Hawaii Adventures Day 4: My First Happy Hour, Resort Romping, and Hawaii Date Night!
Good Morning Beautiful People!
If you’re new to my blog, hi! Welcome my new friends! 🙂 Here I ramble about food, minimalism, and everything in between. Right now I’m on vacation in Hawaii, so that is the topic at hand. So grab your favorite drink, pull up a chair, and let’s dive in together! Yesterday was another beautiful day under the sun. We began the day by traveling down to the Grand Wailea Resort. This four star resort is the epitome of over-the-top opulence. Fun fact: even if you’re not staying at the resort, you can walk around all of the beachfront resorts with no trouble at all and view their pools, beaches, and enjoy their boardwalks. The Grand Wailea was everything my mom described it to be… and more. There was a koi pond. Okay, it was more like a koi lake complete with a wedding chapel on a small island. There were hundreds of lounge chairs, umbrellas, and cabanas for guests to enjoy. There were waiters moving around with cocktails and chips & dip for people to indulge in. It looked like a picturesque scene.
With the sun blazing down on our faces we wandered up the stone path and over small foot bridges to enter the resort hotel. Inside it was even nicer then the outside! There were fountains, chandeliers, and statues galore! Mr. Noob Chef and I found a statue that reminded us of ourselves! This would be us after eating a belly of great food….. LOL….
Later on in the afternoon we picked up some of the BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. If you know me, you know my love for cookies. Just check out my dessert archives. There are a ton of cookie recipes in there 🙂 . Me + a cup of tea + a cookie = heaven hehehe. But I digress. These cookies are crispy, wonderful, slightly pricey ($4.29/ 6 count) but so worth it. They taste amazing and the longer you chew, the better they taste in your mouth. I could gush on and on about these cookies, but I’ll show you the picture instead….
Then it was time for MORE food! (I am really on vacation, my friends). Vacation calories don’t count…. right? 😉 Right! Now, here’s a confession for you: up until yesterday I have never, ever been to a bar. *Gasp*! I know, right?! I’m 33 years old and I had never set foot in a bar. All the times I’ve tried a glass of wine, or a mixed drink it was at home, at a family members house, or at a wedding. So admittedly, when we went to Leilani’s in Whaler’s Village for Happy Hour…. I was curious what the experience would be like. This family-friendly restaurant had a large, covered outdoor seating area complete with live music, and a great selection of nibbles (or “pupus” as they are called here) to enjoy.
We chose several orders of hurricane fries and a couple orders of the sloppy Jim slider. The Hurricane Fries consisted of: fresh french fries covered in gochujang, furikake, kabayaki, and green onion. All I can say is… YUM! We devoured these fries like cookie monster devours cookies. The drizzle of Sriracha Mayonnaise brought it all together and made us swoon in our chairs.
The Sloppy Jim slider was a bit more spicy with Kalua Pork and BBQ Sambal, coleslaw, and a toasted slider bun. Mr. Noob Chef enjoyed it thoroughly.
And of course, no happy hour is complete without ordering a cocktail. I’m not one for drinking… but I stole a sip from Mr. Noob Chef’s Pina Colada. It was actually really tasty and we giggled singing, “If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain….”.
With music bopping, the crowd entertained, and our bellies happy we headed off to continue our adventure. It was Friday which meant it was date night for Mr. Noob Chef and I. The Noob Chef Junior hung out with Grandma and Grandpa while we headed out for a night of strolling around and shopping. As the sun finally set we made our way out for dinner at a local sushi restaurant called, Genki Sushi. This conveyor-belt sushi restaurant was Mr. Noob Chef’s first experience ordering straight off a conveyor belt. It’s so much fun. Basically you get to control your tab by choosing sushi based upon the price of the plate. Each plate color has a designated price. At the end of your meal the waitress tallies up the plate amounts, writes you a bill, and you take it to the register to pay. It’s informal, very comfortable, and you don’t feel pressed to eat quickly all in one go. It’s lovely.
Mr. Noob Chef loved looking at all the little plates coming around the conveyor belt. They had drinks, desserts, edamame and somen salad, and sushi of all kinds!
Now I had my eye on a plate of tomago sushi because I had never tasted it before. Guys… I was blown away. This simple egg sushi blew my mind. It was cold, creamy, and paired so perfectly with the rice. It was light and yet so flavorful when dipped in soy sauce. I was swooning and moaning with each bite. 🙂
As the night wrapped up and our bellies were about to bust Mr. Noob Chef grinned at me. “There’s just one more roll I have to try…” he declared. “You’re on your own” I said, smirking and patting my happily-full stomach. He reached over and picked up a fried spam and tomago (egg) roll. Now it was HIS turn to swoon… LOL!
Alright, that wraps up Day 4 of our Hawaiian Adventures! Stay tuned for more of our travels tomorrow. Have a beautiful day everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