Our family is in Hawaii on a much needed break from cold, rainy Seattle. We always eat well at home, but are faced with a challenge on vacation. We have learned a few things over the years that can help your vacation be cheaper, healthier and also reduce your impact on the environment. One of the reasons we travel is to see new and different things and to experience different cultures, so why not taste local food as well. In Hawaii, this task is easy. There are plenty of roadside fruit stands and fresh local fish. But this is vacation after all, so we indulged in local rum for our mai-tais, local coffee at breakfast and when it was time for date night instead of a fancy tourist restaurant, we went off the beaten path to Aloha Mixed Plates, where the locals eat. We experienced the local foods at their best while enjoying the open dining area and a sunset on the beach.
Of course, no one wants to work too hard on vacation, but try staying in a place with a kitchen and the amount of money you will spend on lots of fresh local food is the same amount as one dinner at a hotel restaurant. Farmer’s markets are also a great place to find local arts and crafts to bring home as souvenirs. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals where they eat and shop, and you’ll be happy that you did.
Krista Anderson, MixedGreens family member and guest contributor