Our in-flight meal was breakfast and I was surprised at the quality of the food. I chose a cheese omelet with roasted potatoes and sausages. It was accompanied by a starch of your choice and a variety of fruit. I'm usually fine with airplane meals but I think is the best one I've had thus far. The eggs were cheesy and gooey while the potatoes were cooked properly. The sausages were flavorful. The fruit and bagel were decent but I cannot complain here. The meal also comes with miniature salt and pepper shakers!
After arriving, my first legitimate meal (and last) was at a mall food court near our hotel. (By the way we stayed at the Equus Hotel). I know, I should be exploring the non-tourist spots and all that but I was starving and I did not want to walk any further. I decided on this place called Bangga Bangga because the poke bowls caught my eye. I ordered the tuna poke and there are sauces to choose from. I believe I chose the plain soy sauce to try it out. It took me by surprised that the fish quality was fresh! The second time around I got the dynamite bowl that had a spicy finish in each bite.
Since I was in Hawaii, I just had to have musubi. Musubi is basically taken a block of rice top it with your choice of protein, add some sauce and wrap it in seaweed. It is an on-the go meal and very comforting. My mission was to taste this place a couple of my friends recommended (Thanks Ray and Kristina!). The place is called Musubi Cafe Iyasume located in an alleyway in Wakiki. It's a local spot hidden away from the tourists but is buried treasure for the foodies.
If you are on a budget, this place is where to go to save some money. It's quick, delicious, and makes you crave more. I ordered the musubi that had the cheese and bacon along with the Spam. For me, you can never go wrong with cheese and bacon. My little treasure after a trek from downtown to this place was rewarding. The flavors marry nicely and I ate slowly to savor each bite. Something so simple tasted so glorious. I should have bought more to stock up...
Cafe Musubi Iyasume
, Hours: Mon-Sun 6:30a.m.-8 p.m.
I have yet to partake in the cronut craze but I did stumble upon the croissada. A croissada is a cross between a croissant and a malasada (Portuguese doughnut). The Pacific Beach Hotel was hosting a farmer's market that day and I just had to snoop around. It wasn't a large farmer's market but the sight and smell of these lovely beauties caught my attention. The hotel itself came up with this hybrid and I just had to try. The one I bought had chocolate stuffed in them. It was a crispy and flaky outside with a soft and creamy chocolate surprise inside. It was not too sweet but it has done its job. I wish I brought some of this home. Do not fret, these crossiadas are sold at the hotel's cafe and not just during the farmer's market.
I would definitely want to come back to Hawaii but probably another island to sample more of the local fare. Thank you for reading.