Category Archives: Restaurants

Chocolateria San Gines, Madrid, Spain

Nicole eating Churros

Chocolateria San Gines is hidden away on a very small street near the Opera metro stop in Madrid, Spain. It’s not easy to see from the main street, since the entrance is actually tucked around a corner, but fortunately there is a bright neon sign mounted on the wall so that passersby will know where they’re going, even if they can’t see the sign above ... Read More »

Tropical flavor and hot dogs at Puka Dog, Poipu

A Puka Dog!

What is a Puka Dog? It’s not your ordinary hot dog, that’s for sure! Puka dogs are Hawaiian-style hot dogs served at, of course, Puka Dog in Poipu on Kauai. “Puka” is Hawaiian for hole – as in puka shell necklaces, where many small shells with holes in the center are strung on a necklace. Puka dogs start out with large buns that, instead of ... Read More »

Lunch at Island Taco, Waimea, Kauai

Menu board at Island Taco, Waimea, Kauai

Sometimes when I’m traveling, I take note of some restaurants that were recommended in guidebooks, by friends (and bloggers!) and on sites like Yelp. Sometimes I don’t and have to rely on what I spot while I’m driving around. My visit to Island Taco in Waimea, Kauai was the result of the latter approach. I saw the sign, I saw a couple of other diners ... Read More »

Breakfast at Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Co, Kalaheo

Cinnamon knuckle, remains

Another great breakfast near the South shore on Kauai is the Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee Co. I liked it so much, that I actually ate there twice on my visit (and it was a quick trip out there!). The place is just a few miles from Poipu and is right off the main highway, so it’s easy to find. It can get pretty busy in ... Read More »

Jo-Jo’s Anuenue Shaved Ice

Tropical Shave Ice at Jo Jo's

There are two shave ice places called Jo Jo’s in Waimea on Kauai. One, on the main street, will be busy and is full of tourists. The other, just off the main street and about 100 feet away from the first shop, will also be busy but it will be packed with locals. The latter is the one you want to go to. Jo-Jo’s Anuenue ... Read More »

Plate Lunch at Pono Market, Kapa’a

A rare empty moment in Pono Market

Pono Market is one of my favorite places on Kauai. The family-owned and run market is a small storefront on the main street in Kapa’a on the west side of the island, just a few minutes north of Lihue. Inside, you’ll find a big deli counter, an espresso bar and some of the friendliest people on the island. It’s not a big restaurant, although they ... Read More »

Loco Moco and Joe’s on the Green, Poipu

Giant Cinnamon Bun

The only bad thing about staying in on the South shore on Kauai in Poipu is that breakfast options outside of the on-resort restaurants are a bit limited. This time around, I found Joe’s on the Green. Joe’s is located at the entrance of the Kiahuna Golf Course, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and – best of all for an early riser like me – ... Read More »

Hot Dogs from Pink’s Hot Dogs, Los Angeles

Pink's in Hollywood

Pink’s Hot Dogs is a Los Angeles institution. It has been here in the City of Angeles for more than 70 years – and in the exact same location all that time. It started out as a simple hot dog cart and gradually built up into its current counter-service design.  The place is open late and it is almost always packed, with a line running ... Read More »

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