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).

 

Etta + Billie Events: Etta + Billie Headed to NYC!

Etta + Billie Headed to NYC!

I’ll be showing off all the delicious Etta + Billie products at my first ever NY NOW show this month in bustling (and most likely sweltering NYC). Attendees will get a sneak peek at our winter limited editions and a new product. If you’ll be at the show, let me know! I would love to connect.

What: Etta + Billie at NY NOW
When: August 20-23rd 
Where: Javits, NYC | Booth 4276 (formerly 4269) Join Design | Accent on Design

p.s. got any NYC recommendations for me? I’m always looking for a new donut place to try. 😉

 

Where to go? What to eat? Lisbon Travel Guide

 

Photo Jul 10, 7 30 59 AMI can’t believe that it’s been over a month since I’ve been back from Portugal. It was truly a magical trip. The vibe in Lisbon and beyond was so relaxed, effortless and comfortable. I’ve never felt as at home, so instantly, in any place I’ve been. I love the aging buildings covered in patterned tiles, the steep cobblestone streets, the kiosks in small parks and the friendly atmosphere. People were engaging with each other at parks, restaurants, on the bus and in cafes. NO ONE was glued to their phone, except tourists. It was so nice to be surrounded by people connecting with each other! If you are thinking about visiting, do it. I’ve collected a few of my favorite places around the incredible city of Lisbon below (organized roughly by neighborhood).

Alfama

Castle St Jorge – unbelievable view from the top of the hill, plenty of tourists but big enough that you don’t feel crowded. Bonus, one of the two Wine with a View carts is stationed here. A truly brilliant idea and with some very delicious inexpensive wines. Who doesn’t want wine while they peruse a centuries old castle and the stunning clay tile rooftops of Lisbon?Photo Jul 02, 6 53 13 AM small

Fiera De Ladra – A great flea market with a variety of old quirky vintage items as well as chintzy cheap bric a brac. Happens every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am – 6 pm.

Tram 28 – everyone recommends it for a reason. It takes you through most of the main points of interest in Lisbon.

Santa Catarina/Bairro Alto
Pharmacia – A restaurant with outdoor bar attached to the pharmacy museum. Great view, cool cocktails.

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara – Terraced park with another amazing view of Lisbon. You can see the Tagus, Alfama and Castle St Jorge. There are two kiosks for refreshments along with an outdoor bazaar.Photo Jun 30, 6 15 17 PM

Park – its a bar on the top of a parking garage. Very little signage so just make your way to the very top. Gorgeous view of the city, Tagus river and the 25 de Abril bridge.

Mercado da Ribeira – went here at least 4 times during my stay. So much food to choose from in a small space. I had squid ink risotto, octopus salad, croquettes, and the list goes on.

Paletaria – fresh fruit popsicles, very delicious and Instagram worthy (see photo above).

Cafe Carpe Diem – Part art gallery/installation, part cafe. Wander through to check out the current exhibitions and then grab some refreshment and sit outside in the old garden. A complete gem, not to be missed.

A Taberna da Rua das Flores – delicious. Modern take on some Portuguese classics without being pretentious at all. Menu changes daily. Lots of small plates for sharing. It was a long wait, go earlyish and prepare to drink wine on the sidewalk while you wait (we waited almost 2 hours, totally worth it).

Manteigaria – This place churns out a ridiculous quantity of Pasteis de Nata (the pastry of Portugal with egg custard and crispy shell). I ate at least one of these every day from a variety of places in Lisbon and these were my favorites. Slightly warm, creamy, crispy, sweet; the perfect companion for a rich espresso. I took a pack of six to go on our last day in Lisbon and ate almost all of them before we got back to San Francisco.

São Bento
Nannarella – some of the best gellato I’ve ever had. I went twice in the span of three days and would have gone again if I wasn’t trying to hit up other food spots. A MUST visit.

