|From the Kona Farmer's Market|
So for us any trip anywhere is about eating, and because on a honeymoon you don't even have to pretend to do anything else, we pretty much ate our way around the island.
For our first week, we had a condominium in Kona, with a full kitchen and dishwasher that made it way nicer than our home kitchen. So we were able to shop at the incredible farmer's markets around Kona, stock up on tropical fruits like papayas, mangos, pineapple, lilikoi (passion fruit) and starfruits, in addition to just about any vegetable that grows in the ground. Even though food costs can get awfully high on the islands, the farmer's markets were surprisingly affordable.
|Breakfast: Strawberry Papaya with Lime|
|Ashley at Lemongrass Bistro, with Vegan Kimchee Salad (right)|
|Macadamia-Nut-Crusted Tofu with Peanut Sauce|
Our condo was part of Kona Coast Resort, right across the road from Keauhou Shopping Center, which includes a movie theater, a number of restaurants, a grocery store and a farmer's market on Saturdays. We brought staple items from California, where we shopped at Trader Joe's the day before leaving. For items like pasta, nuts and dried fruit, it was a huge money saver, as most everyday groceries are much more expensive in Hawaii. But we still shopped at KTA Superstore for some local items and we had so much fun! Some of the great local items we got were a Hawaiian BBQ Sauce, like a thick teriyaki with sesame seeds and miso, and Pickled Maui Onions with Ogo, a local seaweed.
|Our groceries from KTA Superstore|
On our adventures outside of Kona, we saw the other side of the island, full of lush jungle and a coastline of black volcanic rock with crashing waves. We went to the quaint old sugar town of Honoka'a on our way to the majestic Waipio Valley and had lunch at Simply Natural. We both ordered a Taro Burger with Pineapple Ginger Sauce (again, we asked if it was vegetarian and she said back, "it's vegan!"). It wasn't the most exciting or flavorful meal, but it was unique and felt like a very local lunch. The beautiful woman at the counter who thanked us for choosing Hawaii island for our honeymoon and made everything with a smile didn't hurt.
|Pineapple Curry with Tofu|
|Hearts of Palm Salad|
We loved our honeymoon on the Big Island of Hawaii, where many veggie delights await hungry travelers like us. Mahalo!