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2014 Jazz & Wine Festival

Westin Princeville serves herb-crusted lamb chops with a roasted garlic and tomato chutney, Hamakua mushroom risotto enriched with truffle oil, and a lamb demi-glace. Daniel Lane photo

Westin Princeville serves herb-crusted lamb chops with a roasted garlic and tomato chutney, Hamakua mushroom risotto enriched with truffle oil, and a lamb demi-glace. Daniel Lane photo


On September 27, The Westin Princeville will host the 5th Annual Jazz & Wine Festival. Tickets are $95 and can purchased through the concierge at 808-827-8808.
“In addition to the awesome food and amazing entertainment, we will have a silent auction that will benefit the Kauai Lifeguard Association,” says Jason Sessions, director of food and beverage at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.
To get a taste of the event, you can read my article “Elegant Evening On The North Shore.”

Kauai Beer Company 8/29 Finally Friday Menu

Customers line up for Kauai Beer Company's craft beer and delicious food. Daniel Lane photo

Customers line up for Kauai Beer Company’s craft beer and delicious food. Daniel Lane photo


Every week, the Kauai Beer Company serves their hand crafted beer with food. I usually see chef Joe Fox every Wednesday at the Kapaa farmers market selecting produce for the meal that is only offered during “Finally Friday.” The menu for Friday, August 29 is:

No More Romp and Taste

Kai explains the nuances of Kauai-grown pineapple. Daniel Lane photo

Kai explains the nuances of Kauai-grown pineapple. Daniel Lane photo


Over the past two years our food tours have enabled us to meet some amazing people from all over the world. We have watched our guests’ eyes light up as they taste just-picked pineapples, noting that they tasted nothing like the store-bought kind — which are picked before they’re ripe so they can be shipped long distances. On our tours, we have had guests of all ages and it was delightful to watch children stuff their mouths with bright red mountain apples as seniors were invigorated by the fresh tropical air and lush landscaping. Our guide Kai led them through the orchard and each person connected deeply with him, each other, the moment and the food.

Makana Terrace Summer Menu

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 Recently, Daniel and I got to try the summer menu at Makana Terrace. Nearly 20 new dishes were added to the menu, and these photos are some of the highlights. The view is fabulous as you can see. But on the evening we went, someone released eight large Chinese lanterns as the sun set over Hanalei Bay, which made the evening exceedingly magical.

Pau Hana for Friday, August 15

Tasting Kauai

Tri-tip sandwich with caramelized onions, fresh salsa, green salad, chili con carne and rice. Daniel Lane Photo

Tri-tip sandwich with caramelized onions, fresh salsa, green salad, chili con carne and rice. Daniel Lane Photo

In “Original Santa Maria Style BBQ on Kauai,” in The Garden Island, catch up with the owners of Recessions Original Santa Maria Style BBQ, featuring a name that “is a nod toward the economic downturn and the family keeps prices low so people can enjoy filling meals” and refers to a style of BBQ Forbes magazine says is the “fifth style of American BBQ.”

Last week, in her On the Farm column, “Money for Moloaa,” Marta met with Moloaa farmers as they meet up with local politicians to generate funding for new irrigation systems.
This week, It’s lilikoi season! In this Sunday’s edition, learn about the purple passion fruit grown at Yoshii Farm and how to make Jean Marie Josselin’s Lilikoi Mint Chiffon Pie.
For more ideas on cooking with lilikoi, check out Marta’s article “An Abundance of Lilikoi at Kauai Glory Farms.

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We’ve had folks inquire about where to find us online. We’re on Twitter at @TastingKauai and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TastingKauai. Be sure to check Tasting Kauai’s Pinterest page!

September is National Honey Month

Kauai honey bees getting drunk on honey. Daniel Lane photo

Kauai honey bees getting drunk on honey. Daniel Lane photo


September is National Honey Month, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate one of nature’s simplest pleasures. It’s hard to imagine anything more pure and natural than one-ingredient honey. Produced by bees from the nectar of plants and flowers, honey essentially flows from hive to the table. With more than 300  honey varietals found in the United States, all with a unique color and flavor, you are sure to find a honey varietal you will love.

Pau Hana Friday for August 8

Tasting Kauai

Scott Kessinger, Dave Power and Adam Watten in front of the bar at The Feral Pig. Daniel Lane Photo

Scott Kessinger, Dave Power and Adam Watten in front of the bar at The Feral Pig. Daniel Lane Photo

The Feral Pig celebrates their three year anniversary with a special farm-to-table dinner after their Hawaiian-style pub food gets a fine dining touch in “Freshening up the The Feral Pig,” in The Garden Island.

In the On the Farm column last week, we visited Lawai Valley Mushrooms and learned about kuditdit mushrooms.

In this week’s On the Farm, Marta meets with Moloaa farmers as they meet up with local politicians to generate funding for new irrigation systems.

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We’ve had folks inquire about where to find us online. We’re on Twitter at @TastingKauai and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TastingKauai. Be sure to check Tasting Kauai’s Pinterest page!

Pau Hana Friday for August 1

Tasting Kauai

Sparrow Fontura’ says children are some of Powerhouse Creamery’s biggest fans. Daniel Lane Photo

Sparrow Fontura’ says children are some of Powerhouse Creamery’s biggest fans. Daniel Lane Photo


Baby it’s hot outside, but we like to put the freeze on summertime heat with frozen desserts made by Powerhouse Creamery today in “Powerhouse Creamery puts a chill on hot, steamy days” in The Garden Island.

In last week’s On the Farm column, we gingerly visited Kolo Kai Organic Farm in Moloaa, which specializes in growing turmeric and varieties of ginger.

In this week’s On the Farm, we visit Lawai Valley Mushrooms  and learn about kuditdit mushrooms.

Tasting Kauai Guidebook

The updated version of our restaurant guidebook will be available in late September, early October. The manuscript is in the hands of our editor and Dan has been busy designing a new look. He’s color coding each zone and including scenic and chef pictures. Besides 20 new restaurants, there are quite a few additions to the guidebook. Based on reader’s requests, we have expanded each listing and we have also included tips and added a “Central” zone as well. I’m really excited about this edition and I think you’ll be quite happy with it. We’ll let you know more as we get closer.

Travel the World

Mahalo to Katherine Belarmino of Travel the World for writing about her experience on our A Taste of Kilohana food tour. She got to try food she’d never had before and took some great pictures! Check out her story at “Tasting Kauai’s Tropical Fruits and Island Cuisine on a Hawaiian Food Tour.”
“The Tasting Kauai Taste of Kilohana food tour was a great opportunity to visit a famous Kauai landmark, taste some unusual tropical fruits, many of which I can’t find in my local grocery store, learn what a good mai tai tastes like, eat a fantastic island meal, and meet some fun fellow travelers.  Everyone left full and had a great time,” writes Katherine.

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We’ve had folks inquire about where to find us online. We’re on Twitter at @TastingKauai and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TastingKauai. Be sure to check Tasting Kauai’s Pinterest page!