Big Green Egg: Hawaiian ‘Kalua’ Pork

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Yeah, I know, it has been a long while since I’ve posted anything let alone something that really had some substance to it.  You see, my most glorious spousal unit and I have recently returned from a two-week stint in the archipelago of Hawai’i. We extensively covered four islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the “Big Island”, spending several days on each island.  We also cruised between Molokai and Lanai on the way from Oahu to Maui. In other words, we pretty thoroughly covered the last state in my quest to visit all 50 of our United States.

The "Grand Canyon" of Kauai

The shot above is probably something you are not used to seeing when perusing photos from Hawaii.  This is what is called the “Grand Canyon” of Kauai and is located just inside of the Na’pali Coast, a 15 mile stretch of wonder that was created when about a mile’s worth of island fell into the Pacific.  The valleys here are easily 3000 feet deep and can be accessed only by aircraft, watercraft, or via hiking trails. The variety of colors here are simply amazing.

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Quest for the Holy Grail

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In case you are wondering about the dearth of posts lately, I have spent the last two weekends (and, subsequently, the week between) in and about Brighton, Sussex, UK. Since I do my posts — and most of my cooking — on weekends, this has put a rather severe crimp on my blogging style.

And so it came to pass that some friends of mine here in the UK took pity upon my sad and lonely self and offered to take me on a bit of an adventure to Lewes (pronounced: Lew – es by the locals).

Battle of Lewes Memorial.  The battle took place in 1264

Half expecting a silly-walking gaggle of comedic soldiers using coconuts to emulate the sound of galloping steeds to appear out of the countryside, we paraded ourselves through the ruins of the Lewes Priory (Priory of Pancras), established sometime between 1078 and 1082 by William de Warenne, a leading Norman baron with extensive lands in Sussex. The priory went on to become one of the wealthiest monasteries in England.

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Eating (and Drinking!) our Way Across Italy, Part III – Alto Adige

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If you’ve been following our previous posts (Part I & Part II), leaving Puglia was clearly saddening, but we said our goodbyes to Monopoli while continuing our food adventures to the northeastern corner of Italy, Alto Adige. We experienced cuisine that had both local Italian and German influence. We also enjoyed a wine tour and a spontaneous detour to Austria.

Wine Tour

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Eating Our Way Across Italy, Part II

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Buongiorno from the Keeper Team!

While planning our trip to Italy, one of the best decisions that Southern Visions, our awesome vacation guru, helped us make was to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel in Monopoli so that we had our own kitchen to cook in.  Besides, even after two days, our clothes were starting to feel tighter (only an itsy bit) from the richness and quantity of food from eating out (not to mention the thinning of our wallets).   With all of this in mind, the Keeper Team was excited to hit up the local market for fresh fish and vegetables.

marketplace1

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Eating Our Way Across Italy (Part 1-Monopoli)

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For the past couple of weeks we’ve been eating good food, drinking good wine, and having a GOOD time.  The Keeper team just got home from Italy and we have so much to share.  We decided that we wanted to divide and conquer the country – North, South, East, and West – to find the freshest foods and best Italian cooking.

Arming ourselves with online cookbooks such as Chef David Bull’s, Bull’s Eye on Food and the Wine and Food Foundation’s Plate and Vine, we were fully prepared to cook some of our favorite recipes in Italy – ya know, just practicing for when we live out our fantasy of traveling when we retire to Italy to spend the rest of our days cooking divine meals and indulging in beautiful Italian wine at sunset in a quaint (yet spectacular) Italian Villa! Part of our team took on the northwest side of Italy, tasting foods in the Italian Riviera and slipping into France. The other part of the team traveled to Northern and Southern Italy and even snuck on over to Innsbruck, Austria.  Life’s rough, huh?

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