Friend recommendations are key when you go on vacation. Our friend Gina recommend Liliha Bakery in Honolulu especially their famous Coco Puffs!
Liliha is a Bakery/Diner and boy was it packed. It was a tiny little space and there was a long line for then baked goods.
Clockwise from the top left: 2 Coco Puffs, Butter Roll, Chocolate Donut, Lemon Cake and Malasada.
We were so hungry that we decided to have lunch at the diner. It was a long wait for both the baked goods and the diner but two things helped us out. A lady gave us her bakery line ticket because she couldn't wait any longer. This moved us up in the line. And while I waited at the bakery, Carlos waited in line at the Diner which saved us a lot of time. The diner is open 24/7 and the bakery is open 6am - 8pm every day except Monday when it's closed.
What I loved about Liliha Bakery was that everything was reasonably priced! We got tons of pastries for about $12 and a good sized lunch for just about $25. What a steal!
Liliha Diner is famous for their bright red Guava Jelly which you can put on hot buttered toast.
I wanted to make room for those Coco Puffs so I just had a simple tuna sandwich with a side of sweet pickles. The price was just right too!
Carlos went a bit overboard with his order which included 2 ginormous chocolate chip pancakes the size of Carlos' head. Even he was shocked by how big they were. And he ordered a short stack!
In addition to his pancakes, he got this delicious Portuguese Sausage and Mixed Veg Omelet which came with hockey puck sized home fries.
We had Coco Puffs for dessert. Check out the Chantilly frosting on top! These were divine. In fact, we should have just ordered a box of these and nothing else. (justJenn Recipes has a fun post about how to make these Coco Puffs at home.)
Near Turtle Bay Resort is this fruit stand. We stopped by to pick up some pineapple and fresh coconut.
Carlos had never had fresh coconut before so this was a real treat for him.
Drinking fresh coconut reminded me of my family trips to the Dominican Republic. The fruit stand labeled this coconuts as "ice cold" but they were "sun hot". Oh well, still delicious though.
And don't forget the fresh coconut meat! It's soft and tender and delicious. Absolutely unlike dried coconut in both texture and flavor. We asked for spoons and we scooped out all the tender meat. Delicious!
Those are some photos from our kayaking adventures at Kuillima Cove on the North Shore.
We headed back to Haleiwa to find a new eatery and stumbled upon Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Grill which had relatively mixed reviews on Foursquare.
Carlos ordered the Chipotle-Grilled Pork Chop which he ordered with rice instead of mashed potatoes. This portion was quite small for him.
I got the Local Style Shrimp which is whole shrimp dipped in a chili-tamarind sauce and deep fried. It's served with a Chinese style coleslaw and white rice. The problem with this dish was the amount of work that was required to get the shell and heads off the shrimp . Also all the flavor was on the outside. It was relatively flavorless inside. And there was no way I could suck on the shell for extra flavor. Just wasn't happening. I used a bottle of soy sauce at the table to add flavor to the meal. It was so-so and I wished I had gotten their Crunchy Coconut Shrimp instead.
We were both still hungry from our meals so we got two desserts which is unusual for us. It's more common for us to skip dessert or to share just one. Carlos got the Key Lime pie which was absolutely delicious!
I had the Macadamia Nut Sundae which was topped with a Belgian Chocolate Sauce, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry. This was out-of-this-world delicious. While dinner was quite disappointing, the amazing desserts made up for it.
Stay tuned for Part 5, the last in my Honeymoon Eats series.