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Pau Hana Friday for November 29

 

Roasted "Hawaiian Mutt" pumpkin. Seeds drying for the garden. Marta Lane photo

Roasted “Hawaiian Mutt” pumpkin. Seeds drying for the garden. Marta Lane photo


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Tasting Kauai

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! Not much happened at the Lane household. While I slept, Dan got up at 4:30 a.m. to take pictures of the sunrise and then took shots of  the Kapaa Turkey Trot for Kauai Midweek‘s Paina Page. Over a bowl of oatmeal, we reminisced about the day we met (18 years ago today) and how much each of us has changed for the better, thanks to the other. Since we’ve been sick we spent the rest of the day on the couch with the dogs, wrapped in blankets, watching movies and holding hands. For “the big meal” I made pumpkin soup, with a pumpkin I got at Durga Farm last Wednesday, as well as salt and pepper biscuits. The soup recipe will be in next week’s Kauai Midweek but I’ll post the biscuit recipe, which I got from the November issue of bon appetit magazine. The pumpkin is enough for three or four meals, so I’ll post additional pictures and recipes on the Tasting Kauai Facebook page. Since it’s a gorgeous, flavorful and moist pumpkin that’s adapted to Kauai’s climate and pests, I saved the seeds to plant in my garden! Tonight we are having pumpkin and kale galette, which is a simple, rustic and wholesome free form tart. Maybe tomorrow we’ll have Thai pumpkin soup.

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Thanksgiving

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 their 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!

Thanksgiving in Kauai 2013

Tasting Kauai wishes you a happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy these holiday menus and be sure to make reservations!
South Side

Roy’s Poipu

Three course prix fixe, $44

  • Roasted Hamakua Alii Mushroom Bisque and Lemon Goat Cheese Mousse
  • Poipu Roast Turkey, Turkey Demi-Glace, Mashed Potatoes, Kulana Wild Boar and Cornbread Stuffing, Haricot Verts Almondine, Cranberry Poha Relish
  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Tropical Fruit Crunch, Lappert’s Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

Takeout orders available with a 24-hour notice and need to be picked up at the restaurant between 4 and 5 p.m.

Typhoon Haiyan Benefit Dinner

Hukilau Lanai presents a Philippines Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Saturday, November, 23, 6 p.m., $40 adults, $10
The buffet dinner features Filipino food Hukilau style with communal seating and live entertainment. Call 808-822-0600 for prepaid reservations. All profits will go toward the American Red Cross Relief Effort in Visaya, Philippines. You can also donate additional money be making a check to Hukilau Lanai or the American Red Cross and Hukilau Lanai will send it with their donation.

Winesday with The Wine Shop – FAQs

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 their 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!

Winesday with The Wineshop – Paso Robles

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 their 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!

How We Choose Restaurants

Full page color images are throughout Tasting Kauai: Restaurants. Daniel Lane photo

Full page color images are throughout Tasting Kauai: Restaurants. Daniel Lane photo


Readers wonder how we choose restaurants, so I thought I’d share our process with you. I’d also like to take this opportunity to clear up a huge misconception. Many residents tell me that “Kauai doesn’t have good food” or some form of that. One gentleman even told me that Kauai was a culinary wasteland. I completely disagree and I hope I prove that by the end of this post. But first, a little background.

Breakfast at The Green Pig

Eat in the shade and listen to the waves at The Green Pig. Daniel Lane photoBreakfast at The Green Pig is an excellent option after a sunrise walk, run, surf or bike ride along Kealia Beach. Located on Kauai’s east side, it’s right across the highway from the ocean. If you’re lucky enough to live here, it’s a quick stop for a grab-and-go breakfast on your way to work. And you can have breakfast for dinner because they serve it all day long. Dan and I sat under an awning at a picnic table holding steamy mugs of bottomless Kauai Coffee ($3), while listening to waves crash as the ocean breeze tickled our skin. Instead of paper plates and plastic forks, our meals were served on ceramic plates with silverware.

Pau Hana Friday for November 8

Kauai Coffee grows five varietals of Arabica coffee, this is Yellow Catuai. Daniel Lane photo

Kauai Coffee grows five varietals of Arabica coffee, this is Yellow Catuai. Daniel Lane photo


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Kauai Coffee Koloa Rum Challenge

Koloa Rum Co. and Kauai Coffee have partnered to bring a friendly competition to the public. Professional mixologists and home bartenders are invited to submit their original recipe for a drink made with Koloa Rum or Kauai Coffee. The winner of the Rum & Coffee Drink Challenge will win a $300 cash prize. You can enter as many times as you like, and each entry fee is $15. Proceeds go to Kauai Habitat for Humanity and Kauai Culinary Institute of the Pacific. Deadline to register is January 2, 2014. Additional challenges include Entrée and Dessert. For more information, or to register visit KCKRChallenge.com.