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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.

Pau Hana Friday for May 30

Taste of Hawaii this Sunday at Smith's tropical Paradise. Daniel Lane photo

Taste of Hawaii this Sunday at Smith’s tropical Paradise. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Today, read about what will be served at this Sunday’s Taste of Hawaii in “A Taste of Hawaii for food lovers” found in our “Tastes of Kauai” column in The Garden Island newspaper. If you want a complete listing of what will be served, check out our blog post “2014 Taste of Hawaii“. This Sunday, our “On the Farm” column features organic watermelon from Growing Strong Farm. Yum!

Kauai Beer Company

Kauai Beer Company is adding food to their craft brew menu. Building on the success of Truck Stop Thursday (see listing below under ongoing), we now have Finally Friday. Tonight’s menu is listed under events, but here’s what Larry, their “marketing guy” has to say:

“We are starting the food on Friday and we will work on that menu first. It will be primarily lighter offerings, allowing people to double up on a pork slider or to get a panini sandwich and salad, but each item will be priced somewhere between $9 and $5, staying with the theme of Finally Friday. We are thinking about carrying through with the nightly theme idea starting with the  place to go after work, at the start of the weekend. We’ve got a great idea for Saturday and I know it will work like a charm. When we get closer on that one, I will let you know, but we first want to get Friday up and running. Similarly, we have something in mind for Wednesday. Somewhere in this progression, likely after Finally Friday is humming along, we will introduce cocktails.”

Pau Hana Friday for May 23

The Angry Goat at Trucking Delicious. Daniel Lane photo

The Angry Goat at Trucking Delicious. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Today, get an update on our weight loss progress while learning about healthy dining options on Kauai in our “Trucking Delicious food in Hanalei” article that runs in our “Tastes of Kauai” column in The Garden Island newspaper. Trucking Delicious elevates the humble grilled cheese sandwich, and we are certainly happy t have another fast and delicious option on the north shore.
This Sunday, our “On the Farm” column in The Garden Island newspaper covers Moloaa Organicaa and organic papayas. I’ve never met a grocery-store papaya that I likes, but these babies are sumptuous: fragrant, mildly sweet and juicy. Our article will list the many places you can purchase them.

Pau Hana Friday for May 16

Kai Choy at One Song Farm. Photo by Daniel Lane

Kai Choy at One Song Farm. Photo by Daniel Lane

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Today, get an update on our weight loss progress while learning about healthy dining options on Kauai in our “Working out and eating healthy” article that runs in our “Tastes of Kauai” column in The Garden Island newspaper.  Happy Mother’s Day! If my mom were here, I would certainly raise my glass.
This Sunday, our “On the Farm” column in The Garden Island newspaper covers One Song Farm, kai choy and Lisa’s recipe for Kai Choy Kim Chi. While researching for the article, I learned that kai choy has an amazing amount of nutritional benefits, so check it out!

Kauai Beer Company

Within the next few weeks, Kauai Beer Company will launch Finally Friday. The brewery will be introducing signature cocktails and featuring a limited entree menu. This is the first step in transitioning from a  tasting room to a full service microbrewery and restaurant.

Sustainable Kauai Meetups

Pau Hana Friday for May 9

Tasting Kauai celebrates mom with bubbly at the St. Regis Princeville. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai celebrates mom with bubbly at the St. Regis Princeville. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Today, find out how to spoil mom to the supreme in our “A toast to Mother’s Day” article that runs in our “Tastes of Kauai” column in The Garden Island newspaper.  Happy Mother’s Day! If my mom were here, I would certainly raise my glass.

