Things You Should Eat in Hawaii

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We all know that one of the best parts of traveling is eating all kinds of food! I have been dreaming of the things I ate in Hawaii ever since I got back, so I thought I would share them with you all!
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+ Acai bowls
Acai bowls are hands down my most favorite thing that I ate in Hawaii. They are just so good. They are simple, yet delicious and not to mention, beautiful! I tried acai bowls at several places  during our trip, but Haleiwa Bowls is the best one in my opinion! I’ve been trying to recreate acai bowls at home, but it just isn’t the same as being in Hawaii.

+ Scones from Diamond Head Market
I know this seems like an odd thing to recommend in Hawaii of all places, but I promise you, these scones are like heaven. You know how scones can be dry and gross sometimes? Well, these are the complete opposite. They are so moist and almost cake like. We had to stop on our way to the airport to get a couple more for our flight because they were just that good.
IMG_3581.JPG+ Malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery
These are like little donut pillows filled with flavored custard, and let me tell you, they are amazing. Get some and you won’t regret it! Also, eat them while they’re still hot.IMG_2983.JPG+ Loco Moco
I had a dish called loco coco for the first time when I visited Hawaii. This dish is essentially rice with a hamburger patty, egg, and a gravy on top. I had it at a couple places, but the one from Heavenly in Waikiki was definitely my favorite!

+ Poke
 I am not really a fan of poke, but I know this is definitely something Hawaii is known for! My boyfriend enjoyed some during our trip. Maybe next time I will give it a try too!
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+ Shave Ice
This is another Hawaiian staple! I had some the first day we got there…and then about three other times too! Shave ice is just so nice and refreshing on a hot day.IMG_3887.JPG
+ Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
We had heard about this shrimp truck on the North Shore and knew we had to give it a try! I am not really into seafood much, but this garlic shrimp we had was really yummy. It is a pretty long wait, though, so beware!IMG_3757.JPGIMG_3585.JPGIMG_3189.JPGOther places to visit:

All I can say is… Take me back!

xoxo
Jess

* all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted

5 Things to do in Oahu, Hawaii

IMG_3023.JPGThe most recent trip that I took was to Oahu, Hawaii. I had never been to Hawaii before and absolutely fell in love with it! I have been dreaming of those soft sandy beaches and warm crystal blue water ever since, and my boyfriend and I are already scheming ways we can make another visit there soon 🙂

For now though, I’ll take a little trip down memory lane and share with you all 5 things you can do the next time you’re in Oahu.img_3635-copy+ Hike Diamond Head
One morning we got up at 5:30am to make the popular hike up to the top of Diamond Head, a volcanic mountain that provides a breathtaking view of Waikiki. I am admittedly not much of a morning person, but it was definitely worth the morning workout to make it the top and be rewarded with such a lovely view. It gets crowded and the day gets hot pretty quickly, so I recommend getting an early start!img_3391+ Go zip lining
I’ll be honest, I was kind of on the fence about zip lining because of how expensive it is, but we decided to just go for it. I am so glad we did! We zip lined at Keana Farms, which had 8 different lines and stunning views. It was a really awesome, exhilarating experience!

+ Go to the KCC Farmer’s Market
After our hike at Diamond Head, we went to the KCC Farmer’s Market, which was conveniently just across the street! This isn’t really a typical farmer’s market that you would go to for your general produce shopping… It is more of a place you should go to when you’re hungry and can try foods from many different local food companies. It reminded me a bit like a street fair. They had such a variety of things like fresh juices and smoothies, poke, ice cream, pizza, burgers, fish, and other local treats.

+ Jump off the rock at Waimea Bay
I am not one who enjoys heights much, but I really enjoyed going to the beach at Waimea Bay and jumping off the huge rock there! I had seen photos of this beach and the rock, so when I got the opportunity to experience it for myself, I jumped at the chance (no pun intended). The jump is about 25 feet high and you land in a sandy bottom area that is about 10 feet deep. Even if you’re not up for the adrenaline rush, Waimea Bay is a nice beach and watching others jump off the rock is pretty entertaining.img_3261+  Snorkeling
We went snorkeling at a small beach on the North Shore and it was perfect! There were sea turtles out feeding on algae near the shore and we were able to get very up close and personal with them. One even accidentally bumped into me! We also saw some fish, but of course the sea turtles were the main attraction. We never got around to snorkeling more during our trip even though we wanted to (so many things to do and see!), though I highly recommend doing it at least once!

I could go on and on about how wonderful Hawaii is forever, but I will spare you and end things here! I just may get a bout of wanderlust and write another post filled with things to do–or better yet–things to eat when in Hawaii  🙂

Have you ever been to Hawaii? What were your favorite things that you did there?

xoxo
Jess

* all photos by Jess unless otherwise noted