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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Eat this now: fleeting summer treats

Left: mango rhubarb crisp at 12th Ave Grill, right: mango sorbetto from Via Gelato

- Mango and rhubarb crisp at 12th Ave Grill: Move over strawberry rhubarb pie: mangoes provide a sweet contrast to the tart rhubarb that chef Jason Schoonover sources from the Big Island. This weekend may be the last chance to get this dessert; Schoonover says the last of the rhubarb from this season comes in on Saturday.

12th Ave Grill is also debuting housemade summer sodas on Friday: lemongrass tonic, blueberry raspberry basil and vanilla POP (passion orange pineapple). Nonalcoholic, but they can be pepped up on request.
12th Ave Grill, 1145 12th Ave., 732-9469

- Mango sorbetto from Via Gelato: Melissa Bow, owner of the cream-colored Via Gelato truck, uses fresh, local mangoes as the base of her gelato. Top it with li hing for the perfect summer-in-Hawaii treat.
Find the truck via Twitter @viagelato


- Lychee: It's a sparse lychee (and mango) season this year, so get them while you can. Paradise Fruit and Vegetables, a vendor at the Saturday Ala Moana Farmers Market, estimates there are only a few weeks left in the season. Also find locally-grown lychee in Chinatown and Whole Foods.

Kurage su at Sushi ii: Sushi chef Garrett Wong has been getting some interesting fish and seafood lately. Among them: jellyfish from Japan. They have a remarkable crunch, and, tossed with some thin-sliced cucumber and ponzu, it makes for a crisp and refreshing starter.
Sushi ii, 655 Keeaumoku St. 942-5350


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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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