Mustang Hillside is a fun little trail that we decided to check out on a whim. In fact, it’s a trail that we often see when getting off the H3 and heading to other hiking landmarks like the Lanikai Pillboxes and Olomana. The views from “Mustang Hillside” are quite nice, offering panoramic views of Kawainui Marsh all the way to the Mokulua Islands. Continuing further up the hillside and the view opens up even more to the other side of the hill, towards Kaneohe.
After dropping Michelle off at Mille-Feuille Bakery, where she learned how to make macarons with French pastry chef Olivier Dessyn, I decided to take a short walk to Washington Square Park to do some people watching. I quickly found a bench, relaxed, and enjoyed my latte from Third Rail Coffee. In a city as populous as New York City, I serendipitously stumbled on my good Internet friend, Carlos Morales of Oven Fresh Dreams, at Third Rail. Crazy, right? My morning was off to a great start.
Imagine a party where you have to bring your own silverware, table, and linens. Imagine a party where everyone is dressed from head to toe in white. Imagine a party where you have no idea where you will be dining. That, my friends, is the epicurean phenomenon known as Dîner en Blanc. Launched 25 years ago by François Pasquier, Dîner en Blanc is known for holding some of the most exclusive parties in the most prestigious locations throughout Paris. One Hawaii resident worked hard to bring the party to Honolulu, all because she could not make an official Dîner en Blanc party in Paris that she was invited to. How lucky for us.
I tend to plan trips around places to eat. I try to eat good when I travel by becoming immersed in the food culture of whatever city I’m in. Through the years, I’ve learned that it’s best to forego fast and easy as an excuse to eat when wandering through an unfamiliar city. Knowing how something tastes and what to expect from each bite should not be a pre-requisite for any meal that you eat when traveling. Instead, eat good by finding what the locals eat and then seeking it out. Eat good by trying something new and exciting, and maybe a little scary. Eat good by devouring something that your taste buds have never tasted. Eat good by finding adventure in the food that you eat.
I’ve been doing some heavy traveling over the past year, and of course, like any good blogger, I’ve been documenting my travels through photos and words. I’ve wrestled with the idea of sharing these travels here on Exploration: Hawaii. The main struggle, well, being that the name of this site is Exploration: Hawaii.
Planning a trip to Hawaii can be an overwhelming experience. What should you pack other than your bathing suit? That’s where Go Visit Hawaii comes into play. Sheila Beal has been offering would be travelers to Hawaii advise since 2006. In 2009, Lonely Planet named Go Visit Hawaii the Best Destination Travel Blog. Exploration: Hawaii was fortunate to have had a chance to chat a little bit with Sheila to find out why she loves Hawaii so much.