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Pau Hana Friday for March 13

Organic steamed taro root topped with steamed taro leaves and drizzled with coconut sauce. Daniel Lane photo

Organic steamed taro root topped with steamed taro leaves and drizzled with coconut sauce. Daniel Lane photo


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Tasting Kauai

Happy Aloha Friday! We hope you had an exceptional week. Last Sunday, our article “Safely preserving the harvest” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. If you are a Tasting Kauai Facebook fan, you saw all of my pictures from the Hawaii Master Food Preservers class. I had a lot of fun learning how to safely preserve food and writing about it. Last Wednesday, our article “Hanalei’s Edible Opportunist” ran in The Garden Island newspaper. If you haven’t experienced one of Justin Smith’s dinners, you should. It’s great for residents who want a fun date as well as visitors who want a unique experience.

Winesday with The Wine Shop – One Fine Evening

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


 
Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and their service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Check in with Tasting Kauai every Wednesday to learn about their favorites. ¡Salud!

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Valentine's Day Tasting

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


 
Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and their service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Check in with Tasting Kauai every Wednesday to learn about their favorites. ¡Salud!

Pau Hana Friday for Nov. 1

from bottom left) Trader Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai; Hanalei Sling created for Tiki Iniki by Julie Reiner; Pina Colada from Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico; Lovely Lini with pineapple puree and lemon juice. Daniel Lane photo

Tiki Iniki cocktails (from bottom left) Trader Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai; Hanalei Sling created for Tiki Iniki by Julie Reiner; Pina Colada from Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico; Lovely Lini with pineapple puree and lemon juice. Daniel Lane photo


NEWS:

Bill 2491 Vetoed

Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr. has vetoed Bill 2491, Relating to Pesticides and Genetically Modified Organisms, which was passed by the County Council on October 16.

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Keeping Things Cool

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and their service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Check in with Tasting Kauai every Wednesday to learn about their favorites. ¡Salud!

Winesday with The Wine Shop – Got Gott?

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and the service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Check in with Tasting Kauai every Wednesday to learn about their favorites. ¡Salud!

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

Winesday with The Wine Shop – David Bruce Winery

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.

Dan and Ellen O’Connell at The Wine Shop in Koloa. Photo courtesy of The Wine Shop.


Tasting Kauai is happy to partner with the O’Connells for Winesday with The Wine Shop. Owners Dan and Ellen O’Connell are a delightful couple whose passion for wine is infectious, their knowledge is vast, and the service is friendly. Their beautiful store carries everything from wine and spirits to gourmet foods and sweet treats. Check in with Tasting Kauai every Wednesday to learn about their favorites. ¡Salud!
David Bruce Winery is one of the first wineries to discover the Santa Cruz Mountains as a viable winegrowing region. With its upper elevations at 2,200 feet and southwestern exposure to cool Pacific breezes, the land makes it ideal for growing Pinot Noir.

Winemakers' Weekend with Inspiration Vineyards winemaker, Jon Phillips

The Cliffs at Princeville is hosting a winemaker weekend on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific ocean. Winemaker Jon Phillips of Inspiration Vineyards, located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, will be here for this two part event. A four-course meal will be prepared by the…

Pau Hana Friday for March 22

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Four stages of noni growth. Daniel Lane photo

Four stages of noni growth. Daniel Lane photo

Hawaiian Health Ohana

If you’ve perused these webpages for awhile, you likely know that I am a huge fan of noni. As a freelance writer, I write. A lot. Awhile back, my right forearm was seriously complaining and I couldn’t type. I had deadlines, so I used my left hand! Lucky for me, I’m pretty ambidextrous. I may have even been left handed before school put me in the right hand box. Anyway, I posted a picture of me writing with my left hand on my personal Facebook page because I thought it was kind of funny. My friend Ryan Wooton of Kauai Kunana Dairy suggested I use Hawaiian Health Ohana’s noni lotion. They squeeze a lot of udders for their yummy goat cheese, and that’s what they use. Now, this is no lie. I spread some on and it took away the pain. Completely. And it hasn’t come back! When I did a story about owner Steve Frailey in MidWeek Kauai, I learned that noni is 75 percent as effective as morphine at removing pain and that noni heals the problem, with no side effects.
Now, you have a chance to learn about noni at Steve’s organic farm. Hawaiian Health Ohana now offers Farm and Wellness Tours at their Kaakaanui Plantation in Moloaa. The centerpiece of the tour is the whole, raw food Steve makes from the noni grown on the plantation. “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” from Hippocrates certainly is appropriate in this case. Kaakaanui is USDA Certified Organic, and Steve will be showing you the “best farming practices” he and his family have developed over the last 30 years here on Kauai. You will get a behind the scenes look at one of the more interesting examples of food becoming medicine, as well as a taste of wellness on Kauai.
The tours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and advance reservation are required. The normal cost is $40, but for the rest of March it’s $20 per person. Call 888-882-6664.