Hawaii Vacation Food Recap

Hello friends! I posted some pictures from our Hawaii vacation earlier this week and now I am moving on to the food we ate!

We definitely ate well on vacation, although we cooked ourselves the majority of the time. Eating out with that many people would have just been a pain and way too expensive. Of course we made exceptions for some of our Hawaii favorites like poke, malasadas (which are similar to donuts but not as sweet (shown in front) and shaved ice.

Let’s start with malasadas- they are a Portuguese confection, similar to a donut (front box) and they are amazing. They only make them fresh to order so when you pick them up they are warm and not overly sweet. Order cinnamon sugar from Agnes’ bake shop in Kailua or Leonard’s in Honolulu- the best!



Poke is this amazing raw fish seasoned in different ways- some are spicy, some with soy, ginger, onions, seaweed, etc. It’s the Hawaiian version of the Japenese sashimi. All delicious! You can find it at any grocery store and a lot of restaurants in Hawaii, typically as an appetizer.



Shaved ice is soooo much better than a snow cone. The ice is light and flakey in texture and they have the best flavors of syrup. You will see shaved ice places all over the island.



even Hawaii has some pretty good pizza- we had it once in Kauai and once in Oahu



Fresh tofu spring rolls were also a hit made by my sister-in-law.




We ate a ton of fish and yummy salads and delicious fish on the grill! I made the Asian Noodle Pasta Salad I shared on the blog last month.



I even brought some homemade spice rub so the hubs could smoke some chicken. Mmmm.



and Nuttzo wasn’t ever too far. Perfect for on-the-go snacking.



The most delicious roasted vegetable sandwich ever at this local homegrown cafe called Sweet Home Waimanalo.



Our one nice meal out was at Buzz’s steakhouse in Kailua which is known for their amazing fish and steak.

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Boston style pizza….SO good. Loaded with garlic, yum!



I rarely order beef burgers out. I am just not a big meat eater but this place is one of our favorites, ever. It’s called Teddy’s Burgers and there are several locations in Hawaii. And now I am freaking out because as I just pulled it up online so I could link to it, I see there are two in Washington (probably no where near me but still!). I used to get turkey burger when I lived here because I didn’t eat red meat then, now I eat in very occasionally so I figured I better try a beef version. They use this special mustard sauce that is amazing.



aaaaand more shaved ice!



and more poke from Fresh Catch, which was featured on the Food Network for their poke bar….



and those are just some of the meals we had. I obviously didn’t take pictures of everything although looking back I should have!

We definitely ate well! Splurges were definitely made but we also ate a ton of salads and local, wild fish. I will miss the island flavors but I am also happy to be back in my kitchen. Now if only we had AC because it’s in the mid 80s and there is only one ceiling fan in this house and mama doesn’t want to turn the oven/stove on!!

See you soon!

Questions: Do you follow your usual diet on vacation or splurge? Favorite thing to eat in Hawaii? Have you had shaved ice? Have you ever had poke?


Hawaii Vacation Recap

I am back from our 3 week vacation in Hawaii. We had a fabulous time and ended up with very spotty wifi so blogging wasn’t doable. Sorry to leave you hanging for that long, but I know you understand!

Since it will take me a little bit longer to get into the groove of blogging, I thought I could share some of vacation with you.

Every other year the majority of our family gathers in Hawaii for a family reunion/vacation. This time we spent 10 days in Kauai and 11 days in Oahu, with our family (my husband’s siblings and their families, my mother-in-law and my parents for the second half). There were 16-17 of us (different for different parts of the trip). Not pictured is my brother-in-law and his family who were there in Kauai but not Oahu.


My family had been to Kauai before, once for a long weekend when we lived in Hawaii, so we had already seen a lot of the island but the rest of the gang had not been there. We decided to take things a little slower since this time we had 4 children as opposed to the first time when we had 2.

I usually take a TON of pictures but this time around I just felt like it was too much to be lugging the big camera around with all the kids in tow. Baby E, being just 6 months, was enough to worry about and my 2 year old needed constant eyes on him so I just accepted the fact that I wouldn’t have as many photos this year. I got out my real camera a handful of times and the rest was dependent on the iPhone.

So instead of rambling on about everything we did for 3 weeks I figured I would highlight the most memorable moments of the trip


-Traveling with a family of 6 in general was simply memorable. I am still in shock that it all went smoothly and we fit all this crap into a minivan (not pictured 3 car seats)!!


-Poipu beach in Kauai was one of my favorites for it’s amazing snorkeling and Hawaiian beauty.




-Waimea canyon is a must-see while in Kauai. We did the full hike last time we were there so this time decided to hike a short way to a look-out point. We had our 3 youngest with us and while carrying two of the little ones, the 45 minute round-trip hike was pretty tiring!

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- Beach time in Kauai was great- lots of boogie boarding and fabulous weather.



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-One of the coolest things for our family was that our two oldest kiddos learned how to swim! In the last year they’ve had some swim lessons but nothing consistent and in Washington you just don’t swim much. Then when daddy returned from his deployment he took them to a pool twice to practice. They improved a lot, but we knew we’d still have to watch them quite a bit. Literally I think it took two times in the pool before they were both swimming real laps, diving to the bottom, holding their breathe for the length of the pool…actually swimming! Terrible picture I just wanted to remember the moment.


-Visiting the coffee plantain in Kauai was somethings we did years ago when we lived in Hawaii. We have pictures of our two oldest kids there when they were little. In fact my oldest daughter was almost the same age as baby E when she was there last. It was really cool to bring our kids back there, with two more in tow.



-Our arrival to Oahu was super exciting. We use to live on Oahu and have such fond memories. We couldn’t wait to get back to our favorite Kailua beach.

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-Three Tables beach in the North Shore of Oahu was gorgeous.




-Something else that we won’t forget was when Roman (2 1/2 years old) escaped our beach house and walked down to the beach by himself looking for his Uncle. Oops. It didn’t take long for us to enforce the “close all gates at all times” rule.


-We had a lot of daddy time which was awesome. Since we left short after Toby’s return from Afghanistan it was really nice to have 3 weeks of quality time with him.

-Baby Evangeline slept like crap. Literally it was like having a newborn who wakes every couple hours only worse because it was unexpected.


-Seeing my 7 year old jump off a man-made diving board into the ocean (like his big cousins did) made me a bit nervous but I was very proud of his bravery as he is usually scared of everything, haha.




-Baby Evangeline had a busy 3 weeks- she started solids (cereal, veggies and fruits), she cut her 3 tooth (top left tooth) which was most likely some of the reason behind her terrible sleeping pattern.


She surprisingly chowed down on the green veggies- peas and green beans!


-Evangaline was also baptized at our old church in Hawaii, the same church her older brother was baptized two years ago when we were vacationing there. It was such a pleasure to have a lot of our family present.



-Two days before we left there was a huge storm resulting in flooding. We were up throughout the night listening to the waves which sounded like they were going to crash into our room at any moment. My mother in law, sister and law and her hubby had woke up at 3 am found the house flooded and found a wet vac to save the place. Crazy!

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-Catching up with old friends is always wonderful.



We had a lot of delicious food on our vacation. As I started adding some of those pictures in, I realized this post was already getting pretty long and I was running out of time. So I will be back soon with a separate post about food in Hawaii!

Hope you enjoyed some of my vacation photos!


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