Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Greg and Nicole: day 5

Special coffee to start the day:  Kopi Luwak from Indonesia.  It can cost as much as $300/pound.  The Luwak, also known as a civet cat, lives wild on coffee plantations and eats only the ripest coffee cherries.  Unable to actually digest the coffee bean, it's "deposited" on the jungle floor and later collected by locals and thoroughly cleaned.  It's said the civet cat's stomach acids and the enzymatic action involved in this unique fermentation process produces a most special cup of coffee. 

When Greg and Nicole were in Indonesia, they tried a cup ($9 each). There are several steps to properly serve it.
Photo by Nicole, April 2012

Wailua Falls:

Lunch at Hamura's saimin.  It's a bit dumpy but a legend on this island.  The service is not the best and the menu choices are few.   

At peak times, it's very crowded therefore you wait in line and grab the first available table. 

Order the special saimin because there's more stuff in it:  chicken broth, noodles, won tons, pork, vegetables, fish cake (pink and white coil), ham, boiled egg.  Yum!

Next stop:

We had the Portuguese malasadas (a type of donut) - they were so fresh and delicious.  We're absolutely stuffed by this point in the day, but know we have to try one more treat on Greg and Nicole's last day.

Opaekaa Falls:

Hee Fat General Store in Kapa'a:

Lava Flow shave ice:  fluffy ice, pineapple and strawberry syrup, vanilla bean melted ice cream on top.  In the bottom of the cup, a scoop of macadamia nut ice cream. 

Yikes!  What a day of good food!  After all of the above, I still had one more dinner to make to use up the food we'd already purchased:  chili and cornbread.  We are so stuffed - only Nicole can afford to eat all this as the baby went from the size of an avocado to the size of a turnip.   

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