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Sustainable Meat? Nope!

January 2014
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Vegetarian Society
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* Vietnamese Salad Wraps

* Arugula Dinner Salad w. Pumpkin Seed Bread

* Zucchini Linguini Alfredo w. Mushrooms

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Link: Hawaii Farmer's Bureau
5 - 7:30 pm
(Every Thursday)

Jan 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th.

(Long's Drug Store Parking Lot. We're the first booth)



(KCC) Farmer's Market
7:30 - 11 am
(Every Saturday)

Jan 11th, 18th & 25th

(We are at our new spot next to Ma'o Organic.)    



4 - 7 pm
(Every Wednesday) 
Jan 8th, 22nd & 29th
(Located in front of the Concert Hall on King Street. Free Parking!



8 am - 12 noon
(Every Saturday)

Jan  11th, 18th & 25th.

At Ward Warehouse

Parking lot along Auahi Street.




9 am - 1 pm

(First Wednesdays)

Jan  8th.



 Sustainable Meat?  Nope!


     There's an old bumper sticker I saw that said, "Eat Like You Give A Damn!"  Never has that saying become more meaningful to me than now.  If 2013 was the year for Gays with laws being passed for marriage in more and more states including Hawaii (yeaaa); it's time for the "Inconvenient Truth" to come out of the closet (like Al Gore just did by becoming a vegan).  There's no such thing as "sustainable meat" (i.e., all animal products)!    

The word sustainable is being bandied around by the food industry like a drunkard with a prostitute.  It's sexy, but there's no meaning behind it.  I heard that sustainable means: "farm to table," "snout to tail," "grass-fed," "slow foods~uh suuulowwwwly going meatless," etc.  C'mon!  You either are or you aren't sustainable.  Calling eating grass-fed beef sustainable is like someone claiming to be healthy, smoking organic cigarettes.  Call it Locavore, or Snout to Tail...but don't call it sustainable, please. 


Last year when we were nominated as one of the top 5 sustainable restaurants in Hawaii, in the Nature's Conservancy contest, I wondered how the competition was even selected.  Picking the most sustainable restaurant should be done much like the James Beard Award is given, with high valuations.  It's not a popularity contest.  That was the beginning of my decision to make 2014 the year of sustainable agitation.  


What is the meaning of "sustainable?"  "Involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources."From the Free Merriam-Webster.

The Slow Food Movement announced their support of "Sustainable Meat" i.e., grass-fed meat; in their latest e-Newsletter.  Is there such a thing?   


Oscar-winning director, James Cameron announced that he had switched to a vegan diet because, "It's not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it... so it'(s)...a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet and destroying the biosphere." ( Vegan director James Cameron: You're not an environmentalist if you eat meat).  

The following points were made in the same article:


*(Grass-fed cattle) take up much more land and water because they take longer to grow (23 months versus 15 for corn-fed)... eight extra months of feed, of water, land use, and waste, according to Dr. Jude Capper, an assistant professor of dairy sciences at Washington State University.  "...that's like adding almost one car to the road for every single animal. That's a huge increase in carbon footprints."


*Jeff Anhang, and environmental adviser at the World Bank also takes issue with claims that 18% of the world's man-made greenhouse-gas emissions comes from livestock production, made by Steinfeld and Gerber, livestock specialists, of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  In reality, that figure is closer to 51%, according to Anhang and his colleague, Robert Goodland, who retired as lead environmental adviser at the World Bank after 23 years. "FAO's new partners include the International Meat Secretariat and International Dairy Federation," said Goodland. 


*Pat LaFrieda, a third-generation meat wholesaler,...pointed out that all cows-even those labeled "grass-fed" -are grain-fed at some point.  He told Bloomberg. Page 2 of 3 National Celebrity Fitness and Health | 1/5/14 


In response, grass-fed beef proponents have slammed grain/corn-fed advocates for failing to mention:


*the massive amounts of fossil fuels required to produce factory-farmed meat, including: 

*preparing farm land for corn production

*creating the chemical fertilizers & pesticides used in corn production

*harvesting, drying and storing the corn

*transporting the bulk corn (via rail, sea & road)

*processing the corn: milling, mixing, extruding, pelletizing; distributing the corn to individual farms.