Photo Jun 29, 1 40 18 PMCampo de Ourique
Jardim da Estrela – beautiful park with a couple of ponds, ducks, peacocks, occasional open air craft market, a playground, a cafe and a kiosk selling anything from Tosta Mistas (toasted cheese and ham sandwich) to Gin and Tonics.

Mercado de Campo de Ourique – more subdued food hall with a good selection of fresh produce, meat, fish and of course loads of food/wine options.

A Tentadora – great old school cafe with some solid pastries and a good vibe (plus they have lots of outdoor seating on the sidewalk)Photo Jul 02, 3 30 47 PM smaller

Príncipe Real
Frangasqueira Nacional – classic, basic and ridiculously tasty Portuguese BBQ. Go early because they tend to sell out. Take out only.

Jardim do Príncipe Real – a quarter of the park is dominated by centuries-old Buçaco cedar, a perfect spot to read or eat some of your Frangasqueira BBQ.

Etta + Billie List of Things to Eat, See and Do in Washington DC

Etta + Billie_Booth_Chicago RenegadeI’m headed off to Washington DC this weekend for the Crafty Bastards craft show. I’ll be doing a show I’ve never done before, in a city I haven’t been to since I was a teenager! I’m really looking forward to exploring. One of the first things I always do when checking out a new city is compile my list of food things to try cause there is nothing like experiencing a place through it’s food. Of course, I can’t spend my entire day eating (even if I wanted to) so I’ve also put together a list of sites and stores I’m going to try to check out before Crafty Bastards starts on Saturday. Got any recommendations for me?

Eat/Drink:

Rose’s Luxury: One of the top restaurants in DC, voted as the best new restaurant in the country by Bon Appetit last year. Excited to try the lychee salad and maybe some brisket. Pretty much everything sounds yummy and I love the personality that shines through on their website. No reservation policy means there is a strong chance I’ll be waiting for an hour or more…

Ethiopic: Ethiopian food is one of my favs but I almost never eat it so I’m taking this opportunity to hit up Ethiopic while in DC. Voted Top Ethiopian Restaurant in Washington City Paper’s Readers Poll.

DCity Smokehouse: I’m ALWAYS up for BBQ. Excited to try DCity’s brisket and multitude of sides.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar: DC restaurant outlet of family owned sustainable oyster farm Rappahannock (100 years old). I’m excited to try the oysters (obvy) and The Lambs + Clams.

Toki Underground: I love ramen and I love dumplings. Done and done.

Maketto: Part Cambodian and Taiwanese fusion restaurant, part coffee roaster with french influenced pastries, and part retail shop. I’m sold.

Shop:

Crafty Bastards: This craft show is big and been going strong for over 11 years. I’m really excited to check out the other artisans (people come from all across the country). The event is held outside Union Market, Saturday September 26th and Sunday, September 27th from 10 am – 5 pm. Tickets are $5-8 (depending on whether you buy beforehand or at the door). Please stop by and say hi if you’re in the area!

Salt & Sundry: Beautifully curated home goods from blogger Amanda McClements focusing on entertaining, good food and connecting with loved ones. Really excited to check this one out.

Union Market: Historic marketplace that has been around in some form since the late 1800s. The indoor open market features artisan food producers, restaurants and small independent retailers. I’m excited to check out all the local produce, cheese and of course food.

See/Do:

National Mall: Never been, can’t wait to check it out. I plan on cruising the mall using Capital Bikeshare and am looking forward to the Lincoln Memorial and National Monument.E+B_Rothko_Museum_Art

National Gallery of Art: There is nothing like seeing art in person. Excited to see pieces by Lichtenstein, Matisse and Pollock.

Screen on the Green: This is a summer only activity but I still wanted to include it since I plan to head back to DC at some point. Free movie screenings at the National Mall – BYOE (e=everything). Seems like a great way to get a peek into DC culture.

Spy Museum: Because it just sounds cool and it was recommended by two friends.

Smithsonian: I’m hoping to hit up at least one of the many many museum options.