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Simply Fresh

What is not to love about Hawaii?  Gorgeous scenery – check!  Great weather all year – check!  An endless number of ways to have fun – check!  Absolutely awesome food?  This is a big check!

From a culinary standpoint, it is one of the most diverse places in the world.  Many talented chefs draw on local Hawaiian influences from Japan, Korea, Thailand, France and the mainland.  Hawaii is a true melting pot of deliciousness.

Whether you are having an exquisitely fine dining experience in downtown Honolulu or picking up a mouth-watering bento box to take to the beach, you cannot go wrong in the Aloha State.

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Lucky To Live In Hawai’i

Stepping out of the water of Kaimana Beach, I feel the rays of the setting sun kiss my cheeks and I hear the roar of the waves breaking upon the shore.  The beaches are our sanctuary and are literally in our backyards.  I think about how lucky I am to live in Hawai’i.  My thoughts are interrupted by a low rumbling sound – my stomach.  I decide to pack up and head over to a post-beach favorite – Diamond Head Market and Grill.

As I drive along Monsarrat Avenue and arrive at the Diamond Head Market and Grill, I notice a long line of people streaming from its outside window.  I park in their parking lot and head inside.  They have an inside market, a deli and a bakery that sells gourmet food and pupus.  And the outside window comes with an outside eating area.  I love coming here for gourmet food on-the-go and slow-cooked plate lunches.

I pick up a bottle of Perrier and suddenly, at the check-out counter, I reach a brownie versus cookie dilemma.  The cashier is patient.  I decide to go with the water only.  Whether you visit for breakfast, lunch, dinner or in-between – the service is quick, un-hurried and not rude.   Read more »

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