We Got the Gold, Let's Celebrate!

October 2015
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Meal Plan Pickup
10/02: MP4
10/09: MP1
10/16: MP2
10/23: MP3
10/30: MP4

Please call 536-9680 
to order your meals.

Food Ethics 101 Hawaii Meet-ups and Vegan Pot Lucks are suspended for now
We are concentrating on re-creating Greens & Vines. Just as some of our best dishes keep morphing over time, so it is with business and personal foundations.  That's life.
farmers markey pic sept 2011
Licious-ness at the Farmers' Markets

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

10/1, 10/8, 10/15,
10/22, 10/29 
(Long's Drug Store Parking Lot. We're the first booth.)


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

10/3, 10/10, 10/17,
10/24, 10/31 
(We are next to Frankie's Nursery.)

8 am - 12 noon
(Every Saturday)
10/3, 10/10, 10/17,
10/24, 10/31
At Ward Warehouse
Parking lot along Auahi Street.

9 am - 1:30 pm
(First Wednesday)
We Got The Gold!

Last year as I put up our Silver Hale Aina Award plaque, side-by-side with the previous year's bronze plaque, I said, "And next year when we get the gold, we'll put it here (where I put a small anthurium painting) above the other two.  When I get the gold one I'll make room for another gold.
One thing I've learned about business.  We can't rest on our laurels.  If we're not at the top of our game, someone else is.  At the end of this month, Greens & Vines makes 3 and Licious Dishes makes 8 years old.  Just as our recipes continue to morph so it is with everything else. 
Within the past 3 years, green smoothies and juice cleanses have skyrocketed in popularity.  The words Gluten-free and Organic have become the norm.  It's about time that "Whole-food", "Plant-based" skyrocket as well.  When you eat clean, you don't need to cleanse.  You use the fiber in plants to keep clean.  And, you need to start and stay clean without GMOs, stay close to the earth-eat raw (no processed foods), eat gourmet tasting, Licious Dishes at Greens & Vines.
From day one, many of our customers have asked, "Why don't you come to Kailua, the North Shore, Kapolei..." and I have an idea on how to take you up on that request.  Just as we started in a little shop at Dole Cannery, May 1st, 2007, making our rotating Meal Plans and taking subscriptions, and then got a Grab 'n' Go Deli Fridge at our front door, I'm planning on getting back to basics.  We will start delivering our Meal Plans to Yoga studios with your help.  If you could ask the owner of your favorite studio to meet with me, we'll be halfway there.
Since our current Meal Plans are huge with "some assembly involved", we will fine-tune them to make it more convenient for you to just open and eat.  Like my friend Gio's coined phrase, about our fresh gourmet food, "No heating, just eating." We may need to deliver the subscribed meals twice a week.  We're game.

Yoga Aloha's Certified Graduates joined us for dinner
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3rd Anniversary Party
Sunday, October 25, 2015
1 pm to 4 pm

All you can eat Buffet
And a fresh fruit Spritzer
BYOB okay

Jazz on the Patio with Jeannette Trevias (keyboards/vocals), Rocky Holmes (Saxophone, Flute) and Derrick Lee (Vocals)

RSVP 536-9680 $55
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Poamoho (Certified Organic) Farm in Waialua, Rocks!

The message read, "Wendy wants to know if you'd like some Jackfruit, and her phone number".  Yes I would!  Call her, I told Wing my kitchen manager.  She came during the middle of lunch, with a plethora of fruits, but no Jackfruit.  I knew Jackfruit from my experience on the Big Island at a raw Bed & Breakfast-Farm called Pangaia.  Such an eye/mouth opening experience to pick and eat on a tour of their organic farm.  Eating Jackfruit's like chewing a mango-like gum.  High in Vitamin A (good for eyes, skin) the gummy "latex" coats the colon protecting against cancerous cells and Vitamin C (anti-oxidant builds immune system), and Minerals.

I figured I'd use the Jackfruit alone as the Sweet Surprise with the Meal Plans, so I stopped the packaging of the "cheesecake" before she came.

Since Jackfruit are huge, like the one she eventually brought was 45 pounds, she thought it would be too much of a commitment to expect me to buy it on our first meeting.  Instead, she brought 2 Breadfruits, 2 Valencia Oranges, 2 hybrid Mangos, some Dragon eyes, 2 Star Fruits, and a couple of thin skinned juicy limes.

O-M-G!  With her prompting, I opened the Dragon Eyes, first.  Yes, it was sweet, but too humbug to open those small things to make something.  She asked if I had Star Fruit.  Did I?  Yeah, just about half a tree's worth.  But have I ever tasted hers?  I cut a slice, thinking how different could it be.  You got it.  O-M-G!  Sweeeet!  But the killer was the Valencia Oranges.  I can safely say you have not enjoyed oranges unless you've had those Organic Valencias.  I started gobbling down the red-orange sweetness with no pith in the way, then slicing the mango and slurping it up, saying, "Do I look hungry? (I was starving.)"

She said, "No.  I thought you were just loving every bite."

"I do!  I do!" 

I only looked up when she mentioned that Wing was watching my every move with the mango.  I gave him a half and continued to devour.  That was the first time in a long time that I felt every bite was worth it.  Organic fruits straight from the trees are the way to go.

When I cut the Jackfruit open, I let everyone taste, and when I got close to the dishwasher, Dorshy, she covered her mouth, and put her hand out to keep me at bay.  From behind her hand she mumbled that her boyfriend, Tiny buys it from Chinatown and she didn't like it.  I said this one is different.  It's organic.  It's sweet.  So she took the measuring spoon and slurped it into her mouth.  Her eyes twinkled and head nodded, okay.

I was thinking, no need to make anything out of these super sweet, already packaged perfect fruits from organic Mother Earth.  Just put 'em in the bag and that's it.  I've never really liked oranges until last week.  Game Over.  Poamoho's got my business.  She brought me a small (was it 10 pounds?  20 pounds) ripe Jackfruit, and an almost ripe 45 pound.  I used the small one for sweet surprise, and the other one I just put in the walk-in fridge yesterday.  Hope I wasn't too late for the big one.  I'll cut it today.
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Un-Cooking Class:
Syl's Secret Recipes
Get ready for the holidays with foods 
to "Wow" your guests.

MacNut Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms
Not-Tuna on Onion Flat Bread
Coco Choco Truffles

October 18, Sunday
in the G&V Kitchen
12-3pm, $65
RSVP 536-9680 ASAP for this
limited-space hands-on class.
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It's been a fruity few weeks...
Fishing for Guavas with Alvin Tsukiyama

I ended up making a special dessert:


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Sylvia Thompson
Licious Dishes