Coffee Gallery: A Chill Coffee Spot on Oahu’s North Shore

Posted in Food & Dining on October 26th, 2008

Coffee Gallery in Haleiwa has that funky, independent vibe chains like Starbucks try to mass-produce: the coffee and specialty drink menus are written on chalkboards overhead. Cute, young baristas have the looks of off-season surfers with the piercings to prove it. There’s a case full of delicious homemade sweets, including vegan stuff. I’m not a vegan, but damnit, hippies make some awesome food.

I always take my out of town visitors here for a coffee and a snack after we’ve done some snorkeling. The coffees are all roasted in-house and you can’t beat the cold drinks. My favorite is the mocha freeze, which is not your average overly-sweetened frappuccino—this baby has some bite. My husband goes mental over all the chocolatey baked goods, like dipped macaroons.

Coffee Gallery’s screened in porch is a perfect place to cool off, relax, and talk for a while. You’ll get some great people watching, too. There are usually the old with their books and the young with laptops (because they’ve got FREE wi-fi), the average joe and the wonderfully eccentric, locals and visitors.

Coffee Gallery is off Kam Highway in the North Shore Marketplace. Map
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Fall Pumpkin Picking, Island Style

Posted in Food & Dining on October 24th, 2008

Fall on Oahu bums me out a little. I grew up in New England, where right now people are wearing sweaters, the leaves are turning and roadside stands are selling fresh pressed apple cider in plastic jugs. Here, well… it’s eternal summer.

But this weekend, Aloun Farms in Kapolei will save me from my fall ennui with the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch Festival. They’ve got 100 acres of pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides and (just to make it island) a flyin’ Hawaiian pumpkin slingshot, rock climbing and ono fair foods like grilled corn on the cob—which is fresh off the farm, by the way—chili and shoyu chicken. I can’t express in words how much I love fair food.

Pumpkins are priced according to size. But don’t worry too much about your wallet—spending money at Aloun Farms is good for our local community because a lot of what’s grown there goes to local stores and open markets and keeps local farmers working. They also are accepting canned donations for Hawaii Food Bank, so think about cleaning out your pantry before heading over.

Fall really does bring me back to the old days. I wonder if they let grownups on the ponies?

The patch will be open to the public on Oct. 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. It’s $3 to park. For more info, visit alounfarms.com or call (808) 677-9516.


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Fall Pumpkin Picking, Island Style

Posted in Food & Dining on October 24th, 2008

Fall on Oahu bums me out a little. I grew up in New England, where right now people are wearing sweaters, the leaves are turning and roadside stands are selling fresh pressed apple cider in plastic jugs. Here, well… it’s eternal summer.

But this weekend, Aloun Farms in Kapolei will save me from my fall ennui with the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch Festival. They’ve got 100 acres of pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides and (just to make it island) a flyin’ Hawaiian pumpkin slingshot, rock climbing and ono fair foods like grilled corn on the cob—which is fresh off the farm, by the way—chili and shoyu chicken. I can’t express in words how much I love fair food.

Pumpkins are priced according to size. But don’t worry too much about your wallet—spending money at Aloun Farms is good for our local community because a lot of what’s grown there goes to local stores and open markets and keeps local farmers working. They also are accepting canned donations for Hawaii Food Bank, so think about cleaning out your pantry before heading over.

Fall really does bring me back to the old days. I wonder if they let grownups on the ponies?

The patch will be open to the public on Oct. 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. It’s $3 to park. For more info, visit alounfarms.com or call (808) 677-9516.


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Fall Pumpkin Picking, Island Style

Posted in Food & Dining on October 24th, 2008

Fall on Oahu bums me out a little. I grew up in New England, where right now people are wearing sweaters, the leaves are turning and roadside stands are selling fresh pressed apple cider in plastic jugs. Here, well… it’s eternal summer.

But this weekend, Aloun Farms in Kapolei will save me from my fall ennui with the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch Festival. They’ve got 100 acres of pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides and (just to make it island) a flyin’ Hawaiian pumpkin slingshot, rock climbing and ono fair foods like grilled corn on the cob—which is fresh off the farm, by the way—chili and shoyu chicken. I can’t express in words how much I love fair food.

Pumpkins are priced according to size. But don’t worry too much about your wallet—spending money at Aloun Farms is good for our local community because a lot of what’s grown there goes to local stores and open markets and keeps local farmers working. They also are accepting canned donations for Hawaii Food Bank, so think about cleaning out your pantry before heading over.

Fall really does bring me back to the old days. I wonder if they let grownups on the ponies?

The patch will be open to the public on Oct. 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. It’s $3 to park. For more info, visit alounfarms.com or call (808) 677-9516.


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Fall Pumpkin Picking, Island Style

Posted in Food & Dining on October 24th, 2008

Fall on Oahu bums me out a little. I grew up in New England, where right now people are wearing sweaters, the leaves are turning and roadside stands are selling fresh pressed apple cider in plastic jugs. Here, well… it’s eternal summer.

But this weekend, Aloun Farms in Kapolei will save me from my fall ennui with the pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch Festival. They’ve got 100 acres of pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides and (just to make it island) a flyin’ Hawaiian pumpkin slingshot, rock climbing and ono fair foods like grilled corn on the cob—which is fresh off the farm, by the way—chili and shoyu chicken. I can’t express in words how much I love fair food.

Pumpkins are priced according to size. But don’t worry too much about your wallet—spending money at Aloun Farms is good for our local community because a lot of what’s grown there goes to local stores and open markets and keeps local farmers working. They also are accepting canned donations for Hawaii Food Bank, so think about cleaning out your pantry before heading over.

Fall really does bring me back to the old days. I wonder if they let grownups on the ponies?

The patch will be open to the public on Oct. 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. It’s $3 to park. For more info, visit alounfarms.com or call (808) 677-9516.


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