Highlight Meal Oahu : The Perfect Waffle.

by Dori Nicole

Honolulu, Hawaii. Jan.21.2016

Every time I visit somewhere new, I live as if I were a local and it’s not until my final day that I end up doing and eating epic shit that makes me regret not doing it sooner. This could also be a lie, because the last time I went somewhere new it was to Seattle, Washington for my 24th birthday two years ago. I spent my last night eating at the Space Needle and shelling out $200 for the most disgusting, flavorless, oily food I’ve ever had and never finished. I should’ve negotiated my money back, but I was dumb.

The view was awesome though. And the cocktails.

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This farewell meal ended up being breakfast this time!

I stopped by a quaint little cafe on Kaiolu St and Kuhio by the name of Tilia Exquisite Aloha where they obviously specialize in making the most simplest of meals extremely special.

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I’m a sucker for a good waffle and I tend to seek them out in all breakfast joints I decide to eat at. This place is known for their macadamia nut Taro Waffles topped with the freshest and sweetest fruit immaculately placed on top with a dollop of whipped cream or your choice of ice cream.

This was the most perfect breakfast I have ever had. I felt like a Goddess.

Banana, Pineapple, Kiwi, blueberry, Strawberry. Gah! All on top of the most perfect waffle of life: Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside. I only ordered the small version because I couldn’t decide between two menu items so I got both.

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Behold! a half turkey sandwich… ON A WAFFLE! joy. The sauce was honey-mustard-ish but better or house-made. Something was different. Avocado, tomato, lettuce and swiss. Taro Chips, fresh fruit that looked as if they were placed in the ramekin with tweezers and a perfect little salad with papaya dressing.

All of this for $13.50 and I left energized and ready for my hike and everything else that happened to me today that will come in a later post. (Add $7 because this restaurant sells it’s taro waffle/ pancake mix so I of course grabbed a package to take home.)

I made a quick friend with the waitress who recommended the dressing as her personal favorite. She kinda just came to Hawaii a few months ago and got a job and was ready to move back to the mainland so she could eat something other than ramen noodles. I might go back and give her my number because our conversation was pretty awesome.

Also because the waffles just can’t be had anywhere else so I may as well squeeze another order in before I set off to the airport in the afternoon.

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