just came back from kauai.
^hamura's saimin. awesome noodles (perfect texture and tasty broth) and lilikoi pie (topped with cool whip?!). good shaved ice as well. went twice (and would have gone every day had i not been a 35 minute drive away).
^farmer's markets. very good produce. got cool things like banana flowers, rambutan, apple bananas, passion fruit, longan, suriname cherries.
^plate lunches. i the rice they use (calrose variety?), and the obligatory macaroni salad made me laugh.
^luau at gaylord's. awful food. went only because relatives wanted to see the show. dry shredded pork, clumpy fried rice, etc. not totally inedible, but i certainly didn't go back for seconds.
^chuck's steakhouse and seafood. not bad, but not stellar. typical steakhouse for the 50+ age bracket with a salad bar. located in princeville, which i noticed had a lot of retired-aged folks . . .
^bamboo bamboo. went on the recommendation of a fellow ukulele student. the potato-crusted mahi mahi was excellent, but the service (mostly the hostess) was poor. we were seated after the hostess's friends arrived (party of the same size). once they were seated, she completely forgot about my party. and their rendition of bbq ribs (sorry, i'm from texas) -- seemed to have been boiled then smothered with a dead-colored and -flavored sauce.
part of going someplace new means you have to eat all kinds of food, good or bad, to be a decent chowhound, right?