6 celery stalks sliced about 1 inch
Set aside

When the chicken is brown, add in 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 tablespoon of coriander, 1 tablespoon of pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon of curry powder, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, and then add in 20 fl oz. of chicken stock low sodium. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover and cook for about 1 hour.

Then add in the sliced veggies except the celery (and the mung beans), cover and cook for about 20 minutes.

Then add in the mung beans and the celery, cover and cook for 10 minutes, seasone with salt and pepper to taste.

Below is cooked Mung Beans

Ron Sambrano


If you are tired of the same salads you do make, which is lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, with a ready made Blue Cheese Dressing, here's a tip.

This will serve 4 people.

1 bunch of Watercress, rinsed, and the tops chopped, and the stems sectioned into 4 inch parts.
1 yam, peeled and boiled for about 20 minutes, cooled and diced.
1 package of long rice noodles, soaked in cold water, then boiled for a few seconds to really soften it, then drain it and cool in a colander.
1 can of kalamata olives drained.

For the dressing.
1 cup of Safflower oil
2 tblsp. of Sesame oil
1/4 cup of low sodium Soy Sauce
3 tblsp. of hot sauce
2 tblsp. of honey
2 tblsp. of brown sugar
1 tblsp. vinegar
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1 tsp. crushed ginger
1 pinch of thyme

Mix this well, then in a mixing bowl, add in all of the vegetables, then add in the dressing and toss well, refrigerate covered for 2 hours or so, and serve chilled, toss again before service.

The picture above is a bunch of watercress,
and it is packed with good nutrients.

Ron Sambrano


Whats the best way to make a turkey? I say Kalua a turkey, roasting it underground Hawaiian style, the flavors are awesome, very easy seasonings, Hawaiian salt, and lots of banana stumps gives it a unique flavor. If you can't roast a turkey underground, here's a simple way to do it.

We'll use your oven- if you're using a gas oven, make sure you got a full tank, and if you got an electric, you did pay the electric bill.

What size turkey should you buy? Well, how many people are coming to dinner? Just figure you'll have other foods so if you are going to have about 20 people show up, and each person is going to eat about 1/2 a pound (or more), multiply 8 oz. (half a pound) buy 20 you will get 160 ounces, divided by 16 ounces (per pound) is 10 pounds of bird, but always tack on 5 more pounds to ensure for extra guests, or leftovers, so buy about a 15 pound bird give or take a few more pounds, so what ever weight you do buy, make sure you understand that it takes about 25 minutes per pound at arouond 325 deg. F. 15x.25 = 375 minutes = 6 hours and 15 minutes. But, here's the thing, you're going to cut the turkey in half. Of course it has to be thawed, and here is the trick to thawing your turkey, get a large cooler, fill it with ice, and let it thaw for a day and half, always having fresh ice in the cooler to prevent food poisoning. A turkey should be chilled at around a constant 40 deg. F or lower, any higher and it is the danger zone. Or keep it in the fridge once it softens.

Remove all the innards of the turkey, the neck, gibblets, etc. Pat down the bird with a dry towel, then using a sharp knife or cleaver slice the turkey down the middle length wise, so you'll have two halves. Rub either Hawaiian Salt or Kosher salt generously all over the bird, inside the cavity and under he skin.

Place it in a deep roasting pan, or two separate ones, fill it with about 1 liter of water for each pan or 2 liters for one pan with 2 halves. Get some liquid smoke, and pour several tablespoons all over the turkey.

Preheat the oven to 325 deg. F.

Place the pan on the lowest rack, cover with foil, and roast it for 3 hours.

After 3 hours, remove foil, and continue to roast for another 2 to 3 hours, adding more water if necessary for steam. Because the turkey is cut in half, it should cook faster, the 2 to 3 extra hours is really a guide so you won't eat raw turkey.

Use an instant read thermometer, and stick in in the thighs and if the bird registers 180 deg. F it is actually safe to take out and let it rest as it will continue to cook, the positive of this style of roasting is the water keeps the bird moist and not dry. It will resemble pulled pork sort of, but that's the way I like Thanksgiving birds.

Serve it with rice or potatoes, and use the drippings from the pan as a sauce. Or other ways would be to deep fry the turkey whole, the oil needs to be very hot, and enough oil to fry it. Deep fry turkeys are popular, it takes roughly 12-14 minutes per pound to deep fry a turkey, it is like a huge fried chicken. Try that instead of traditional roasting.

Pictured below is a traditional Kalua Turkey
with Ti Leaves and Taro Leaves, picture
curtesy of

Oven roasting will not look like this of course but
this gives you an idea what traditional kalua will
look like. But home kalua will be the next best

Ron Sambrano

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Fruits are the best for desserts, bananas, blue berries, strawberries, tangerines, topped with lemon juice, or a creamy fruit syrup. Fruits are filled with vitamines, fibers, minerals, and especially if you are diabetic, fruits are an excellent addition to your meals, it's much better than eating all that processed sugary desserts. Eat healthy, stay healthy and live longer.


SOUP Manila Influenced

Exotic foods are in, in any big city and its suburbs, ethnic foods are gaining lots of fans, from spicy Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and this, a Manila influenced Fish Soup, the flavors are not herbs at all, but mostly pepper, and fish sauce from the Philippines known as Patis, if you've never experienced Filipino soups, it rivals the Thai and Vietnamese Pho. The Vietnamese use Nuoc Mam as their fish sauce, if you're familiar with Nuoc Mam, Patis will suit your taste buds for sure.

"Check out the older posts section for more articles and menu"



Chinese style Stir Fry Beef with Veggies, I'll work with you, low sodium, low sugars, anyway you want it flavored, black bean sauce? Spicy? You know what to do, get on the phone.



Want some fun foods for you and the kids but don't want to drive to that fish stand for Fish n Chips? Call me, I'll do it right in your home, no need to drive and deal with parking, keep the kids on the Xbox 360, Wii, or piano.



Lettuce Wraps are very popular and for those of you looking to cut the carbs, eliminating flour tortillas, or pastries, lettuce wraps are the way to go. Fill a lettuce leaf with any filling you like, pictured here is just sauteed veggies, call me and together design a meal for you.


Monday, November 22, 2010


Vegan or Vegetarian? Call me, I'll do you an awesome tofu dish, marinated firm tofu, Asian influenced, Japan, China, Korea, Thai, you give me the green light, you won't be disappointed, Diabetic? Hypertension? Just want to eat healthy? Eat this at home and relax with some organic wine just for the two of you, you and that special sombody.

Pictured here is Asian Influenced Baked Firm Tofu
Served with Brown Rice and Steamed Veggies,
Wine, Tea, you name the game and I'll play it.

Ron Sambrano


If you're not into traveling to your favorite steakhouse, and you're a Rib Eye lover, call me and we'll do a salad & soup, a pan seared Rib Eye with a Wine Sauce, Sauteed Mushrooms, Rice Pilaf, and end it with a Bananas Foster for dessert. How's that? I'll shop for the grub, prep, cook, entertain, and clean up, then both of you can share a nice quiet evening and get into any adult thing you want to.

Nice Seared Rib Eye

Ron Sambrano

Sunday, November 21, 2010

NATURAL MENU Saturday 11/20/10

Dinners utilizing all natural ingredients.

If you're traveling from the mainland and are on Maui, or by chance you'll be in the Las Vegas area, if things line up, you hire me, I'll do you an all natural dinner, no GMOs, no artificial anything.

Free Range and all natural baked chicken for your family with all the natural and delicious sides, mash potatoes, smashed yams and sweet potatoes, soup, salad. Can do, will do. People who pay attentions to health need a chef that will prepare the menu they want. Call and we'll design something for you. Organics, vegan, vegetarian, light meals, or just plain down home greasy meals, you call the shots.

