Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hawaii Food Tours and Our Trip to Oahu

Mr. Delish and I recently came back from a trip to Oahu.  We really enjoyed our trip.  We hiked up Makapu'u Point (pictured), went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, sunned on Waikiki Beach, visited Pearl Harbor, the North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and enjoyed Oahu's nightlife by listening to live music and going dancing.  However, for purposes of this blog, the most relevant thing we did was go on Hawaii Food Tours as described after the jump break.

View from top of Makapu'u Point

I saw an article suggesting one thing to do in Oahu was to go on Hawaii Food Tours.  After I saw the glowing reviews, I asked Mr. Delish what he thought about it and we booked the Hole in the Wall Tour for early in the trip. 

Matt and Keira led the food tour, which involved trying unique and tasty foods and restaurants that I had never heard of and never would have found on my own.  The food on the tour included a variety of fresh fruits and spices, well seasoned meats, pastries, etc...just a great balance in my opinion.  I am still trying to figure out how to get some of the cream puffs we tried on the mainland. Here are photos of just a few the things we tried.

The tour was also really informative; we learned about Hawaii generally and about food in Hawaii, especially Chinatown Honolulu.  Also, Matt and Keira not only told us to feel free to ask questions but specifically checked in with us to see if we need an recommendations.  They suggested a few places to for us to try, all of which we enjoyed.  During the tour, they said we could call them with any "food emergencies."  In my head, I thought to myself, "Yeah emergency.  Who would ever call about that?" Answer: this girl.

Yep, it's me. After hiking up to Makapu'u Point, we found the road closed to get back to Hanauma Bay so we decided to take a trip to the North Shore...only I had left my book and had no idea where to eat there.  I called Hawaii Food Tours and got a quick response; Matt suggested Ted's Bakery and even sent me the address to plug into the GPS (good thing because I would never have found the place otherwise).  I had a plate lunch of mouth-watering garlic shrimp, rice, and pasta salad which came with a free slice of amazing chocolate haupia (coconut) pie, while Mr. Delish had a tasty burger.  Ted's Bakery doesn't look like much on the outside but the food was's definitely more than just a bakery.

Per my request, they also sent me the address to Matsumoto Groceries (which has no groceries) for shave ice.   The Shave Ice was good but not great; I probably should have asked them what to get/where to go for shave ice in the North Shore.  Also, this would have been impossible to find without the GPS.

So in a nutshell, Matt and Keira really go above on beyond for their "foodie family" and it was a great experience so I would definitely recommend Hawaii Food Tours.