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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…

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…

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 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 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 in their wheels to open Kiawe Roots. The couple, along with their cousin Chef Rodney Baptiste will open this new restaurant concept to the public on June 12.

Dine Out for Kauai's Farmers

Seared ahi and squid ink aioli at The Lanai. Daniel Lane photo

 

Seared ahi and squid ink aioli at The Lanai. Daniel Lane photo

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 at Hawaii Community Foundation, which will directly support local farmers affected by the April floods.
Participating restaurants include:

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

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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 their trips, especially to places like Hawaii. 
Here at Tasting Kauai, though, we always want to help out travelers like you, and that is why we are giving you a list of 5 travel tips for your trip to The Garden Isle. The best thing about these pointers is that they come from frequent flyers, which means each is tried and tested. So, let’s begin: 

Kauai Flood Update

Kealia Farm. Photo from Adam Asquith's Facebook page.

The bridge over Wailua River during the Kauai flood. Photo texted to my by Judy Carpentina of Haole Girl Island Sweets.

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 start in Hanalei and end in Princeville and the damage to Kuhio highway is about 10 minutes north of where we are. We’ve had a few people cancel because of the Kauai flood, but I encourage you to honor your visit.
Most of the island is ok and many of the businesses need

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.

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.

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 good thing, as she sits in front of me over two years later wearing it while she waits for her new “Chef” coat to come in. She returned to the restaurant in April 2017 and was recently promoted to the head chef role, leading the kitchen in serving Hawaiian-themed fare to guests with their toes dipped in the sand.

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.

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.

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 distillery, Kauai Reserve is made from the finest Hawaii sugar cane and fresh island water that was slowly filtered through volcanic strata before reaching vast underground aquifers. Kauai Reserve is carefully aged for a minimum of three years in select American white oak barrels and contains no added sugar, color or other ingredients.

Coconut’s Fish Cafe Opens in Kapaa

Inside Coconut's Fish Cafe. Photo courtesy of Megan Fox.

Inside Coconut's Fish Cafe. Photo courtesy of Megan Fox.

Inside Coconut’s Fish Cafe. Photo by Megan Fox.


Last week there was a grand opening of Coconut’s Fish Cafe, the chain’s first location on Kauai, and they’re open now to the public. The restaurant’s decor is bright and fun (the surfboard tables are too cute), and a fast-casual ordering and seating style, which makes it a great option for a quick lunch.