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Pau Hana Friday for March 28

When ripe, star apples are mildly sweet and creamy, almost like a custard. Marta Lane photo

When ripe, star apples are mildly sweet and creamy, almost like a custard. Marta Lane photo


NEWS:

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Last Sunday, our article “How to grapple with star apple” ran in The Garden Island newspaper.  I had star apple a couple of years ago, but didn’t like the latex coating it left in my mouth. Come to find out, I ate a raw one. That’s one of the perks of my job:  learning about exotic produce from the people who grow them. Now I know how to grapple with a star apple!

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Orin Swift Wines

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 March 21

Juicy juice at Kauai Juice Company. Daniel Lane photo.

Juicy juice at Kauai Juice Company. Daniel Lane photo.


NEWS:

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Last Sunday, our article “Meat of the operation” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. While touring the facility, we were happy to learn that the cows are 100 percent grass-fed, with no antibiotics or hormones. Thanks to it being available at Times/Big Save, beef is now back on our family menu. I just can’t buy the corn-fed, factory-farmed stuff. I made a wonderful beef stew this week and will share the recipe soon. I want to make it one more time to get it absolutely perfect.
Last Wednesday, our article “Spring cleaning with juice” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. This is the third cleanse I have done, and I have to say it’s the easiest. Plus, the juice at Kauai Juice Company is extremely delicious. I buy single bottles to drink with dinner. Last night, as I took a sip of  Mintacolada I tried to find one word to describe the flavor. I could taste mint and pineapple but the word that came to me was juicy. Sounds silly, but the flavors are so mouth-watering, balanced and vibrant that juicy is the best description. Anyway …

Winesday with The Wine Shop – BBQ

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!

Friends of Harmony Harwell Fundraiser at Hukilau Lanai

Hukilau Lanai Fundraiser and Silent Auction Monday, April 14, 6 p.m., $40 (cash purchases appreciated, but not required) Buffet Dinner Music Entertainment No-Host Bar Silent Auction Hukilau Lanai seeks to help their dear friend and employee Harmony Harwell, who has very recently been diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of lymph tissue, which…

Pau Hana Friday for March 13

Organic steamed taro root topped with steamed taro leaves and drizzled with coconut sauce. Daniel Lane photo

Organic steamed taro root topped with steamed taro leaves and drizzled with coconut sauce. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We hope you had an exceptional week. Last Sunday, our article “Safely preserving the harvest” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. If you are a Tasting Kauai Facebook fan, you saw all of my pictures from the Hawaii Master Food Preservers class. I had a lot of fun learning how to safely preserve food and writing about it. Last Wednesday, our article “Hanalei’s Edible Opportunist” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. If you haven’t experienced one of Justin Smith’s dinners, you should. It’s great for residents who want a fun date as well as visitors who want a unique experience.

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Spring Fever

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 March 7

Seafood Lasagna at Red Salt. Daniel Lane photo

Seafood Lasagna at Red Salt. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:

Tasting Kauai

While I was learning how to safely can food at the 64-hour Hawaii Master Food Preservers class, my Farmers Markets and Tastes of Kauai columns were moved to The Garden Island newspaper. Farmers Markets, now called On The Farm, runs in the Sunday edition and Tastes of Kauai runs in the Wednesday edition. Last Wednesday, our article about Red Salt called Feast for the Senses ran, and Sunday, you can learn about the Hawaii Master Food Preservers course.

Kauai Healthy Lifestyle with Verde

Verde Chilaquiles with NewMona Hui Farm eggs, Kauai Kunana Dairy feta cheese, Lawai Valley Mushrooms and Govinda Farm's kale and tomatillos. Maris Manzano photo.

Verde Chilaquiles with NewMona Hui Farm eggs, Kauai Kunana Dairy feta cheese, Lawai Valley Mushrooms and Govinda Farm’s kale and tomatillos. Maris Manzano photo.


When Maris Manzano, owner of Verde, read Round One: Battle of the Bulge in Kauai Midweek, she learned that Dan and I were on a mission to lose weight. Knowing that Verde is one of our favorite go-to stops for a quick bite to eat, Maris, who is into fitness, gave me a call and asked how she could help. Since Jane Riley, our personal trainer at Kauai Athletic Club, has me on 1300 calories a day, I suggested calorie counts. Maris created this Healthy Thursday meal, which is available starting today and under 380 calories!
Verde Chilaquiles  ($12.99) are made with local ingredients including NewMona Hui Farm eggs, Kauai Kunana Dairy feta cheese, Lawai Valley  Mushrooms and Govinda Farm‘s kale and tomatillos. Since Maris went through considerable effort to create a new, low calorie, locally sourced menu item, she’s keeping it on the menu for the entire month of March. If you’d like to see more of these types of meals at Verde, stop by and try it and let her know what you think.
Go to the Tasting Kauai Facebook page and leave a comment about how you stay healthy,  and you can  win a $20 gift certificate to Verde.  This offer will expire at midnight HST on Wednesday, March 12.
Verde made some changes including taking down the walls, opening up the space and adding a wide, granite-topped bar. There’s new tables and chairs, new AC, new lighting and fixtures as well as new bathroom fixtures. 

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Price Ranges

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!