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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.

Pau Hana Friday for July 4

Indy Reeves, owner of Gopal's Crepiere, also serves locally made ice cream and award-winning teas. Daniel Lane photo

Indy Reeves, owner of Gopal’s Creperie, also serves locally made ice cream and award-winning teas. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

In today’s The Garden Island newspaper, our article “Serving more than crepes at Gopal’s Creparie in Kapaa” reports on the tasty and divine offerings at Gopal’s Creperie. The food truck, located in Kapaa, serves gluten-free crepes using organic ingredients and offering plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Owner Indy Reeves also serves award-winning teas and locally made ice cream, all at reasonable prices.
In this Sunday’s On the Farm column, we report on Williams bananas and how the mutant variety became the world’s largest export.

Happy Fourth of July!

Kauai Hospice’s 25th Annual Concert in the Sky happens from 4  p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at Vidinha Stadium in Lihue! As the largest single day event on Kauai, more than 6,000 people are expected, so plan to get there early to get the best seats!
We’re looking forward to sampling foods from the food booths and supporting area fundraisers! All of this while watching the beautiful Anuhea perform, along with rocking bands such as The Greenstone Project, Group Therapy, Ivo Monroe Miller, Paradox Lockdown and Tsunami Taiko. In addition, there will be plenty of vendors, such as Live Laugh Aloha, offering beautiful handcrafted goods made on Kauai!
Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $7 for children 6-12 at the gate.
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On the West Side of the island, be sure to check out Kekaha’s Fourth of July celebration. The family friendly event will be brimming with cultural demonstrations, exhibits, variety of crafts, a plantation museum and lots of fun game booths and rides for the keiki.
There will be local entertainment throughout the day along with a Fun Run, contests, a talent show and much more! Of course, we are looking forward to several delicious food and beverage booths spotlighting the best foods on the West Side!
The evening culminates in a spectacular fireworks display accompanied by live music honoring of Hawaii’s finest service members. No coolers are allowed and everyone is welcome to bring a mat or chair.

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.

Holiday Art Walk at Kukuiula

Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula in Poipu. Daniel Lane photo

Kauai Culinary Market at The Shops at Kukuiula in Poipu. Daniel Lane photo


Art Walk at Kukuiula, December 14, 6 to 9 p.m.
Join The Shops at Kukuiula for an enchanting evening of fine art, fine dining and live music under the stars on the second Saturday of each month. December highlights include:

Pau Hana Friday for November 29

 

Roasted "Hawaiian Mutt" pumpkin. Seeds drying for the garden. Marta Lane photo

Roasted “Hawaiian Mutt” pumpkin. Seeds drying for the garden. Marta Lane photo


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Tasting Kauai

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! Not much happened at the Lane household. While I slept, Dan got up at 4:30 a.m. to take pictures of the sunrise and then took shots of  the Kapaa Turkey Trot for Kauai Midweek‘s Paina Page. Over a bowl of oatmeal, we reminisced about the day we met (18 years ago today) and how much each of us has changed for the better, thanks to the other. Since we’ve been sick we spent the rest of the day on the couch with the dogs, wrapped in blankets, watching movies and holding hands. For “the big meal” I made pumpkin soup, with a pumpkin I got at Durga Farm last Wednesday, as well as salt and pepper biscuits. The soup recipe will be in next week’s Kauai Midweek but I’ll post the biscuit recipe, which I got from the November issue of bon appetit magazine. The pumpkin is enough for three or four meals, so I’ll post additional pictures and recipes on the Tasting Kauai Facebook page. Since it’s a gorgeous, flavorful and moist pumpkin that’s adapted to Kauai’s climate and pests, I saved the seeds to plant in my garden! Tonight we are having pumpkin and kale galette, which is a simple, rustic and wholesome free form tart. Maybe tomorrow we’ll have Thai pumpkin soup.

Thanksgiving in Kauai 2013

Tasting Kauai wishes you a happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy these holiday menus and be sure to make reservations!
South Side

Roy’s Poipu

Three course prix fixe, $44

  • Roasted Hamakua Alii Mushroom Bisque and Lemon Goat Cheese Mousse
  • Poipu Roast Turkey, Turkey Demi-Glace, Mashed Potatoes, Kulana Wild Boar and Cornbread Stuffing, Haricot Verts Almondine, Cranberry Poha Relish
  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Tropical Fruit Crunch, Lappert’s Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

Takeout orders available with a 24-hour notice and need to be picked up at the restaurant between 4 and 5 p.m.

Breakfast at The Green Pig

Eat in the shade and listen to the waves at The Green Pig. Daniel Lane photoBreakfast at The Green Pig is an excellent option after a sunrise walk, run, surf or bike ride along Kealia Beach. Located on Kauai’s east side, it’s right across the highway from the ocean. If you’re lucky enough to live here, it’s a quick stop for a grab-and-go breakfast on your way to work. And you can have breakfast for dinner because they serve it all day long. Dan and I sat under an awning at a picnic table holding steamy mugs of bottomless Kauai Coffee ($3), while listening to waves crash as the ocean breeze tickled our skin. Instead of paper plates and plastic forks, our meals were served on ceramic plates with silverware.

Pau Hana Friday for October 25

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Lunch on our tour includes dishes such as Kauai Fresh Farms salad with local pork belly and chef's garden vinaigrette. Daniel Lane photo

Lunch on our tour includes dishes such as Kauai Fresh Farms salad with local pork belly and chef’s garden vinaigrette. Daniel Lane photo

Tasting Kauai

This week, we have a nice round-up of island inspired food events, which include a farmers market cooking demonstration, chances to win free tickets to one of our culinary tours, a Halloween dinner and a Grow Culture pop-up dinner for our book release party.

Pau Hana Friday for October 18

Superfood Elixers at The Garden Cafe. Daniel Lane photo

Superfood Elixers at The Garden Cafe. Daniel Lane photo


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Bill 2491

Tasting Kauai, many island residents, as well as people from around the world, were happy to learn that the Kauai County Council passed Bill 2491 at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16. Yesterday, the revised bill was sent to the Mayor’s office. He will veto, sign or return it unsigned. The Mayor wanted a one month deferral, so if he vetoes it, the council will have to vote again and get a 2/3 majority to win.