|Small Town Coffee, Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii|
I would like to dedicate the second part of my travel posts to one exceptionally spectacular day spent on the islands of Kauai and Maui. The morning after our adventure at Hanalei Pizza, we said a somewhat sad goodbye to our beautiful Princeville dwelling and headed south, hoping to catch some views of the stunning Waimea Canyons before our flight to Maui. For breakfast, we stopped in Kapaa at the tiniest, earthiest, chillest coffee shop possible: Small Town Coffee. This place was everything we dreamed of. Sitting comfortably in a gravel lot, STC was built around a miniature Japanese garden, complete with miniature koi pond and ceramic knick-knacks. Chickens and bikes cluttered the courtyard and to the side was a lean-to housing a table of very chill regulars chatting over cigarettes. In the shop were tiny mosaic tables, clutters of wall art, and an ad for housemade hemp milk. Vegan pastries and muffins sat underneath the glass display and a chalkboard of drink options stood behind the counter. My man immediately lit on the item appropriately titled "The Andrew" and the concoction was just about as perfect as Andrew himself: iced tea and mango juice.
Kalapaki Beach Hut. Our burgers had bacon and grilled pineapple and were served with a side of salty taro chips. This was the best burger we had all week. The combination of bacon, beef, and sweet fruit was perfect for a post-canyon, pre-flight outing. The taro chips, purple in color and tasting like a combination of sweet potato and turnip, were outstanding. We sat under an umbrella and watched small boats in the harbor. A rooster skipped around the hut's red clay outdoor floor, looking for scraps. The Beach Hut was just what we needed to say goodbye to the stunningly gorgeous island of Kauai.
|"What the sailors really come to shore for..."|
Coming up: seaside lunches, cocktails, gelato, and even more pizza on Maui. Stay tuned for the third and final installment of Magnolia Travels!