Welcome to Day 2 of Janet and Randy's Kauai Adventure 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Even though the previous day had been a long day, we ended up waking up early. Randy woke up at 5:00am (not quite adjusted to the timezone), while I slept in all the way to 6:00am. Once it was light out, Randy went for a run (I did not). Instead, I tried to catch up on my journal and blog.
Even though we had some fruit and juice from Randy's parents, we decided to go out for breakfast to Anuenue Cafe. At the cafe, you have to put your name on a list, and then when tables become available, they call out the next person on the list. Once your table is ready, you then go to the counter to order and pay for your meal, and then go sit at your table. You are given a playing card (we had Jack of Spades) so that the servers know which table to deliver the food to.
When we arrived, our name was the next to be seated. We had to wait about 5 minutes for a table to free up (meanwhile I gave the death stare to those that were seated). Shortly after we were seated, there were quite a few other people waiting to be seated. We ordered the kalua pork fried rice and the 'Riptide' eggs benedict (that also had kalua pork), and our food arrived about 15 minutes after we sat down. Both meals were delicious and filling.
After breakfast, we went to Longs Drugs to get some sunscreen, tea and coffee. Then it was off to Lihue to hit up Safeway and Costco for more provisions. We got to Costco about 10 minutes before they opened, and it is quite amusing to see how there is always this large crowd all lined up and ready for the store to open. Beware of the Costco cart drivers - as I've heard one Costco employee say "Costco Drivers, No Survivors !"
We brought the groceries back to the room and sampled some poke that we bought at Safeway - Surprisingly delish. Randy was feeling a little tired, so he lay down for a nap while I continued working on the journal and blog. After Randy woke up, he figured we should go for a dip in the ocean. So, we threw on our bathing suits, grabbed our beach stuff and drove over to the nearby Sheraton (where there is a nice beach). But, just as we got there, it started to pour rain. We waited in the car for a while, but the rain didn't seem like it would be stopping anytime soon. So, we bailed and headed back to our room. We changed back into some clothes, then went into Koloa to have a late lunch.
There was a little area behind the main shops where there were a couple of food trucks and picnic tables. We decided to try a Mexican food truck called Chalupa's. I had some fish tacos, and Randy had a fish burrito. They were pretty good (there were big chunks of fish (Ono) in both). Not as good as our favourite Mexican place on Kauai (Monico's Taqueria), but not bad. The speed at which things come out of the kitchen was a bit lacking. But agreed it was good.
On Friday's, the farmer's market is held at the stadium in Lihue. We then headed into Lihue and got there just before the market was starting. It was raining when we got there, but by the time the whistle blew at 3:00pm, it had stopped. Which was good, as I had left our umbrella back in the room. We wandered around the market and got a bunch of fruit and some fixings to make guacamole. The number of vendors at the Friday market was definitely smaller. Although our favorite vendor - Glenna, was there and she had immediately recognized us. So we had a nice little chat with her.
We got back to the room around 4:00pm, and Randy started making the guacamole as the avocado we got was perfectly ripe. We sent a message to Harold and Lil to have them come over for drinks. They sent a message to Randy's aunt and uncle (Kathy and Ben) who were also here on vacation and staying in the Poipu area.
All six of us ended up sitting on the lanai, drinking some beverages and having the tasty guacamole (and some other nibblies). From our balcony, you could sort of see the sunset - but there were some big trees that obscured seeing the sun set into the ocean. After the sunset, we all headed over to Keoki's Paradise to have a light supper. Even though it was a Friday night, we were able to get a table for 6 right away. To continue the drinking, most of us ordered Mai Tais, but Ben and Randy ordered a '44' instead. This is a a version of the mai tai that uses local Koloa rum, with just a bit of lime juice and pineapple juice. I tried some of Randy's, and I think I like it better than the traditional mai tai.
As we had been snacking for the last 2 hours, Randy and I shared an order of coconut shrimp and a chicken and farro salad (which was very tasty). The server was even nice enough to split the salad onto 2 plates before bringing it out to us. It was just the right amount of food.
By the time we got back to the room, it was 9:00pm. With a lack of sleep, and all the booze, we were both tired, and went straight to bed.
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