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best acai in honolulu – says me

Chrissy, is a huge fan of acai bowls. Ask her and she will recite her favorite places, island wide, where she scores her bowls. Accomplices in many things, this wasn’t one of them – that is not until the day I had an acai bowl from Nalu Health Bar & Cafe.

We chose to cover Nalu Health Bar &Cafe in Kailua because I’d been raving about their fresh salads and perfectly prepared ahi.

Being Chrissy’s first visit, she wanted to try the ahi but not at the expense of missing out on an acai bowl opportunity!

Chrissy – “Will you help me eat the bowl?”

Me – “Meh”.

That changed when Jorge Munoz, one of Nalu’s co-owners, gave me the low down on their specially imported Acai that comes straight from the Amazon and described the deep purple color that demonstrates purity and authenticity.

From the first bite it was unique, better and less “processed” than any acai I’d eaten before. At Nalu you actually taste acai and it’s delicious – they’ve set the bar! So now when Chrissy wants company to get an acai bowl, I’ll join her on the condition that we go to Nalu Health Bar & Cafe. Fortunately, with the opening of their second location at South Shore Market, it’s right down the block.

Nalu Health Bar & Cafe
South Shore Market
1170 Auahi Street. Suite 145
Honolulu, HI 96814
808. 597.8871

Kailua
131 Hekili Street, Suite 109
Kailua, HI 96734
808.263.6258

 

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waikiki brewing company – seriously good beer, food and fun

Cruising in Kakaako a few months back, we landed at Waikiki Brewing Company. Famished, Chrissy had the Kiawe Smoked Baby Back Ribs and I ordered the Kona Coffee Rubbed Beef Brisket along with a flight of beer each.

My flight had Aloha Spirit Blonde Ale, 808 Pale Ale, Hana Hou Hefe, and English Brown Ale.  Between the carnivoris meal and swigging 16 ounces of beer, we were satiated and on the verge of leaving when, Joe Lorenzen, the Brewmaster, offered to show us the brewery – aka “where the magic happens”.

Joe lead us on an impromptu tour.  Walking and talking he took us through the steps from grain to can. Thus my new disclaimer: I don’t know a lot about beer. I thought I did… but I don’t.

His zeal for the craft was evident and this near obsessive attention to detail spells success. And the best way to enjoy success – is to share it!

Beer aficionado’s already hangout here but even non- beer enthusiasts come to Waikiki Brewing Company because it’s a pleaser. So “to beer” or “not to beer” is a question that can be decided later because it’s a kinda perfect place to chill out, grab a bite, loosen up and go with the flow. But… have the beer… for goodness sake.

Waikiki Brewing Company

831 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
808.591.0387

1945 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.946.6590

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