Where to Go? What to Eat? Kauai Travel Guide

Kauai Travel Guide

Headed to Kauai anytime soon? If not, you should really consider it. I know I’m lucky to live only a 5-hour flight away! It’s a spectacular island with varying landscapes, beautiful beaches, unreal coastlines, and some good food. This was my second trip to the Garden Isle with my entire fam (mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and husband) and luckily we all like to eat. We generally cook at home but went out here and there for lunches and the occasional dinner. So my list is not extensive but gives you some great food and location highlights.

The transition out of vacation was hard but compiling a list of my favorite spots and foods has made it a teeny tiny bit better. Read on!

NORTH SHORE

Hanalei Bay

Go

Hanalei Bay

The BEACH. Epic backdrop.

Eat

Pink’s Creamery – delightful ice cream and tasty grilled cheese sandwiches with kalua pork

Dolphin’s Fish Market – tasty fresh sushi rolls

Hanalei Coffee Roasters – good coffee, great smoothie’s (the shave ice place next door has INCREDIBLE macadamia nut milkshakes)

Hanalei Farmers Market – Saturdays from 9:30 am to noon.

Kileaua

Go

Anini Beach Kauai Hawaii

Anini Beach – calm water (though there is a current), solid snorkeling and good public facilities. 

Kileaua Lighthouse – gorgeous views!

Garden Island Chocolate – tours on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Learn about a variety of tropical plants, how cocoa is cultivated and then taste about 20 different kinds of chocolate. Delightful rain or shine.

Garden Island Chocolate Kauai Hawaii

Eat

Kilauea Bakery + Pau Hana Pizza – solid pizza, pastries, coffee and good bread.

Kileaua Fish Market – delicious fresh fish in the form of burritos, tacos, salads and you can take pieces home to grill up (we did this one night and it was fantastic).

Kileaua Farmers Market – Kilauea Neighborhood Center – Keneke Rd off Kilauea Lighthouse Road, Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Palate Wine Bar & Market – Wonderful wine selection, salads, and flatbreads. Buzzing atmosphere with really warm service. 

EAST SHORE

Kapaa

Eat

Foodland Super Market – solid poke (lots of options) and a great place to get groceries. They even have a natural foods section.

Wailua Shave Ice – ok, I didn’t actually make it to this place but have heard amazing things about it so I’m going to recommend it anyway.

IN BETWEEN

Lihue 

Go

Napali Coast Kauai Hawaii

Plane ride – get a spectacular view of the island.

Eat

The Right Slice – second outpost with a completely automated shop (ie pie is in vending machines). Sounds a bit nuts but it works. The Lilikoi Cheesecake and Chocolate Coconut Macaroon were my favs!

Kikuchi’s – solid kalua pork bun with pickled veggies and the chicken karaage was perfectly cooked. 
 

SOUTH SHORE

Go

Beaches – sunny and lovely and some have solid snorkeling.

Poipu/Koloa

Eat

Makai Sushi Kauai Hawaii

Da Crack – another spot I didn’t actually go to but my friends and family loved it.

Makai Sushi – great sushi spot in an unassuming shopping center grocery store.

Kalaheo

Eat

The Right Slice – The original location of this amazing pie spot.

Hanapepe

Go

Salt Pond Beach Park Kauai Hawaii

Salt Pond Park – lovely beach with snorkeling and good public facilities, plus I saw the biggest sea turtle ever there!

Waimea

Go

Waimea Canyon Kauai Hawaii

Waimea Canyon – the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. Spectacular.

Eat

Porkys Cart Kauai Hawaii

Porky’s Cart – Owner, Justin makes a damn good hot dog with kalua pork and fresh pineapple relish. He’s opening up a cart in Kapaa!

Ishihara’s Market – great selection of really fresh poke and other fun items (baby octopus was SOO good).

 

Go-To Tips: Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Who else dreads yet loves a big “spring” clean?  The concept of a super clean kitchen/house is wonderful but not the reality of spending an entire day cleaning it. There is always the option to pay someone else to clean your house but my honey and I are on a money-saving bender right now so that is not an option. In an effort to make our lives a tad easier, I found some great tips for getting the various areas of the kitchen clean and organized in no time. Bonus: they all use natural cleaning methods. One of my favorite tips to make cleaning less terrible – add a mimosa break because nothing makes cleaning more palatable than an adult beverage. 😉

Get the Kitchen Clean

Spring Kitchen Cleaning Checklist from Wholefully with a printable checklist option (I do love a good checklist). Nice way to focus your cleaning efforts and you can always break the tasks up so you’re doing one set each day for 9 days.

The 11 Most Popular Kitchen Related Cleaning Hacks on Pinterest Right Now – from the Kitchn

DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner – I share my easy and effective recipe here.

Keep the Kitchen Clean

Keep the garbage can, laundry basket, etc smelling fresh with this tip.

