Down home comfort food upcountry

The Koke‘e Lodge Restaurant in Koke‘e State Park offers service 365 days a year, opening at 9 a.m. daily and closing at 4 p.m. on weekdays and Sunday.

Taste of Hawaii set for June 2

Taste of Hawaii is celebrating its 30th Ultimate Sunday Brunch event on Sunday, June 2, but the culinary festival has technically been around longer.

I wish I were Irish

Dress in green to support local greens this St. Patrick’s Day at Anaina Hou’s Porter Pavilion in Kilauea on Saturday from 5:30 p.m.

Big breakfast Sunday

Advance tickets, $20, save you $4 that you can use to shop at some of the unique offerings like the student ceramic work from instructor Wayne Miyata, or jewelry from Susan Okada that come with the American Culinary Federation Kauai Chapter breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Kauai Community College.

Mardi Gras on Kauai

Pre-registration is not only saving money but allows more time to enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities, said Ally Kirk of the Kauai Animal Welfare Society.

Monico’s serves up good times, good food

The first impression of Monico’s Taqueria Kauai might not be the best. Parking. Because the spaces in the parking lot are for more than one business and are more for compact cars than larger vehicles, it can be a tight squeeze, and some SUV drivers find that annoying. They might even give up and leave.

Homecoming

It’s good to be back. That was my thought when my wife and I wandered into Tahiti Nui in Hanalei last Sunday.

The Spot has a new spot

Just shy of two years after opening The Spot in Kapaa, Nani Lane and Ellie Marcus have opened the doors on their second location in the Princeville Shopping Center.

Fresh bread, healthy sandwiches

Smells of savory soups and fresh bread dominate the corner of Kukui Grove Center next to Macy’s, where more often than not you’ll find loaves just out of the oven and a line out the door.

A table with a view

Sea breezes and eggs Benedict draw patrons to Sam’s Ocean View on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa, but it’s not just the drinks that are flowing through the second-story dining room.

Pho real, Pho Kauai

On any given weekday during the lunchtime hour, you’ll find a small, hole in the wall restaurant nestled between the Kauai Bowling Center and another eatery on Rice Street, packed with county and state workers filling their empty stomachs with warm bowls of golden, silky broth.

Coconuts Fish Cafe celebrates anniversary with Kauai United Way fundraiser

Carol Wood and LaMont Fisher are stoked about their first-year anniversary at Coconuts Fish Cafe in Waipouli’s Kauai Village shopping center — so excited that they want to spread the aloha. They’re raffling off a surfboard, tacos and a helicopter ride in a month-long fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the Kauai United Way.

A taste of Thai

Most people make the mistake of ordering just one, said Arisara Khamsuk, owner of South East Asia (S E A) Kauai, located on the second level of Harbor Mall shopping center. She was referring to hot ‘n cheese, one of the appetizer offerings from the restaurant that opened its doors about two weeks ago behind the Lilikoi Bar and Grill.

Perfection in pizza

Pizzetta Italian Kitchen and Bar. That just sounds like a place you would want to visit. And to that, we say, go for it.