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).

 

Happy 9th Business Birthday to Etta + Billie! Part 2

Ette + Billie Happy Birthday

It’s Etta + Billie’s 9th business birthday! I’m recapping all the major things that have happened at E+B (and a few of my life events) over the last 9 years. If you missed Part 1, check it out here, there are some solid photos of me with bangs and you get to see our ORIGINAL packaging. Crazy how things have changed. Read on for more E+B memories.

Etta + Billie: The Big Changes Years

2012 

Early in 2012, I left the business for almost 3 weeks to go on an epic travel adventure honeymoon with my husband. We rented a campervan (isn’t it cute?) and drove around the North and South Island of New Zealand. We both went skydiving for the very first time, pretty crazy! I managed to keep the business running while I was away, thanks to my incredible assistant Eric. If you want to see more travel photos, head to my Instagram page and scroll all the way to the very bottom.

Rebranded! After 4 years, I decided that the original branding didn’t fit me or the product anymore and where I wanted the business to go. My incredibly talented best friend was able to integrate all my inspiration into a distinct new look. 

Said goodbye to our body butter and lotion bars, much to the chagrin of my sister who proceeded to purchase every last one.

First launched collaborations with Ritual Coffee + T-We Tea! 

2013

After months and months of work, I finally launched my own website! 

Etta + Billie products could be found in our first major retailer, Urban Outfitters!

Created and launched our first brewery collaboration with San Francisco based Speakeasy. Obviously required some serious research and development.

Traveled all the way to Chicago for Renegade Craft Fair with my talented maker pal Kendra of Kendra Renee Jewelry. It was my first out of state craft show and we had so much fun!

Launched one of my fav limited edition soaps of all time, the Spiked Egg Nog Soap.

Quit my day job….NBD

2014

Moved into my first outside the home studio space and I was over the moon, even though it was only 723 sq feet. 

Hired the first production employee, Jesse. It was amazing to have help mixing up all the E+B body care goodness.

 

and hosted our first summer intern, Gladis.

We created a custom soap with one of my favorite San Francisco bakeries – Craftsman and Wolves. p.s. they have the best chocolate chip cookies!

Attended my first Trade Show – SF Gift Show

So much fun press. Appeared in two national magazines and one international magazine.

Created our first customized product with gorgeous lifestyle retailer Terrain. The Pumpkin Spice Lotion.

 

Began E+B’s philanthropic efforts with 826 Valencia and SF Marin Food Bank

Check back again next week for the final post!

Ette + Billie Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers for Food + Drink Lovers

Stocking Stuffers for Food + Drink Lovers

Stocking stuffers for all the food-obsessed in your life. Some of my tried and true favs along with some snazzy items I’d love if someone gifted me. I know for sure I’d be pretty excited if I found Dick Taylor chocolates in my stocking!

  1. Patina Bottle Opener in Turquoise | Cofield | $60.00
  2. Bergamot Ginger Room + Body Spray 2 oz | Etta + Billie | $16.00
  3. Damson Plum Jam | Lemon Bird | $14.00
  4. Chai Tea Skin Balm | Etta + Billie | $12.00
  5. Food Storage Wrap Set in Everybody’s Teal | Bee’s Wrap | $19.00
  6. Chocolate Covered Almonds | Dick Taylor | $15.00

Ette + Billie Gift Guide: Holiday Gift Guide for Drink Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide for Drink Lovers

Interesting gifts for the serious cocktail lover. From upgraded bar tools to interesting mixers to a little cocktail reminiscent soap for the shower. I think I’m going to need those Mole Bitters!

  1. Evergreen + Tangerine Soap | Etta + Billie | $14.00
  2. Zinc Glass Tumblers | Kaufmann Mercantile | $69.00 for a set of 6
  3. 3-Ingredient Cocktails | Powell’s Books | $18.99
  4. Dashfire Mole Bitters | Bitters + Bottles | $14.00
  5. Seamless Diamond Cut Mixing Glass | Umami Mart | $75.00
  6. CK Copper-Plated Teardrop Barspoon | Bitters + Bottles | $29.00

 

In the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Classic with a Twist Version

 

Thanksgiving Classic with a Twist Version

It’s the food holiday to end all food holidays so obviously it’s my favorite day of the year (besides my birthday). I love testing new recipes but Thanksgiving is definitely a time for all the classics like stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, etc. Here are a few of my favorite thanksgiving recipes that give those classics just the slightest update.

Cranberry Relish: This recipe is both ridiculously easy and ridiculously tasty. Of course, it comes from my food crush, Anthony Bourdain.

Italian Sausage + Bread Stuffing: I love this slight tweak on classic stuffing recipes. Up the herb anti by adding fresh sage, thyme, and rosemary.

Duchess Baked Potatoes: These will change your life. Seriously. People go crazy over them (it’s probably all the heavy cream and eggs) and you can make them ahead and reheat. Perfect for the Thanksgiving cooking marathon.

Arugula Persimmon Salad with Avocado: This sounds delicious and a great contrast to all the heavy Turkey day classics. I may just throw in some pomegranate seeds too for good measure.

Dry Brined Roast Turkey: Dry brining sounds about 10,000 times easier than a traditional brine so you better believe I’m going to test this one out.

