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Date Night: Monkeypod Kitchen at Ko’Olina

After a long, busy week following an equally busy weekend in Kona, Jake took me out on a date so we could finally spend some quality alone time together.

He suggested Monkeypod Kitchen and my eyes lit up. There’s only two locations in Hawaii, one on Maui and one in Ko’Olina — and if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know how much I love driving out there. (The drive back home with a full belly, not so much.)

The restaurant describes their menu as using “socially conscious ingredients,” and boasts using range-fed Maui beef, sustainably caught fish, as well as a host of other locally grown produce.

Jake checking out the menu. Our table was near the bar.

Jake checking out the menu. Our table was near the bar.

The best jalapeno poppers I've ever had.

The best jalapeno poppers I’ve ever had.

They have nightly steak, seafood, and dessert specials. Our waiter, Cassandra, described them to us in great detail — down to the Aloun Farms corn.

We originally wanted to try the Garlic Truffle Oil Fries for our appetizer, but ended up opting for their Handcrafted Jalapeno Poppers. A couple to our right got the fries, and they looked delicious (I guess we’ll have to go back to try them!), but I can tell you right now that these are the best poppers I have ever tasted.

Normally jalapeno poppers are greasy whole jalapenos with gross oozing cheese that you order at bars because you want something to munch on. These put those atrocities to shame.

Their wood fired Proletariat pizza - similar to a supreme.

Their wood fired Proletariat pizza – similar to a supreme.

For our main courses, Jake had the fish and chips, while I tried one of their wood fired pizzas, hand tossed with crust made from scratch. This is what they call the Proletariat — it’sΒ pepperoni, organic sausage, onions, green peppers, olives, and house pulled mozzarella.

Everything we ate that night tasted so fresh, and it’s definitely a tribute to the quality local ingredients they use.

One of the best desserts I have ever had: White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie.

One of the best desserts I have ever had: White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie.

Four words: Leave room for pie. I’m serious. If you’re going to drive all the way out to Kapolei, you might as well treat yourself. I had the best dessert of my life here: White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie. It was the special the night we went, and if it’s ever available while you’re there, you need to try it.

If for some reason you can’t try it (or prefer something else which is crazy), there’s always banana, strawberry, chocolate, or coconut cream pie, as well as various flavors of gelato.

It was definitely a memorable date night to say the least. The restaurant is beautiful, full of deep wood tones and a beautiful understated water feature. I am sure we will be back — and hope to visit their Maui location one day!

We happened to have this date night on what coincidentally was our 23rd month marker — that means one more month until Jake and I have been together for two whole years! Time sure goes by fast. I’m just happy to be living life with the man I love.

Cheers to everything the future holds, my love!

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