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Step into Italy at Café Portofino

By Anni Caporuscio Bouillabaise from the specials offerings. It’s a potpourri of seafood resting in a savory sweet tomato and onion based sauce to mop up with generous hunks of buttered baguette. Mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops and the bread make it a visceral experience to enjoy not only the eating, but the curating of [...]

By | 2017-11-23T16:41:38+00:00 November 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Pono Market — A Family Affair

By Anni Caporuscio In addition to a breakfast musubi, drinks, snacks, and a coffee bar, Pono Market keeps a well tended lunch counter. There is also a revolving menu that you can easily memorize, but laulau and local fried chicken is served everyday. I have been known to single-handedly eat a whole container of [...]

By | 2017-10-23T22:03:27+00:00 October 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Hānai — More Than a Market

Hānai sells food for you to make at home, but at their mobile outdoor kitchen, you can sample the goods as well with small dishes of 100 percent local ingredients. Photo by Anni Caporuscio By Anni Caporuscio Hānai has a broad, yet simple vision: To celebrate the abundance and variety of Kauaʻi’s food [...]

By | 2017-09-26T08:51:23+00:00 September 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Haole Girl Island Sweets

By Léo Azambuja Haole Girl owner Judy Capertina and lead baker Opal Livingston There are many sweet rewards for living on Kaua‘i, but perhaps one the best ones is a visit to Haole Girl Island Sweets in Wailua. “This is an all farm-to-table bakery, more like an European-style boulangerie,” said Judy Capertina, owner [...]

By | 2017-08-18T11:34:07+00:00 August 27th, 2017|0 Comments

On Poi and Rice

By Anni Caporuscio Poi pounding the traditional way. The 7th Annual Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival is a charitable culinary event taking place over three weekends on three islands from Oct. 20 – Nov. 5. Participants will embark on a grand tour of the agricultural and culinary uniqueness that is food in Hawai‘i, [...]

By | 2017-06-26T12:54:50+00:00 July 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Kaua‘i Family Café — Best Filipino Food on the Island

By Léo Azambuja From left to right, aunty, daughter and mother, Gina Avella, Stephanie Aladin and Eden Aladin. If you are looking for bona-fide, honest Filipino food on the island, Kaua‘i Family Café is the place. Check out Yelp, Trip Advisor and Menupix. Based solely on customer reviews, each of these sites lists [...]

By | 2017-06-05T16:12:25+00:00 June 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Imua Coffee Roasters

By Anni Caporuscio A good shot of espresso should have three layers, including the crema on top, and the ensuing body. It should also have layers of flavor, spanning from sweetness to earthy, all in the same two ounces. Making coffee is culinary art, combining gadgetry, flavors and smells, and beauty. All while waking [...]

By | 2017-04-28T19:16:26+00:00 April 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Palate Wine Bar and Restaurant

By Anni Caporuscio Order the Palate Sampler with a friend or two. It has exotic cheeses, fruits, meats, olives, compotes, mustards and everything else,; all set up like a statuesque piece of edible art. Do it for the colors and the different flavors. I spent my time with this platter mixing cheese, mustard and [...]

By | 2017-03-28T08:18:28+00:00 March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Anuenue Café — Eat with Aloha

By Anni Caporuscio This is an off-menu item called The Keanu Reeves, which is two different Eggs Benedicts on the same plate. I had the Riptide: a Kalua pork Benedict, and I think it’s my first time. It’s a great Kauai twist on a traditional favorite. The salty pork pairs really well with creamy [...]

By | 2017-02-13T18:35:03+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments