Food Blog

January is coming to a close here pretty soon. Is it just me or is time flying by? I know I am not getting any younger, but time just seems to be going by quickly. I heard one of my friends say this the other day, and I thought it was suiting: the days are long, the years are short. That about sums it up. I know we just closed out 2014 but already here we are a the coattails of January 2015! The Superbowl is upcoming, folks.

With the end of the month here, the last Saturday (as you may know) means Kilauea Art Night! From 4 to 8pm is a night of art and entertainment. OH and there will be food too, if you so choose. I have been before and there are usually food trucks, ice cream, pies, and other goodies. It is during typical dinner times, so it would make sense to eat while you are there enjoying the atmosphere.

It is very easy going and a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike from what I have seen. You will hear great music, eat tasty food, watch some dancing most likely, and perhaps get treated to another form of art and entertainment such as live art pottery making of cartoonist sketches.

If you are in the area, I highly suggest going. If you are not on Kauai’s North Shore, I urge you to go!

Coming to Kauai at the end of February? Or maybe you are leaving Kauai at the end of February? I have just the fine dining event for you to go to on your way incoming or outgoing in Lihue, Kauai. Lihue is yes, where the airport is. It is called One Fine Evening, where it is a mix of Kauai’s premier fine arts, dining, wine, and music experience.

One Fine Evening is on Saturday, February 28th at 5:00pm at the Lilohana Luau Pavillion (3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue). Ticket prices start at $50. Here is the link to find out more: https://www.freshtix.com/events/one-fine-evening.

It is a night of music, fine culinary food, wine of all varieties, and fine art. There will be a silent auction so I hear. Items will features jewelry, art, and other higher ticket quality items as well. The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach hosts this event and that is where the proceeds benefit after immediate expenses (food, wine, entertainment) are paid for.

I think there is also an 8:30pm dinner as well. I would contact the organizer for more information, at the link I added above. This sure sounds like a fun night, and I am drooling to go. It is in Lihue, so if you are passing through by all means, go on my behalf and my recommendation! I have heard great reports and good times from past years.

December 21, 2014 by, Lindsey

Looking for somewhere to go for Christmas Dinner? All are welcome to join the Christmas Feast, December 25th at 4:00 pm at the Anaina Hou Community Park.

When I say all are welcome, I mean that all are welcome! That includes residents, visitors, everyone. They are not even asking for RSVP’s to the event. If you need somewhere to go or are looking for some family-like people to be with that day, I suggest coming to this dinner. They will be serving turkeys and hams as the main course.

This kind of community outreach is made possible by the support and patronage of all of those supporting Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens as well as the Anaina Hou Community Park which serves in the fields of education, recreation, and agriculture. It is so very kind and thoughtful that they would host such a meal, especially on Christmas day. Again, the food is free, the company will be splendid, there will be live music and a whole community to engage with. Especially if you are a people person and you do not yet have a place to go for Christmas dinner, then consider coming to the feast.

Please pass the word around announcing this meal. To anyone and everyone really. I think the more the merrier!

This lovely announcement popped up in my facebook news feed and I wanted to share it with you all! At the Healthy Hut Market & Cafe in Kilauea, HI they are having samples, giveaways and demos as a way of customer appreciation TODAY from 11am to 4pm. This is for today, Thursday December 18th only.

If this is the first time hear of the place, then trust me, this is the absolutely perfect time to come and try it all out. If you have been going here for forever, you know this too is the perfect time to come out and join in the fun. It is a juice bar meets a health market. Healthy Hut Market & Cafe has fresh, organic foods to indulge in. And trust me, oh I indulge!

It’s located at 4480 Ho’okui Road, Kilauea, HI. Here is the Healthy Hut Market & Cafe yelp page too, if you want to get some more feedback from others who have visited there. (Four out of five stars is pretty good!) They have been in business for over two years now, and I foresee them having many more to come. The kind people there are doing a great job, and they are providing me something I am a bit passionate about: health food.

By health food I do not mean diet foods or low cal this or that. I mean they have real, wholesome and fresh food that nourishes your body. They are a store that sells natural products and they promote local farmers markets. Do not even get me started on the GMO food topics either… these folks understand what foods are actually good for you. I need more Healthy Hut’s in my life. :)

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I just came across this article by the Huffington Post. It is not super recent, but I found it entertaining, so I thought I could blog about it and entertain the rest of you with it. It is informational and educational after all!

