Hi Hawaii 'Hounds! I'll be moving to O'ahu late this summer or early autumn. I grew up on the Big Island, but have been living on the mainland for about 10 years.
In thinking about the move, I'm curious whether I'll be able to find some of the specialty grocery items I've gotten used to while living on the mainland. So, I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or recommendations in the following categories:
-- A gourmet grocery store, with excellent produce (doesn't need to be organic), goat's milk, high-end crackers and snack chips, a wide variety of unique yogurts, etc. I know there are Whole Foods locations, but are there other options? Natural/health food isn't important, it's more the gourmet aspect that I care about.
-- A place to get amazing cheese, bucherons and mimolettes and triple-cremes and really unique stinky cheeses. Again, Whole Foods has some of this stuff, but I'm not a big fan of their cheese department, as they always saran-wrap the cheeses, which spoils them before you can even take them home.
-- An artisan bread bakery. If anyone is familiar with Zingerman's (http://www.zingermans.com/Category.as...) in Ann Arbor, MI, that would be like the gold standard.
-- A good Indian grocery store. I know there's an Indian grocery in Honolulu, but how does it compare to some of those in areas where there is a larger Indian population? Do they have a wide variety of spices, cheap? How about produce and fresh curry leaves?
-- Any good farmers markets where one can buy fresh local produce (again, does not need to be organic)?
Thank you so much!!!