Kauai – The Food

The night we arrived in Hawaii, we were greeted with a bottle of wine in our fridge and a beautiful pineapple. It took several days to work our way through this baby. It got sweeter and sweeter each night.

Pineapple Lei Grand Hyatt Kauai, Hawaii

Most of our meals took place at our gorgeous hotel, The Grand Hyatt. Pretty much every morning I had a veggie omelet and fresh fruit while enjoying this spectacular view.

We’d spend most of our days driving (click for part 1, part 2, and part 3 of our Hawaii adventures) but make frequent stops along the way (like Little Fish Coffee) for beverages and snacks.

Even though we were in the land of Shave Ice (I had to keep reminding myself not to call it “Shaved Ice!”) we found ourselves having more of a smoothie/acai bowl craving.

Anake’s Juice Bar is located in the back (next to the karaoke machine!) of Kukuiula Market, a family owned market in Koloa. We split a Hulk bowl (green from spirulina and kale) layered with gluten-free granola, which Abe pointed out was inspired by the color of Hulk’s shorts and skin. We couldn’t stop talking about this lunch. In fact, we went back on our last day right, right before the airport.

Also back there – mason jars filled with homemade chia seed pudding and overnight oats! I felt so at home.

In general, it was so unbelievably easy to eat gluten-free and there was no shortage of amazing produce.

On Wednesdays from 3-6:30pm, the Kauai Culinary Market is hosted at The Shops at Kukuiula. This reminded me a lot of The Grove/Farmers Market in Los Angeles…

…except better. Because Hawaiian Santa.

We had a last-minute dinner there at Merriman’s Fish House. The meals were pretty expensive but we made do with a bunch of sides/appetizers – all gluten-free!

Only two dishes were on my Hawaii Bucket List, and they’re both brought to you by the letter “P.”

Fish Express Poke Kauai

Poke (above) which we got from Fish Express, and Poi (below) from Hanalei Taro Company. Both did not disappoint. Poi is kind of bland – with a yogurt consistency – but it tastes great with pork and fish on top! Abe had a veggie burger with taro, too.

For the most part, we would eat snacks for dinner in our hotel room while watching a movie filmed in Kauai. Lots of fresh fruit, mac nuts (as I often heard them called) and local chips. I even had a glass of the aforementioned Pinot Grigio one night.

Here is a little vlog I made on the first day, featuring Fresh Bite Kauai, a food truck. Seriously that salad I ate was one of the best I’ve ever had. And I come from the land of salads.

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