One in need of groceries or a meal should visit Living Foods Market and Café located in Kukuiula Village Shopping Center in Poipu. It’s Kauai’s version of a Whole Foods with high-quality, fresh, local and organic foods.
The market displays 1,800 grocery items, including fresh, local produce. A variety of imported and local cheese offers, in my opinion, the best cheese selection on the island. In the coolers, dairy products are nestled next to meals prepared by the café along with house made dressings, sauces, marinades, and sausages. You can even have the kitchen prepare a picnic basket for a day at the beach!
Trays of glistening local fresh shrimp, certified organic Angus beef, Kauai beef burgers, fresh local fish, all-natural chicken and racks of lamb wait for your grill. Fresh baked breads and pastries beckon from the bakery case while pastas and sauces, beer and wine, beauty, body and household products line the shelves.
The cafe offers sandwiches, pizza, panini, salads, crepes and fish tacos with house made corn tortillas. Drinks like the pineapple agua fresca or hibiscus tea provide a fresh alternative to soda. The café roasts coffee on site with beans from each island and creates a variety of espresso drinks.
Hubby Dan ordered a custom made sandwich from the sandwich board ($8.50). With eight cold cut selections he chose mortadella – an Italian pork sausage lightly spiced with whole peppercorns and pistachios; jack cheese, yellow mustard, garlic mayo, avocado, Hawaiian lettuce and tomato rounded it out. It was a thing of beauty, a man-sized sandwich with a soft golden dome of fresh baked bread smelling of rosemary and olive oil. A generous amount of mortadella was nestled with layers of crunchy lettuce and juicy tomatoes.
I ordered the Fungi Pizza ($12) and it was my idea of a great pizza; thin crust and simple toppings. Fire roasted and whisper thin with crackly browned bits and topped with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, a combination of mild Fontina and salty Parmesan cheeses and sprinkled with fresh thyme.
Whether you need breakfast, a quick lunch, gourmet foods to make yourself or a picnic lunch for the beach, stop by Living Foods Market and Café, you wont regret it!
Photos by Dan Lane