A Royal Hawaiian Weekend

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26631703045_a255e429ee_cA weekend at The Royal Hawaiian

26312050646_7d466aa824_c…starts with one question…

26631479445_2c6ee10a9d_c…do you prefer the Historic Building or the Mailani Tower?

26311950156_75537fb154_cMailani Tower opened a year ago – it’s fresh and bright.

25735078633_b4be15f89a_cYou get the best views from this tower…

17360560002_fc9870bed0_c…and don’t forget about access to the Mailani Lounge.

26026146764_e5a1d8db11_cBut! The Historic Building has all that charm and character…

26631903015_4e981de538_c…the history of the hotel is pretty neat.

26538774952_c0214ac36b_cYou can’t go wrong either way. I stayed last weekend for the Fanta-Sea dinner (the next one takes place June 24 and 25)…

25987235063_8daaaf5def_c…which started with a five-course dinner on Friday evening. Best bites of the night was the Opah from Head to Tail. The opah was served raw, cold-smoked, pickled, cured, and confit. Paired with a Vouvray Sec (Southern Wine and Spirits did the pairings).

26524423071_bf8f487a7a_cAnd check out this dessert. Black Tea Infused Soy Milk Pave! Hello, heaven. You can see surinam cherry jam on the right and dots of sweet bay leaf cream. There’s also streaks of black sesame and ginger, salted caramel leche and…candied ogo!

26604825986_d54531ee0f_c The next morning we got up at 6am to visit the United Fishing Agency at Pier 38 (they offer regular tours to the public).

26604820846_f18349663e_cI always forget how lucky we are to have easy access to all this fish in Hawaii…

26358140510_674df68659_c…aside from duck, fish is the main protein I cook with at home.

26605310356_6a08a7811b_cAnd then we drove back to The Royal Hawaiian for a picnic lunch…

26538196172_da6dcfcdcb_c…in the King Kamehameha Suite. Everything was set up buffet-style. Check out this…

26358248860_e0c2285290_c…Singapore-Style Fried Onaga. That sauce on the bottom was made with shiitake mushrooms, black pepper jam, fried shallots, and a chili-lemongrass sambal. I wanted a gallon to smother over…

26538289032_7547b25597_c…this rice! Chef Colin made a Pandan-lemongrass rice that was beyond dreamy (remind me to get the recipe). Came with sesame-garlic, peanuts, scallions and bits of fried chicken skin. Insanely fragrant and paired with….everything heheh.

26312145156_1e23f9d8c5_cWe had drinks at Mai Tai Bar in the early evening…

26338111935_f0d7d9b377_c…for mai tais, of course. They have nine types of mai tais on the menu.

26358216770_9fb1963e70_c…and dinner at Azure later that night. The sashimi duo is a signature, pairing Hawaiian yellow fin ahi and Japanese hamachi. There’s avocado tucked underneath. Watermelon radish salad and ginger vinaigrette poured table-side.

26604872666_f9bd7916c4_cDon’t skip the seafood platter – they have a nice mix of many local items including Kauai shrimp, Kona lobster and Kona abalone.

26358429290_d0b689a5e7_cThe thing about being in a hotel you love is that you never want to leave the property…

26737487426_e20d106283_c…I spent most of my downtime reading (just finished Jitterbug Perfume and All the Light We Cannot See)…

26245523912_84c8b90233_c…in a bathrobe (those pink and white candy stripes!) with a slice of haupia cake, big mug of tea and some quiet time.

26605038716_98a9eed3d1_cEarly breakfast the next morning. Surf Lanai just put Pink Palace Pancakes on the menu. It’s a guava-raspberry shortcake and the pink shade comes naturally from beets. How cool is that? It’s plated with balsamic-strawberry relish and coconut-kaffir lime crème. Comes with butter and maple syrup but def ask for the housemade coconut syrup (served warm).

26631701265_34381aa1a5_cAnd because it’s also a buffet…don’t skip the rice, eggs, and Portuguese sausage ^-^

26631711075_d82b5ff43f_cA Hui Hou Kakou!

This post was done in collaboration with The Royal Hawaiian. Find them here on Twitter and Instagram.

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