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  • In Search of Fish Tacos in Hawaii

    Destination: Kauai

    Stefanie loves Hawai’i, and, in particular, Kaua’i.  She was here last March with her mom.  A mere 10 months later, she returned with her boyfriend.  Normally Stefanie is a quiet, somewhat shy woman, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she wants.  When Eric and I invited the two over for dinner one night, I asked Stef if she had any special requests.  She didn’t hesitate.

    “Fish tacos,” she said.

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  • Kauai’s Blossoming Lotus: Closed

    Destination: Kauai

    First there was the banking bailout. Then, the auto. Unfortunately, no one bailed out one of my favorite restaurants on Kaua’i (or anywhere, for that matter). Blossoming Lotus closed its doors for good on New Year’s Eve.

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  • Have a Great Cup of Kona Coffee

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Greenwell Farms welcome sign in Kona, Big Island, HawaiiWatch a video of Greenwell Coffee Farms on the Big Island.

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  • So, What Makes a Good Cup of Kona Coffee?

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Ripe Kona coffee cherries in a basketOutside the verandah of the Keauhou Beach Resort, turtles lounged in tidepools. An eel chased a small fish. The sun outraced fog for attention. In the open-air cupping room, ceiling fans powered by trade winds spun haphazardly. If you’re going to cup coffee, it doesn’t get much better than the annual Kona Coffee Cupping Competition, held every November.

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  • My Cuppa Tea Is, Well, Tea

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    So, I already confessed that I am not a coffe lover.  My second confession is I snuck away from the Kona Coffee Festival to visit with Eva Lee.  Why?  Because Eva grows tea, and I do like tea.  Very much so.  Eva serves up a beautiful tea tasting in the ohia lehua and giant hapu’u fern forest in which she lives in Volcano, Hawaii.

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  • When in Kona, Drink (Coffee) Like a Fish

    Destination: Hawaii Island

    Kona coffee cupping competition judge takes a good sniffI am sitting on the lanai of the Keauhou Beach Resort on Big Island.  On one side of me, turtles lounge in tide pools and the Pacific Ocean sweeps beyond the horizon.  On the other side, five very serious people wearing aprons slurp, swoosh and spit.  Loudly.  It’s like a contest for who can make the most noise.  You might think I am watching–and listening to–children, but these are adults.  They’re carrying on this way, because they are judges for the annual Kona Coffee Cupping Competition.

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  • Pasta in Paradise. Who Knew?

    Destination: Maui

    Barrett De Santos at the Aina Nalu in Lahaina recommended Penne Pasta to us for lunch.  And while I wouldn’t ordinarly put pasta and paradise together as a “must” for dining, I couldn’t ignore the hunger in Barrett’s response when I asked for a lunch suggestion.  “Try the Baked Penne,” he said.  “Or the Nicoise Salad.”

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  • Blossoming Vegheads

    Destination: Kauai

    Blossoming Lotus was voted the “Best Restaurant on Kauai” by the Honolulu Advertiser and while I might debate that island-wide choice, I would give Blossoming Lotus the title, “Best Restaurant in Kapaa,” hands down.  Because Kapaa was our destination of choice for the evening, I couldn’t resist recommending “The Lotus” to my three friends.

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