Follow the food? Aren’t all these Hawaii posts about food? Well, yes. But the Monday of our trip went beyond the norm, echoing a kind of progressive dinner, all the way to the North Shore.
First, we decided to be super-touristy and stop by the Dole Plantation. Hello pineapples!
Someday this cute little red guy will grow into a big, juicy pineapple! It was a little drizzly outside, so we didn’t do any of the tours. Instead we focused on the important things, like the pineapple samples and the Dole Whip dessert cone.
There was a short, yet fantastically informative tour that explained how both coffee and cacao plants grow and their beans are turned into the deliciousness that we enjoy. I was surprised by how many similarities there were between the production of coffee and chocolate. Maybe that’s why they go so well together? 🙂
We couldn’t drive over to the North Shore without hitting THE BEACH! Wailua Bay was beautiful to sit out on, but also had great waves which made swimming a lot of fun.
Yeah, that was the part of the beach that I just watched. The other end was a little tamer. A couple of the waves even crashed on the upper part of the beach where the people on the right in this picture are standing.
Thankfully, Abby was there to remind us that there is nothing more delightful than faithfully applying sunscreen on a hot day.
Thomas on the other hand…
If there is one thing I can count on in life, it is that swimming makes me hungry. Thomas and I took a break from the waves and enjoyed lunch at the Big Wave Shrimp Truck. SO GOOD. The shrimp was amazing, but strangely enough it was the massive chunks of roasted garlic that changed my life. Never has garlic tasted so good.
Finally, we ended the day walking around the cute beach town of Hale’iwa. There were some fun clothing and decor stores to browse and we managed to fit in three more research projects (read: trying new food places) before heading home. There were refreshing fruit smoothies made from super healthy ingredients, an almond rosemary roll that I am still figuring out how to re-create, and Bubbies ice cream mochi. Unfortunately, I only got a picture of the last one:
These little delights are balls of ice cream covered in sweet rice dough and the flavors at this place were ridiculous! Green tea, white chocolate raspberry, tiramisu, mint oreo, chocolate espresso, and more. Now I just have to figure out if they ship to the continental US!
I love exploring new places through food because it brings you to places you never would have discovered otherwise and doles out huge happiness points for a cheap price! You can tell our Hawaii adventure was coming to a close by how many “research projects” we started packing in.
When is the last time you engaged in food “research”? What was it and would you recommend it?