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Somehow, despite all my precautions (vitamin C, diligent use of hand sanitizer and hand washing, staying away from sick people), I somehow managed to catch a bad cold.  As a result, there’s not much happening in the kitchen.  I’ve made the usual chicken rice porridge, which I always make when I’m sick, and chocolate chip cookies, just because I was craving something sweet.

I did however want to do a long overdue recap on Kauai, especially the food.  While in Kauai, we were determined to eat local food, and we ended up doing so for every meal.  This translated into lots of plate lunches, greasy burgers, heavy piles of loco moco smothered in gravy, and on and on.  We were trying to eat at most every “ono” place noted in the Ultimate Kauai guidebook and I gained six pounds in the process.

This is by no means every meal we had in Kauai (we ate a lot more!) but just a small sampling.  🙂

While on a photography tour, we stopped at a little food truck in Hanalei for some ono plate lunches.  Hanalei is home to many taro fields, so it was no surprise that our mac salad and mochi cake included some of this delicious treat.

Kalua pork, mac salad with taro, rice, taro mochi cake from lunch truck in Hanalei2a

The next day, we had dinner at TNT Burgers in Kapa’a.  I had the artery-clogging loco moco, which I could only eat half of, while Hubs had the cheese covered Italian chicken Parmesan sandwich.

Loco Moco from TNT Steak Burgers in Kapa'a2a

Italian chicken sandwich from TNT Steak Burgers in Kapa'a2a

On the way to Poipu, we stopped at Sueoka’s Snack Shop for some more plate lunches.  This time, mahi mahi fish and chips for me and loco moco for Hubs.

Mahi mahi lunch plate from Sueoka Snack Shop2b

For the second half of our trip, we stayed on Kauai’s north shore.  In the Princeville/Hanalei area, there is a little Chevron gas station that doubles as an eatery.  Its called North Shore Grindz and is so good that we ended up eating there twice.  This was their famous Braddah’s BBQ burger, complete with bacon and onion rings, and dripping with BBQ sauce.  Mouth-watering goodness.

Braddah's BBQ burger at North Shore Grindz in Princeville2a

The food was incredibly rich–I could taste the butter in the gravy, but hey, we’re on vacation right?

Chicken cutlet at North Shore Grindz in Princeville2a

Not all our meals consisted of plate lunches and meat soaked in buttery gravy.  We snacked on Lappert’s ice cream as well.  😉

Lappert's Ice Cream, Kauai Pie2a

Lappert's Ice Cream3a

And some gelato made with local Hawaiian guava:

Guava gelato made with local guavas2a

Saving the best for last, this was quite possibly my favorite meal on the whole trip: Sesame ahi poke over rice, just $4.95 from Pono Market in Kapa’a.  It was possibly the healthiest meal as well.  Pono Market supposedly sells the best poke on the island and several locals recommended it to us.  It is well worth the trip over to Kapa’a.

The ahi is fresh and silky soft, just perfectly seasoned with sesame, salt, and who knows what else.  The portions were generous too–the guy behind the counter made me a poke bowl (poke over rice), and I ended up with a heaping portion of poke over a large scoop of rice.  Awesome deal.  Definitely on my list of places to come back to in Kauai. Sesame ahi poke from Pono Market in Kapa'a2a

And with beaches like this:

Lumaha'i Beach in Kauai

Lumaha'i Beach in Kauai, taken by me during our photography tour

We will definitely be back.