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North Shore: Teaching Food as Medicine

North Shore Kauai: Food As Medicine Tour Hawaiian greens Turmeric in Hawaii is called Olena. Tea tasting and fresh…

Tropical Dreaming on Kauai

Author: Tour Guide Sabrina Petrov Tropical Dreams on Kauai Welcome to Tropical Dreams, an establishment with a name that lives up to the experience! As soon as you enter you’re greeted by friendly faces and an expansive, colorful array of ice cream flavors. Good vibes only in here, and of course everyone gets extra feels…

Hualani’s at Timbers Kauai – A Multi Sensory Experience

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The Spot We here at Tasting Kauai are always delighted when a new spot opens up for us to explore and taste test. This is especially true when it is a breathtaking oceanfront dining location with fabulous food. I have been hearing from friends all over the island for weeks, that we must go and…

Will Drive for Pastry – Midnight Bear Breads Perfects Artisan Baking

Hanapepe Town Walking down the quiet, dusty main street of Hanapepe town can take you back in time. You could just as easily be sauntering through 1926 as 2018, simply ignore the few modern cars that dot the lane. Visitors and island locals alike often fall in love with the town for the feelings of…

Hanapepe Walking Tour Launching In October!

Japanese Grandmas

The Tour We here at Tasting Kauai are excited to share with you that our newest tour of Hanapepe town will be launching officially Friday, October 19th.  Come join us for an afternoon strolling the quiet streets of historic Hanapepe to learn about the town’s past, present and future through its food. We have curated…

Kiawe Roots – The Sunny South Shore's New Favorite Eatery

Clearly, this is a restaurant we at Tasting Kauai are very excited about. We had already ramped you up for the opening, see earlier post for some information about Chef Mark Ruiz and wife Tricia, founders of Kiawe Roots here. This  new local’s favorite hangout is located in the Shops at Kukui’ula above Tortilla Republic. This…

How We Choose Restaurants

Full page color images are throughout Tasting Kauai: Restaurants. Daniel Lane photo

Full page color images are throughout Tasting Kauai: Restaurants. Daniel Lane photo


Readers wonder how we choose restaurants, so I thought I’d share our process with you. I’d also like to take this opportunity to clear up a huge misconception. Many residents tell me that “Kauai doesn’t have good food” or some form of that. One gentleman even told me that Kauai was a culinary wasteland. I completely disagree and I hope I prove that by the end of this post. But first, a little background.

Book Signing at Blue House Booksellers

Cover: Macadamia nut crusted Monchong at Makana Terrace. Daniel Lane photoCover: Macadamia nut crusted Monchong at Makana Terrace. Daniel Lane photo “Where should I eat on Kaua’i?” is a common question. The answer is in our new guidebook, Tasting Kauai: Restaurants, From Food Trucks to Fine Dining,…