Say ‘Uncle.’ Lots of folks are lovin’ on Uncles Hawaiian Organics breads available at local farmers markets and open markets. Classic “auntie-style” banana or mango quick breads are made gluten-free from coconut flour; cold pressed raw coconut oil instead of lard, shortening, butter or other oils; free-range organic eggs (or, for the vegan version, egg replacer); brown sugar or agave syrup and organic macadamia nuts.
Mahalo and Aloha. Grand Cafe and Bakery closed its retro-diner doors in Chinatown yesterday and is seeking a new location.
Haleiwa Farmers’ Market update. The endangered, beloved market at the crossroads in Haleiwa is still operating each Sunday ([haleiwafarmersmarket.com]).
Aloha, Haleiwa Market? The Haleiwa Famers Market held its last official gathering at the old site last weekend.
Pork rules. Kokua Market will host pig growers Glenn and Amy Shinsato of Shinsato Hog Farm in Kahaluu, along with representatives of Higa Foodservice, which is dressing out the pork for Kokua, at Kokua from 11:30am-1pm April 30, 2643 King St.
Go and do. The Hawaii Food Policy Council–an organization of people who care about food here, whether it’s eating it, growing it, selling it, cooking it–is raising funds for a modest $3,000 starter fund to move the small organization from the dream point (“where should we put our efforts and what will it take to get there?”) to reality (a plan for action). They’re offering some appealing foodie goodies in return for donations to their Indiegogo venture capital site: classes, dinners, films.
Meeting Resistance. In a lawsuit brought by the National Resources Defense Council, a judge in the US District Court of Southern New York ordered the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow through on a stand it took in 1977 banning “preventative” use of penicillin and tetracycline in healthy farm animals.
Bienvenu! Cafe LaTour, the popular French-with-a-touch-of-Vietnam restaurant owned by Ba-Le Inc., the bakery and sandwich shop folks, is opening a branch at the Davies-Pacific Building May 1, according to executive baker and LaTour Café co-owner Rodney Weddle.
Springtime for Nobu. Nobu Waikiki has launched a Spring Lounge Menu of small plates under $10: savory to sweet, Asian (Spicy Edamame, $7) to Southwestern (Heirloom Tomato Tostada, $7). Nightly from 5 pm; 237-6999.
Little-known fact. It’s illegal for vendors (including lunch wagons) to do business streetside for longer than 15 minutes.
Opened. The Grove in Kailua, a new neighborhood restaurant featuring chef Fred DeAngelo’s local-centric dishes. The Grove, 33 Aulike St., open daily 5–10pm, [grovekailua.com], 262-2898 Opening date. Whole Foods Kailua to open on April 18.
Closed. The little hole-in-the-wall Mexican dive Diego’s Taco Shop in Moiliili. Pop-up oyster bar. Crack open a hidden gem Monday nights on the back deck of Cha Cha Cha Salsaria where raw oysters on the half shell and grilled Oysters Rockefeller await.
Grand opening. A second location of Aloha Crepes makes its debut in the walking district of Kaimuki. Aloha Crepes, 3620a Waialae Ave., Sat., 2/18 Grand opening. The bar is open in the new Brazilian restaurant in town, Ageda.
Closed. Jin Dim Ro, the soup dumpling restaurant, has closed its doors, just on the verge of its first anniversary. Free tea of the month.
Bus’ out da fishing pole. Paepae o Heeia, attempting to rebuild, recondition and revive Heeia Fishpond near Kaneohe, are inviting pole fishermen to help them hemo fish that are hindering their efforts: barracuda, papio, to’au and tilapia. Visitors are by invitation only to the 800-year-old aquaculture enclosure; To register for this rare opportunity–three fishing dates, June 2, June 16 or June 30–call 236-6178 or email [email: Kelii] A toast.
Ahoy, maties. Safeway and Whole Foods have been recognized for ecologically conscious seafood buying and handling practices with the 2012 Carting Away the Oceans Award, the first time supermarkets have received the award since its creation in 2008.
Hiroshima in Honolulu: If you’re a Marukai member (and if you cook Japanese-style, it’s well worth the $10 per year), check out the Hiroshima Fair now through June 11 with such Hiroshima-ken specialities as oyters smoked over cherry wood and Mimiji Manju (maple leaf-shaped cakes). Marukai Wholesale Mart, 2310 Kamehameha Highway (end of Dillingham); 845-5051.
Change, we can: Concerned about the Farm Bill making its way through the U.S. Senate, California-based Roots of Change is seeking endorsement of a letter that urges the Senate to revise the bill to steer it toward making healthy foods more available and affordable rather thans subsidizing farming of commodity crops.
Market Nights: Kapi’olani Community College’s popular Saturday farmers’ market has a new little sister: a 4-7PM Tuesday market, in a couple-month test run. More fresh food, fewer restaurant booths (and perhaps few tourists).
Soul Drain. Chef Sean Priester has closed his Pacific Soul restaurant in Kaimuki but follow him online to find out where his Soul Patrol food truck will be parked (often Kaka’ako area).