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Tapas in Spain

Spanish Tortilla

Spain is probably best known around the world for its tapas culture. This is the practice of eating small plates of food  – pretty much always with drinks like beer, sangria or wine – before dinner. It’s a social thing as much as a food thing, but the food element is what makes it stand out from other countries that have a bar or pub ... Read More »

Pasteleria Lopez-Mezquita, Granada, Spain

PAstries at Lopez-Mezquita

Breakfast isn’t a big meal in Spain, for the most part, and so not that many places are open early in the morning. Fortunately, in Granada, the Pasteleria Lopez-Mezquita opens bright and early at about 9am for those who want to get a quick bite to eat before going to work or heading up to the Alhambra for some sightseeing. The Pasteleria has a cafe ... Read More »

Baking Bites in Spain

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

I recently got back from a long – and food filled – trip to Spain! Unlike my previous trips, where I blogged about them as I traveled, I opted to wait until I got home to post about Spain. This is because I spent a lot of my time on the trip moving around. Instead of staying in one city the whole time, I traveled ... Read More »

A scoop at Lappert’s Ice Cream, Kauai

Before I get too far removed from the rest of my recent Kauai trip, I can’t resist mentioning a quick visit I made to Lappert’s Hawaii Ice Cream. Not to be confused with an ice cream shop with the same name on the mainland, Lappert’s Hawaii was founded on Kauai in 1983 and is based in Hanapepe. Their super premium ice creams come in both ... 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 »

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 »

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