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Archive: May 2016

Blue Dragon Restaurant on Hawaii Island

The Living Salad at Blue Dragon Restaurant is as close to live food as you can get. Daniel Lane photo The Living Salad at Blue Dragon Restaurant is served in a mini wood planter. Green and purple baby lettuces spill from the top along with a few wispy fennel fronds. Gilded gold scissors with ornate…

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May 28, 2016

Growing Garlic on Kauai

Jessica and Rosa Stares and Cody Meyer stand in a field of garlic. Daniel Lane photo Our tires crunch on gravel as we pull into Steelgrass Farm. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the lot is full, but there are no chocolate tours today, so parking is easy. Dan and I are here to meet Cody…

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May 27, 2016

Touring Sustainable Farms on Hawaii Island

(From left) Noah Hester, Nate Hayward and Leo Woods. Daniel Lane photo Nate Hayward navigates a 15 passenger van along a rutted farm road in North Kohala. A steady drizzle of warm rain splats across the windshield. Eight foodies huddle in the van’s bucket seats, wrapped in plastic parkas, bouncing in unison. Thick dreadlocks are…

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May 21, 2016

Monkeypod Jam Cafe and Gift Shop

Cara cara marmalade with fresh ginger. Daniel Lane photo. Aletha Thomas, owner of Monkeypod Jam, is in her shop’s kitchen cutting rounds of cara cara oranges. The deep orange flesh perfumes the air. She puts them in a pot, covers them in water and leaves them to sit overnight. In three days, they will transform into a thick marmalade mixed with…

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May 20, 2016

Palate Wine Bar

There are more than 60 wines at Palate Wine Bar. Daniel Lane photo Palate Wine Bar is a terrific place to relax with family and friends and enjoy esoteric wine, craft beer, or sake, and share cured olives, imported cheese, cured meat and handmade flatbreads. There are more than 60 wines at the small bar, which opened last…

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May 13, 2016

Big Island Chocolate Festival

Beans in the cacao pod are soft, sweet, and a little tart. Daniel Lane photo The Big Island Chocolate Festival is in its fifth year, and the gala’s theme is Lavalicious-A Chocolate Salute to the 100th Birthday of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Indulge in both savory and sweet temptations prepared by top chefs and chocolatiers while watching award-winning…

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May 7, 2016

Kauai Thai Food at Bangkok Happy Bowl

Nora, Paula’s sister, along with four other chefs cook authentic Thai food at Bangkok Happy Bowl. Daniel Lane photo Fresh, flavorful and delightfully aromatic is how I describe the Thai food at Bangkok Happy Bowl. Inside, color abounds in the half Thai, half Japanese restaurant. After opening in the Poipu Shopping Village last October, the…

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May 6, 2016