Aida Mollenkamp

Aida Mollenkamp

Aida is a food and travel expert, on-camera host, author, and the founder of Salt & Wind. She's a California native who has always had a global perspective in her cooking and in life. Over the years, she has visited more than 35 countries and 35 states and has lived in Europe and across the United States. Through her work, she is on a mission to taste the world.

Untamed Big Island: Escaping The Crowds For Waimea Bay | http://saltandwind.com

Untamed Big Island: Escaping The Crowds For Waimea Bay

The Aloha State and I are becoming good friends as I've spent a fair amount of time there during the last few years. Admittedly, most of that time has been on Oahu, but this latest trip includ...
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Mercado Olympic | http://saltandwind.com

Mercado Olympic

It was one of those rare L.A. moments when the streets were empty as if everyone had overslept or just plain skipped town. It helped that I was racing through downtown L.A.’s Warehouse District, wh...
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Visiting Volcano Island Honey | http://saltandwind.com

Visiting Volcano Island Honey

It was if the skies were weeping there was so much rain falling and yet, not even 24 hours prior, I had been crossing fields of lava rock in heat so dry I could’ve baked flatbread. After taking my ...
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Cocoa-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa | http://saltandwind.com

Cocoa-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa

Cherries can be such teases. I mean, who do they think they are, tasting so amazing but coming in season for such a teeny sliver of a moment? But then I love that cherries are a reminder of seasona...
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Madre Chocolate | http://saltandwind.com

Madre Chocolate

Madre Chocolate is but one year old yet they've made an impact in that short time, and, with good measure, as they're the only bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate shop in the state of Hawaii. They coul...
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Blue Cheese, Shallot, and Delicata Squash Pizza | http://saltandwind.com

Blue Cheese, Shallot, and Delicata Squash Pizza

Among my friends, it’s understood that rain and wind means pizza is on the menu. It’s a habit that formed when I was living in Florence when a group of us would religiously meet up at Trattoria Nap...
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Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad | http://saltandwind.com

Grilled Peach Panzanella Salad

Years have passed since I first learned about panzanella and I've made so many versions, I couldn't begin to list them all. This year it's been about the peaches -- for the record all the stone fru...
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Tasting Taiwan Without Taking Off | http://saltandwind.com

Tasting Taiwan Without Taking Off

On my bucket list when I moved back to Los Angeles was to get reacquainted with the local food scene. The town I grew up in taught me to love food but now more than ever it's a totall food lovers m...
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Potato, Leek, and Sorrel Pesto Pizza | http://saltandwind.com

Potato, Leek, and Sorrel Pesto Pizza

I have two kitchens and it’s a serious pain in the rear. Sure, it sounds glamourous. Twice the space, twice the equipment, and twice the fun — just like an ad for DoubleMint gum, right? Well, it’s ...
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Vegetarian Spaghetti and Quinoa Meatballs | http://saltandwind.com

Vegetarian Spaghetti and Quinoa Meatballs

It’s time to dial it back, take it down, bring it in, or engage in any other motion that’s going to get me back on track. It's been a whirlwind of travel and the last two weeks wer...
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