Current Obsession

I think I’ve just found my new favorite addition to my morning routine:

COCONUT BUTTER

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While in Kauai, I got up to make coffee the first morning and I noticed a jar of coconut butter from the previous trip when we were there a month ago. I thought, hmmm what did we use this for again/what could I eat this with? Then it occurred to me that it’s sort of a thing right now to stir in coconut oil or organic butter into coffee for that extra boost and health benefits. So, I obviously was like hellz yes I’m going to be super healthy since I’m in Kauai after all and it’s such a trend and coconut butter is kinda the same thing as coconut oil, right?! I was excited, ok…

P.S: in case you don’t know what coconut butter actually is, it’s literally just dried coconut meat blended together into a paste. Super simple.

So, I proceeded to put a dollop (how weird is this word btw) of the butter in my coffee, with a splash of cashew milk and honey and OH MAN. It was good. Better than good. If you like thicker coffee and tend to get pretty affected by the acidity and jitteryness you get from coffee in the morning then this is for you. The butter tones down that initial jolt you get with the good fats and it sustains that buzz you get, plus it keeps you feeling full!

Please do it do it do it, I promise you won’t hate it.

Best Coffee Shops in Kauai (Southside)

Hi my name is Amanda, and I’m a coffee addict. Like, my teeth should be black and my adrenals should be dead at the rate I’m going with the amount that I drink hahaha.

For real though, this is an exciting post because I am an enthusiast for all things involving coffee. From the style of coffee it is to what type of milk/superfood powder/spices are added to create the perfect drink, I love it all and find it to be the one major staple of my morning routine that I (literally) cannot do without. And when I’m on a tiny island where they have their own coffee plantation with some of the best beans I’ve ever tasted, how could I not provide a little guide of my favorite spots I go to when I’m not brewing at home.

1. Lappert’s 

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Location: Koloa

Hours: Daily 6am-10pm

To get right to the point, these people are pros. I’m actually drinking out of one of their mugs as I type this haha. They’ve been around for so long I believe they’ve really perfected both their coffee and ice cream because they are top-notch. I feel like if you come to Hawaii in general and don’t try Lappert’s, then you’ve missed out big time. I love their soy lattes and the fact that they have stevia as a sweetener option ❤ Most places don’t carry it so I’m always left to use the nasty raw sugar that doesn’t taste good/never fully dissolves. Anyone else agree?!

If you’re going to get ice cream though, then get a double scoop, in a waffle cone, of Kauai pie and kona coffee. Thank me later.

2. Dark Roost Coffee

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Location: Lawai (3540 Koloa Rd.)

Hours: M-F 7-12

This instagram-worthy little trailer of a coffee shop in Lawai is so good. They’ve got pour overs, aeropress, lattes, tea, and daily food/drink specials. Best part is that they’re located next to Warehouse 3540 which has a bunch of little pop up shops and stores that you can browse with your coffee in hand.

3. Little Fish Coffee

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Location: Hanapepe (3900 Hanapepe Road)

Hours: M-T 6:30-5, F  6:30-9, Sat. 8-5, Sun. 8-3

Okay this place is the cutest and has a big selection of coffee options, plus acai bowls/juices/bagels etc. which is always a plus. I highly recommend their honey nutmeg latte. Super super good. After you grab your coffee, head over to the swinging bridge across the street and maybe you’ll even spot the local kitty that hangs around there.

4. Living Foods Market

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Location: Koloa

Hours: M-F 7-9

This place is inside the little market/grocery store in the Kukuiula Shopping Center but they have a really wide range of coffee options including milk substitutes of coconut, almond, and soy milk.

Side Note: For all you GF peeps, they have GF breakfast crepes which I’ve seen, and need to try.

5. Java Kai

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Location: Kapaa

Hours: Daily 6-7

So this isn’t on the Southside per se BUT it’s a must if you’re on Kauai. Probably the most variety on the island when it comes to drinks. Think: chemex pour-overs, macadamia nut lattes, thai coffee…and the list goes on. It’s always busy in there so you know it’s good. You can stop by Kauai Juice Co. right behind it to grab a booch or green juice before heading to the beach! Also check out Shipwrecked, the clothing store located basically in conjunction with the cafe. Really really cute stuff.

 

A Few Hours in: Oceanside

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Zen-ing out in my grandparents front yard ❤

It is currently so SO beautiful outside, birds are chirping, 75 degree weather, an acai bowl in my belly…. Monday is off to a good start i’d say.

I was housesitting for my grandparents again from Thursday through Sunday and had a hair appt. in Carlsbad on Friday, so I decided to check out Oceanside a little bit since I was near the area! I never travel up this way unless I have to be somewhere so it was fun to do some exploring.

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^ Sidenote: If you ever need a hair cut/color/extensions/etc. Go see my cousin Jenni at Head for Change in Carlsbad. She honestly does the best job out of anyone i’ve been to AND she donates a percentage of the services to certain charities from all over the world. Pretty cool stuff. 

As per recommendation from Jenni, I headed over to Revolution Roasters for my favorite kind of afternoon sweet treat: a Lavender Latte ❤ The cafe is your basic, very clean, kinda industrial-looking, trendy coffee shop, with a cute “coffee shop” neon sign. I love neon signs.

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Then right next door I saw another  cute coffee shop, and THEN realized it was attached to a sick vintage store! YAS. I ended up buying a “midnight rider” t-shirt for like 15 bucks and pretty good quality. Can’t wait to wear it with booties, jeans, and a leather jacket.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetAfterwards I found (and proceeded to buy) to-go nut butter packets from another cute shop down the street. Pretty damn genius. Idk why i’ve never seen them before or thought of the idea but i’m obsessed now. fullsizerender

I strolled the beach with my coffee before heading back to Rancho for a minute because it was too beautiful not to. And number 9 is my lucky number so I had to get the shot…

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Creative Spaces

I believe the perfect recipe for a great creative space is:

  • Dimensional
  • Incorporates nature
  • Mood Lighting
  • Minimalistic
  • Comfortable
  • Nostalgia

And by “creative space” I’m mostly referring to coffee shops. Some of the best I’ve been to have just about every element I listed above. They might have various nooks for if you want privacy, some plants hanging around or a vine-covered wall, cozy couches, large work tables, and nice lighting whether that be bright or dark and moody.

I don’t know one person that doesn’t find comfort in a good coffee shop. And I love that they are spaces so much more than just a place to grab a cup of joe. People can get their creative juices flowing, strategize on projects or ideas, finish some work, or spark up a conversation with a random stranger. If you talk to any of my close friends or family you’ll know that coffee shops are the first things I seek out when I’m in a new place. Why? They really say a lot about a city! Especially if you find one of the gems that all the locals go to.

Charleston, with its endless amount of coffee shops around, I think really triggered this obsession of mine. I promise one day I’ll be a proud owner of a cafe or some similar space that provides this sort of creative atmosphere for people! These pictures might give you some idea into what I’m talking about:

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Kudu in Charleston = a dream

I went to Kudu at least twice a week. Spent a lot of my monthly spending money here #sorrynotsorry

Is their outdoor patio not the most welcoming and cozy thing you’ve seen? The hidden aspect of it (behind a wall on a tiny side street downtown) and its Secret Garden vibes play the biggest factors I think as to why it’s the favorite among locals.

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OH, brick. Whether it’s new or part of the old architecture, that is another thing people are drawn to and adds that authentic factor to the space.

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Mood lighting

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Rustic interior/building +modern furniture+ plants everywhere = great combo.

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I believe magic happens when you can make a heavy industrial designed interior look extremely airy and light.