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  • VIDEO: "Biting Commentary" Focuses on Hawaii's Coffees

    The final episode of HONOLULU Magazine’s “Biting Commentary with John Hecktahorn” ran last Sunday, July 17, and focused on Hawaiian coffee. The Hawai‘i Coffee Book: A Gourmet’s Guide from Kona to Kaua‘i served as a valuable source of information for the show, as the only comprehensive book on the subject covering ALL of Hawai‘i’s coffees.

    Watch the episode here, which features our favorite downtown coffee shop, Beach Bum Café. (They also happen to be our neighbors and the only shop brewing up nothing but 100% Hawaiian coffee.) Stop by; you may find “Dr. Coffee” Steiman making your cuppa joe.
    You can purchase The Hawai‘i Coffee Book at Beach Bum, at your favorite bookstore or online at www.bookshawaii.net.

    And congratulations to our contest winner, Darrell, who guessed there are “3000 big Kona beans!” in a pound of coffee on our original post on Hawai‘i coffee on Biting Commentary. The answer, as published in The Hawai‘i Coffee Book, was 2,800 to 4,725 beans in a pound (depending on the size of the beans).

  • VIDEO: "The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook" on "Biting Commentary"

    Green Papaya & Pork Soup by Chef Ed Kenney

    Chef

    Chef Ed Kenney of Town and Downtown restaurants cooked up his Green Papaya and Pork Soup recipe, featured in The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Cookbook, on HONOLULU Magazine’s Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn on Sunday, July 17.

    Watch the episode and visit the Wednesday night farmers market at Blaisdell Center — a great way to pick up fresh, local veggies straight from the farmer on your way home from work — with host John Heckathorn; meet the women behind Feed the Hunger Foundation, a remarkable non-profit micro-financing organization that helps local folks trying to “make it” in food-related business (restaurants, food trucks, farming); and then visit Chef Ed’s kitchen for soup and sandwiches, Kenney-style!
    You can purchase The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Cookbook at the Kapi‘olani Community College farmers market at the info booth or online at www.bookshawaii.net.

    And congratulations to our contest winner,  Amelia Barrow, who shared her favorite local ingredient, Maui onions (and boy, does she love ‘em!) on our original post on Chef Ed on Biting Commentary. The contest is now closed, but we’d still love to hear who taught you to cook or to love food! You can comment below or on the original post.

    The final episode of Biting Commentary features Hawai‘i coffee. Read more about the episode, and The Hawai‘i Coffee Book by Shawn “Dr. Coffee” Steiman, plus enter our trivia contest to win a copy of the book here.

  • From Bean to Cup—Savor Hawaii's Coffees

    Hawai‘i

    Hawai‘i is known worldwide for the gourmet coffee of the Kona Coast, but if you’re a real coffee nerd, you know that Kona’s just the beginning. The only place in the United States growing coffee as a commercial crop, our state hosts a thriving industry encompassing 10 major regions on five islands with approximately 7 million pounds produced last year, valued at over $30 million. We’re also unique as a coffee-producing center: Whereas most coffee is consumed far from its origins, Hawaiian coffee is drunk and sold right here at home in local cafés and stores.

    Bean-and-brew guru Shawn “Dr. Coffee” Steiman, author of The Hawai‘i Coffee Book: A Gourmet’s Guide from Kona to Kaua‘i, is one of those aforementioned “coffee nerds.” His book provides an overview of Island coffee history, from modest beginnings on O‘ahu—not Kona as many might assume—to current-day production systems, as it makes its way from bean to cup, farm to coffeehouse. You don’t need to be a coffee nerd to appreciate his book, though; in addition to historic and scientific background on coffee, the book lists farms, cafés and retailers, plus over a dozen recipes for cooking with coffee—everything from appetizers and entrées to desserts and drinks.

    Roasted

    Coffee’s also the topic of the next—and series finalé—episode of HONOLULU Magazine’s Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn TV series, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, airing on KGMB9 on Sunday, July 24, 2:30 pm.

    What you’ll learning from Biting Commentary: Hawai‘i isn’t just the home of the only U.S. commercial coffee industry; we’ve got a current Coffee of the Year award-winning coffee (Kaliawa Coffee Farm in Ka‘u received 5th place—out of 10—from the Specialty Coffee Association of America; this is the 5th straight year a Ka‘u coffee has placed in the top dozen of the world) and the nation’s top barista, Pete Licata of Honolulu Coffee Company, plies his trade here too. (Pete went on from the U.S. Championships to take 2nd place at the World Barista Championships. His win is partially credited to Rusty’s Hawaiian 100% Ka‘u Coffee, which he used to make his winning brew—from coffee cherries he hand-picked himself at the farm; this guy is a serious coffee nerd, people!)

