A trip to the zoo

So our apartment in Honolulu is literally opposite the zoo. What better excuse to visit? We were first through the gates (keen) so the place was quiet and peaceful.

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We loved it. The zoo had a lovely vibe, lots of shade-giving trees and a great selection of animals. Here are just a few!

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This guy was my favourite. He had style. Here he is doing a lap of honour.

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And this guy was just a regular bird (you see them everywhere) but living it large in the zoo nonetheless.

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Walking round the zoo was thirsty (and hot) work, so we picked up a classic Hawaiian treat – shave ice.

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It’s basically shaved ice, covered in different flavoured syrups. Messy and refreshing.

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We left the zoo and caught the bus into town for some lunch. We popped in to Goofy’s Cafe, which prides itself on using local and organic ingredients. Good decision. Look at this beauty…

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Omelette, served with avocado, spinach, cheese and sausage. Amazing. It also came with this delicious bread (which I think was made from the taro root). It tasted like a healthy version of a crumpet.

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Alex had shrimp (prawns) with rice and salad. Another messy option (but very tasty).

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We spent the rest of the afternoon mooching round the shops and generally avoiding the afternoon sun.

For dinner, we went to the Salt Kitchen and Tasting Bar. It was incredible.

Alex had a local beer, and I had some homemade lemon, honey and lavender soda. It was AMAZING.

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Onto the food.

Some smoky peppers. They weren’t spicy, they just had a beautiful charcoally taste.

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Some pate and toast.

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Flatbread (which was more like pizza), topped with chicken and tomato.

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A juicy slab of pork belly.

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And some finger-licking chicken pieces, served with a fantastic chilli dip. These were Alex’s favourite. They were amazing.

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We loved the food and the restaurant had a great vibe. The guys on the table next to us also gave us some great recommendations for food in the area, so double win.

If you find yourself in Honolulu (you never know!) then eat dinner here. It’s freaking awesome.

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