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Pau Hana Friday for June 27

Soursop is in season now. Daniel Lane photo

Soursop is in season now. Daniel Lane photoNEWS:

Tasting Kauai

In today’s The Garden Island newspaper, our article “Bon appetit at Red Clay” reports on some tasty surprises at the final concert for this year’s Red Clay Jazz Festival, including the appearance of Jean Marie Josselin, and information on his new restaurant. If you’ve seen heart-shaped, fat and prickly green fruit piled on tables at the farmers market lately, that’s because it’s soursop season. In this Sunday’s On the Farm column, we report on its cancer healing properties as well as some chilly ideas for delicious consumption.

Makaweli Meat Company

Makaweli Meat Company grass-fed lamb is now available on Kauai. The lamb are raised on Niihau and according to Jehu Fuller, general manager, it’s the largest herd in the state. The lamb is available at the Kauai Marriott Resort by executive chef Guy Higa, Hukilau Lanai by owner and executive chef Ron Miller, St. Regis’s Kauai Grill by chef de cuisine Maxime Michaud, Sheraton Kauai Resort by executive chef Roger Liang and  Merriman’s Fish House by executive chef Mark Arriola. For information on Makaweli Meat Company’s grass-fed beef and processing facility, read “Meat of the operation“, for ordering information, call Jehu at 808-855-5241.

Pau Hana Friday for June 20

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, an internationally acclaimed French chef who, at age 29, earned four stars from The New York Times. Photo courtesy of St. Regis Princeville

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, an internationally acclaimed French chef who, at age 29, earned four stars from The New York Times. Photo courtesy of St. Regis Princeville


 
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Tasting Kauai

In today’s The Garden Island newspaper, read about a The Taste of Summer which includes a cocktail hour, three-course meal and a fashion show with DJ. This Sunday in our On the Farm column, we feature jackfruit and Wootens Produce of Kauai.
I’m thrilled to welcome Laurie Cicotello to the Tasting Kauai team as our new writer/editor! She has an extensive background as an award-winning writer, editor and photographer. Laurie won two Pai Awards from the Hawaii Publishers Association last year for her work at The Garden Island. She is currently working on writing several books, along with volunteering in the community.

Feeding the Tropic Care Troops

Fire in the Sky. Daniel Lane photo

Fire in the Sky. Daniel Lane photo


From June 16 through June 26, approximately 280 reservists will provide free health care services, and at the same time, help them in their mission of being ready for rapid deployment. Tasting Kauai has teamed up with Rachelle Bachran, a health educator with the Hawaii State Department of Health, to replace the military’s MREs with delicious and nutritious meals. The soldiers will be working long hours under the tropical sun while dispensing their services, and we sure couldn’t let them do that on dehydrated Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).

Pau Hana Friday for June 13

Pork Belly Steam Bun slider piles tender slices of pork belly on a steamed bun drizzled with a soy and Lihue Lager glaze. Daniel Lane photo

Pork Belly Steam Bun slider piles tender slices of pork belly on a steamed bun drizzled with a soy and Lihue Lager glaze. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Sunday is Father’s Day and I miss my father who is more than 3,000 miles away in Colorado. One of the greatest gifts he gave me, besides my very life (!) is a love for the outdoors. As a young, single adult, I would join him on Weekend Warrior expeditions. He’d drive his Ford Ranger up I-70, I’d pop in a mix tape and we’d both sing, gloriously off-key, to the Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel or the Rolling Stones:

“I’ve been holding out so long
I’ve been sleeping all alone
Lord I miss you
I’ve been hanging on the phone
I’ve been sleeping all alone
I want to kiss you
Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh”

Oh yea! It was that good. Once we got to the mountains, we’d lace up our hiking books and strap on our CamelBak or slip into cross-country skis and zip up our North Face jackets. Self propulsion, combined with clear skies and fresh air, nurtured easy companionship and cemented our relationship. Dad, who is now an 84-year-old stroke survivor, has gifted me with those memories, which I treasure often. I hope that my phone call this Sunday will be enough to express the gratitude and love I have for him. Here’s to dads everywhere! Mahalo for providing us with security, safety, love and memories that last a lifetime.
If you’re on Kauai, a great way to celebrate dad is with a pint and a cheer! In today’s The Garden Island newspaper, we report that Kauai Beer Company now serves food during Finally Friday. Chef Joe Fox makes flavorful, filling, beer friendly food, which is the perfect complement to cold pints that go down easy. This Sunday, in our On the Farm column, we showcase taro  from W.T. Haraguchi Farm.

Seaside Tapas Under Kauai Skies

Nalu Kai offers poolside dining overlooking Hanalei Bay. Daniel Lane photo

Nalu Kai offers poolside dining overlooking Hanalei Bay. Daniel Lane photo


Nalu Kai is a hidden gem that’s only open from June through September. The casual, outdoor restaurant faces Hanalei Bay and is tucked along the pool of the St. Regis Resort. You wouldn’t know it was there unless you went through the hotel, and even then you might miss it. You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy the restaurant or complementary valet parking.

Life Foods by "Mom Jeans" Mom

Life Foods Original Burger with their ketchup, mayo and mustard. Marta Lane photo

Life Foods Original Burger with their ketchup, mayo and mustard. Marta Lane photo


Probiotic? Fermented? As a young mom (read that as you want), those two terms were foreign to me. The only “biotic” I was familiar with was an anti-biotic for sick kids and I just assumed “fermented” meant moldy cheese. Shoots, was I wrong! As the newest team member of Tasting Kauai, I was asked to try out some Life Foods products [and write my first ever blog post – what!]. I’ll admit I’m a foodie and I care about the environment and sustainability; however, as a mom of two kids, sometimes you choose to go with the quick and easy over healthy and organic.

Pau Hana Friday for June 6

A locally sourced salad with Noni Ranch and Gomasio. Daniel Lane photo

A locally sourced salad with Noni Ranch and Gomasio. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Yesterday was our 15th wedding anniversary and we decided to just relax and go with the flow. Since we are so blessed by our work and get to eat out often, we spent a lazy morning at the beach with the dogs. Last Wednesday, I found a new farm stand at the Kapaa farmers market, which sells produce by donation! I bought one of their gorgeous, huge Napa cabbages and we had it last night along with some kalua pork, steamed white rice, Champagne and dessert from Cakes by Kristin. Dan always gets a couple of cupcakes and I had the roasted pineapple crostata. I just can’t resist shortcrust pastry filled with fresh fruit!
In today’s The Garden Island newspaper, we highlight a line of convenience foods produced by Maui-based Life Foods. Their vegan products are guilt-free because they are made with local, organic ingredients, no common allergens (soy, dairy or gluten) and they’re now available on Kauai. Tomorrow, Melissa “Mo” Gregory, Tasting Kauai’s director of sales, will share her take on Life Foods. As a mother of two children who feeds her family meat-and potato-meals, she wasn’t sure how her family would like vegan food. It’s her first blog post for us and we’re happy to share her “mom” perspective.
Pumpkins are lining the tables at the farmers market right now. This Sunday, we showcase the Amira pumpkin from Olana Organic Farm and include a  quinoa pumpkin pilaf recipe.