PCC in Kauai? Nope, but plenty of eating local

Hello everyone! I'm back in the office after three nonstop weeks of adventure. I'm looking forward to catching you up on what's new at the co-op (for starters, Puget Sound Blood Center just let us know our recent blood drives donated enough to save at least 300 lives! Thanks for your participation! But I digress :)

On June 20 I married Jerry, the love of my life. Two days later we flew to Kauai for our honeymoon. We recently rolled home to Seattle, stuffed from long, balmy days of macadamia-nut ice cream, shave ice, fresh mahi mahi, Maui onion rings and delectable island fruit like these: 

 

When traveling I make it my personal mission to try a good variety of the local cuisine. Those of you who follow this blog on Twitter (@nwfoodette) saw many a meal we enjoyed at roadside huts and fancy restaurants alike. Here is one of my favorite spots (the Sueoka Snack Shop in Koloa, where there's always a huge line of locals and tourists alike): 

Their shrimp tempura and macaroni salad were darn satisfying. Here's macadamia-nut encrusted mahi mahi from the Beach House on the south shore, where we went for our special dinner at the end of our trip: 

One fun highlight was a visit to a local sunshine market -- what they call farmers markets on Kauai. I'd heard rumors that shopping at them is a contact sport and our trip to the Koloa Sunshine Market did not disappoint. The crowd waiting at opening probably numbered around 150. This man below waving the leaf explained the rules: Pregnant women in their second and third trimesters, the disabled and seniors 90 and older could all skip the line and beeline to their favorite stand; the rest of us had to duke it out when he blew a starting whistle: 

I saw one little girl lose a flip flop in the mass of hungry humanity that stumbled toward stands of fresh guava, pineapple, flowers, lettuces and loads of other island produce: 

I was just happy we made it out alive with my precious guava. I wish I could have bottled its fragrance: 

If you're headed to Kauai I'd like to recommend Marjorie's Kauai Inn. It's set above a lush valley in Lawai on the south shore and offers fresh, delicious vegetarian breakfast daily. During our stay we enjoyed buckwheat waffles, cornmeal pancakes, steel-cut oatmeal, homemade quiche, organic eggs and a daily offering of Kauai's own Anahola Granola topped with fruit, much of which came from the innkeeper's own trees. The north shore also boasts an organic farm where you can stay the night and then wake up to pick your own pineapple. Not bad. 

 

And of course, no trip to Hawai'i is complete without some of this: 

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