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Kauai-Best Banana Macadamia Pancakes

After our wedding in May, the hubby and I went to Kauai for a magical, relaxing, romantic, and all around awesome honeymoon.  One of my missions while I was there was to find the best banana macadamia pancakes the island had to offer.  Hard job I know :)

Ono Family Restaurant


This is a restaurant we always have to eat at whenever we visit Kauai.  Their coconut syrup is out of this world and a must on these pancakes. You get two pancakes with your order with the macadamia nuts mixed into the batter and fresh bananas and whipped cream on top.  What is there not to love.


The hubby got Spam and eggs with fried rice and toast, and he said it was really good.


I love the pancakes here. So fluffy and totally hit the spot, but the coconut syrup is where it it at.

Kountry Kitchen


The pancake here was huge!  Bananas and macadamia nuts are sprinkled onto of the batter before it its flipped, so the bananas are cooked a little bit which makes it tastes so much different than the ones at Ono Family Restaurant and Olympic Cafe.  Very good, but I think a little bit of fluffiness is lost by the shear size.


Hubby got the Loco Moco with Kaula pork, white rice, and fried eggs covered in brown gravy. Traditionally this dish is made with a hamburger patty but with Kaula pork as an option he couldn’t resist. He said he was hard to chose between this dish and the Spam and eggs at Ono.

Olympic Cafe


This was our last stop on the way to the airport :(.  These pancakes also had the macadamia nuts sprinkled over the raw batter and cooked into the pancake, with fresh banana on top. These were delicious. Nice and fluffy, the perfect pancake.


I would give my right arm for a bite of these right now.  Ugh, can’t wait to go back!


The hubby got a burrito that was the size of his head! Eggs, Kaula pork, cheese, and potatoes. Then it was topped with mango salsa, avocado, and sour cream.  This wasn’t his favorite, and we even had to send it back because of egg shells in the eggs :/

So where is the best place to get Banana Macadamia pancakes on the north eastern part of the island???

Olympic Cafe had the best pancakes, but Ono Family Restaurant had the best coconut syrup!

So there you go, if you are ever in Kauai around Kapaa, be sure to order banana macadamia nut pancakes at least once for breakfast!  Your welcome.


American Girl Cafe-Restaurant Review

My daughter had a birthday last month! I can not believe she is 6!  For her birthday this year, she wanted to go on a birthday adventure instead of having a party.

So off we went to the American Girl Store at the Grove in LA. Many doll outfits later, we finally made our way to our reservations at the cafe. I have to say, it really was perfect and Romi had so much fun!  It was a great way to spend her birthday!


The decorations in the cafe are super cute, all done in black, white, and bright pink.


The waiter made sure to seat Romi’s doll,


and even placed her hands up because she was excited for Romi’s birthday! They even had matching birthday crowns for both of them!

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