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Pau Hana for Friday, August 15

Tasting Kauai

Tri-tip sandwich with caramelized onions, fresh salsa, green salad, chili con carne and rice. Daniel Lane Photo

Tri-tip sandwich with caramelized onions, fresh salsa, green salad, chili con carne and rice. Daniel Lane Photo

In “Original Santa Maria Style BBQ on Kauai,” in The Garden Island, catch up with the owners of Recessions Original Santa Maria Style BBQ, featuring a name that “is a nod toward the economic downturn and the family keeps prices low so people can enjoy filling meals” and refers to a style of BBQ Forbes magazine says is the “fifth style of American BBQ.”

Last week, in her On the Farm column, “Money for Moloaa,” Marta met with Moloaa farmers as they meet up with local politicians to generate funding for new irrigation systems.
This week, It’s lilikoi season! In this Sunday’s edition, learn about the purple passion fruit grown at Yoshii Farm and how to make Jean Marie Josselin’s Lilikoi Mint Chiffon Pie.
For more ideas on cooking with lilikoi, check out Marta’s article “An Abundance of Lilikoi at Kauai Glory Farms.

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Pau Hana Friday for August 8

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Scott Kessinger, Dave Power and Adam Watten in front of the bar at The Feral Pig. Daniel Lane Photo

Scott Kessinger, Dave Power and Adam Watten in front of the bar at The Feral Pig. Daniel Lane Photo

The Feral Pig celebrates their three year anniversary with a special farm-to-table dinner after their Hawaiian-style pub food gets a fine dining touch in “Freshening up the The Feral Pig,” in The Garden Island.

In the On the Farm column last week, we visited Lawai Valley Mushrooms and learned about kuditdit mushrooms.

In this week’s On the Farm, Marta meets with Moloaa farmers as they meet up with local politicians to generate funding for new irrigation systems.

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Pau Hana Friday for August 1

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Sparrow Fontura’ says children are some of Powerhouse Creamery’s biggest fans. Daniel Lane Photo

Sparrow Fontura’ says children are some of Powerhouse Creamery’s biggest fans. Daniel Lane Photo


Baby it’s hot outside, but we like to put the freeze on summertime heat with frozen desserts made by Powerhouse Creamery today in “Powerhouse Creamery puts a chill on hot, steamy days” in The Garden Island.

In last week’s On the Farm column, we gingerly visited Kolo Kai Organic Farm in Moloaa, which specializes in growing turmeric and varieties of ginger.

In this week’s On the Farm, we visit Lawai Valley Mushrooms  and learn about kuditdit mushrooms.

Tasting Kauai Guidebook

The updated version of our restaurant guidebook will be available in late September, early October. The manuscript is in the hands of our editor and Dan has been busy designing a new look. He’s color coding each zone and including scenic and chef pictures. Besides 20 new restaurants, there are quite a few additions to the guidebook. Based on reader’s requests, we have expanded each listing and we have also included tips and added a “Central” zone as well. I’m really excited about this edition and I think you’ll be quite happy with it. We’ll let you know more as we get closer.

Travel the World

Mahalo to Katherine Belarmino of Travel the World for writing about her experience on our A Taste of Kilohana food tour. She got to try food she’d never had before and took some great pictures! Check out her story at “Tasting Kauai’s Tropical Fruits and Island Cuisine on a Hawaiian Food Tour.”
“The Tasting Kauai Taste of Kilohana food tour was a great opportunity to visit a famous Kauai landmark, taste some unusual tropical fruits, many of which I can’t find in my local grocery store, learn what a good mai tai tastes like, eat a fantastic island meal, and meet some fun fellow travelers.  Everyone left full and had a great time,” writes Katherine.

