Category: Hawaii

city (eating) guide :: oahu, hi

Oahu1oahu2oahu3oahu4oahu5oahu6My very first plane trip was back in 1984 when we went on a family trip to Hawaii with my aunt, uncle, mother, and grandmother. I have to admit, I can’t remember much as I was only a few years old except for the fact that I refused to swim in the ocean and my grandma bought me a coconut purse!

Robert and I started coming to Hawaii in 2010 and fell in love. Our holidays here are pretty low-key and most of our time is divided between lounging, swimming, and eating shave ice. Seriously, this could be a new food group – YUM! We always start our trip in Oahu and normally island hop between the Big Island and Maui with the latter being my favourite (more on that later). Here’s some favourite places to eat in Oahu, HI that you won’t want to miss out:

Ted’s Bakery || Serving everything from breakfast to desserts, it is a popular spot for local surfers. Make a stop here for the Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie which you can purchase by the slice in the ‘help yourself’ section of the refrigerator.

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck || The garlic shrimp scampi was my favourite compared to the lemon butter and you can smell the garlic as soon as you get out of the car. Shrimp was clean and flavourful and if you head to the location in the North Shore, you may even spot a black and white cat waiting hanging out underneath the truck.

matsumoto shave icematsumoto shave ice catsMatsumoto Shave Ice || I can’t believe we waited this long to try shave ice! I heart this place so much that we almost made the drive from Waikiki (1 hour) to Haleiwa each day for shave ice. For $2.50 (small size – cheapest that we found) you can pick up to 3 flavours. An additional $0.50 will get you condensed cream, azuki beans, and ice cream each. My favourites included the rainbow (lemon, strawberry, pineapple) and cherry / lycee with condensed milk on top. Take a peek for feral cats that the owners feed behind the shop (see the two above).

Kua’aina || A fast food restaurant serving sandwiches and 1/3lb burgers (medium rare and huge). The original location in Haleiwa is normally pretty busy, so you can also check out their new place at Ward Center. Skip the french fries unless you like them shoestring style.

marukame udonMarukame Udon || Another new-to-me favourite thanks to Alexis from Wave the Stick. With 400+ locations in Japan, Marukame Udon is a cafeteria style restaurant serving hot / cold udon noodles for $3.75-$5.75. Once you order your noodles, you can help yourself to add-ons such as tempura, inari, and musibi ($1.25-$1.75 each). This place is delicious and can get pretty crowded in the evenings (30minute queue), but it moves pretty quickly.

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Happy travels and don’t forget the elastic trousers!

city (eating) guide :: maui, hi

maui1maui2IMG_3700IMG_3681IMG_3732lahainabanyan tree parkIMG_3675We stayed at a rental condo on Kaanapali Beach in Maui, HI about an hour drive from the airport. I love Maui so much that I made staying here for one month each year a new goal. Rental condo’s have the covenience of a full kitchen and an en-suite washer and dryer. The facilities also often include shared BBQ facilities, multiple swimming pools, and great access to the beach. Although, we normally shop at the local Safeway and cook our own meals, we found plenty of tasty eats to keep us full thanks to Pinecone Camp and Lisa!

komoda bakerykomoda stick donutmakawaoKomoda Bakery || Located in Makawao, the story is that Komoda is run by a Japanese family with a background in French baking that has been here for the past 96 years. We arrived early after reading the reviews about the possibility of them selling out of baked goods if you arrived late and taste tested the stick donut, cream puff, the dinner rolls, and a guava malasada. Although, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, the shop itself is incredible with, what looks like, original store display racks and fixtures.

IMG_3756808 Deli || Across from Kam 2 beach in Kihei, we checked out early to make sure that we could pick up sandwiches for our trip back to Oahu. Voted Maui’s Best Sandwich, their porkie was absolutely fantastic with a sweet chili dipping sauce.

Geste’s Shrimp Truck || Oh, Geste! So, the website says that they open at 10:30am. We drove around in circles finally spotting the food truck area by Kahului harbour only to be disappointed that the shrimp truck was no where to be found. We must have been walking back to the car when they finally pulled up around 11:15am, so we parked again and ordered a plate of the Hawaiian Scampi and Lemon Pepper for lunch ($12 w/ rice + crab salad).

Local Boys + Ulu Lanis || The shave ice in Maui is fluffier and less packed than at Matsumoto. The cherry was a bit intense at both of these locations, but overall, it was a good shave ice fix until we got back to Haleiwa. Favourite flavours: Guava, Lycee, and make sure to get the Mango at Ulu Lanis (with condensed milk of course!). It’s like licking a fresh mango.

Lahaina Prime Rib & Fish Co.I know that Lahaina is super touristy, but sometimes that is what makes it fun. Rob and I were looking for some lunch and decided to stop here for some local grilled mahi mahi and coconut shrimp. I had low expectations after trying a nearby restaurant on a past trip, but was pleasantly surprised.

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