My week in Holualoa ends with brooding, drizzly clouds, but the sun broke through just as I was about to leave, and a couple big orders came in from Germany and NYC! Time to head out for a long weekend, plus one work day, in Honolulu. This damp mauka dusk will be good for a Kona 'snowstorm' and Beauveria bassiana application end of week.
Food is love! Enjoyed lunch with mom yesterday and today, while her pua keni keni lei smelled so sweet.....
The rainy morning cleared to a beautiful day for a walk about Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head.
Dramatic, moody skies and distant rainfall on the horizon accompanied the start of our morning walk around Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head. Fortunately, it turned into a brilliant day by 10 AM!
St. Germain's seasonal sakura panna cotta.......tasty! Happy, sleeping future world citizen in the background. Trying to make it better for him.
Chance favors the hungry foodie! Second day in a row my best foodie and I are heading to a fave, then veer somewhere else. Perfect seafood laksa, coming back for the rest.....and they speak Toishan too!
End of a long week! My weekend started with their required Laotian Fried Chicken (twice fried chicken wings, money $auce, fried shallots, kaffir lime, peanut slaw), then we admired, and were sated, by (seasonally petite) Brussels Sprout Amandine (almonds, pickled raisins, brown butter fish sauce), savored Black Sesame Pappardelle (uni ragu, calabrian chili, shiso, furikake bread crumbs) and finished delghted by gingered custard gelato & waffle chip, sprinkled with salted feuilletine crumbles.#Pixel
Tomorrow's my Friday, but I can't wait! Simple dinner, satisfying wine. I opened this 1999 Turley Duarte Zin because it might be nearing the end of its life, but also for its black cherry, raspberry fruit and peppery spice. This favorite, highly extracted Zin is from vines now over 120 years old and grown in pure sand.
I had Jason do a hull and full gravity table sort yesterday morning of 2500 pounds of mauka orchard parchment: over 65% Extra Fancy, Fancy, peaberry grades. 😂 By my initial cupping, and the grading results, 2016's another great Aikane Kona Coffee vintage! Here I'm supervising (that's not me in the hat) pick up of the first load of graded green beans this morning. They're carefully sealed in gas impermeable GrainPro bags and burlap. All done before office hours! 💪
Last appointment did not show up, so got home to enough light to check the North orchard pruning. Caught a sweet sunset into the Pacific, and mellow sky. Have a nice weekend!
Brought to me fresh from the Waikiki b. patisserie to gain favor, this cassis kouign amann was perfection. Even though she had exclaimed she was stuffed from our dinner, after a bite, Esta eagerly gobbled one up exclaiming "l'appétit vient en management!" I sliced through one to get a cross section view, and a more modest serving.
Some of the wines enjoyed last night with the stellar collaborative home-cooked meal. I'm happy that three of the four bottles I brought from my cellar were stars that evening. Tom would have been proud. We all missed him, and raised our glasses to his memory more than once, while we celebrated our lives, friendship, and accomplishments, just as he would have wanted us to.
Brussel sprouts pan-fried in browned butter with lemon and capers, fire-roasted garden beet (I was so full I only took one!), lamb grilled with garlic rosemary and lemon seasoning finished with a Grenache/shallot sauce. Fine home cooking is the best cooking!