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My Top 10 Bites & Top 5 Sips from our 2012 Trip to the Island of Oahu, Hawaii

27 Dec

TOP TEN MEMORABLE BITES

Please keep in mind that this is in no way a complete list. Many delectable treats were devoured. And many refreshing beverages were consumed. Narrowing down the list to 10 food items and 5 drinks was decidedly difficult. Enjoying Hawaii’s delicious bounty was not. Special mention should go out to the Diamond Head Deli and Bakery.

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Everything we ate there was top shelf. That included their memorable ginger spiked grilled tuna steaks and the gargantuan (almost as big as Diamond Head) blueberry scones (seen above) they serve up each morning for breakfast. If I could move any restaurant we visited on Oahu back to the mainland with me, the Diamond Head would probably be the one.

1) FRIED BANANAS @ KAHUKU LAND FARMS, KAHUKU (NORTH SHORE)
fried banana
2) SPAM MUSUBI (“SPAM SUSHI”) @ CHING’S GROCERY, KULA
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3) GARLIC SHRIMP @ BIG WAVE SHRIMP, HALEIWA
garlic shrimp
4) MALASADAS @ LEONARD’S BAKERY (NEAR DIAMOND HEAD)
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5) MACADAMIA PINK SNAPPER @ BLUE WATER SHRIMP
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6) PORK DUMPLINGS @ LEGEND SEAFOOD, HONOLULU
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7) SWEET PINEAPPLE BREAD, YUMMY LAND BAKERY, KALIHI
sweet roll
8) BOWL AT CRISPY GRINDZ FOOD TRUCK (NORTH SHORE)
acai bowl
9) HAUPIA (COCONUT PUDDING) ICE CREAM @ HU LA LA’S
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10) HAWAIIAN PIZZA (KALUA PORK & PINEAPPLE) @ DUKE’S WAIKIKI
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TOP FIVE SIPS

1) MAI TAI @ ROYAL HAWAIIAN RESORT
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2) KONA COFFEE @ HONOLULU COFFEE COMPANY
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3) BIG WAVE GOLDEN ALE FROM KONA BREWERY
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4) PASSION FRUIT LILIKOI PUNCH @ LA MARIANA TIKI BAR
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5) HAWAIIAN SUN PASS-O-GUAVA NECTAR DRINK
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Papa Rocco’s Pizza Rocks Gulf Shores, Alabama

19 Oct

A visit to the coast is not always about seafood. Sometimes you want an inexpensive meal or perhaps you are craving some good Italian food. Such a Sunday afternoon feeling led us to Papa Rocco’s Pizza in Gulf Shores, AL. It’s a short scooter ride from the beach. And, perhaps more importantly, we had heard good things via foodie chat on the web.

There are about 10 flat screen TVs inside Papa Rocco’s and it seemed like each one had a different NFL game on. Tourists decked out in Packers, Colts, Browns, and Rams attire mixed easily with fans of the New Orleans Saints (the closest thing that we have to a home team along the Alabama Coast).

We ended up feeding the family for just over $20 — and the pizza was pretty darn tasty! Ours came with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers and red onion. To be honest, we could have probably downed a second pie — it was that good. The spaghetti and meatballs also looked very tempting. The meatballs were huge (well, about the size of billiard balls). The service was excellent and the atmosphere comfy. We will surely return. Thanks, Papa! 

www.paparocco.com