we rented a house and wanted to eat at home as often as possible to save money. we went to the local market to get eggs, bacon and coffee and then later to costco to get chicken sausages with pineapple, maui potato chips, bread, turkey and fruit. it really was cheaper to do it that way. and that pineapple was the best one we had all trip.
we got recommendations of places to eat from friends and used yelp to find something while we were out and about. keiko's paradise in koloa looked like a nice spot for lunch. the open seating area gave us the opportunity to enjoy the tropical weather.
we also headed to the farmer's market for more fruits and vegetables.
the kauai burger was a teriyaki burger with pineapple. great food, fun atmosphere and fast service.
while spending the afternoon in hanalei we decided to try a puka dog. the menu has four steps; 1. pick a dog - veggie or polish sausage, 2. pick a sauce mild to lava hot, 3. pick a relish - pineapple, lilikoi, coconut,etc, 4. add mustard, ketchup or pickle relish.
the hot dog comes inside the bun with all of the toppings. and they were delicious! so was the fresh squeezed lemonade.
a huge highlight of our stay was taking the steelgrass farm tour. it was recommended by friends who were there just the week before us. at first we weren't sure it was worth the $60 per person price tag but they said it was a must - and the kids were free. so we went for it.
the most important thing being: chocolate is good for you. not m&m's or hershey's kisses but 60 - 70% cacao or higher, minimally processed, dark chocolate. it has many health benefits that we couldn't resist. at $6 - $12 a bar we don't think we'll run the risk of overdoing it with our chocolate consumption. steelgrass produces a chocolate bar made from their cacao and vanilla that runs a hefty $20 a bar!
the other part of the tour was getting to taste fruit right off the tree.
another culinary highlight was brunch at gaylord's on sunday. it is an old sugar plantation that was converted to a museum, restaurant, and shops.
what did we drink?
a lot of water. even the bottles are beautiful in hawaii.
coffee on the lanai.
lattes at breakfast.
lilikoi beer at the brewery.
we brought home pineapple jam, almonds from the roasting company, coffee, red hawaiian alaea salt, and hawaiian seasoning, some rum, and chocolate of course. hoping to recreate some of the things we loved. we will lay off ahi for a while.
so much good food tied to so many great memories.