Taylor Henne of Washington was enjoying not one, but several sticks of “coconut donuts” (how many of you can say “cascaron?”) during the Kauai Culinary Market while visiting her aunt Ada Koene. The tasty morsel, also called bitsu- bitsu by Jennifer Ortal (she also makes lei with Elvrine Chow), is one of the popular selections by shoppers (yes, it does sell out if you wait too long) during the weekly partnership with The Shops at Kukuiula and the Kauai County Farm Bureau.
The weekly market is a nice stopping point en route to Kauai Interscholastic Federation volleyball games in Waimea (gets you out of Lihue before the Puhi traffic), and offers an opportunity for some ono grinds like the cowboy chili from Ku‘ulei Breen while picking up tidbits like pastry chef Orly Yadao being involved in the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” that will start airing ahead of the the October celebration (Stacie Chiba Miguel is thrilled that Halloween falls on Wednesday this year because that’s just more keiki excitement like trick-or-treating).
In the meantime, check out the Eating House 1849, where Chef Roy Yamaguchi will be celebrating fire and rice on Sept. 22 as part of the Kauai Japanese Cultural Society’s Matsuri Kauai that also celebrates the Gannenmono, literally “the first-year men,” on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or email@example.com.