As I edited these photos for posting I became soooooo nostalgic. Can you become nostalgic for a time that was less than 2 weeks ago? 🙂
For about 15 minutes, the drive was pretty typical city stuff – with a lot of extra trees. 🙂 But then we hit these amazing fields – you can see trees and mountains…le sigh. The canopy of giant trees wrapped in vines was my favorite…ugh. SO beautiful.
We arrived at the hotel/resort around noon and our room wasn’t ready yet so we chilled by the pool for about half an hour. I was not complaining at all.
While sitting here, in paradise, waiting for our room [where we quickly stored our belongings and put on our bathing suits], I discovered my favorite froo-froo drink of all time: The Frozen Mojito.
I’ve actually never been a fan of regular ol’ mojitos. I mean, they are okay. But this??? I had one almost every day. Sometimes I would venture out and try something new…only to go back. I am going to make it one of these days….and post a tutorial. And you will thank me. And thank me. AND THANK ME.
We didn’t actually spend too much time on the beach near our hotel because it became so crowded around noon. Thank goodness for our rental car. We ventured out to farther beaches pretty often.
This dude at the bar told us we had to try a puka-dog. That it was amazing and blah blah. [Obviously this guy has never had a kolache.] Puka-Dogs are okay. I ordered mine with the Hawaiain toppings: pineapple and some kind of mayo, but I would have preferred it with ketchup and mustard [which was also available]. The place was about half a mile from out hotel so we walked. It was in a pretty amazing shopping center, too.
Oh, by the way, have you ever had a kolache?? I die.
It just so happened that a small hula show was going down. 🙂
And then this happened:
Keoki’s Paradise. Inside the pineapple was, of course, a frozen mojito. It was an accident! I didn’t know it was what I ordered…so happy. 🙂
Except that, apparently, I am allergic to fresh pineapple. Nothing serious, but the back of my tongue flared up. Weird, eh? But the “Hula pie” was delicious!
An interesting tidbit about Kauai: chickens are everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Apparently there was a hurricane that hit in the 90s that created a chicken explosion. It’s like having larger than normal pigeons hanging around. Not a bother at all [to tourists anyway].
The hotel restaurant…I can barely think about it without missing it terribly. Pretty pricey, but Daniel and I never ordered too much, and we shared often. My favorite was the bread with “red salt,” and the mushroom bisque. NOM.
Kauai Coffee…oh man. We took home a few bags. My favorite is the Banana Nut. And I normally don’t like flavored coffee. Yum.
More to come. There are so many!
If you ever have a chance to visit Hawaii…definitely check out the island of Kauai. Le sigh…