Two weeks and back in the heart of the main land. Its nice to come back to nice weather!!! It was inspiring instead of depressing. I haven't been back to Hawaii in over 10 years. The last time I was there I was in my early 20's, full of energy, and ready for anything. This time I'm in my 30's, ready for anything, but sleep is cherished instead of ignored. Its nice to constantly be outside hiking, swimming, or eating something delicious. The air can do so much on the way you eat. In Hawaii and California I want refreshing things to consume that make me feel like I can still walk up a hill afterwards. Right when I get to Oklahoma, the air makes me want to eat a shitty pizza and watch the Griswalds fall into an epic disaster, and hug on my sweet animals. Both ways can be lovely things to experience I suppose. I always enjoy a nice walk after a meal.
This is a view from my friend's house in Haliewa, Hawaii.
The Napali Coast.
Nature's water fountain.
Hiking the Ka'alau Trail on the Napali Coast.
After all invigorating photos, here is a hamburger that Matt made before he met up with me in San Francisco.
Hello San Francisco! San Fran felt more complete once Matt arrived. We got to roam around our old neighborhood and ate at all of our favorite spots and a friend took us to to a new lovable spot. We were once regulars at Beretta, and its still amazing! We got Crab Arancini, grapefruit marinated sardines, and a fennel arugula salad. LOVE! We also went to Swan Depot for oysters and crab. Yank Sing for dim sum. Our new spot is Trick Dog. Great burgers, Mu Shu tacos and smoked duck Asian salad.
Alright Hawaii. Right when I met up with my friend I made a confession to her. I told her that I have only had 1 good food truck experience that was worth mentioning in my life. But, I forgot! The best food that I had consumed when I was in Hawaii last was out of a truck. Hawaii reigns when it comes to the BEST food trucks! Every single truck was delicious! The BEST fish tacos I have ever had. I didn't think fish tacos could be anything memorable, but this was delicious. It was a maui taco seasoned perfectly with a cabbage slaw. Didn't even need all the salsa and pickled goods. Then we went to George of Da Jungle near the Wailua River in Kauai after a good paddle and hiking trip. The BEST chicken gyro. It was organic, and seasoned so well. The spices were on point! They were not scared of it. Who knew that a shaved ice could be so freaking good. It was made with organic juices instead of sugary syrup. We got the rainbow with coconut milk, strawberries, and orange. WOW! We ended up ordering a second one with strawberry and lime-mint-honey.
While in Haliewa we went to a truck called VJ's. They have a butcher shop right next to their truck. Our friends suggested the Bambi burger. The venison is from Molokai and it was one of the best burgers! Another truck we went to had spicy garlic shrimp. That's a thing in Hawaii, and it is really really good. If you like shrimp, this is IT! I love how everything is served with rice too. One of our favorite brick and mortar experiences was Lucky Belly in Chinatown of Honolulu. They had wonderful oxtail dumplings, shrimp potstickers served with a soybean and avocado puree, and an awesome beet salad. To the right is a delicious Crab-Tomato Vietnamese soup. So much deliciousness that writing this post is making my mouth water and my stomach growl.
Our last night in Honolulu we are going to take it down a notch. No hiking, just lounging on the beach and eating a lot of food. The top two images are from a place called HOME in Honolulu. A local spot that reminds me of Jersey Shore meets Hawaii. I have never seen more shots taken in my life and I've never had such amazing food at such a shitty bar. Tator tot nachos, how could you go wrong, I love tator tots! I'm ready for Oklahoma! The steak is a ribeye with grilled onions and mushrooms, topped with grated daikon green onion, and bonito flakes. The bottom right steak is one of the best steaks ever! It is locally raised and would KILL any Oklahoma steak in a heart beat. Yes, it's that badass. When something killed can be a killer...tasty. It was Roy Yamaguchi's new restaurant Eating House 1849 in Kauai. It was a perfect way to end a long day of boating and snorkeling (and listening to whales underwater!) I got a sizzling rice pot that was fantastic too!
The last night we had in Kauai was in Princeville. It was a last minute booking due to the rivers along the trails were too high to cross. We scored big time! We got an entire apartment inside of a resort. It reminded me of Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, Colorado. There were golf carts zipping around and the staff was super friendly and helpful, and there were also people that practically lived there. Since we had a kitchen, we figured why not. I had been wanting regular ole spaghetti and marinara sauce, and Matt loves the Hawaiian steak (they had flat iron) and so we made a simple and tasty meal in a kitchen. Then we ate in a dining room. Washed clothes in the laundry room, and watched a movie in the living room and slept in a king size bed. Pretty spectacular considering we were just hauling around huge back packs filled with camping gear. Pretty spectacular in any occasion really.
We got home around 11:30pm. Normally we are usually craving something like tom yum soup when we get back from a trip. But today, we went with what we had in the fridge that was super filling. We went an entire day sharing a salad and a cup of soup. I snuck in a hard boiled egg that I had in my purse on our flight home. Yea, I'm the girl that travels with hard boiled eggs. I got salt and pepper from Burger King. Thanks BK!
We made breakfast potatoes and an omelet with a friend's home grown batch of mushrooms, onions, garlic, orange pepper, chorizo, and fontina. It was delicious! Guess what? We watched the National Lampoon's Vacation afterwards.