    Tour the famed coffee regions of the Big Island with Biting Commentary, from Kona to Ka‘u; sip and savor fresh-brewed coffees at Beach Bum Café in Honolulu (our downstairs neighbor, by the way; owner Dennis McQuiod makes sure to keep us and other downtown denizens well-caffeinated, and if you stop by, you may find “Dr. Coffee” Steiman making your cuppa 100% Hawaiian brew); and learn to make the perfect cappuccino from champion barista Pete Licata.

    Know

    We’re so buzzed about Hawaiian coffee on Biting Commentary, we’re giving away a copy of The Hawai‘i Coffee Book to one lucky winner, selected at random. Tell us in the comments below how many beans you think are in a pound of coffee. The answer, as published in The Hawai‘i Coffee Book, had a roughly 2,000 bean spread, i.e., between X and Z beans in a pound — the answer depends on the size of the beans — so we’ll accept as correct any guess that falls between those two numbers. We’ll pick a winner from among the correct guesses. Contest closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 24, 2011; see the end of this post for additional contest rules.

    We think Biting Commentary will perk up your day. Brew a fresh pot (and make it Hawaiian!) and watch the episode this Sunday, July 24, at 2:30pm on KGMB9.

    Special Deal: We’re so excited about Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn that we’re offering 30% off all our non-sale titles at our online store. Use coupon code BITEBOOKS to get your discount.

    Contest Rules: A winner will be selected at random from the valid comments posted prior to the contest closing time. To be counted as an entry, the comment must include an on-topic answer. One entry per e-mail. The winner will be notified via e-mail; in the event that we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours to confirm acceptance of their prize, a new winner will be chosen. Winners who do not respond within the stated time frame forfeit their prize claim.

  • Chef Ed Kenney & The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook "Biting Commentary" Giveaway

    Chef Ed Kenney

    Chef

    Chef Ed Kenney (Town in Kaimuki & Downtown at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum) and The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Cookbook - Vol. 2 will be featured on the next episode of HONOLULU Magazine’s Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn TV series, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, airing on KGMB9 on Sunday, July 17, 2:30 pm.

    In this episode of Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn, learn about Feed the Hunger Foundation, visit the farmers’ market (shopping with a chef is always fun!) and go into the kitchen with Chef Ed.

    For this episode, he cooks up Green Papaya and Pork Soup (a recipe that can be found in The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Cookbook - Vol. 2) and a Pork & Papaya Banh Mi Sandwich, demonstrating how using the same ingredients can result in dishes with completely different, yet complimentary, taste profiles. Chef Ed is passionate about food security and making the most out of (local!) ingredients; he’s become legendary for his “snout to tail” cooking, using all the parts of a single animal — pork from Shinsato Hog Farm in Kahalu‘u is a big favorite of his — and for his motto:

    Local first, organic whenever possible, with Aloha always.

    You can read host John Heckathorn’s account of the shopping and cooking experience at his “Biting Commentary” blog.

    Green Papaya & Pork Soup by Chef Ed Kenney

    Chef

    To celebrate his appearance on the show, we’re giving away a copy of The Hawai‘i Farmers Market Cookbook - Vol. 2 to one lucky winner, selected at random. In this cookbook from The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Chef Ed and 17 other of the Islands’ top chefs (Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, Vikram Garg, Hiroshi Fukui and D.K. Kodama, just to name a few) share their recipes for cooking with the locally-raised ingredients you’ll find at the farmers’ markets. Tell us in the comments below what your favorite locally-raised ingredient is. If you buy it at farmers’ market, tell us why you love shopping there. (We know not everyone has a chance to get to the markets, so we won’t count it against you for shopping at a regular grocery store; we’re just happy you buy local!). Contest closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, July 10, 2011; see the end of this post for additional contest rules.

    Tag along with Chef Ed and John on their farmers’ market trip and watch them in the kitchen this Sunday, July 17 at 2:30 pm!

    Special Deal: We’re so excited about Biting Commentary with John Heckathorn that we’re offering 30% off all our non-sale titles at our online store. Use coupon code BITEBOOKS to get your discount.

    Contest Rules: A winner will be selected at random from the valid comments posted prior to the contest closing time. To be counted as an entry, the comment must include an on-topic answer. One entry per e-mail. The winner will be notified via e-mail; in the event that we do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours to confirm acceptance of their prize, a new winner will be chosen. Winners who do not respond within the stated time frame forfeit their prize claim.

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