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Hanapepe Walking Tour Launching In October!

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…

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September 21, 2018

Nixtamal – The East Side's newest tasty food truck

Our newest guide, Sabrina Petrov is scouting out new food for us on her home turf on the East side of the island. Here is what she has to report about the newest addition to Kauai’s food truck ohana: Nixtamal (pronounced Neeks-tamal), Kapaa’s newest food truck, packs some serious yum! Opened three weeks ago, by couple Will and David, Nixtamal offers a simple menu of tamales, chicharrones, rice and beans. Vegans will be delighted to learn that there are  tamales for them too! Born and raised on Kauai, Will brings his passion for food to his hometown. David, raised in Arizona, moved to Kauai after graduating high school and went on to graduate from the culinary program at KCC before the pair opened Nixtamal. This food truck serves up Mexican-Sonorran food, offering tasty, wholesome meals at a great price. A…

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August 10, 2018

Tropical fruits not to miss at Kauai's markets

Fruit Knowledge: Kauai Style The history of fruit in Hawaii takes us all over the globe, beginning with the canoe crops of the Polynesian voyagers  brought here around 450 A.D. Today, you will find fruits that hail from the Americas, SE Asia, Africa, India and China. This year has proven to not be a bumper…

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August 1, 2018

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 will be your new favorite place for local food in Poipu. Head over on a Wednesday afternoon to do your shopping at the culinary farmers market, then wander upstairs to try out some of their delicious happy hour cocktails and treats. A personal favorite – Coconut luau dip honoring the most iconic plant on Kauai, taro. Their dip is made with sauteed taro leaf and coconut milk, then  served up with fresh taro chips. Yum! Beer + Pupus = A great afternoon A quick side…

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July 17, 2018

Tasting Kauai – The Vision

Aloha Tasting Kauai Family! I’m Dr. Addison Bulosan, the new owner of Tasting Kauai. It’s been quite a journey with Tasting Kauai the last 4 years since meeting Marta and Dan. I moved back home to Kauai in 2014 and I’ve been following @TastingKauai since 2013 on Instagram in awe of all the amazing food and collaboration happening. I made it a point to go out of my way to try and meet the person behind it all as I wanted to eat tasty food and learn more about how our food is made here on Kauai. My dear cousin, Wes Perreira is good friends with Marta and setup a lunch with us so we could meet. Since day one I have been in awe of all the things Marta and Dan does for our island, Kauai.  As the Tasting…

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July 17, 2018

Tasting Kauai is Sold to Addison Bulosan

Addison Bulosan is the new owner of Tasting Kauai. Dear fans of Tasting Kauai. This is the last blog post I’ll make.   Last September, when Dan and I went to visit my 88-year-old parents in Colorado, mom said she wanted to tour retirement communities. She said the house her and dad were living in for 47 years was was finally too much. She needed a smaller place. When their favorite complex had an opening in October, we moved back three weeks later. We got them settled into a two bedroom apartment in the independent living section. We visit them every Saturday and help them run errands, fix things in the apartment, make phone calls to credit card companies on their behalf, and go out to lunch.  Being so far away from Kauai made it tricky to be responsive when…

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July 6, 2018

Kiawe Roots to Open in Former Tortilla Republic

The Filipino trinity: tomato, onion, pork. Roots in Culture’s Lechon Kawali with crispy pork belly mixed with tomatoes, onion, shredded carrots, and roasted garlic, tossed in a chili vinaigrette. The summer just got hotter on the South Side! Chef Mark Ruiz and General Manager Tricia Ruiz, owners of Roots in Culture food truck, are trading…

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June 6, 2018

Dine Out for Kauai's Farmers

  Seared ahi and squid ink aioli at The Lanai. Daniel Lane photo The Shops at Kukuiula is hosting “Dine Out For Kauai’s Farmers,” a restaurant week event happening May 23-29, 2018.  Each participating restaurant will offer special prix fixe menus, and a portion of those proceeds will go to the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund…

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May 19, 2018

5 Travel Tips From Frequent Flyers to Help You With Your Trip to Kauai

Tourists nowadays have access to scores of diverse resources, with each one—at least in theory— making travel just a bit easier and more convenient. Despite this embarrassing abundance of resources, however, the best recourse for travelers is still to do some serious research to find the right kind of information that will help them in…

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May 18, 2018

Kauai Flood Update

The bridge over Wailua River during the Kauai flood. Photo texted to me by Judy Carpentina of Haole Girl Island Sweets. Many visitors want a Kauai flood update. Indeed, last weekend’s flood prompted some of our guests to call and ask if our food tours are still operating, specifically on the north shore. The answer is yes. We…

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April 23, 2018

Lava Lava Beach Club: Local Girl, Local Food

Lava Lava Beach Club’s pineapple fried rice with shrimp, soybeans, egg and a sweet and savory teriyaki sauce. Photo courtesy of Lava Lava Beach Club. When Chef Kim Brun left Lava Lava Beach Club after helping the new restaurant open in 2015, something told her to keep her emblazoned Sous Chef coat. And it’s a…

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February 3, 2018

Koloa Rum Unveils Inaugural Aged Hawaiian Rum

Koloa Rum Company’s Inaugural Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum is now being sold in Hawaii and will be available for purchase in California and other West Coast markets in February. Photo courtesy of Koloa Rum Co. Hawaii’s award-winning Koloa Rum Company has announced the launch of its first-ever Kauai Reserve Three-Year Aged Hawaiian Rum.Artfully crafted in single-batches at its Kalaheo…

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January 26, 2018