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Last Pau Hana Friday for 2013

 

Holiday flower arrangement by Tropical Flowers Express. Marta lane photo

Holiday flower arrangement by Tropical Flowers Express. Marta lane photo


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Tasting Kauai

My husband Dan and I wish you a warm, abundant, healthy and joyful holiday season! We have our last food tour today and then we’re taking time off to celebrate the close of 2013 and prepare for 2014. Since it’s just the two of us at Tasting Kauai, this will be our last blog post for 2013. My goal is to unplug from the computer the entire time. Other than submitting articles to Kauai Midweek (which are ready to go) there will be no blog posts, Facebook posts or any other social media.

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Holiday Gift Guide

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!

Pau Hana Friday for December 13

 

Photo courtesy of Koloa Rum Company. Daniel Lane photographer

Photo courtesy of Koloa Rum Company. Daniel Lane photographer


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Kauai Coffee and Koloa Rum Challenge

Koloa Rum Company and Kauai Coffee are excited to come together to hold the first ever “Kauai Coffee Koloa Rum Challenge” charity event.
The main criteria is that you use Kauai Coffee or Koloa Rum (or both) as an ingredient in your recipe creation to be judged in the categories of entrée, drink or dessert. Awards for the Challenge Champions in each of the three categories include a $300.00 cash prize and an embroidered chef’s jacket.

Durga Farms' Banana Love Loaf

Bananas at Durga Farm. Durga Farm photo

Bananas at Durga Farm. Durga Farm photo


This week, I feature Durga Farms in my Farmers Markets column for Kauai Midweek. It was the first time Dan and I had been to their farm in Anahola and I was surprised to learn that they also offer yoga retreats and Ayurveda healing. The owner, Myra Lewin, wrote two books. Freedom in Your Relationship with Food: An Everyday Guide and Simple Ayurvedic Recipes, a companion cookbook. I have both books and will post reviews on them soon. If you’re a Tasting Kauai Facebook fan, you’ll recognize their pumpkins, which I posted pictures of several weeks ago. Three healthy and vital ladies run the property, and I quickly grew to respect their lifestyle and was charmed by their kind personalities. Vanessa Massey is the farm manager and Kelsey Brusnyk is Myra’s assistant. Kelsey recently sent me this note and a recipe to share. Enjoy!

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Anniversary Discount

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!

Jean Marie Josselin and Marta Lane Cooking Demo

Deconstructed Ahi Roll at Josselin's. Daniel Lane photo

Deconstructed Ahi Roll at Josselin’s. Daniel Lane photo


Today at 5 p.m., you have a change to meet local legend Jean Marie Josselin, chef of Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill. I (Marta Lane) will be joining him for a cooking demonstration and book signing of my book, Tasting Kauai: Restaurants – From Food Trucks to Fine Dining, A Guide to Eating Well on the Garden Island. Jean Marie is featured in my restaurant guidebook and he will make tapas, which everyone can sample afterward. The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11 at The Shops at Kukuiula during the Kauai Culinary Market. Admission is free.

Holiday Art Walk at Kukuiula

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


Art Walk at Kukuiula, December 14, 6 to 9 p.m.
Join The Shops at Kukuiula for an enchanting evening of fine art, fine dining and live music under the stars on the second Saturday of each month. December highlights include:

Pau Hana Friday for December 6

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Lotus Fudge Holiday Truffle Gift Pack. Katie Ranke photo

Lotus Fudge holiday Truffle Gift Pack. Katie Ranke photo

Lotus Fudge

Katie Ranke, owner and fudge maker at Lotus Fudge, says she made an amazing local PB&J. “I used whole wheat bread, from any of the awesome bakeries here, with our Original Mac Butter and Mango Chipotle Jam from Monkeypod Jam. It’s so good!” Katie’s heard that fish dipped in original or toasted mac butter and fried is really good. “I think they call it Mac-Butter crusted,” she says.

Tasting Kauai Presents A Taste of Kilohana

Pineapple fields at Kilohana Plantation. Marta Lane photo

Pineapple fields at Kilohana Plantation. Marta Lane photo


 
 
We are proud to announce our new culinary tour, A Taste of Kilohana. Designed by a foodie for foodies, this exclusive, guided tour offers a seasonal slice of Kilohana Plantation. Our tour includes an off-the-menu, three-course, locally-sourced meal that’s served in the Private Dining Room of Wilcox Mansion.

Truck Stop Thursdays

Kauai Beer Company brewers (from left) Eric Burda, Jim Guerber, Justin Guerber and Nate Yahnke. Daniel Lane photoKauai Beer Company brewers (from left) Eric Burda, Jim Guerber, Justin Guerber and Nate Yahnke. Daniel Lane photo On Dec. 12, Kauai…