The night we arrived, my mom had filled our hotel room with tons of treats. She must have known we would be starving...even though it was after midnight Central Time.
There was a red box filled with about a million of these little cookies...I had to restrain myself so that 4 of them made it home to the kids. (It was hard and ONLY 4 made it home! I ate the other 999,996.)
|Lilikoi Shortbread Cookies from The Cookie Corner|
Another box was filled with my childhood favorite...
When we got to Kona, my Auntie and Uncle gave us the most detailed, thorough tour EVER and then brought us back to their house for a real Hawaiian dinner!
|Chicken Long Rice|
|Lomi Lomi Salmon|
|Lau Laus - pork and sometimes fish wrapped inside taro leaves and steamed|
|and rice...of course!|
The next day while we were out in the "tourist-y" part of Kona, we had my all-time favorite thing on the planet (besides Diet DP)...
|Hawaiian Shaved Ice|
|look at all those syrup choices!!|
For breakfast we had these...
|POG - Passion Orange Guava Juice|
On our last day in Kona, the whole family went to Genki Sushi.
It's the most unassuming little place, stuffed between a Subway and a Panda Express in a strip mall. You think you're going in for fast food...and it is sort of fast food because it's ready the minute you sit down...but it's totally not what you think!
The little sushi makers are in the center of the restaurant where you can watch them make the fresh sushi and put it on a CONVEYOR BELT that "delivers" it to the surrounding tables....brilliant!!
So when you sit down, you have instant and total access to a million tempting little plates of sushi floating right next to you. It didn't take us long to realize that all that accessibility might not be such a good thing. They charge by the plate (price is determined by the plate color), and by the end of our indulgence we had quite a few stacks of each color!
It was totally worth it, though, and for our last meal in Hawaii, it was a great choice. We didn't have to eat until the next day...when we were back at home!
So after a week of total and complete food nirvana, reality has set back in and I've realized that I actually have to fit into a skirt on Sunday. Back to Whole Foods and my pre-December lifestyle...more fruits and veggies, WATER, whole wheat flour, less meat and no caffeine! By next month, I should be ready for the next adventure...