It has been far too long since my last blog post. However, I have an excellent (I believe) reason for my neglect: I just got married, and we were away on our honeymoon! So, if you forgive me, I promise to once again continue my regular blogging, hopefully with posts you find at least somewhat informative and/or entertaining.
For our honeymoon we went to Kauai, Hawaii, considered the more laid-back and out-doorsy Hawaiian island. After the craziness leading up the wedding and the weekend itself, this was exactly what we needed! Plus, all the hiking we did made up for the fact that our entire vacation was basically one extended splurge. Here’s a picture from one of our favorite hikes to Hanakapiai Falls, a strenuous (okay, thought I was going to die….on multiple occasions) 8-mile trail that led us to a beautiful waterfall/swimming hole. Note: that is not us in the picture although we definitely went for a swim!
One of my favorite splurges on the trip was at the Puka Dog “restaurant,” which we may or may not have gone to more than once. Puka Dog specializes in hot dogs, and I swear this was one of the best hot dogs I have ever had. The polish sausage is served in a sweet Hawaiian bread with your choice of spicy sauce (you chose how hot) and your choice of relish (both coconut and mango were awesome – I imagine all the others are, too). I particularly fell in love with the lilikoi mustard served with the dog, which is a blend of brown mustard and passion fruit. If you know the recipe for it, let me know, because I would like to put it on pretty much all my food from now on!
I also loved the shave ice. At its most basic, shave ice is a cone of fluffy ice bits topped with different flavored syrups. And while I realize this is the ideal food of 4 year olds everywhere, it is what you can add to the shave ice that makes this refreshing treat unforgettable: ice cream. Specially, macadamia nut, or “mac nut” (another Hawaiian specialty), ice cream. The creamy ice cream and nutty bits combined with the shave ice added a whole new dimension. But wait, there’s more. You can also add mochi to the shave ice. Yes, mochi, that doughy and sugary Japanese treat that I can never get enough of. With a shave ice of mac nut ice cream, mochi, and coconut, mango, and passion-fruit syrups, I was in absolute heaven, and there wasn’t even chocolate involved!
The fish, of course, was also great in Hawaii (can’t get much fresher), and we had the most divine poke nachos. Served with slightly smaller and perfectly salted nacho chips, the dish was chalk full of fresh chunks of raw ahi tuna and topped with a sweet mango and tomato salsa and black caviar. Delicious. Amazing. I want to go back.