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Pau Hana Friday for May 31

This pork belly bau is one of the images for a listing in our restaurant guide. Daniel Lane photo

This pork belly bau is one of the images for a listing in our restaurant guide. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:

Tasting Kauai on Hawaii Public Radio

This morning, I was interviewed on Hawaii Public Radio for our new book, Tasting Kauai: Restaurants. I share poolside lunch bargains, little known dining options as well as food trends on Kauai. Here is a link: Tasty Finds on the Garden Isle.
If you listen to HPR, here is when it will run today:
KHPR ~ 4:30 p.m.
KIPO at 12:30 or 1:30 p.m. Exact timing inside the news programming is subject to change.
KHPR ~ Fine Arts & Classical Music

  • KHPR 88.1 Honolulu (Oahu and Kaua’i)
  • KKUA 90.7 Wailuku (Maui) heard on Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i & West Hawai’i
  • KANO 91.1 Hilo (Hawai’i Island)
  • K234AN 94.7 Waimea (Hawai’i Island)

Menu for the 2013 Taste of Hawaii

Sunday, June 2 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Smith’s Tropical Paradise, $100 The annual Taste of Hawaii at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua is a fundraiser for Kapaa Rotary Club. This year, they celebrate 25-years with statewide chefs beverage vendors and music. There are 35 food participants, and 40 food booths. Many have more than…

Pau Hana Friday for May 24

NEWS:

Tasting Kauai: Restaurants

Our new book, Tasting Kauai: Restaurantsincludes 69 options for great tasting food and features chefs who make fresh food from scratch, using local ingredients whenever possible. The book will be a FREE Kindle download beginning Saturday, May 25 until Wednesday, May 29. You don’t need to own a Kindle device to enjoy Kindle books. Download one of the free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on all your devices. Enjoy!

Kauai Stories

We’d like to congratulate our friend and Kauai writer Pamela Varma Brown. Her book Kauai Stories has been named a finalist in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the Biography – Historical category.
Kauai Stories is a crisply edited collection of joyful stories told in people’s own words that illustrate life on the Garden Island. Told in the first person, Kauai Stories feels like each storyteller is talking directly to you over a cup of Kauai Coffee while sitting on the lanai of your own Hawaiian cottage.

2013 Taste of Hawaii

Taste of Hawaii

Sunday, June 2
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Smith’s Tropical Paradise, $100
The annual Taste of Hawaii at Smith’s Tropical Paradise in Wailua is a fundraiser for Kapaa Rotary Club. This year, they celebrate 25-years with statewide chefs beverage vendors and music. There are 35 food participants, and 40 food booths. Many have more than one dish to offer and five offer dishes for vegetarians, three vegan booths, two breakfast booths, 14 will offer seafood, five will serve up pork, seven chicken dishes, nine sweets, three baked goods that are not sweet, three salads and there will be a couple of gluten-free options. There are five stages with live entertainment eight beverage booths: three water, one juice, one hot coffee, two tea, one lemonade, one soda, six beer booths and four wine booths. Here is a list of who’s coming.

Pau Hana Friday for May 17

NEWS:

The guide includes some color photographs like this mahimahi with citrus beurre blanc, papaya salsa and wok-fried vegetables at Kukui’s on Kalapaki Beach. Daniel Lane photo.

The guide includes some color photographs like this mahimahi with citrus beurre blanc, papaya salsa and wok-fried vegetables at Kukui’s on Kalapaki Beach. Daniel Lane photo.


Last Sunday, we released the digital version of our book Tasting Kauai: Restaurants. There were some comments on our Facebook page that I’d like to address because there is a lot of anger and misinformation in today’s world, and I’d like our book to be a trusted source. One person was very upset that we attended a pop up dinner that had veal on the menu. Another person wanted to know if our book had GMO-Free listings.
At Tasting Kauai, we are very aware of how food gets to our table. That’s why we do what we do. We even have three pages on our website dedicated to conscious eating, food and farming definitions, and steps you can take. Our passion is to share our knowledge about the people and places that not only care about how food tastes but how it’s sourced. Everyday, we (at Tasting Kauai) make conscious choices so that the food we consume is wholesome for the people who grew it, the environment and ourselves. We have no desire to be perfect, rigid or militant about our choices. With that said, if you care about this sort of thing, using our guide will direct you to the places and people who cook good food from scratch with local ingredients whenever possible. If you don’t care about this sort of thing, then using our guide will direct you some great tasting food.
Kauai is a small island and 90 percent of our food is imported. That number makes us very vulnerable, and it’s impossible to do 100 percent local here. We don’t grow wheat, beans or grains, nor olive oil, onions, stone fruit or berries. Kauai is blessed with an abundance of small, family farms, most of who grow organic, some of who use a little commercial fertilizer.  Local beef is grass-fed on thousands of acres of pasture. Experimental test crops (aren’t they all really?) of GMO corn seed grows on the west side, Poipu and Lihue. The “food” doesn’t get consumed here, but the biotech companies, which infiltrate our state, contribute a lot of money to government agencies, politicians, community events and schools. Because they have the money to pay ten times the normal rent for land, they get to stay. The best way to avoid GMO food is to avoid processed food that comes in packaging.

Kauai Restaurant Guide

  The digital version of our restaurant guide is finally finished! Here’s a brief  look inside: Introduction When I travel, I like to drench myself in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the area. I submit to local customs and crave regional food. After all,…

Pau Hana Friday for May 10

Orchid Alley Orchids. Daniel Lane photo

Orchid Alley Orchids. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:
Orchid Alley is combining different genera of orchids into stunning Mother’s Day Orchid Baskets that are still available at Orchid Alley in downtown Kapaa. Remember, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12.
Happy Mother’s Day!! For more ideas, you can read my article in this week’s MidWeek Kauai.
On Thursday, May 14, Common Ground Kauai is applying to the Kauai Planning Commission to extend hours of operation for The Garden Cafe, so they can serve dinner and a full breakfast. You can show support by appearing at the public meeting; writing a letter or email; or signing the petition. Watch this video by Common Ground Kauai owner Chris Jaeb for more information.

One Song Farm Presents Novice & Master Gardening Workshop

Lisa and Sun at their farm Kumu Aina which means "land as teacher". Daniel Lane photo

Lisa and Sun at their farm Kumu Aina which means “land as teacher”. Daniel Lane photo


Sunday, May 19

The Garden as Teacher workshop

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kilauea, $36, cash only
Lisa and Sun’s 30 years of combined knowledge of growing organically in the Hawaiian islands will help unlock the mysteries of Kauai soils and offer an opportunity for others to become better food growers.
Geared for novice and experienced gardeners, Lisa Fuller debuts instructing those new to bio-intensive gardening, while Sun simultaneously offers a master class to the professional farmer and gardener.

Pau Hana Friday for May 3

Harvesting Kauai Shrimp on the westside. Daniel Lane photo

Harvesting Kauai Shrimp on the westside. Daniel Lane photo

NEWS: After four years, Kauai Shrimp has finally received their certificate to sell locally grown, fresh clams! They will be selling direct to local restaurants and…