    While the grass-fed-versus-factory-farmed debate rages on, one thing is clear, say some experts: Raising livestock for food is environmentally costly, and a plant-based diet is far better for the environment than a meat-centric one. Marc Reisner, former staff writer at the Natural Resources Defense Council, summed it up best when he wrote: "In California, the single biggest consumer of water... can be summed up in a single word: livestock."


    If all the land and all the water used for production of livestock and its feed were instead used for crops to feed humans directly, we could end world hunger, slow down global warming and escape the global water crisis.  Now, that's Sustainable!


I will be speaking (with a short demo)
about Sustainability at the   

Vegetarian Society Hawaii Meeting:


April 8th, Tuesday, 7PM

Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse

April 10th, Thursday, 7PM

Maui-Cameron Center



Valentine's Day Tapas Dinner

February 14, 2014, Friday~ 5-9 PM

Call For Reservations

Caesar Salad

Zucchini Unagi Cauli-Sushi Rice

Beet Ravioli

Crimini Escargot Skewers & Macadamia Nut "Butter"

Macadamia Nut Cheeze n Sliced Apples

Wicked Chocolate Tart

$50 Tapas

$12 Wine (4 Taster Glasses)

(Tax & tip not included.)



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Due to Popular Demand:


1) Restaurant Week Menu still Available.  We made it our Prix Fixe Menu.

2) "Holiday Plates" still Available.  (bowls or baskets depending on availability).  Try to give us a day (though we can do it faster depending on availability of the various things in it). 





Be the one to unwrap our "cheese" plate at a party. Just drop the cellophane and it's good to go.



Gourmet PARTY Plates 

Call: 536-9680 to Order for your next party. 

Gourmet Plates can be ordered as gifts and picked up when needed (except when we are closed for Holidays)


$30 Holiday Plate  

$30 Plate:

Macadamia Nut "Cheese"w/Fresh Rosemary, Flax Seed Thins, Maple Pecans, Chia Caviar w/Cashew Sour Kreme, Dried Pineapples, Bananas, and Star Fruit.

$40 Holiday Plate 

$40 Plate: Add: Teriyaki Almonds, Almost Pepperoni and Green Onion Pancake Crackers.

$50 Holiday Plate  

 $50 Plate: Add Olive Tapenade w/Avocados & Tomatoes (Centerpiece), and More Flax Seed Thins




People ask us, "When will you open a restaurant here (in their neighborhood)?   Pete replies, "This is it, right here, right now" at the Farmers' Market.

More Farmers' Market Days: Now Every Week!

Honolulu Market i.e., Neil Blaisdell Center Yard

Kailua Market i.e., Kailua Long's Parking Lot


We're in Queens Medical Center on Punchbowl St: usually 1st Wednesdays of the month from 9am - 1pm:

Check our Farmer's Market section on the upper left.


NEW! You can now find us at the


At Ward Warehouse

Parking lot along Auahi Street.

Saturdays from 8 am to 12 noon
(We will also still be at KCC Farmers Market too) 

Since our Business Card is our Food, come visit us and partake of our many samples. Many staunch meat -eaters have gone away with smiles on their faces and a bag full of goodies. It's a great way for us to "Share the Lifestyle." 


WHILE OUR ENTIRE MENU IS GLUTEN-FREE, we will be phasing out our use of Organic NON-GMO Cold Mountain Mellow White Miso and replacing it with a CHICKPEA MISO to expand the menu items that are SOY-LESS.  Thanks to one of our customers who told us about Chickpea Miso, we realize that there isn't much of a difference in taste.  We will be changing items (as soon as our Chickpea Miso comes in), which contain miso and not also Wheat-free Tamari.  A couple of menu items come to mind, like LIVING LASAGNA, and the PESTO TOMATO PASTA, because there is a tiny bit of miso in the pesto.  We can do that for our Burger, but the Onion Flat Bread contains Gluten-Free Tamari which has soy as well as our mustard.  We will point out the soy-less items in our menu.
Maca, Spirulina & Chlorella
No Longer on Licious Shelves

Maca, a root plant from the cruciferous vegetable family, may affect the thyroid (which directs the thyroid hormone into blood cells, throughout the body when operating optimally) and may not be good for those with hypothyroidism.  
Spirulina and Chlorella:  Dr. Michael Gregor ( who reads 300 of the latest studies each year, reported that the dark green and dark blue algae contain neurotoxins found in the brain of alzheimers patients.
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Sylvia Thompson
Licious Dishes