It’s called: “27 Words To Learn Before You Visit Hawaii

Feel free to follow the link above for the full article. As for now, I’d like to highlight some of my favorite words. They are my favorites off the list for a variety of reasons. Some I just like. Some are commonly misunderstood by travelers and I’d like to shed some light on them. Some words are just interesting, and some are important to know. Ok, enough of the jib-jab, let’s talk….

Mahalo. It means thank you. You will see this a lot of places, even on trash bins. It’s in context as in “thank you” for not littering.

Aloha. This is very common. It is a greeting of good intentions, feelings, and welcoming saying.

Ohana. Yes, as the Disney Lilo & Stich movie interprets it, “ohana” does mean family. Please know that ohana can mean more than family, like the relationship beyond blood, like close friends and loved ones.

Ono. Delicious, tasty, good food. When food is ono, it is very good. When you see this word near food terms, it is a good thing.

Da kine. Have you heard of a whatchamacallit? A widget? It’s like another word for thing or item.

Have a looksie at the other words on the list. Too bad the comments got closed on that article, I was going through it and enjoying the comments listed of words that were left out and other comments. Let me know in the comments below… I won’t close them. ;)

Holiday storytelling and nutritious snacks? Oh I’m there! It’s that time of year again for Friday Nights with Santa in Hanapepe. Ok, so I’m just a little bit late to the game, as one of the Friday nights has already passed. There will be events this Friday the 12th, the 19th, and the 26th. They all start at 6:30pm and go until 8pm. For more information see the link to the flyer here: http://www.storybook.org/santa-visits-storybook-theatre-friday-nights-in-december/.

Where is it you ask? It’s at the Story Book Theatre located at 3814 Hanapepe Road. As a kind note, I do want to add that this is a free event. If you are able to give, they are accepting donations. There will be storytelling, pictures with Santa, and healthy snacks served. Please bring your own camera so you can snap your own pics and have them on-hand for yourself. If you get in soon enough, to the event this Saturday, you should be able to get holiday cards made to send out to loved ones? Just a thought. :)

Holiday cards are something of a tradition that I have carried on with me through my adult years. I find a nostalgia, an ambiance of sending out handwritten cards that I just love. I get to send my love to those I care about. I get to personalize each one and it is times like this when I get to share my heart with the receiving family. I love to receive cards as well! I cherish them and probably display them way too long most would consider. Holiday cards after New Year’s? Yeah, that may be extending it a bit too long, but I just love the cards and the kind words that are in them.

I want to take a moment to encourage you, yes YOU to spend time with family, friends, loved ones this holiday season. It may mean going to a Storybook Theatre on a Friday night with the family, or sending out holiday cards. It may mean baking cookies for the neighbors or inviting them over for tea, cider, or hot chocolate one evening. May your holidays be filled with love this season. I mean that in the most sincere way possible. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

December 4, 2014 by, Lindsey

It is that time of year again, for the annual Waipa Kalo Festival!

To some, this may make perfect sense. I also understand that some folks may not know what Waipa and Kalo mean. First things first. Waipa refers to the foundation that is putting on this event. The Waipa Foundation values connecting people with the land and natural resources around them. Secondly, Kalo is part of the taro plant. It is an edible, starchy, nutrient rich plant that is grown in Hawaii as well as other places around the world.

Ok, so back to the festival… this is like a strawberry festival or an orange festival, but it is a kalo festival. Get it? ;)

The festival is for everything kalo! It is happening this Sunday, December 7th on Hanalei Bay. Activities commence at 11am and go until about 5pm. There will be live entertainment and music. It is very family friendly I might add. Some of the highlighted events include a waterslide and a recipe contest. Of course there will be other activities for kids to keep them entertained and busy.

For just $5 for adults ages 18 and up, and $1 for kids, this is an event you do not want to miss. It is an affordable price for all of the fun you get! Bring a beach blanket, sunwear, and enjoy the day on the beach and with some good community company. Proceeds benefit the Waipa Foundation.

Well, just like that it is December. We all saw it coming. After all December does come every year. On that note, breakfast with Santa is on the horizon. I just love events that extend the holiday season!

Breakfast with Santa is this Saturday, December 6th from 8am to 10am at Gaylords at Kilohana. Reservations are required… call 808-639-5656 to save your seat. Kids costs $18 to attend, and adults it is $23. This price includes breakfast, photos, and activities. This is something fun to do for your family, especially for the little ones. All proceeds support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai. What a good cause, and a win-win situation.

I remember going to Santa breakfast events in the past, when I was a kid. Most memories I have are from when I was an older-kid though. My family and I would go, and my younger siblings eyes would light up when Santa made his grand appearance. It was absolutely priceless to see those expressions on their faces. What a neat event to be a part of. If we are being totally honest, I do still enjoy a Santa breakfast. I pay particular attention to the younger kids. Sure, some have stranger-danger at certain ages, but for the most part the kids want to see Santa and have their picture taken.