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Pau Hana Friday for July 25

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Helen Lacono opens the doors to Hanapepe Cafe only during Hanapepe Art Night. Daniel Lane Photo

Helen Lacono opens the doors to Hanapepe Cafe only during Hanapepe Art Night. Daniel Lane Photo


Today in The Garden Island, we head to the Hanapepe Cafe to visit chef Helen Lacono and her family in “Evening Delight” as she returns to cooking on just Friday nights during Hanapepe Art Night.
If you’ve ever had noni, you’ll likely never forget the taste. In last week’s On the Farm column, we examined why you may want to make the pungent fruit a regular part of your diet. The benefits of noni include that it’s 75 percent as effective at killing pain as morphine, and not at all addictive. Here’s a little insight from organic noni farmer Steve Frailey into why it’s better to drink unfermented noni juice and how to make your own.
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Pau Hana Friday For July 18

Shoppers at Living  Foods Gourmet Market can buy local produce as well as house-made sauces, hot meals or fresh fish and meat. Daniel Lane Photo

Shoppers at Living Foods Gourmet Market can buy local produce as well as house-made sauces, hot meals or fresh fish and meat. Daniel Lane Photo

Tasting Kauai

Today, learn about the new owners of Living Foods Gourmet Market and what they have planned for their Poipu grocery store and cafe in “A food lover’s paradise” in The Garden Island.
In this week’s On the Farm column, if you’ve ever had noni, you’ll likely never forget the taste. You may want to make the pungent fruit a regular part of your diet. In this Sunday’s article, you’ll learn about the benefits of noni, including that it’s 75 percent as effective at killing pain as morphine, and not at all addictive.
Here’s a little insight from organic noni farmer Steve Frailey into why it’s better to drink unfermented noni juice and how to make your own.
In last week’s On the Farm column, “Bee Happy,” we explored beekeeping courses at Kauai Community College, discovered why bees swarm and learned what to do if you get stung.

An Oasis of Koloa Rum Drinks and a Romp in Paradise

On October 11, A Culinary Romp Through Paradise will end at Oasis on the Beach with a presentation from Koloa Rum Co. president, Bob Gunter. Joel Downs, mixologist at Oasis on the Beach, will feature these cocktails made with Koloa Rum. If you can’t make it, the Koloa Rum Co. and Oasis on the Beach have generously shared…

Pau Hana Friday for September 20

Chardonnay and a view of Hanalei Bay from the Kauai Grill. Daniel Lane photo.

Chardonnay and a view of Hanalei Bay from the Kauai Grill. Daniel Lane photo.


NEWS:

Westin Princeville Jazz and Wine Festival

Here’s the menu for this weekend’s event. For tickets or details about the event, see Events Saturday, September 21.
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Pau Hana Friday for June 21

Lychee were in season on last Friday's farm tour. Mom went crazy over them! Marta Lane photo

Lychee were in season on last Friday’s farm tour. Mom went crazy over them! Marta Lane photo


NEWS:

Tasting Kauai

Mom and dad left last Friday, after they went on our day-long culinary tour. It was a long day for my 83-year-old parents, but they enjoyed themselves! Dan and I got back to work on Monday, with the full intention of finishing up the paperback version of our restaurant guidebook. Wouldn’t you know it? Dan got two jobs that sidetracked him. We couldn’t put off our friends at Salty Wahine Gourmet Hawaiian Sea Salts or the Kauai Visitors Bureau so Dan spent the week designing a 12-foot by 8-foor banner for Salty Wahine to use at a trade show in New York, and taking shots of the Kauai Museum for the visitors bureau. He did get some time yesterday to work on it, so I am hopeful the paperback will be available by the end of this month.

Pau Hana Friday for May 10

Orchid Alley Orchids. Daniel Lane photo

Orchid Alley Orchids. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:
Orchid Alley is combining different genera of orchids into stunning Mother’s Day Orchid Baskets that are still available at Orchid Alley in downtown Kapaa. Remember, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12.
Happy Mother’s Day!! For more ideas, you can read my article in this week’s MidWeek Kauai.
On Thursday, May 14, Common Ground Kauai is applying to the Kauai Planning Commission to extend hours of operation for The Garden Cafe, so they can serve dinner and a full breakfast. You can show support by appearing at the public meeting; writing a letter or email; or signing the petition. Watch this video by Common Ground Kauai owner Chris Jaeb for more information.