|A Day at the Beach|
Oahu was amazing. It was my first time to Hawaii. One of my best friends from college moved there a few years ago shortly after marrying a naval officer who got orders that sent them both to paradise. I had an open invite, a place to stay, and a best friend to visit and it took me like 3 years to finally take Laura (on the right in this picture) and her husband Will, up on their awesome offer! When Laura was asking me about what I wanted to see/do while in town, I told her that all I cared about was checking out the local farmers markets, eating lots of tropical food, and sticking to my budget!
flickr. There's a set for the farmers market and a set for Oahu.
In Hawaii, I fell in love with papaya. Sure I had eaten papaya before, but never in a smoothie or with Greek yogurt. I couldn't (and still can't) get enough of this delicious candy-like fruit! I know it has to travel great distances to get to my plate, so I've tried to keep that in mind and not go overboard, but they're SO tempting!
My appreciation for flowers also skyrocketed as I saw all kinds of beautiful flowers I had never even imagined, let alone seen in real life! I took so many pictures of gorgeous flowers that I made a set just for flowers on my flickr photostream!
|Alii Kula Lavender Booth|
Oh, and I can't write a post about Hawaii without mentioning the shaved ice. You can bet I ate that at least 3 times... with the condensed milk and the sweet azuki beans and tropical flavors every time! I almost forgot to mention the KONA COFFEE! I don't consider myself to be a coffee connoisseur at all, but there's no denying that Kona Coffee is some of the best coffee on the planet!
I can't finish this post without airing one grievance. When I started planning my trip, I had visions of roadside produce stands selling pineapples, coconuts, and mangoes. I was REALLY disappointed that I had to go out of my way to find all the stuff that the fertile land in Oahu bears, especially when there were plate lunch trucks pushing steak plates on every other corner! Gross.
PS: Pineapples grow in bushes on the ground, not in trees! (Can you tell that was news to me when we drove past the Dole Plantation on the way to the North Shore?)