Aloha! I was going to wait until we returned to write a post, but at this point we really don’t want to ever return. We’re ready to ‘go bamboo’ up in Hanalei Bay. Up on there, on the north side of Kauai it is so beautiful that it starts to be a little ridiculous. Really. It is so lush and green with majestic mountains and picturesque beaches. So if you don’t hear from us for a while, you’ll find us up there, probably in front of Java Kai’s or across the street eating fish tacos with an umbrella clad drink. Or maybe just laying on the beach. Although, I suppose living in paradise would get old..at least that’s what I tell myself when flashes of reality come back to us.
Meanwhile, let me show you this incredible fruit we’ve been finding. I underestimated Hawaii a lot. I just always thought of Hawaii as resorts and beaches and coconuts, pineapples leis and luau’s. I didn’t realize how rich and interesting the culture is. It’s like visiting a completely different country in some respects. Nor did I realize how friendly the natives would be. And I really didn’t think that we would discover the little works of natural art that we’d find at roadside stands.
Our first find was bananas. We have a Safeway across the street from us and on our first morning we ventured over to fill up our kitchen. We found regular bananas, the kind we all have at our market, from Equador. And then we found these smaller fatter bananas, called apple bananas. They are creamier have a slightly peachy color when you bite in and do have a bit of an apple taste to them. From that first realization, that there was a whole new world of fruit awaiting us, we’ve become a couple obsessed. When we aren’t sipping frosty drinks, logging in hours in the water, or driving off to another adventure, we are hitting the car breaks to find all sorts of little roadside markets and trucks with odd fruit spilling out the back.
The oranges here are not really orange. They are ugly and heavy….and juicy and the sweetest that you’ve ever had. The avocados are insanely huge. The papayas and starfruit actually have flavor unlike what you find at the grocery store.
And then there are these things called Rambutans. Unbelievable. Apparently they are widely cultivated in the tropics. And I guess it makes sense that I’ve never heard of them since I’ve never been to the tropics. But oh my. They are golf ball sized and red, with soft, thin spikes. And they smell like lilies. Then you open them up and inside is a lychee like fruit – like a peeled grape. But it tastes like a sweet flower. If you ever run across one, do try it. We are captivated by them.
Then there are Longans or Dragon’s Eyes. Kind of like rambutans, because you peel them and are left with a lychee/eyeball kind of fruit. But these are small and brown and the flavor is much more intense.
So as you can see, between these wonderful finds and all the fresh fish we’ve been having, the eating has been good. In fact everything has been good. And I’m quite sure that I might actually shed a tear or two upon getting back into that plane. But in the meantime, we’ve got more beach walking to do. I hope you had a Happy New Years friends.