What a way to kick of the holiday season. Come one, come all and enjoy a family friendly good time at the Breakfast with Santa event. :)

Hello Thanksgiving Day fans out there! If there’s one thing I like to blog about, it’s food. I also have been trying to become more active. For the sake of my health, feeling better, fitting into my clothes better, I have been trying to exercise more.

So there is Kauai’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day morning. It makes sense right? Exercise in the morning, then feast in the afternoon. It seems logical to me. This way when I am enjoying all of the delicious food at the dinner table, I won’t have to feel so guilty as if I have been stuffing my face all day (no pun intended with the stuffing joke!

It is a bit of an early rise, at 6:45am. It is at the Kapaa Beach Park. It is FREE! It is not too late to register either. You could decide the night before that you’d like to participate. Why? Because it is onsite registration only! Even if you wake up early Thanksgiving morning (really early I mean) you can still go and join in the turkey trot.

It is an informal, non-competitive 5k, 10k, fun walk, fun run, or bike ride course. I like that it is minimal pressure and really just something motivating to get out with a group of people to exercise. I like that the purpose is to get out there and exercise. I am not over the top competitive and it is intimidating for me to participate in things like this when others are so over the top aggressive in competing. This is not the case with the Turkey Trot.

If possible, on the flyer I saw, it suggests (or asks) that participants bring canned food for donation. Very appropriate is what I have to say about that! It is a suggestion, not a requirement. Why not though? When you are able to give, I say do it. The cans will add up.

November 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Thanksgiving. Is. Coming.

It is the middle to end of November. It’s all downhill from here…

Where will you be this Thanksgiving? Let me share with you one option that might fit your fancy on Kauai. At the Bhakti Yoga Shack at 5:30pm is a vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Not everyone eats meat, and so this is very accommodating for those who would like to partake in a Thanksgiving meal without any animal products (and is therefore vegan).

Contact Radha at 808-551-6610 for more information. Let me tell you more about what I know though… This is a potluck-style Thanksgiving. In other words, bring a vegan dish to share with others as they will bring a dish to share with you as well. The evening starts with a meditation circle with live music, then the Thanksgiving dinner will be shared among friends. This is a family-friendly event, and everyone is welcome. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with a group of people who are welcoming and friendly? That is something I love about Thanksgiving.

No matter where or when or how or with whom you are partaking in Thanksgiving with this season, I wish you a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving!

November 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

Sunday, November 9th from 9am to noon is a volunteer opportunity too good to pass up. I think so at least. It is the first of 4 volunteer days to help set up an educational farm and sustainable agriculture research center that will be made available to the community. It is a part of the Kauai School Garden Network that teaches hands-on, kinesthetic learning to school-aged children.

There are three locations to volunteer at:

~ Kilauea at Malama Kauai Community Farm

~ Wai Koa Plantation

~ Kalihiwai Ridge

The more the merrier! It is a free event, child-friendly too. Come one come all to get your hands dirty, make a difference, and more than likely make a new friend in the process. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to come. If you have a green-thumb, great! Come! If you do not, that is okay too. You are not responsible for keeping a plant alive, but rather just to prepare the way for plants to grow. The work and time put into this project will lead to children getting some hands-on gardening activity and education in due time. That concept alone is a glorious thing… to teach the upcoming generations about sustainable agriculture and farm education. Very cool!

These volunteer days are being organized by the community-based nonprofit organization, Malama Kauai. Find out what they are all about here: http://www.malamakauai.org/mk/

For questions pertaining to this volunteer opportunity, call 808-828-0685 and ask to speak with Megan.

October 29, 2014 by, Lindsey

So my niece the other day told me to “try new things.” That is what they were telling her at school, to eat a healthier diet I think. I agreed with her and said “yes, it can be good to try new things.” This lead to me to thinking about visitors coming to Kauai and now here I am blogging about it. :)

I saw the article in the newspaper and I did not have to think twice about it. Try new things, and the topic of breadfruit came up. Breadfruit? Yes, ulu. Ulu is the Hawaiian word for breadfruit, and really, yes that is the name of the fruit!

Anyway, the article I read was about a plant nursery here on Kauai and they highlighted the talk about breadfruit. See the article here if you wish: http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/opinion/the-ins-and-outs-of-breadfruit/article_536b27f0-51dd-11e4-a516-af10bb863938.html

Visitors to Kauai more than likely have not heard of this food. Well, it is a fruit that is very diverse and forgiving. By forgiving, I mean that it can be eaten tastefully at any stage of its development. Yes, the flavor differs, but hey, not everyone like to eat the same food varieties. In the article, there are tips on what to look for when purchasing a breadfruit, how to store it, and how to prepare it in the kitchen.

