Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Aloha! Greetings from Hawaii! I went on an epic food tour adventure and it’s all below to share with you! We ate lots of poke, ramen, tonkatsu, sushi + more. Oh and can’t forget shaved ice which is unlike any kind I’ve ever had, same goes for poke!

At the end you’ll see the full list (some on the list not shown through pics) and some explanations of the best places below! You can always keep up on my instagram hashtag #llindseytravels and at @lindseyeatsla + @llindseyl for more from the trip!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Spam Musubi From Musubi Cafe: They have a bunch all over town so be sure to stop by!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Sunsets + Surfers over Waikiki

Let’s talk: accommodations!

We stayed at the newly renovated ‘Alohilani Resort right on Waikiki, we got a beautiful ocean view that was breathtaking (especially at Sunset!)

For airlines, we took Alaska Airlines! straight from LA to Honolulu Airport, Hawaii!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Pineapple Dole Whip from the Dole Plantation: They have tours where they show you the grounds but there is also a big gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and get food. It’s in a really remote area surrounded by beautiful greenz everywhere!

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: There are 2 locations and normally super busy, I went on the earlier side on a weekday and there wasn’t as big of a line as usual. Serving up traditional Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp with rice!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Shaved iced from Matsumoto! A popular shaved ice place in North Shore. Another great spot for shaved ice in Waikiki is Walia Shaved Ice.

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide
Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Shaka! Stuffed sweet bean with acai and vanilla soft serve at Kokoro Cafe (inside a shopping center right off the beach of Waikiki)

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Definitely head to the Japanese Villages! There is such a large amount of Japanese food in Hawaii that is NOT to be missed. There are two different kinds that both have great offerings (from the likes of dumplings, tempura, sweets, ramen and more!!). One is in the huge mall in Waikiki called Shirokiya Japan Village Walk. The other one is called Waikiki Yokocho Japanese food hall - where the above picture was taken at ramen stall in the walk called Baikohken (which was definitely one of the best ramens I’ve ever had!

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Tokatsu Ginza Bairin had some of the best pork tonkotsu I’ve ever had as well and it was a really special experience. It’s such a classic in Hawaii and it’s been around for so many years, it’s so authentic and done right.

We started off with a cucumber salad (I just love to always order cucumber salads from freshness and crunch! It’s a great palette cleanser as well) + we ordered their most popular tonkotsu. It came with dipping sauces, rice and a cabbage salad.

What else was really fun about this experience is that you ground up your own sesame seeds to make your tonkotsu sauce. Everything was delicious!

For a quick + easy hike to a gorgeous waterfall (and an amazing view on the way) head to Manoa Falls! It’s green and gorgeous + not a hard hike.

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Hawaii wouldn’t be the same without Leonard’s! Lines, ALWAYS, these Malasadas are a Hawaii staple.

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide
Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

Sushi Izakaya Imanas is a super local sushi spot that won’t break the bank (granted it’s not super cheap either!). There are a lot of higher end sushi spots in the area, but this is a mid-level place that I can get behind with an adorable and quaint ambience and fresh sushi.

Piggy Smalls has DELICIOUS Vietnamese food. A standout is definitely the pho french dip - with a dip in a really rich pho broth. They have a sister restaurant called Pig and the Lady that is similar.

Hawaii Food & Travel Guide

All the food places we visited

Plate Lunch

  • Joes Express Grill - super quick on the go plate lunch right next to the Honolulu freeway!

  • Helena’s - ask to get all their staples (ribs, kalua pork, etc.)

Japanese Food

  • Murukame Udon

  • Shirokiya Japanese Walk

  • Tokatsu Ginza Bairin

  • Yokocho Japanese Walk

Hawaiian Food

  • Musubi Cafe

  • Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

Ahi Poke

  • Ono Seafood

  • Fort Rugers Market

  • Kahuku Superette - my top and favorite poke we tried!

  • Yama’s Fish Market

Dessert

  • Walia Shaved Ice 

  • Matsumoto Shaved Ice

  • Leonard’s Malasada’s

  • Kokoro Cafe

  • Kai Coffee

Fancier/Sit Down/Other

  • Alan Wong’s  - more of the pricier side, asian influenced food, delicious for a special occasion

  • Opal Thai - some of the BEST thai food I’ve ever had (and I’m a thai food FIEND, definitely put this on your radar and make a resy beforehand). food has so much flavor, good quality ingredients and the people that run it are so sweet and welcoming.

  • Pig & The Lady

  • Piggy Smalls

  • Sushi Izakaya Imanas

Korean

  • Kalbi on Fire - yumz korean truck right where Giovanni’s is on in North Shore.

