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EAT ALL THE FOOD IN HAWAII

October 31, 2016

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Hello everyone! And welcome to our epic food romp around Hawaii. We ate at a bunch of restaurants and tried lots and lots of new food. We put it all together into a long freaking video, so – if you’re hungry – get ready to suffer. This video is gonna make your stomach growl.

Also, I know some people are going to see this video and say “Why didn’t you go to ____!?!?” and, really, I wish we could have eaten in more places. I hope we can go back to Hawaii and try some more places. I heard Ono’s is good as well? I can say, though, that I’m happy with the recommendations we got. Everyone we spoke with at the Hilton was super helpful and gave great recommendations.

On that note, yes, this is a sponsored video as well. But let me say that all of the opinions we have in this video are genuine and our own. When Hilton wanted to bring us over to Hawaii, they asked us what kind of videos we wanted to make. We suggested one adventure and fun video, which we published on Thursday, as well as one food video, and they were down for it. We wanted to do something like what we did for 48 Hours of Food in Taiwan, but for Hawaii. And because we didn’t know Hawaii very well, we needed help with recommendations. None of the restaurants in this video paid us to eat there, either. We just got our list and started eating, and everything on our list was great!

Now, even though we filmed a lot there are still lots of things that we ate that didn’t make the final cut of the video, and other things as well that we were just too tired to film and just ate gluttonously off camera. In Helena’s, for example, we didn’t talk about how good the ribs were. They were awesome! Rich and almost chocolatey, I’d say. We spoke with the guy who made them and he said there’s a cook off happening soon, but he said that at the beginning of October when we were in Hawaii, so the cook off is probably done by now. Shucks. Those were bombastic.

At The Pig and the Lady we didn’t talk about the desserts. They were divine. We were incomprehensibly delirious and full at the time, so we just ate the desserts and moaned to ourselves silently (at least, I think we were silent). But they had this ice cream sundae with cookies on the side and it was cold sweet love in your mouth. Eat it if you can.

At Bali Steak and Seafood we didn’t talk about their cocktails, but they had one in a giant steel pineapple and it was DELICIOUS! Dangerous, but delicious. And it was also the first time in my life that I liked bone marrow. Really. Every other time I’ve had it bone marrow was way too salty. Some people like it, I guess, but I don’t. This time, though, it had caramelized onions with it, and the balance of the two made the bone marrow sing. I loved it!

At Rainbow Drive In we also had their slush, which was like a fruity ice drink with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. We couldn’t drink as much of it as we wanted to, because we knew we were going to eat at Leonard’s next, but it was PERFECT for a hot day. Perfectly unhealthy as well, but so lovely perfect, too.

We actually filmed at another location, Lucky Belly, and we loved it there as well. However, the footage turned out to be a bit lame, because the lighting was really weird (one of us had light on our face and another didn’t), and we were also pooped because we were fighting jetlag at the beginning of our trip. And this video is already 18 minutes long so cutting out another 3 minutes isn’t that big of a loss, I don’t think. But it’s a shame: Lucky Belly had some really good fusion food, some amazing dumplings, and really nice cocktails as well. All really yummy. We were just too dopey to do them justice. Hopefully, next time we come to Hawaii, we can film there again and do them justice.

We also took a bunch of pictures from the places that we ate. I don’t remember the names of all of the dishes, though, so I don’t think I can tell you the right names of them. But I can say what restaurant they’re from, if that’s of any use to you. They’re all freaking delicious, by the way, so no need to be selective. Just order it all :D

We’ve got a bunch of extra scenes as well, if you’re interested for some more food, though 18 minutes is already a lot. Here’s a few more!

Otherwise, that’s it for our Hawaii related videos. Thanks again to Hilton for bringing us there, and not only giving us a great experience but also helping us shoot some videos we’re really happy with. I hope you like them as well. If you want to have an experience like we had, book direct through Hilton. I don’t have to say that here in this blog post, but I will. We really had a great time. I’m comfortable in sharing that with you all.

But for when we do come back to Hawaii, let us know what places we missed out on. Because Hawaii makes some great food. I want to see what else they have to offer :D

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  1. I just love reading your blog because it makes watching the videos a much richer experience and the photos are so beautiful!

    3 years ago
  2. Oh man this makes me miss Hawaii so much! I was in Hawaii when you guys uploaded this video so I didn’t get to watch it until now XD Did you ever to go the McDonald’s there? All the locals told us that Spam with eggs and rice was the thing there! Hope you had fun!

    3 years ago
  3. the flavor on that sweet and sour malasada is probably li hing mui (sour plum) powder. it’s common in hawaii, often times you can find it coated on dried fruit like mangos. disclaimer i’m not from hawaii but i lived there for about a year!

    3 years ago
  4. I lived in Hawaii for two years Kalua Pork is one of my favorite foods ever. The only place that you visited that I went to was Leonard’s, and I couldn’t stand the Malasadas, they were way to moist inside. I felt like I was eating an undercooked donut.

    I recommend getting some Musubi if you go again. You can even get it at 7Eleven, which was my brother’s version. It’s like a giant piece of nigiri with spam. I also highly recommend the Hula Pie at Duke’s in Waikiki. You only need to order 1 slice for 3 people. If you go during Lent, Zippy’s usually has an amazing non-meat option. They are a little mediocre in most of their food, like any chain diner, but the specials are phenomenal.

    3 years ago
  5. Hello Simon and Martina. As a 100% Portuguese that lives in portugal im very happy that you guys went to a portuguese bakery. If you have any chance try the portuguese egg tarts called “Pasteis de Nata” they are great hot or cold (but if you ask me, i love them hot) and also the Bolas de Berlim, they are made with fried dough covered in sugar with a custard like cream.

    Also love you guys. Hugs from Portugal

    3 years ago
  6. You know, Martina’s sister lived in Little Portugal in Toronto, and I can’t believe we didn’t try these when we visited her. Ah! Such a lost opportunity.

    3 years ago
    • Don’t feel bad; everyone in Toronto goes nuts over pasteis natas, and forgets about malasadas (myself included). But don’t think of it as a ‘lost opportunity’; it just means you can have some new Wonderful Food Adventures next time you’re back in Toronto. Can definately recommend some places to check out if you’re keen. :) (If Martina’s sister lived there during any World or Euro cup…my condolences to her eardrums. *lol*)

      3 years ago
  7. Awwh yeah, Malasadas! I’ve heard it pronounced 2 ways; if you’re from the Azores/Madeira (mah-la-*say*-da), or Portugal (maah-la-*sah*-daash). Simon was pretty close! ‘Pãó’ (pa-oww) is bread, and ‘dõcé’ (doh-se) is ‘sweet’, so literally ‘sweet bread’. The Portuguese sailed to Hawaii in the 1800’s (under the spanish flag), and began immigrating there shortly afterwards. *more you know rainbow* Next time you go back to Toronto you need to get some, especially the custard (natas) ones!

    3 years ago