Pau Hana Friday for May 2

Paco's Tacos El Molcajete is made with beef, chicken, pork and shrimp. Daniel Lane photo

Paco’s Tacos El Molcajete is made with beef, chicken, pork and shrimp. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. In Food, Fiestas at Paco’s Tacos House, that runs in our “Tastes of Kauai” column in today’s The Garden Island newspaper, you can learn what the brothers Aguilar have in store for Kapaa Art Walk (tomorrow) and Cinco de Mayo.  They have opened a new restaurant in Kapaa, so you’ll find out what they serve as well.
This Sunday, our “On the Farm” column explores an heirloom variety of eggplant and includes an excellent pupu recipe. You can get these rare eggplant starts from Heaven on Earth Starts at the Saturday Namahana farmers market and the Start Cart in front of Hoku Natural Foods Market.
We’ve added another Kauai food tour. Since we’ve received excellent feedback from our guests about A Taste of Kilohana, along with attentive service, the knowledge of our guide and the locally-sourced, off-the-menu lunch, we thought we’d serve up another! Now we offer A Culinary Romp Through Paradise, which takes place on a Friday, and for our hard-working residents, A Taste of Kilohana, which takes place on  two Saturdays a month. We also have our Farmers Market Tour, which takes place every Wednesday.

Pau Hana Friday for April 25

The recipe for Jason Takemura’s Garlic Salt and Pepper Shrimp is in From Kau Kau to Cuisine. Photo Credit: Rae Huo

The recipe for Jason Takemura’s Garlic Salt and Pepper Shrimp is in From Kau Kau to Cuisine. Photo Credit: Rae Huo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. In our “Tastes of Kauai” column in today’s The Garden Island newspaper, you can learn about the new cookbook From Kau Kau to Cuisine and Island Cookbook Then and Now. In the article, author and food historian Arnold Hiura shares his concern for the future of food. This Sunday, our “On the Farm” column shares some exciting news from Kauai Kunana Dairy as well as a recipe from Hukilau Lanai.

Pau Hana Friday for April 18

Kilauea Bakery’s stromboli specials ($13.95) include a blend of house made meats, Manchego cheese, and marinated vegetables. Daniel Lane photo

Kilauea Bakery’s stromboli specials ($13.95) include a blend of house made meats, Manchego cheese, and marinated vegetables. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. We got back from Colorado late in the afternoon on Monday and hit the ground running Tuesday morning. We interviewed a cacao farmer at 10 a.m. and you can look for their story in our On The Farm column in this Sunday’s paper. Our Tastes of Kauai column, which runs in today’s TGIFriday edition, will share a unique look into a longtime favorite, Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza.

Pau Hana Friday for April 11

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Oxtail Soup is a Monday special at MCS Grill. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. We are still in Colorado visiting family. It’s pretty amazing to see my father and his three brothers come together. One uncle flew from Texas to California to pick up his 90-year-old brother and drive him to Colorado. My favorite aunt and her husband drove from Idaho as well. We have had a wonderful time reconnecting and sharing memories, all of wich seem to happen over a well made meal.
There’s no local avocados in Colorado, but in last Sunday’s, article “Avocado Advantage” I reported on four of Hawaii’s most popular avocados. The recipe for Avocado Banana Bread makes a moist, dense nutritious loaf. On Kauai, at the farmers market, you can get very large avocados for a dollar or two.
In Fresh and Local on Kauai’s Westside, I reported on MCS Grill, a new restaurant that serves local favorites as well as healthy options. I’m happy to have found them because Dan can hardly resist a big, juice burger, especially when it’s made with local, grass-fed beef and I appreciate being able to order lighter meals such as the Vegetarian Trio. We are also happy to have another dining option when we are on the Westside.

Pau Hana Friday for April 4

Hanalei Farmers Market flowers. Photo by Christopher Lyden.

Hanalei Farmers Market flowers. Photo by Christopher Lyden.


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Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We had an exceptional week and hope you did too. Last Sunday, our article “Crunch time with carrots” ran in The Garden Island newspaper.  I hope you get a chance to try the recipe and if you can use Kauai Juice Company’s kiawe-aged balsamic vinegar, all the better.
We didn’t have a story in the Wednesday edition. TGI is going from two food writers to one and there was a miscommunication. Our last story will be in this Wednesday’s edition before our “Tastes of Kauai” column gets moved to Fridays TGIFriday pullout. We’ve cooked up some tasty stories and we appreciate you sticking with us!