Monday, August 9, 2010

Sweet Hawaiian pineapple

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No tribute to Hawaiian food is complete without mention of its exceptionally juicy pineapples! The Dole plantation is located in Oahu and although we didn't have time to visit, we ate fresh pineapple every day in several sweet incarnations.

I will never forget how good it tasted just fresh and plain after climbing Diamond Head, the crater that overlooks Waikiki and gives spectacular views of the ocean. The flavour was all the more sweet and concentrated after that hot dry hike and a daunting 99-step stone staircase. It was a sunny day and we ate it overlooking a sparkling, emerald-blue ocean.

We also had lovely pineapple creme brulee at the Hula Grill Waikiki (pictured above, bottom left). There were pineapple chunks suspended in the custard, and the whole dessert was served in a bowl carved out of pineapple and decorated with fresh island flowers.

We've only been back a few short weeks, but already I want to return, if for nothing else to eat the delicious seafood again, and savour another sweet burst of fresh pineapple!

Hula Grill Waikiki
Oceanfront at the Outrigger Waikiki, Oahu
2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 203
Honolulu, HI

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