Brilliant list of ways to use command hooks to keep your kitchen organized from Apartment Therapy.

A few cleaning hacks to add to your daily/weekly kitchen list to keep your kitchen clean and save you some time too!

Makers Gonna Make: Citrus All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

Citrus All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

One of the first things I changed when I started going natural was my cleaning products. A big motivator was ridding my house of the terrible smell of most cleaners. I am not one who is comforted by the scent of bleach, especially since it seems to hang in the air for hours. Then there’s the environmental impact of all those chemicals going into the water system and just hanging out on my counters and sink. It just did not seem pleasant or responsible. Of course, there are a plethora of natural cleaning products out there but once I realized how easy it was to make my own I figured there was no point in purchasing them. Plus, I can use the money I save on a fancy coffee and a donut. 😉

With a few simple ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen like vinegar, dish soap, and citrus, you can mix up this effective natural cleanser. My favorite recipe consists of citrus infused vinegar but if you don’t want to bother, you can just skip that part and add in essential oils instead.

Why these Natural Ingredients Work

Citrus Peels: Peels of citrus fruits contain the essential oils which are naturally powerful degreasers and deodorizers, making them great for cleaning. 

Vinegar: Clear acidic liquid byproduct of fermentation of fruits and grains for alcohol. Distilled White Vinegar is about 5% acetic acid and 95% water. The acetic acid combined with vinegar’s pH of 2, naturally inhibits the growth of bacteria and mold. A 2010 study showed that a 10% dilution of Malt Vinegar (acetic acid of 5-8%) was as effective as commercial cleaning wipes at killing the H1N1 Flu virus*. NEVER mix Bleach and Vinegar – harmful chlorine gas is the result!  

All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe Citrus Peel Vinegar

Part 1 – The Citrus Vinegar

I love this because it uses a bunch of citrus peels that I’d normally just compost. I typically start a jar of vinegar and just keep adding peels to it over the course of a few weeks.

Ingredients
Peels from 1-3 lemons, oranges, grapefruits or pomelos
1/2 cup – 1 cup vinegar, depending on how many peels you have

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Cut peels from your citrus of choice being careful to avoid the pithy white parts and put into a clean glass jar (plastic is not a good choice for this project).

TIP: I use peels from lemons I’ve used in cooking and baking – just squeeze juice, then cut away peel and add to jar of vinegar.

All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe Citrus Peels

Add enough vinegar to cover peels.

All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe Infused Citrus Vinegar

Let peels and vinegar co-mingle for at least 2-4 weeks.

All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Strain vinegar and toss peels into compost.

Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Keep vinegar in an enclosed container.

Part II – The All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

Etta + Billie Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients
1/2 cup – 1 cup citrus infused or regular distilled vinegar*
1/2 cup – 1 cup distilled water
1/4 – 1 tsp of natural dish soap
*If you don’t have citrus vinegar you can add 15-20 drops of essential oil – any combination of lemon, lime, orange, rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus would work well.

Collect all ingredients and equipment for the recipe (measuring cups, bottles, measuring spoons, funnel).

Etta + Billie Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Measure out the distilled vinegar and add to the bottle.

Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Measure out the distilled water and pour into the bottle.

Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

Measure and add liquid soap. Shake gently to make sure everything is mixed.

Etta + Billie Citrus All Purpose Natural Cleaner Recipe

To Use: Spray on kitchen and bathroom counters, sinks, floors, stovetops, etc and wipe down to clean and naturally disinfect (one material you shouldn’t spray on is Marble – the acetic acid and any citrus oils will etch the surface. Try using a combination of distilled water and a tiny bit of dish soap).

My Go-To: Top 5 Summer Skincare Tips

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Here are my top 5 skin tips to keep you and your skin happy and healthy this summer. Read on and get out there and enjoy the sunshine!

Top 5 Summer Skincare Tips

  1. Slather on the sunscreen. Apply at least 30 minutes prior to major sun exposure and re-apply every 2 hours or so. I like this brand of natural sunscreen. For your face, use mineral makeup with an SPF or check out this tinted moisturizer.
  2.  Double up the skin protection when heading for the beach, lake or park. Wear a hat and a cover-up. Think about sporting one of these cute printed rash guards (SPF 50).Summer Style
  3. Limit sun exposure. Especially between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm when UV rays are most intense. I know, it’s hard when there are so many fun things to do outside in the summer but it is the most effective method to protect skin.Shady Palapa Mexico
  4. Hydrate! Be sure to drink plenty of water. Not a huge fan of plain water? Add a few slices of cucumber, melon or sprigs of mint for subtle yet delicious flavor.Hydrating Herbal Water
  5. Exfoliate. All that sun, sand and fun takes a toll on your skin. Use a gentle exfoliant for facial skin, like finely ground oatmeal mixed with yogurt or honey, and one of our hydrating sea salt scrubs on your body to keep skin healthy.