Breadfruit is notorious as well. It is energy rich with protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and carbohydrates. The fruit grows on trees, and the tree itself can produce hundreds of pounds of fruit each year. This fruit is a classic Hawaiian food item, and I encourage visitors to come and try it while they enjoy their stay on the island.

October 23, 2014 by, Lindsey

Ok, so the other day I shared about a family friendly fall festival on Kauai, and that started a domino or a snowball effect in my mind! I wanted to share about more Halloween happenings on Kauai. Here are my tips:

If you are staying on Kauai, as a visitor, I suggest trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. If you are staying at a resort or a hotel or something of that nature, you will be in like-company. What I am trying to say, is that trick-or-treating there will be unfruitful. Your kids will likely be disappointed. What I suggest is staying at a vacation rental and trick-or-treating in that more traditional neighborhood. That will ensure your kids are happy; on Halloween night that is part of the whole goal!

There are other community events going on. Depending on your preferences–and likely you children’s ages–there are events going on all over Kauai. From haunted houses to harvest festivals, there is something for everyone. You just have to be on the lookout for an event near you. If you want to have a night in, easy! Just pick up some candy from the store, leave your porch or front light on, and plan for trick-or-treaters to stop on by.

Happy Halloween from me to you and yours!

Fall is in the air, and I just heard of a local fall festival going on this Friday and Saturday. It’s the 14th Annual Kauai Christian Academy’s Fall Festival hosted at their campus at 4000 Lighthouse Road, Kilaueua. If you thought it, you guessed right–the school is located on the side, on the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse. If you have not been there, I encourage you to check it out and in the daylight ;)

For little ones, this will be something special. I have family who have gone to this in years past and they have enjoyed it. There are plenty of activities:

Petting Zoo

Pony Rides

Bounce House

Carnival Games

Hay Rides

Corn Maze

…and Kettle Corn and Shave Ice, of course! There will also be a silent auction to benefit the school.

Halloween is just around the corner at this point, and it can be fun to extend the holiday out to the surrounding weekends. Why not, after all? This event I know is a family friendly, carnival themed atmosphere for families to dress up, come out and have a good time. On both days, the 24th and the 25th activities start at 4pm and go til 9pm.

September 29, 2014 by, Lindsey

It’s coming, so I’m blogging about it now! Coming up October 4th and 5th is the 18th Annual Coconut Festival. This festival is about all things coconut. From games to entertainment, to games and cooking demonstrations, this is the place to be that weekend! Events and activities start at 9am on Saturday, and then 10am on Sunday. It is at Kapaa Beach Park, which is next to the library.

This is an affordable family friendly event (in my opinion). Kids ages 12 and under are free, and all others it’s just $5. It is an outdoor event, so plan accordingly with sunscreen and things as you wish.

I have been to this annual event in the past, and I remember nonstop live music, hula dancers, and other live entertainment that is all family friendly. There was also a petting zoo for kids and inflatable bounce houses/obstacle course bouncers. Oh, and it’s called the coconut festival, right? There are all things coconut everywhere, too! Have you tried coconut ice cream? I highly recommend it. What about coconut pie? There’s a pie eating contest for that :D

There really is something there for everyone. From food to fun to history, I’m confident you will walk away from this festival knowing something that you didn’t know before. It’s part of being a lifelong learner. And I like that.

For more info on this event, check out the KBA, which is the Kapaa Business Association who is sponsoring this event. Here’s their website: http://www.kbakauai.org/Pages/coconut-festival.html

September 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Speaking of restaurants (can you tell food is on my mind?) I thought I would share about one of my favorite and inexpensive restaurants on Kauai. I am all about good food, but I also keep to my personal budget. I can imagine for travelers that sticking to a budget might be part of the vacation plan. So let me present to you one of my favorites that is good for the wallet and good for the belly ;)

Bubba’s Burgers

Bubba’s can be found all over Kauai, but I frequent the ones on Kauai’s North Shore. This is not your ordinary burger place… they offer fresh, grass-fed Kauai beef burgers on their menu! See Bubba’s menu here for the serious inquirer. Let your eyes find their way to the milkshakes on the menu as well, and you will not be disappointed with their real ice cream.

