A hui hou kākou

Just a little over a year ago, I was on the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii with my mother and brother. We stayed in Waikiki, but thanks to the suggestion of one of my college friends who is from the island, we rented a car one day and drove to the North Shore. It was by far our favorite day there- seeing the Dole Plantation and relaxing on a beach seemingly only inhabited by locals.

The icing on the cake however was a trip to the famed Giovanni’s garlic shrimp truck. The shrimp are buttery, garlicy, and amazing. They’re kind of hard to explain if you haven’t had them, but if you’re ever in Hawaii they’re definitely worth the drive up the island. My family has been talking about Giovanni’s ever since.

Without flying 11+ hours and then driving up to the North Shore in Oahu, you can have these delicious shrimp at home. I found this recipe a while back and thought it would be a great meal to serve on my brother’s birthday. It’s not exactly like the original, but I’d say it’s pretty freaking close.

I had to make some substitutions due to lack of wine on hand and making a larger quantity of shrimp. Also, I had loose cloves of garlic not heads of them. I roasted the cloves and had to watch them closely so I didn’t burn them, but I suggest following the original recipe as closely as you can.

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp (from Jones Brand Surfing)

Serve with white rice.

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Snack Local: Mallow Crunchies

One day at the farmers market, I was minding my own business trying to buy fruits and vegetables. Right across from where I was buying tomatoes, there was a stand that kept getting my attention. I tried to resist, but eventually I stopped by for a sample and then I was hooked on Mallow Crunchies.

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