by • April 30, 2014 • Food, Travel, USAComments (0)2197

The North Shore at the Edge of Summer

After an incredible week in Kauai we flew over to Oahu for the last three nights of our honeymoon. We arrived in Honolulu mid morning and jumped in a rental car to spend the day at the North Shore, we did make a stop on the way, for an hour or so at the Waikele Outlets for a small shopping experience. Mission swiftly accomplished we moved on. It was not a long trip at all and we were rolling into Haleiwa within 45 minutes or so.

We only had the day, with no specific plans in mind. We made our first stop in Haleiwa at the infamous Grass Skirt Grill for a traditional Hawaiian plate lunch. I had the Kalua Pork plate lunch and Todd had the Hamburger plate lunch. A plate lunch is a Hawaiian concept, basically consisting of a meat, rice and salad. This tiny hole in the wall cafe is worth every single little ounce of hype the Internet affords it, this lunch was truly delicious and we both agreed later that this was the best meal of our honeymoon.


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Our bellies full we waddled back to the car and continued north. As we approached a sign marking Waimea Bay, the Designer let out what can only be described as a squeal. As a bodyboarding aficionado in his younger years, he even recognised the Foodworks we passed on the road. I did ask him if he wanted to enter the store. There was a very lengthy pause before he said no… that’s okay.

Waimea Bay was even more beautiful and imposing than it is in the movies.

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Pipeline was quite the surreal little place to go visiting in October. Low swell meant that we shared the beach with a handful of locals and one lone photographer. The Designer picked me a flower for my hair and we sat in the sand, watching the sun drop below the sea in this most perfect of all paradises.

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We headed back to Waikiki as the last shreds of light fell behind us, happy and tired after a busy and beautiful day. We chatted nonstop about the North Shore over Blue Hawaiis at the Cheesecake Factory before something else snatched our attention.

The. Cheesecake. Is. Delicious.


Have you tried The Cheesecake Factory’s cheesecake? Have you been to The North Shore? Watched the sun drop, or snaffled Oahu’s best plate lunch at the Grass Skirt Grill? I’d love to hear, I love hearing everyone’s Hawaii stories.

Grass Skirt Grill
66-214 Kamehameha Highway

Grass Skirt Grill on Urbanspoon

The Cheesecake Factory
2301 Kalakaua Avenue

The Cheesecake Factory on Urbanspoon

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