Aida Mollenkamp

Aida is a food lover, avid traveler, author, and founder of the food-travel website, Salt & Wind. She’s on a mission to taste the world and recreate those tastes back home.
Are You Frying Your Quinoa Yet?
We’re in that moment where it’s all about starting anew, which means I’m doing my best to keep my resolutions. On the kitchen front, I’m on a cleaning rampage — trying to eat more healthfully, and giving my pantry some love. I’m partial to grains because I eat mostly meatless at home, so they are the building blocks for almost 90 percent of my meals. But of all the grains tucked away in my pantry, I turn again and again to quinoa.
Sep 12, 2019
What’s Your Hawaiian Spirit Island?
If there were a beauty pageant for the United States, Hawaii would have it locked up. But there’s more to this stunning archipelago than just good looks and fruity cocktails. Beneath her outer beauty, she’s full of personality — or personalities, rather. Each island has its own identity, its own strengths, and its own way of channeling the Aloha spirit. Here’s our very official guide to figuring out which island is the right island for you.
May 24, 2019
Hawaii’s Greatest Food Hits
If Hawaii has always felt a bit, well, out there, that’s because it is. The 50th state is nearly 2,500 miles from California (and less than 4,000 miles from Japan). But Hawaiian culture — and Hawaiian food in particular — is having something of a moment on the mainland.
May 24, 2019
Is the Malasada the Best Donut Ever?
Ask locals where to eat in Hawaii and sooner or later you’ll end up talking malasadas. Cakey and airy, yeasty and sweet, crisp and soft — they may just be the best donut ever. But beyond Portuguese bakeries, these donuts are relatively unknown outside of Hawaii. In the most basic terms, the malasada is a yeast donut, sans hole. The dough is distinguished from that of other yeast donuts by its egginess and also by the use of milk (often evaporated).
May 24, 2019
The Ultimate Hawaiian Cocktail Is (Surprise) from California
Think “tropical beach vacay” and likely what comes to mind is toes in the sand with an umbrella-clad drink in hand. Think Hawaii and that drink is probably a Mai Tai. Back in the 1960s, when the tiki craze was at its zenith, the Mai Tai was basically shorthand for the Aloha State, rivaled only by Hawaii 5-0 and Don Ho. Now, tiki is back in a big way, and Mai Tais have never tasted so good.
May 24, 2019