Apple Pandowdy: Who doesn’t love a simple dessert. Like an apple but easier.

 

 

Fresh This Month: Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Soap

Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Soap

Remember the collab I did with Woods Beer Co? Well, you can now buy some of that delicious beer soap plus we made a video of the whole dang process so you can see the making of both the soap and the beer. I’m so darn excited to share with you! Check out the video below.

The beer soap is a refreshing blend of bright citrus notes, herbal eucalyptus, slightly sweet vanilla, a touch of the Saison, and ground rye berries (one of our beer ingredients) which acts as an exfoliant so you can basically turn any shower into a spa-like beer lover dream. Putting a whole new twist on the beer in the shower concept. Sounds pretty fantastic, right? You can purchase here.

Etta + Billie Events: Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Party

Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Party

I got to make beer! A whole lot of beer. A few months ago, I teamed up with Woods Beer Co., known for their experimental style and mate infused MateVeza, and came up with an amazing Saison combination that is a bit herbal, a bit citrus and a teeny tiny bit vanilla (but in a good way). Very Etta + Billie. 😉 The Sunrise Saison will be launching at Woods Oakland this Friday, September 1st.

In addition to the beer, I had to have the brewmasters come to the E+B studio and make a soap! It’s ridiculously yummy with a touch of the Saison, grapefruit, and eucalyptus. This limited edition batch will be available on Friday at the brewery. We made a small batch so if you want to be one of the first to try it out, you’ve got to come to the party!

I hope to see you there!

What: Etta + Billie and Woods Collab Party!
When: Friday, September 1 from 5-9pm
Where: Woods Bar + Brewery, 1701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA (near The Fox)

Woods Bar & Brewery Oakland

Etta + Billie Events: Etta + Billie at American Craft Council

Etta + Billie at American Craft Council

The E+B crew and I will be setting up shop at the American Craft Council show in San Francisco August 4-6th. Come by to see some of the most talented artisans from across the country. You’ll find ceramics, fine art, textiles, jewelry, leather goods and of course all the limited edition summer E+B scents. Plus, you can get in on some DIY action at our face mask bar on Saturday from 1-3 pm for $5.00.

What: Etta + Billie at the American Craft Council Show
When: August 4-6th 
Where: Fort Mason, San Francisco | E+B is on the Mezzanine Level
Cost: Entry is $14 at the door or buy tickets online for $10.50

In the Kitchen: Kitchen to Shower – Lemongrass

Kitchen to Shower - LemongrassCurries and soap have more in common that you think

Lemongrass, (or Cybopogon citronus for those interested in scientific names), is native to Southeast Asia and Australia, and appears in culinary traditions central to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam (yum, yum, and yum). In addition to countless health benefits (lemongrass is packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants – the things that fight free radicals), it imparts a subtle citrus flavor that brightens dishes (think Thai Green Curry and this Ramen Soup). It can be ground, chopped or infused into all the tasty things. And put into soap, scrubs and other skin treats.

Before you hit the store

Lemongrass will need some prep before it can be fully incorporated into to your culinary experiments. First, you’ll need to remove the root (the thick heavy base) and the grassy stems at the top of the plant with scissors or a sharp knife. Then you’ll have to deal with the tough outer casing that surrounds the tender, fragrant, stalk inside. How you prep the stalk will depend on what you’re making. You can chop your way up the stalk from the bottom if you plan to grind your lemongrass in with other curry seasonings, or you can beat the stalk with the handle of a heavy kitchen tool in order to break apart the fibers and release the essence of the plant. Hot Tip: bring a defeated-looking stalk of lemongrass back to life by soaking it in cold water for a few minutes. Don’t give up! The lemongrass will spring back quickly after nice cool drink. 

When you get to the heart of the lemongrass, you’ll know. While the outer casing may seem impenetrable (i.e seriously fibrous and tough), the inner core is smooth, soft, white or pale yellow, and ready to eat almost as-is. Once the tough parts are removed, there’s no way to eff the lemongrass up. Its flavor and fragrance are bright but understated, so you won’t overdo it no matter how much you use. This is not one of those less is more situations.  

Here’s a few recipes that sounded particularly fantastic to me. See more on my Pinterest feed. 

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Coconut Ginger Lemongrass Popsicle by Snixy Kitchen

Thai Grilled Corn and Peach Quinoa Salad by Half Baked Harvest

Lemongrass Mint Ginger Kaffir Lime Syrup by Delicious Everyday (this would be awesome in a cocktail)Recipe-Lemongrass-Mint-Kaffir-Lime-and-Ginger-Syrup-Delicious-Everyday-1-91

More lemongrass, please

Ready to get more lemongrass in your day to day routine? Check out E+B limited edition Lemongrass Mint soap, scrub or skin balm. You can bath with it, exfoliate with it and even carry it around with you in your purse. 

Lemongrass Mint Soap

Grow your own!

You can grow lemongrass in your kitchen. Be prepared to commit; the lemongrass will need attention and light and may not thrive if left alone for very long (i.e it would never work for me, the plant destroyer). But if it receives the care it needs, lemongrass can be an excellent kitchen companion. It releases a citrusy, summery, uplifting fragrance all day long, especially when its leaves are touched or crushed.