This is a great place, really. Location, price, quality of the food… yes, yes and yes again! They have been in business since 1936 and are good at what they do. Bubba’s saying is “Always juicy, never greasy.” I sure like it that way. They are very a very family friendly place, and the atmosphere is just right in my opinion. Check them out in Hanalei :)

September 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

I’d like to give a shout-out to the restaurants on Kauai’s north shore who have gone Styrofoam (polystyrene foam) free:

Bubba’s

Kilauea Bakery

Lighthouse Bistro

Kilauea Fish Market

Barracuda

Java Kai

Hanalei Dolphin

Hanalei Pizza

Common Ground

La Petite

Mediterranean Gourmet

Sushi Girl

Build A Burger

Tahiti Nui

Aloha Juice Bar

Postcards café

Shave Ice Paradise

Na Pali Art Gallery and Coffee

Nanea Restaurant

Tropical Taco

…and the list keeps growing! Feel free to comment on this post to share with everyone the other restaurants that have gone polystyrene foam free. It is a step in the renewable or reusable resources direction.

August 26, 2014 by, Lindsey

Staying on Kauai’s north shore is luxurious and beautiful. I also like it so much because of the community events and things to do. This Saturday is the Kilauea Art Night! It came up in my news feed on facebook, and I have linked that page to the phrase above.

Perhaps you do not have a facebook account. No big deal. Let me tell you more…

This event in Kilauea on Kauai is an art night with vendors, live music, tasty treats to eat and delicious drinks to drink. Have you ever had coconut ice cream? Mango? I simply cannot resist…

Anyway, it is Saturday, August 30th from 4 to 8pm. It is located at 4270 Kilauea Rd Stone Building, Kilauea, Hawaii. Some people call it art night, others refer to it as an art walk. Basically, there are monthly art walk nights on some Saturdays in the summer. This Saturday is one of them! It is a great reason to get out on the town, enjoy the weather, the community, and some great art originals. The times I have been, I always see people I know. It is a great atmosphere for both kids and adults alike.

July 7, 2014 by, Lindsey

Ok, I know I just shared the other day about the acai bowl, and it lead me to thinking about other favorites I have on Hawaii. Have you ever had the pleasure of drinking POG? It is a n acronym for Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava. It is a delicious mixture of juice and fruit puree into a tasty drink. I looked up POG and educated myself a little bit more about the product. (Click on POG nutritional facts for more detailed product information.) It is a Meadow Gold product and it can be found for sale on the Hawaiian Islands. I believe you could find it for sale online, but it may be tricky to find. I recommend buying some POG while you are staying in Kauai. Go to your local grocery, and look for it and try it! I’ve heard the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” And I am going to borrow that wording and apply it to Hawaii. ;) When in Hawaii, do as the Hawaiians do. On that note, try POG!

I know it may seem silly to blog about POG, but really, it is one thing in my life that has good memories attached to it. I grew up with the drink, love it to this day, and cannot imagine some breakfast meals without it. It is like a family tradition, if you will, to have it in the house. If you are wanting the full experience of Hawaii, come on out, stay awhile at a vacation home on Kauai, and stock up on groceries for your stay. When you do go shopping, be sure to pick up a jug or a can of POG. It will be one of those nice little details that makes your trip a beautiful immersion experience.

July 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

On this beautiful Sunday morning, I’d like to share a little bit about breakfast. I have always liked breakfast foods since I was little. I really like it when we have breakfast for dinner. Have you ever done that? Well, I thought it would be fun to tell you about one of my favorite breakfast meals: acai bowls.

What is an acai bowl, you may ask? It is a tasty all in one kind of meal that is craveable at any time of the day, really. I have an acai bowl for dinner some nights. The acai bowl uses acai berries which are mashed up and purred into the consistency of a thick smoothie. You can add milk and other thinners if you’d like. Then on top goes, well, whatever you’d like! I have topped my acai bowl with granola, berries, nuts, coconut, and other fruits I have in the house. Fruit and granola seem to be the most popular on acai bowls at restaurants I have noticed.

I have learned how to make an acai bowl over the years. For newbies, I suggest going to a juice or smoothie bar and having them serve one up for you. Try it! If you like it, begin to make one at home for yourself. The technique and process will take time to get a hang of, but I know that in time you will improve (I did)!

If you are looking to try an acai bowl on Kauai, look up a nearby Jamba Juice–they have ‘em. If you nearby Kapaa, checkout the all organic “The Coconut Cup Juice Bar & Café” for one. Then, if you have tried one, like it, or are willing to give another try at home, look up some recipes online. Here is a beginner acai recipe that I have used and altered to my liking over the years. I feel like an artist when I put together an acai bowl for myself. There is an art to acai I have found. ;)