Friday lead us into our last night in Hawaii. Our flight is at 10 PM PM Saturday. We made some toast with local bananas and honey on them for breakfast and then ventured out to look for a caffeine fix. We found ourselves at The Beet Box Café for smoothies and coffee. It’s a great little hippy dippy grocery coffee shop.
After that, we drove north as far as we could. There is a qualifying surf contest going on now, so there are a lot of people out. However, there was not much of a competition, as the waves were pretty calm. We stopped by Sunset Beach and swam for about an hour. The waves were rough for landlubbers like myself, so after the first time I was knocked into the bottom of the shore I crawled to my towel.
On our way back to Haleiwa we stopped at a famous north shore shrimp truck called Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. Tourists were galore. We split a plate of shrimp scampi. Here is my review. Was it good? Yes it was. Was it any better than the shrimp truck I had at Sandy Beach on Sunday? I don’t really think it was.
We headed back to our apartment for a few beers and to hang out on our beach. Sam went swimming, and swears he saw a turtle fin. He says it swam right past his goggles. I hung on the beach reading.
After that we headed to the docks. I booked us a sunset cruise on a catamaran through groupon. We headed out to sea for about 90 minutes. There were about 10 other people on the cruise. Sam and I both developed a little nausea, but it was really nice to see the sun set over the mountains. Also, the captain caught a fish, butchered it, and served us sashimi right there! It was delicious. We were able to sit on a net that was strung across the water. It was a great trip.
We decided to treat ourselves to a slice of pie at the famous Ted’s Bakery. Sam had the chocolate pie and I had the strawberry pie. They were good, not great. The bakeries of Philadelphia have really spoiled us. I think there is such a dearth of great food in Hawaii, anyone who is doing something different and above average is considered amazing.
We had dinner from a food truck that served Thai. I thought it was amazing. Sam had vegan pad thai and I had the spicy basil shrimp friend rice. It was really good, and we were eating under the stars on picnic tables. It was a hip vibe and it was the best food I had all day. Exhaustion put us to bed soon after.