Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hawaiian Food

One of the things I was most looking forward to and a little nervous about was Hawaiian food. I really dislike tropical fruit, especially pineapples and coconut, but I love seafood, so I had mixed feelings. I was determined to try whatever I could though, and I did, including a bite of fresh pineapple (better than I was expecting, but still tasted like pineapple). My favorite things were the shrimp trucks though, I could have eaten lunch there every day, no problem. Our first day, we just stopped at the first one we saw after leaving Hanauma Bay and the only shrimp on the menu was garlic shrimp. There was SOME garlic on it.....but sooooooooo good.
When we were in Haleiwa, we stopped at Macky's, which was recommended to us by a friend. K got garlic shrimp again, but I got the lemon pepper shrimp and it was amazing. And the shrimp were enormous!
On the day we went to Pearl Harbor, we stopped in Kapolei on the way home and had lunch at a place called Aloha Salads. They use all local ingredients. I had an ahi tuna wrap that was vaguely Greek tasting, and really good.  
 Because we were on a budget, we only ate lunch out each day, and ate breakfast and dinner in our room. This meant that we went shopping a couple of times. Of course, since we didn't want to spend money on good knives, and only brought carry-on luggage, it presented some interesting issues. We bought the ingredients for sandwiches, then realized that plastic knives don't really work so well. This is our ghetto cutting board.  
We also didn't have bowls for the cereal, so we used the coffee cups. They only held about 1/4 cup of cereal, but it worked!!
 Overall, I really liked almost everything I had in Hawaii. I didn't like the macaroni salad that came with the plate lunches and there were a couple of things at the luau that I didn't care for, but overall, great.


Shannyb said...

Mmmm... Hawaiian food. Fresh-tastic. You should probably go back and try some more. You know, for posterity.

John Deere Mom said...

I loved reading through all of your Hawaii posts. I went in middle school and while I don't remember a lot about the trip, your pictures brought a few things back to me. We loved Hanauma Bay. We went to Pearl Harbor. So many beautiful flowers and birds. Everything is just so beautiful there. *sigh*