Kauai magicIn May, my parents were on the island visiting, and we went to Kauai for about 5 days of pure bliss. The air seems to tingle with energy there. During those 5 days, we were pretty busy doing nothing! We slept, ate, hit happy hour with our books and watched the sunsets, explored the south side of the island, met with friends, and went to the beach. It was a great opportunity to unwind.

While there are a few places to get plant-based cuisine, it’s definitely more limited than O’ahu. Here are a few of the dining highlights.

Our fanciest dinner was at Merriman’s in Poipu where they did have plant-based options.  We were (or shall I say –  I – was) excited that we had the table next to where Johnny Depp likes to eat.  The server shared some interesting stories about the celebrities that live quietly among locals  in that area.  My meal was:

Edamame hummus with taro chips

Edamame Hummus

Quinoa salad with local kale and lettuce

Quinoa & Kale Salad

Heart of palm stir-fry with pa’i’ai fritters.

Heart of palm stirfry

Lilikoi Mojito     Melon Margarita & Wild     Li Hing Mui Margarita

Top left : lilikoi mojito while dining with Shar and Art at Gaylords

Top right: melon margarita at the Sheraton

Bottom left: Li hing mui margarita at the Hyatt

I also want to say a special thanks to Shar and Art, who embody the spirit of aloha,  for taking the three of us out for lunch at Gaylord’s.