Blog

Cocktails

Pau Hana Friday for July 11

Tasting Kauai

Eggs Benedict at Birdie's Cafe. Daniel Lane photo

Eggs Benedict at Birdie’s Cafe. Daniel Lane photo


In today’s The Garden Island newspaper in our article, “Say hello to Birdies” we visit Birdie’s Cafe, located at Kukuiolono Golf Course in Kalaheo. We were pleasantly surprised to find really good Eggs Benedict.
In this week’s On the Farm column, we will explore beekeeping courses at Kauai Community College, discover why bees swarm and learn what to do if you get stung. Look for it this Sunday in The Garden Island.
Last week’s On the Farm column,  “Go Bananas,” we visited the family-owned Kikala Farm in Kalaheo and learned about Williams bananas and how the mutant variety became the world’s largest export.

Pau Hana Friday for June 20

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, an internationally acclaimed French chef who, at age 29, earned four stars from The New York Times. Photo courtesy of St. Regis Princeville

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, an internationally acclaimed French chef who, at age 29, earned four stars from The New York Times. Photo courtesy of St. Regis Princeville


 
NEWS:

Tasting Kauai

In today’s The Garden Island newspaper, read about a The Taste of Summer which includes a cocktail hour, three-course meal and a fashion show with DJ. This Sunday in our On the Farm column, we feature jackfruit and Wootens Produce of Kauai.
I’m thrilled to welcome Laurie Cicotello to the Tasting Kauai team as our new writer/editor! She has an extensive background as an award-winning writer, editor and photographer. Laurie won two Pai Awards from the Hawaii Publishers Association last year for her work at The Garden Island. She is currently working on writing several books, along with volunteering in the community.

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 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 4

Hanalei Farmers Market flowers. Photo by Christopher Lyden.

Hanalei Farmers Market flowers. Photo by Christopher Lyden.


NEWS:

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!

A Hot New Menu Turns up the Heat at RumFire Poipu Beach

Lili-Kai Cosmo (front) and Superfruit Lychee-tini. Daniel Lane photo

Lili-Kai Cosmo (front) and Superfruit Lychee-tini. Daniel Lane photo


A new chef and menu at RumFire Poipu Beach features Hawaiian-rooted cuisine with a global twist and flaming cocktails. Guests dining at Sheraton Kauai Resort’s signature restaurant will enjoy 180-degree oceanfront views from all of its 240 seats. All food and beverage proceeds at RumFire Poipu Beach’s Table #53 will be donated to the non-profit event during a month-long fundraiser.
Spearheaded by Executive Chef Roger Liang and his talented culinary team, RumFire’s newest menu selections include local favorites such as ahi poke served with taro chips and avocado as well as entrees such as arare-crusted ahi with a rum-pineapple sweet chili relish.