I always wondered why Go with what you know is such a popular phrase. Since when does sticking to the same routine help someone grow? The cliche has it times when it needs to be said I suppose, but whoever said it was most likely a Negative Nancy. Breaking out of our box by doing and trying things we would usually shy away from help us create experiences we didn't even know existed before. Taking your eyes off of your phone and opening them up to the world around you is key in your growth as a human bean.
Art Cafe Hemingway
4 - 1495 Kuhio Hwy, 96746 Kapaa, HI
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: BRUNCH 8am - 2pm DINNER 6pm - 9pm
Fr - Sun by Markus & Jana
With pretty much all of the restaurants on the island of Kauai, all of the ingredients are locally sourced. It would be pretty tough for businesses like these ones to stay in business if they were constantly waiting for products to be shipped to them. And the you have possible shortage, price of delivery, all kinds of other factors that would affect the quality of the food served in these restaurants.
Art Cafe Hemingway is no different. With all of their ingredients locally sourced from their Mint Kauai farm. Words they live by on the farm are Food, Identity, and Responsibility. With their mission to put more local food on local plates, they are not only creating a better option for their community, but a look inside of the world they're trying to create. As a tourist, I was blown away by the story of this restaurant. But we had no idea what we were walking into.
My wife, son, and I were just walking near some shops along the beach on a late morning and of course we were starving because we always are. My wife pointed to this restaurant which I initially thought was a house and said we should try it out. Now had we been on our phones looking for a place to eat instead of admiring what was right in front of us, we may have missed this opportunity. With lounge chairs in the front we figured this place was going to be pretty chill.
The dining area had the feel of being in someones home for brunch. Not only did this place look like a house, it felt like home. The waitress began telling us about the story of the restaurant, and somehow it turned into a conversation about new parent life and I almost didn't even realize that we didn't know her. We were just having a conversation as if she had been an old friend.
Their menu offers food for anyone and everyone. All these diet options I had never even heard of, but I learned from the menu such as Ovo Lacto Vegetarian, Ovo Vegetarian, Lacto Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free. I figured since we were out of our comfort zone for what I would normally expect from a restaurant experience, I should try something I typically wouldn't. I ordered a savory crepe filled with salmon, tomato relish, and sour cream. Very simple ingredient combination yet the taste was all but simple. I couldn't believe the flavors that were coming together to not only satisfy my hunger, but also satisfy my human need for quality in life.
My wife ordered a savory croissant with ham and aged Gouda cheese with homemade honey mustard mayonnaise. With their croissants being freshly made everyday, there was no way this sandwich could fail. The honey mustard mayonnaise gave the sandwich more than enough flavor and is actually making my mouth water right now. And of course we ordered an extra butter croissant on the side because we always need more food.
It's the simple things in life that always bring us back home. Whether home to you is delivering delicious beer to local stores so that the masses have a safe place to purchase their favorite alcoholic beverages. Or if being in the studio, spilling out your soul to the world to see. Or if it is at your actual home with your family, just kicking back enjoying some basketball on TV. Home is where you make it, and Art Cafe Hemingway reminds you of that.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.