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Pau Hana Friday for August 30

 

Margaritas at Tortilla Republic. Daniel Lane photo.

Margaritas at Tortilla Republic. Daniel Lane photo.


NEWS:

New Soup Cookbook

Helen Lacono, owner of the former Hanapepe Cafe, just released a cookbook. It’s based on the soups she makes and sells every Wednesday at the Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula. Kauai Farmers Market Soups is available on Wednesdays at her market stand and the Talk Story Bookstore in Hanapepe.

Winesday With The Wine Shop – Domaine Henri Bourgeois

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and the service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Check in with Tasting Kauai every Wednesday to learn about their favorites. ¡Salud!
Here at The Wine Shop we never let our distributors rest. We are constantly encouraging them to find the perfectly priced, best tasting wines on the market today. Our latest find is a wine producer in the Loire Valley of France called Domaine Henri Bourgeois.

Book Signing at Blue House Booksellers

Cover: Macadamia nut crusted Monchong at Makana Terrace. Daniel Lane photoCover: Macadamia nut crusted Monchong at Makana Terrace. Daniel Lane photo “Where should I eat on Kaua’i?” is a common question. The answer is in our new guidebook, Tasting Kauai: Restaurants, From Food Trucks to Fine Dining,…

Pau Hana Friday for August 23

Lili-Kai Cosmo (front) and Superfruit Lychee-tini at RumFire.Daniel Lane photo

Lili-Kai Cosmo (front) and Superfruit Lychee-tini at RumFire.Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:
Hole in the Mountain Farm‘s juicy, low-acid, sweet and tender Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple won’t be available from now until mid-September. After that, they’ll have pineapple year-round. The white pineapple are  rare, and I enjoy being able to send a unique gift from Hawaii. So far, I’ve sent one to my folks in Colorado when, during our Saturday morning call, they said they missed Kauai. That pineapple perked their sweet memories right up! My aunt and uncle are celebrating 50-years this weekend, so one is on the way to them. I got lucky because the Huber’s had one left. Now, I must hold out for about three weeks! You can read about them in my article, and visit their website for ordering information.

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Nine Hats Riesling

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and the service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Check in with Tasting Kauai every Wednesday to learn about their favorites. ¡Salud!
With the Pacific Northwest still fresh in our memory and palates, we can’t get our minds off the luscious varietal of Riesling. Since the end of summer is in our grasp, barbecues are still blazing and we have plenty of social engagements to attend, and this grape screams to be included in our get-togethers!

Pau Hana Friday for August 16

Pineapple Martini with blackberry drizzle at Oasis on the Beach. Daniel Lane photo

Pineapple Martini with blackberry drizzle at Oasis on the Beach. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:

Tasting Kauai

Besides Amazon, Tasting Kauai: Restaurants is now available in paperback at The Feral Pig, Orchid Alley Kauai and Namahana Cafe. We’ll be adding more locations this month. Yesterday, I sold all the books I had ordered, placed a new order for double the amount, and was flying high all day. My mood dropped this morning when I got this email from TripAdvisor:

Hello,
To be listed in the Attractions section, tour companies must offer tours on a regularly scheduled basis. Two tours per month does not qualify a company to be listed. The listing will be removed.
Best regards,
Chaz,
The TripAdvisor Support Team

Introducing Winesday with The Wine Shop

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and the service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Learn about their new favorite wine every week, through guest blog posts on Tasting Kauai. ¡Salud!
Aloha from The Wine Shop in Old Koloa Town! We are so excited to unveil Winesday with The Wine Shop, which will be featured every Wednesday on TastingKauai.com.  Each week we will showcase an interesting and exceptional wine that we carry in the shop that will please your palate and pocketbook. We love to explore new wines and try varietals that are unique and fun. We look forward to sharing a great assortment wines on this blog, and if there is something you want to learn more about please leave a comment. We will do our best to research what you are looking for, or provide you with a great alternative.

Gardening in Hawaii: 5 Reasons Why You Need an Organic Garden

Linda Bailey's veggie garden in Texas. Linda Bailey photo.

Linda Bailey’s veggie garden in Texas. Linda Bailey photo.


This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org. She is a Texas-based writer who specializes in housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. She welcomes your comments which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @ gmail.com.
Many people have considered growing more food on their own, though they never get around to doing it. This may be because they do not know how or where to start. Lack of knowledge and experience is not the only obstacle to homegrown food in Hawaii. Busy schedules, pricey agriculture land, poorly drained soil, and a lack of nutrient rich soil also make farming in Hawaii challenging. However, there are a few reasons that make gardening a worthwhile endeavor:

Pau Hana Friday for August 9

Pele’s Passion at RumFire. Daniel Lane photo.

Pele’s Passion at RumFire. Daniel Lane photo.


NEWS:

Tasting Kauai

I’m happy to announce that our paperback Tasting Kauai: Restaurants, From Food Trucks to Fine Dining, A Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island, is available on Amazon. They set the price, which was at $17.18 when it went up last week, but today I see it’s at $13.06. The digital version is still available at the introductory price of $3.99, but it will raise to $7.99 within the next day or so. Either way, the books pop with hubby’s gorgeous color photographs and whimsical graphics.
This morning on Hawaii Public Radio, Chris Vandercook, co-host of The Conversation, and I spoke about why locally-sourced food tastes so good. If you want to know why, listen to “A culinary romp through paradise with Marta Lane” on HPR2’s website.