food

Big Island of Hawaii, Delicious Eateries

Aloha!
I was fortunate to spend some time this Summer with my family on Hawaii’s Big Island. It is place like no other, experiencing Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Rainforest, Waipio Valley, Amazing Beaches, Snorkeling with Body Glove and many more.
Since the days are packed with all the activities and so many breath taking places to visit, great meals are must.
Here are some photos that I would love to share and few links for delicious, ultimate and must visit eateries around the island.

Hilo’s Farmers Market, offering fresh local produce

Sweet Rice Taro with Young Coconut

Macademia Nut Butter

Goat Cheese, different flavors

White Sugarloaf Pineapple

Cafe Pesto, Hilo Bay, lovely restaurant

Sandalwood Sandwich, toasted with Japanese eggplant, marinated artichokes, sun dry tomatoes, rosemary gorgonzola cheese on fresh baked French roll, served with purple sweet potato mash

Pesto BBQ Chicken Pizza

Hakalau Sandwich, warm with kalua turkey, spinach, mango chutney, carmelized onions on garlic French bread served with baked potatoes

Kids Meal Harry Potter’s Pizza with cheese and pepperoni

Here is the list of must see must try places:
Breakfast or Lunch place- Dave’s Coffee Shack, delicious pancakes and sweet bread French toast-:)
Lunch place Lighthouse Liquor and Delicatessen, best ever baked whole wheat pretzels, fantastic selection of sandwiches.
Lunch or Dinner, Village Burger, great selection of burgers, great flavors.
There are many more great places to visit, Macademia Nut factories like Mauna Loa, Hamakua plantations, Donkey Balls chocolates, Coffee Farms and many more.
Macademia nuts are most popular nut on the islands, at it comes in many different flavors: sweet, salty, savory or something between. Also very popular are coffee beans dipped in chocolate and made locally delicious brittle candy.

Hope you will like the post, useful guide for the future travelers.
Mahalo!

Birthday Cheesecake, Polka Dots and Strawberries

So excited, so emotional, another birthday celebration, another cake this time for my baby girl, preteen-:) Decision on what cake should we have was easy because my daughter loves cream cheese, and her favorite cake is cheesecake without toppings. Lovely cream cheese…. Did I already mentioned that? Whipped cream cheese has to be in stock, top shelf in the fridge-:)
Had to be creative so this time I decided to make homemade marzipan to build strawberries and I was very happy with the result. They look beautiful and taste amazing, wonderful taste of almonds.

This is cute, playful decorated cheesecake, with polka dots and strawberries.

Ingredients:

Crust

1 cup low fat graham cracker, crumbs
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

Filling

1 cup reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare 6 inch round cake pan with opening bottom.
Make the crust by stirring together all of the crust ingredients, mixing till thoroughly combined.
Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan.
To make the filling, mix together all of the filling ingredients till smooth. Use a mixer set at low-medium speed.
Pour the filling into the crust.
Place the cheesecake in the oven. Bake it for 20 minutes or till temperature reaches, 165°F/170°F.
Remove the cheesecake from the oven, set it on a rack to cool. When cooled, refrigerate it till ready to serve.

You can decorate your cheesecake with many different toppings, fresh fruit, chocolate sauce, berry sauce or caramel, everything sounds delicious.
Plain cheesecake is our favorite, it is delicious too and has less calories and sugar. That is why I decided to decorate it with fondant and marzipan figurines for the super cute look.
This is very easy recipe, very practical and most importantly everybody was happy with the dessert, fabulous.
Enjoy!