Earlier this month I traveled to Hawaii to visit my best friend and enjoy their authentic island cuisine.
Hawaii is over 2,000 miles form the mainland, so they rely on foods they can grow easily. I've found their cuisine tends to be a blend of Philippine, Chinese, Japanese, and tropical paradise. So yummy.
My first dinner was enjoyed at the Modern Honolulu where I stayed. I went to a luau in Paradise Cove and loved watching the hula dancers while savoring King Hawaiian Bread (a staple made with taro root), salmon salsa, pork poi, rice, taro pudding, and coconut jelly.
Olive & Oliver was my go-to in the morning. I adore their strong presence and modern contemporary beach feel. Their coffee was, of course, fantastic as well!
Hawaii does a wonderful job relying on what they can grow. However, they do have their splurges.
Due to Hawaii's distance from the mainland, SPAM is incredibly popular because it lasts. It is everywhere on that island!
One morning I stopped by the Surfjack Hotel for brunch. Their spread included fried rice, kimchi and avocado.
Brunch at the Modern Honolulu was fresh and delicious. On my plate was poke tuna and mixed salad with local greens.
Overall I adored the fresh, juicy, and tropical flavors of Hawaiian food. I look forward to my next visit!