  • Itchy Butt - korean fried chicken

Keep up with me on Instagram at @lindseyeatsla!

Weekend Getaway To Ojai!

Ojai Wine Festival

The past weekend, I went on a lil vacation to the Ojai Wine Festival. We had such an amazing time trying all different kinds of wine, eating finger foods and soaking up the sun. The location for the festival is in this remote area of Ojai filled with mountains and greens - it truly felt like I was far away from LA, even though it was just 2 hours away + I'm looking forward to going back next year! 

Ojai Wine Festival

There was wine (TONS) kombucha on tap (which i went to over and over again!), poke tostadas and even shops like garlic graters (see above. ) 

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casa ojai inn

We stayed at a cute and quaint little bed n breakfast called Casa Ojai Inn, just seconds from the happening part of Ojai. After the festival, we took a short nap (lots of wine + sun just does that to a person haha) and then afterwards went to the Ojai Beverage Company (just 5 mins from the hotel) for dinner where we got fried artichokes with a ghost pepper aoili that were to die for! I am so looking forward to recreating it at home.

Then we spent the night at Casa Ojai Inn, picked up a little breakfast, and we were on our way home. Excited to come back to Ojai and explore more of the food, culture and coming back to the Ojai Wine Festival next year!

San Francisco Food & Travel Guide

Uji Time

It was my first time visiting San Francisco. I went for a lil mini vacation, but definitely stuffed in A LOT of attractions but mostly a lot of FOOD! Follow along as I show you where to eat, what to do and where to stay in SF! We swapped into two hotels, one being Argonaut Hotel that was right on Fisherman's Dwarf and the other one being more into the city and "downtown" ish vibes and area. We ate ice cream, thai food, prime rib, seafood.. dessert. you literally name it! Read along for more. 

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Rooster And Rice

The first thing we did when we landed - picked up some hainanese chicken from Rooster and Rice. Although a simple dish, this place did one of my favorite renditions of it. There are two locations so you can definitely stop by on your next trip! 

Blue Mermaid SF 

Located inside the Argonaut Hotel, Blue Mermaid is a seafood driven and focused concept right on Fisherman's Wharf. We went for a leisurely lunch right downstairs from our room. :) We got ahi tuna tacos (because I can never NOT order those on the menu!) Oysters, a seafood feast of cioppino with shrimp, mussels, crab + the works. 

4505 Meats

BBQ PLEASE! As if we weren't eating enough, we added on a BBQ place + OMG. I feel in love with this burger. It had a sesame and scallion bun and gruyere cheese on a grassfed patty. Go here + get that! 

The Argonaut Hotel

Step inside the The Argonaut Hotel! Oh my gosh, this hotel suite was something that I've just dreamed about. Take a look at this TUB! After walking, eating and being on the town all day, there was nothing I wanted to do more than to jump in the jacuzzi/tub and soak up. Not to mention, they had bath salts right on the side of the bathtub to place in. I am now so inspired to make sure I have this in my future house! hah!

I loved everything about this hotel, it was SO close to the water and was right on Fisherman's Wharf. 

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China Live SF

The Vibe at China Live SF was unlike anything I've seen in LA. It was an underground Chinese restaurant with all different booths of chefs making dim sum, to slicing the pecking duck. You can also shop a lot of the products you eat during dinner at their store next door, AH MAZING. Food, cocktails, vibe, 100. come to LA asap! 

The Mill SF 

It was almost time for us to say goodbye to SF, and we were honestly slowing down from how much food we had been eating. :o lol! So we decided to chill out at The Mill SF. We got coffee, iced hot chocolate and 2 toasts, both amazing. You can see them making their bread fresh when you're walking in the back. Not to mention cute AF vibes in here! 

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How could we not visit the Painted Ladies?! :) 

Wrap Up (also featuring a lot we went to not pictured)

Food/Desserts/Snacks:

  • Rooster and Rice
  • Salt and Straw
  • 4505 Meats (Get the BURGER!)
  • Boba Guys
  • Lililiho Yacht Club (make a reservation - we didn't and we actually STOOD and ate our whole dinner. was a very delicious dinner but a very interested one standing the whole meal! :o) lol
  • Blue Mermaid SF
  • Uji time
  • Codmother Fish and Chips
  • China live SF
  • The Mill SF
  • House of Prime Rib
  • Joe & The Juice
  • Ippudo USA Ramen 
  • Super Duper Burgers

Attractions/Tourist: (there is A LOT more touristy things, but I generally stuck to the foods) :p

Hotels: