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  • My February in Photos

    Destination: Kauai

    Napali Coast, Kauai, HawaiiThe truism, “It is sunny somewhere on the island” flat out isn’t true today. It wasn’t yesterday. Or the day before. Antsy, I headed to Small Town Coffee for a respite from the confines my own home. I sat at the retro kitchen table. Small Town Coffee relocated since I last wrote about it, but Anni made sure to pack up and move the chrome and Formica-topped table and chairs that make me think of June Cleaver’s kitchen in Leave it to Beaver. My plan was to write. And, I did. Just not what I expected. Instead of reflecting on my February experiences and adventures—you can watch my slide show above for that—I found myself eavesdropping on the conversations around me.

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  • Poi Dog Blog: A Cowboy, Vanilla Farmer, Photographer, Philosopher, Whale & Dolphin

    cute, little poi dog named luluAsk someone in Hawaii, “What kind of dog is that?” and they’re likely to say, “Oh, I don’t know. A poi dog.” Poi dog. Also known as “mixed breed.” Or, better yet, mutt. (I like how “mutt” doubles the “t” at the end of the word, a hint at the definition—a dog with an ancestry of more than one breed.) This column—Poi Dog Blog—as I’ve decided to call it, is simply a mash-up of articles I like from the Internet, all about Hawaii and written by a variety of authors. This edition shares stories on herding cattle, a Hawaii vanilla farm, whether Hawaii is "worth it," an amazing photographer and equally amazing tale of inter-species play between a whale and a dolphin.

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  • The Proper Way to Eat Chocolate

    Destination: Kauai

    garden island chocolate barThe scientific name Theobroma cacao translates to “food of the gods” and “the chocolate tree.” In America, we refer to the plant and all its products before processing as “cacao.” After processing, the seeds, whether in liquid or solid form, become what some call the “food of the gods,” what others call a “super-food,” and what still others call a daily necessity, but in all cases, its most common name is “chocolate.” There is only one place in the United States where cacao is grown: Hawaii. And there are only two growers who see cacao to its final state in a “bean to bar” process. One is Garden Island Chocolate on Kauai. The other is The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory—with a slogan, Remember: Chocolate is Aloha—located on Hawaii (Big) Island.

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  • Eating Vegan in Hawaii. A Cinch?

    lisa at vegan fusion workshopI started my day with a smoothie, as I have been doing for 22 days now. Mango plus papaya plus banana plus strawberry plus a scoop of Hawaiian Spirulina. The fruit varies; the routine doesn’t. The 22-day smoothie routine got its start last December on Maui when I naively attended Mark Reinfeld’s holiday vegan cooking workshop. The streak didn’t spawn from a New Year’s resolution, but the timing couldn’t have been better.

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  • A Holiday Recipe from Blossoming Lotus Chef Mark Reinfeld

    saffron rice pilaf by mark reinfeld, blossoming lotus chefRemember the famous vegan restaurant on Kauai? The world-famous, award-winning, delicious Blossoming Lotus? The restaurant where my carnivorous husband said, and I quote, "I could eat here every night?" Well, they haven't re-opened, sadly. Let's take a moment to mourn Kauai's loss. It still brings pause to my day, and I am not exaggerating when I say that. Especially this time of year when I'd like to treat myself to a fabulously prepared vegan meal--and here's the important part--made by someone else.

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