Dining Your Way Through the Hawaiian Islands

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What comes to mind when you think about the islands of Hawaii?  Do you envision beautiful beaches, pristine waters, and green vegetation? Do you think of culture and luaus?  Do you think surfing?  Do you see a land of volcanoes?  The islands and state of Hawaii are all of these and more!

Did you know one of the great things Hawaii is becoming known for is a dining destination. Yes, it is a foodies paradise as well.  Hawaii has Michelin Star chefs, making dining an incredible experience. The land itself grows rich harvests such as chocolate and coffee.   Here is a quick tour around the major 4 islands with some must stops for those wanting to tickle their taste buds.

Kauai
Avalon Gastropub-This place brings comfort food to a whole new level with amazing customer service
Kiawe Roots- Kiawe is Hawaiian mesquite. This restaurant offers flavors of their local barbecue.

Oahu
Madre Chocolate-A must visit for any chocolate lover this shop is located in Chinatown. They have a bean to bar experience with chocolate making classes, truffle making classes, wine pair tastings, rum pair tastings, and whiskey pair tastings. They are truly passionate about spreading chocolate love.

Maui
Maui Wine-I know you are thinking wine in Hawaii. Yes! Just as California is known for the grape, Hawaii is known for pineapple. At Maui Wines you can do tastings and tours of this delicious libation.
Also be sure to visit Mark Ellman’s Restaurants, Mala, Honu, or Frida’s. Mark was one of 12 chefs that developed and promoted regional Hawaiian Cuisines.

Hawaii
Ueshima Coffee Company’s Kona Coffee Estate- Try Kona coffee all day long and have a Coffee Roasting Experience. This is the only place were certified Kona is grown.
Hamakua Heritage Mushroom Farm- I bet you never thought of mushrooms and Hawaii in the same bubble before. Here you will go on tour that takes you through the Japanese bottle growing process and at the end of the hour long tour you will learn to prepare and cook each variety and of course you’ll get to eat your own savory creations.


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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Personal Review-The Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center

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Recently, I had the opportunity to stay at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington DC Convention Center.  The hotel had been selected by one of my agency owner friends based on local for convenience to transportation as well as working environment.
The hotel itself is minutes from Union Station. So close in fact, I opted to walk the 1 mile upon arrival to take in some of the sights. And it is only 20 minutes from the Washington National Airport making this a very convenient hotel for the traveler on business to the traveler on leisure.  Another item that lends itself well to the business traveler is the separate living room with workspace as well as suite options that come with conference table.  Wi-Fi is available for free for those with Hilton HonorsThe conference suite was ideal for our small group of agency owners meeting. Table seats 6 and is in open setting with the sofa and chair with large windows making for lots of natural lighting. There is also a refrigerator.
While I would consider the hotel basic on room amenities and décor.  A few things could be updated, they do have the included breakfast at the restaurant on property. It was one of the best breakfast’s I’ve experienced in hotel situation.  It had an amazing eggs cooking station line to the left and a regular continental breakfast line to the right.   The speed with which I made it through the line to order my omelette was amazing and the taste was outstanding.  Plate came with eggs and side choices of potatoes, sausage, and/or bacon.  The usual tea, coffee, juices were available as well.   The restaurant, Finn and Porter, is open again at 4pm for seated dinner dining for those wishing not to venture out.


Other features that made our stay pleasant were taking advantage of the complimentary evening reception with wine, beer, cocktails, and snacks adjacent to the hotel lobby. Right next to check-in was a little convenience store too with some snacks, medicines and a few other odds in ends should you need something.

Overall I’d give my stay a good plus rating. Not fancy, but practical.  Other than some cosmetics the space was comfortable, suited our needs, and was relatively close to go out and explore other dining venues. We’ve actually already looked at reserving it for our next meeting.


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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My Vermont

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Vermont, if you weren’t aware, means Green Mountain and has been nicknamed the Green Mountain state. It was the 14th state in the Union and is located in New England in the north eastern Unite States.  It borders Canada to the North, Massachusetts to the South, New Hampshire to the East and New York to the West.  It is a state rich in history, culture, and art. It has many ties and markers that will bring you back to yester years.  It’s has deep roots in history to The Revolution and is rich in personal history as my relatives have been here hundreds of years in the South West corner, in a town called Bennington.

Vermont has always called to me.  I have lived here 4 different times over the course of my life and many a childhood memory as we would travel back from where we were living to celebrate holidays with the family.  The very house I sit in now as I compose this journal,  has been in our family since the early 1800s.  But more than the family connection, Vermont to me is a sensory experience that always delights.   I can remember driving from Wisconsin to Vermont for family visits. Year after year,  each drive I couldn’t wait until we crossed the border to open the windows. The air just smelled so good.

Today, as I make the trek from New Jersey to Vermont, I still can’t wait to hit those mountains. As soon as I get there it’s like a big, aaaaah.  Can you imagine a place like that?  A place that instantly soothes and takes away your stress?

Sports, History, Art, Culture, Food and Drink are a plenty. Just pick your season.  What are you waiting for?


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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