Hawaiian Adventures

Well, I’m back! Sorry, you won’t be getting a recipe from me today… after a filled 2 weeks of wedding activities and honey-mooning, I am absolutely exhausted! What an exciting 2 weeks it was, and I am so happy to finally have a wonderful husband!

For our honeymoon, we ventured off to Maui, which is the main reason I am writing today. What a food extravaganza! Because I’m allergic to seafood (yes, shellfish too), my options were a little more limited, but my taste buds went on a tropical journey none-the-less! A few things I noticed while tasting these island treats…

  1. I ate a lot of pork.
  2. I ate a lot of onions.
  3. I love trying local Hawaiian beers.
  4. Tropical fruit was typically incorporated into at least 2 out of my 3 meals.
  5. Pizza was plentiful.
  6. Bring on the coconut.

Now, I’m not typically a huge meat-eater as you all know, but I have to say one of my favorite Hawaiian food finds was the pork. It didn’t really matter how it was prepared (pineapple glaze, Hawaiian barbecue, shredded with caramelized onions and fruit as a pizza topping), it was all fabulous and filled with a sweet, savory flavor that I couldn’t get enough of. For the onions, I noticed this was another common addition to many of my meals, whether that be topped on a sandwich, added to a morning omelet, or incorporated into a tangy barbecue sauce, onions were plentiful and cooked to perfection.

I think the beer comment speaks for itself….

If you enjoy a good beer and are of age, I would highly recommend checking out MonkeyPod Kitchen, a local microbrewery and eatery that offers a wonderful happy hour and focuses on local ingredients to help create beautiful, unique dishes. My favorite beer that I tried was Wailua Wheat, a refreshing light ale with a hint of passion fruit and tropical flavor. My favorite dish: pumpkin ravioli (appetizer) with a side of coconut corn chowder (you better believe I will attempt to recreate this!).

Now, for the fruits and the coconut. It was no surprise to me that these were plentiful but definitely something that I enjoyed! I am typically not a huge coconut fan, but I believe this trip may have made me a bit more open to the idea of cooking with it. I was not expecting to love coconut corn chowder as much as I did, but this was one of my favorite dishes with a light, aromatic, and slighty sweet flavor!

Lastly, Hawaii definitely knew how to make a good pizza/flatbread! My favorite of the trip? Mushroom flatbread with caramelized onions, local goat cheese, asparagus, mini plump tomatoes, herbs, and a balsamic drizzle. Can you say YUM?!

No matter where I went, good food was plentiful and my tummy (as well as my husbands) was quite satisfied by the time we left! As always, take advantage of eating local when you travel. You never know what you will find!

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