All natural baked chicken with herbs.

Ron Sambrano

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Blood Glucose Testing: Beat & Reverse Type 2 Diabetes


Not only am I your personal cook/chef, but I am here to offer you advice on what to utilize when cooking yourself for a diabetic.

Here's some tips:

Use lean cuts of beef, pork, poultry, such as the loin sections which are tender to begin with, trim all fats, tear off any skin from chicken, duck, turkey parts. Or use tofu and setan (vegans).

Use organic beans, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, shoots, watercress, onions, mushrooms, lettuce.

Use lots of fresh fruits, keep it natural without any sugary sauces, such as bananas, papayas, berries, grapes.

Beverages should be kept to water, fresh with ice, and maybe a squeeze of lime or lemon, or some citrus.

Ron Sambrano

Diabetic Meals

Thursday November 18, 2010.

Specializing in diabetic cooking, call me for your favorite meals, breakfast/lunch/dinners, low in sugars, low in sodium. I will work with you to customize your meals. Keeping your glycemic levels low so your body can handle the intake that you need to survive.

Yes you can have your pastas, your chow mein, your favorite Japanese and other ethnic meals, sandwiches, etc. I'll make sure you have a nice appetizer, main entree, even a nice healthy dessert.

Light Teriyaki Chicken:

Low Sodium Low Sugars Beef Tomato

Meals don't have to be boring when you are a Diabetic, I have worked under some very unique chefs at my days at Down to Earth Natural Foods, an all Vegetarian and Organic market on Maui, learning to cook without animal by-products, I've taken what I've learned to create meat, chicken, fish dishes that will be healthy. I'm always learning about healthy cooking by reading andd watching other chefs. I have done numerous healthy cooking demonstrations over the past few years. I do keep it simple, but delicious for you. There are always alternatives out there, make no mistake about eating healthy foods that you love, you can even have a cheeseburger and steamed poatatoes, pastas, hearty soups and stews. Remember, 3/4 of your plate should have fresh greens and fruits, the other 1/4 should have a lean protein, be it beef, pork, fish, chicken or a veggie substitute.

Ron Sambrano


Hello my friends,

It is November 18, 2010.

Please check out the archives of this blog site for past articles.

Call me for a nice dine in for 2, for a special occasion.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner: American/South Western/Japanese/Chinese/Korean/Thai/Vietnamese/Italian/French/Indian/Vegetarian

Breakfast: Eggs Benedict?

Lunch: Beef Fajitas over Spanish Rice or wrapped in soft Flour or Corn Tortillas?

Dinner: Lobster & Wine?

Keeping it in an intimate setting for special occasions for you and that special person in your life that's the best part of hiring a personal chef, never leaving your humble abode, relax, I'll shop, prepare, and clean it up for you.

Ron Sambrano  email:

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Type 1 Diabetes, also known as Juvenile Diabetes is caused when the body doesn't produce insulin, insulin helps the body take sugar and moves it to parts of the body for energy, without insulin, the sugar stays in the blood stream and causes damage to the arteries and other organs.

Type 2 Diabetes the most common among American adults is when the pancreas produces insulin but the insulin doesn't do its job properly, likened to having employees show up at a job but they don't do the work they're supposed to.

Nearly 27 million Americans have Diabetes, which is also the culprit in Hypertension, and Heart Disease.

Eating healthy does not mean you as a Diabetic have to eat boring foods, you can eat healthy but delicious meals as well, you'll have to learn to acquire new tastes. Utilizing artificial sweeteners, or other natural and organic sources for sweeteners is a must to keep your glycemic levels down.

Portioning your foods: On your plate, have 3/4 of it with natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and 1/4 for a lean meat or vegan substitute like Setan or Tofu. It takes time to learn to eat in a new and healthy way.

Call me for any healthy cooking
Chef Ron 808-385-7667