It is evidently a myth that it never keeps raining for long in Hawaii – or perhaps that only stands true for the Big Island. It has been raining constantly here in Honolulu today, but it doesn’t feel terrible as it is not cold. We took a walk to Peace Cafe http://www.peacecafehawaii.com/ I had the “Popeye” sandwich – miso-tahini spinach & tofu on really hearty bread. Nick had “Tempting Tempeh” which involved teriyaki tempeh on the same bread. We want to go back we enjoyed it so much.
Today we visited Loving Hut in Honolulu http://lovinghut.us/honolulu/menu.html We loved the food and the message. I had the “Rainbow Sandwich” in which cilantro, cucumbers, organic cashew pate, carrots, daikon and vegan mayo mingled with vegan ham to produce a fresh taste. My sister had the “Supreme Soba” which was a special and not on their regular menu. She found it satisfying and the vegetables well seasoned, but thought the noodles could have had more flavor – soy sauce may have been beneficial. My husband had the “Guru Curry” and found it to be quite nice and very filling. The inclusion of taro probably makes this curry unique to Hawaii? Everything about our trip to and from Loving Hut was anything but lovely, though. First my sister’s phone navigation sent us in the wrong direction and we decided to catch a bus after going too far off track. On our return trip we got on the wrong bus (how were we to know there were opposite routes for bus 2). We ended up going through some tough areas and going the opposite direction all the way to the end of the line. So finally we hopped on the bus going the right way toward Waikiki. Lesson learned – buses are not always the quickest route from Point A to Point B. We might just walk to our next destination, Peace Cafe which is in the same area. http://www.peacecafehawaii.com/what.html
My day at the Hilton was ruled by food – Dinner at Fresco Italian Restaurant was outstanding. See the first several photos – this upper level restaurant is spacious and can become open air when all the large windows are opened. We were seated on the north side so were able to take in the entertainment at the luau on the lawn. The staff was extremely friendly. Nick had eggplant parmesan, his favorite. I had tortellini with vegetables – the pesto used macadamia nuts. It was verrrry rich, very tasty. For dessert we had mango sorbet which was very flavorful and even fragrant.
Mid-day we snacked on fruit drinks at Lanakai Juice – fresh and local. We’ll definitely be going back throughout our stay. Our first meal took us back to the CJ New York Style Deli – this time I had one of their most popular items, pancakes with macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, strawberries and coconut cream as topping.
Other observations not related to the consumption of delicious foods: Most of the women strolling through the resort are very stylish. The beach and lagoon area are very peaceful at night. There is neat wildlife to be found throughout the resort – birds including ducks and macaws, turtles, penguins, koi fish. The trees and flowers throughout are beautiful.