Today’s recipe comes from the sensually commanding Modern Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you’re looking to elevate your state of mind and body, this is the place for an “all about me” experience. Your expectations will be exceeded. In a town that bombards visitors with Hawaiian everything and anything –this hotel is an oasis of calm, spirit and respite from Hawaiian shirted staff and steel guitar music. I agree with their motto, “Consider your standards, and raise them.”
The look of this hotel is contemporary, sleek and urbane. Start your day experience with a spa treatment. What makes The Modern’s spa unique is its small attentive staff, treatment rooms, and trademark white palette that calms and soothes the moment you enter the salon. Like a fine wine, notes of coconut, lemongrass, passion fruit and vanilla scent the air. Breathe in, breathe out. Using specialized Waikiki spa services around some of the purest products in the world, services are delivered through natural, organic, hand-crafted and sustainably developed products. It’s all pure indulgent temptation and focused delivery.
Head down to The Grove or Passageway for a poolside lunch or dinner where today’s recipe comes from. Lush flowers, wicker chairs, live music, a fully staffed open air bar, professional staff, harbor views, and creative menu choices make it an ideal location to start or end your day.
One of the best places to eat among Waikiki restaurants mid-day into evening, you’ll find organic salads, sandwiches served on fresh-baked breads and light and sustaining plates showcasing Chef Toner’s love of global tastes and island-grown ingredients. Be sure to try the fried calamari with scallions jalapeños and lime aioli $13, the salad of grains (recipe below) , soft pork carnitas tacos ( Hawaiian spicy with the works!) $17, and an Elderflower 57 drink with Toziano Prosecco $13. Can you say, “Hawaiian Heaven?”
E ‘ai ka-kou (pl), E ‘ai ka-ua (dl)!
(Hawaiian word for Bon Appetite)
“Salad of Grains”
Compliments of The Modern Honolulu
Executive Chef Scott Toner
Grilled Curry Roasted Hearts of Palm
Grilled Red Onions
Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper