Ever since I met my friend Kait of Communikait nearly a year ago, I’ve been wanting to go to Hawaii. Why? Because she lives there! In paradise! With the warm, crystal blue waters, the malasadas, and all the shave ice she can eat! I’ve been trying to convince the husband that our next adventure should be to Hawaii, but he says we might need to stick close to home for a bit and finish working on our current adventure (remodeling our 1906 Victorian house), so I figured an afternoon to try to find our Aloha Spirit in Pasadena was maybe what was needed to convince him!We started off with lunch at DogHaus! June 11 – 17th is National Hawaiian Foods Week, one week to honor Hawaii’s contributions to the culinary heritage of the United States and raise awareness of Hawaiian foods which is characterized by a unique fusion of flavors from French Polynesia, China, Japan, Portugal, Korea, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Samoa and others. DogHaus is celebrating National Hawaiian Foods Week with their Loco Moco Burger which is made with a sriracha and soy sauce laced smash patty topped with a thinly sliced and grilled portuguese sausage, sunny-side up egg, japanese curry style gravy, togarashi, crispy fried onions, diced scallions, and sriracha served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls. Unfortunately, the Loco Moco Burger wasn’t available while we were there earlier this week, so I had the Free Bird Dog which is a hot dog topped with avocado, ranch, smoked bacon, and tomato. I realize that it’s a very Californian hot dog, BUT, all their hot dogs are served on deliciously grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls! Then we wandered around Old Town Pasadena. Our first stop was a visit to the Distant Lands bookstore to look at travel guides for Hawaii. Then we headed over to J.Crew to see if we could find any tropical, summer outfits! It was so funny that when we walked in the door, I saw this sign that read “Who wants a trip to Hawaii?” – it must be a sign because the mister said we should look into booking a trip! What’s your favorite Hawaiian food? I love malasadas, but they are essentially donuts, so that’s no surprise. Do you have any Hawaii travel tips? Favorite island? Let me know in a comment!
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