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Pau Hana Friday for Feb. 8

Espresso at Art Cafe Hemingway. Daniel Lane photo

Espresso at Art Cafe Hemingway. Daniel Lane photo


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Art Cafe Hemingway

One of our favorite places to eat delicious food and drink high-octaine coffee is Art Cafe Hemingway in Kapaa. We’ll have to wait because they are on a much deserved vacation. Since this is a small family business, that means they had to close until March 2. They are in Europe to collect new ideas for culture and food! I guess we can’t feel too bad for them. Keep up with their yummy exploits on the Art Cafe Hemingway Facebook page. They’ve already posted a picture of an amazing market they went to.

The Rancher's Daughter

Sharleen Andrade-Balmores is The Rancher's Daughter. Photo courtesy of Sharleen Andrade-Balmores

Sharleen Andrade-Balmores is The Rancher’s Daughter. Photo courtesy of Sharleen Andrade-Balmores


Sharleen Andrade-Balmores was born and raised in Kauai where her family has been ranching for five generations. She will be selling gourmet cuts of beef from the Andrade Cattle Company under her company name The Rancher’s Daughter tomorrow at the Flavors of Kukuiula in Poipu. Here is her story, in her words.
I grew up around real cowboys and cattle ranching my entire life. My great-grandfather (of Spaniard decent) on my mother’s side was Antone Martian. He rode his horse everyday from his home in Kalaheo to work at the Koloa Plantation. When he married, he moved to Kekaha and worked as a cowboy for Kekaha Plantation. Back then, he made 10 cents an hour, and he would catch wild horses for extra money. Sometimes, he’d buy them for $18.00, train them on the beaches and through the kiawe trees of Kakaha and when the horses were ready, he would sell them for $26.00.

Flavors of Kukuiula

Wednesday, February 6

Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula in Poipu. Daniel Lane photo

Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula in Poipu. Daniel Lane photo

The Shops at Kukuiula, 4 to 7 p.m., free
The Kauai Culinary Market is a partnership between the Kauai County Farm Bureau and The Shops at Kukuiula. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, they are putting on a special event called Flavors of Kukuiula during the Kauai Culinary Market. At 5 p.m., Laura Cristobal, owner of Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts,will do a cooking demonstration using her Mango Java rub on Kauai-raised, grass-fed beef from the Andrade Cattle Co. Grass-fed beef is lower in fat and requires a different cooking technique. If you’ve been wondering how to cook up a juicy, flavorful steak, stop by and learn how then sample afterwards.
If you like it, and I know you will, you can buy gourmet cuts straight from The Rancher’s Daughter. Sharleen Andrade-Balmores will be there to sell her father’s filet mignon, rib eye steak, top sirloin, tri-tip, N.Y strip, London broil and steer burger. Steer burger is ground from prized steers, and not like hamburger which is usually ground meat scraps. Ask Sharleen how they raise their meat, she’s passionate about it and the paniolo tradition.

Pau Hana Friday for Feb. 1

Happy Pau Hana Friday! Here's the Island Orchid at Hukilau Lanai. Daniel Lane photo

Happy Pau Hana Friday! Here’s the Island Orchid at Hukilau Lanai. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:

Kauai Made Fertilizer for Kauai Soil

This Kauai-made fertilizer is sifted to remove bone particles, and laboratory tests show it’s completely free of E.coli. Cold processed fish maintains the integrity of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, growth hormones, oils and proteins, and rebuilds soil while feeding plants. More nutrients are available and stay in the soil longer than chemical or heated fish emulsions, and can be applied at lower rates for equal or superior results.
Encouraging excellent plant growth, the fertilizer rebuilds the soil and diverts fish waste from our landfill. Additionally, it stimulates microorganisms in the soil which allow plants to absorb nutrients. This is critical with Kauai’s deficient soils. By promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria, it will reduce compaction and increase drainage.
The addition of 10-percent molasses adds additional nutrients and neutralizes unpleasant odors. It’s designed to be simply applied by hose; a drip irrigation using a Grow More siphon mixer; or diluted and applied by hand. One gallon properly diluted yields 17-gallons of fertilizer.