Lumihai BeachWhen this post goes live J. and I will be lying on a beach in Hawaii. We have 7 days and nights of relaxation planned or not planned as the case may be in Kauai. Though we don’t have any activities planned, besides lying on the beach, we do have our food plans well and truly under control.

As I have mentioned previously, J. is more often than not in charge of our eating arrangements when we travel. He researches, reads, studies and discusses all the possibilities. He has been responsible for finding some of the most unique, out of the way, hole in the wall, restaurants/foodtrucks/shacks that we have ever been lucky enough to try. He is always organized for our trips but when it comes to Kauai he has taken it to an entirely new level!

Here is the evidence – THE SPREADSHEET!


Puka DogA comprehensive document, organizing possible food choice by local. It details opening hours, location, whether they take cash only or credit card and possibly most importantly what kind of cuisine they serve. We have choices of traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, poke, seafood, burgers, Japanese and who knows what else. He has found us so many to choose from there is no way we will get to all of them!

We went to Kauai back in 2009 and discovered some amazing places to eat. They have made it Mark's Placeonto the spreadsheet, along with some of J’s new discoveries. The places I am looking forward to revisiting are Shrimp Station, Puka Dog, Mark’s Place and Hamura’s Saimin and a few others. The shrimp at Shrimp Station were delicious and amazing. I had never tasted anything like the hot dogs from Puka Dog. Mark’s Place and Hamura’s Saimin were just cool, low key locals joints.

Shrimp StationOf course J. has found us a whole new  group of places to try out. When we travel we try to stay away from the touristy places (although Puka Dog is definitely a popular destination) and go where the locals eat. Kauai, the second time around will be no different. I’m really looking forward to trying out Koloa Fish Market and also Chicken in a Barrel but there are so many other delicious options who knows what we will actually eat!

Hamura's Saimin

I’m sure as you are reading this we are either lying on a beach or eating some fabulously tastyfood! Stay tuned for Live from Kauai posts later this week!


  1. Reblogged this on soniajonestravel and commented:
    A great Hawaiian-inspired foodie-travel blog from the wonderful “Life is Short. Eat Hard” crew. I love a good spreadsheet! For anyone heading to Kauai there is a great range of places and food experiences to try on this list!

  2. oh man I’m jealous! now I’m craving shave ice and poke!

  3. NativeNM says:

    We had the BEST time in Kauai last year. We ate at most of the fun joints you mentioned but the Puka Dog stands out as a favorite! Have fun!

  4. Jenn says:

    Oh wow! I am not alone. I use spreadsheets too to plan my vacations, restaurants included. Am envious about Kauai. Have never been there but heard so much about the place. Have a great vacation.

  5. cookazido says:

    Kauai is so beautiful! Your spreadsheet sounds like such a great idea. I wish I had done that for our vacation in California. Have a wonderful time!

  6. I love Kauai! Have a great time!!!

  7. annascuisine says:

    If our budget allows, I would be in Hawaii in a heartbeat. My heart belongs to Hawaii. I miss it so. Enjoy!

  8. Carla says:

    If you’re still there- Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill (some of the best food I’ve EVER had!)

  9. Wow–loving the spreadsheet! Great idea 😀 Have fun in Kauai!

  10. Lisa Redfern says:

    It sounds like you’ll have an awesomely tasty time..have fun!

  11. Wow as well on your foodie spreadspread! 🙂

  12. Must. Make. Food. Spreadsheet.

  13. Love this! I make spreadsheets for vacation, too, and usually make restaurant reservations as long in advance as needed. I don’t remember any food in Kauai to be outstanding, so next time I’m going I’ll have to consult with you guys. There was a pretty nice taco shack by the beach somewhere.

  14. Renee says:

    Hey you don’t have Kauai Grill at the St. Regis on your list. It’s pricey but very good. You should try it :

  15. LOVE that there is a spreadsheet for your vacation! Zach is cut from the same cloth on that one 😉

  16. Reblogged this on Amanda's Words / starfire8me and commented:
    so beautiful

  17. Wow! What organisation. Have a fabulous holiday 😀

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