Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Field Day

You’d love a little retreat from the hustle and bustle of your daily life. But it's three weeks into summer and you haven’t planned a thing. No plane tickets, no hotel reservations. Worse: No budget.

No worries. For a low-key getaway, head up the scenic Wai’anae Coast to Kahumana Organic Farm and Café. The rustic, airy eatery sits on the edge of the property in the Lualualei Valley, bringing farm so close to fork that taro plants wave from across the yard as you relax on the shaded lanai.

The menu features deliciously healthy options—wraps, soups, salads and pasta dishes—with an emphasis on the organic.www.leichic.com Daily specials vary with the season. Look for taro and sweet potatoes to hit plates next.

Start with a citrus cooler, a tangy tea made with fresh lemons and sweetened with agave nectar. Then dive into one of the crisp Greek or Kahumana salads, piled high with the farm's own veggies.

And don’t hesitate to add some grilled ahi or garlic butter shrimp to your whole-wheat pasta, served with macadamia-nut pesto, stir-fried greens and soup. Or, to sample the daily dessert, like the heavenly mango cheesecake. The café strives to keep its menu affordable, and nearly every dish is $10 or less.

The best part: Along with serving as a community model for sustainability, the Farm and Café is part of a nonprofit group that provides housing and work opportunities for families in need. The café serves as a training ground for workers interested in food service.

So you can do some good while kicking back.
And indulge in a little eat relief.

Kahumana Organic Farm & Café, 86-660 Lualualei Homestead Road, Wai’anae. Open Tuesday to Saturday; lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner, 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more info, call 808.696.8844. To view the Café’s full menu visit www.kahumana.org.

Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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