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It is a staple in many countries around the world - the coconut. It comes in water, milk, and shavings and can be used to eat, drink, weave, or make fire. So many uses for such a delicious fruit!
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Make sure you look inside that coconut as you may find one of the best desserts in Vietnam - Rau Câu dừa. This refreshing dessert is simply coconut jelly and custard made with agar agar. It is typically served in a coconut shell and often you see...
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59-024 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
Everyone is crazy for the chocolate haupia pie here, but the shrimp plate is also so good you’ll want to lick your fingers. —Hoku Haiku 59-024 Kamehameha Hwy., Sunset Beach, (808) 638-8207. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more...
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Sao Chingcha, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Around lunchtime, near the back door of the Sri Yan market, you’ll see Lan Taw Toon set up her array of simple treats—shaved ice, palm sugar, and coconut cream with a variety of colorful toppings. She has been making the same old-fashioned Bangkok...
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799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779, USA
Mama's lives just off the infamous Road to Hana that hugs the northern coast of Maui, caught between lush, tropical rainforest and dazzling blue ocean. First, try the Polynesian Ono, which is served like a ceviche, with a delightful island-like...
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Jl.rayab Sampalan No.88x, Sampalan Klod, Dawan, Kabupaten Klungkung, Bali 80761, Indonesia
Among the verdant rice fields, quiet villages and cerulean seas of eastern Bali lies the bustling Klungkung market. Here visitors will find large baskets of snake fruit, ginger, dried sardines, durian, boiled eggs soaked in lemongrass, garlic and...
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Magdalena, Colombia
East of the city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast of Colombia lies the gorgeous, rugged Parque Tayrona, a true feast for all of the senses. The park doesn't have roads--you have to hike or go by boat in order to get past the entrance--so we...
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Calle Casp, 86, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
About a year and a half before I came to Spain, my father died. So, I found myself chasing my father's ghost in Barcelona. He had spent time here before I was born, before he met my mother... I had a week alone in this city, before meeting up with...
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Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
The Tuamotu archipelago – 78 coral reef atolls spread north and east of Tahiti – are just remote enough they’ve not been spoiled by excessive tourism. There are a few high-end hotels, but just a few. Instead of tourism, the local economy is still...
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
The depth of things to explore in Chiang Mai were beyond what I was able to do within 6 weeks. Hardly venturing out of the 4 walls of the inner city, I road via motor bike just one hour on the outskirts to the most beautiful hidden cove where a...
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160 Wenming Rd, Yuexiu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510000
Cantonese food is astonishingly good, and it's hard to find a bad meal in Guangzhou. But a friend recommended one dish I hadn't heard of that seems more Tiki Bar than authentic Chinese: braised chicken cooked inside of a coconut. The best spot to...
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R. Maria Quitéria, 19 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22410-040, Brazil
The single best option for refreshment on a scorching hot and humid day on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro is a fresh coconut. For about US$2 you can get a whole coconut (definitely ask for a chilled one from the back of the cooler! - "um coco...
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R. Barão da Torre, 485 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22411-003, Brazil
I was fortunate enough to pick Brazil as my vacation destination of 2012. I ended up not being able to take vacation until this March because work was so busy, but finally the trip materialized and I am back from abroad with wonderful tips and...
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Kapaa, HI, HI, USA
Waterfalls mesmerize me. Don't ask me why, they just do. So of course, while exploring as much as we possibly could while on Kauai, we trekked over to Wailea Falls, infamous for the opening scene in Fantasy Island. It was an easy "trek"...
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B/4, Mantri Manor, Sangamvadi, 377, Lane 5, Koregaon Park, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Nothing combats the heat like a sip of coconut water enjoyed straight from the coconut on a hot and tiring day. It's just the right combination of sweet and refreshing. Coconut water, or nariyal pani, is available on many street corners and on...
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Campamento Piñones, Carolina, Loíza, Puerto Rico
Doña Olga* is a large kiosk in Piñones, from which the smell of fritters wafts all the way to the beach. I often find myself getting a large order of bacalaitos (round cod fritters), empanadillas (turnovers), alcapurrias (dough of plantains or...
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621 Tianhe Rd, GangDing, Tianhe Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510640
It’s often hot and humid in Guangzhou, and sometimes water just doesn't cut it. Fresh, ice cold coconut water is guaranteed to quench your thirst. Off to the side of the electronic mall in Gongding, a side street is filled with shops selling...
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51/7 Moo 6 Tambon Ko Kaeo, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83000, Thailand
After a thirty minute cab ride from the airport and a 10 minute longtail boat ride to a remote island you will find yourself on the Coconut Village resort. An island filled with private villas and your own private pool.
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20 Prachanukroh Rd., Phuket, ตำบลป่าตอง อำเภอ กะทู้ ภูเก็ต 83150, Thailand
There is nothing better than a fresh pina colada in carved coconut. The bartender on Coconut island brings them to you while your on the beach all day long!
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San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
We stopped at a vendor selling fresh coconuts between San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas (in the area known as the 'corridor'). After the coconut water was over, the vendor offered to hack the fruit and scoop out the tender meat. We discovered...
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Central America
In Kuna Yala Territory, the Kuna Indians are stewards to 365 of the most beautiful tropical islands anywhere in Latin America. The San Blas islands feature fine white sand, turquoise blue water and tall coconut palm trees. While camping out on a...
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Jacmel, Haiti
We were headed up the mountain top to see beautiful Bassin Bleu, a series of crystal clear aqua-blue colored waterfalls and pools in the middle of the jungle when a man on the side of the road asked if we wanted coconut. We said yes, paid him a...
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27 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010, USA
Junoon takes Indian fine dining and elevates it to where it should be. Every flavor is an experience with new and unique creations that manage to maintain authenticity. My meal ended perfectly with rice pudding served like I've never had it...
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North Shore, Waialua, HI, USA
In the winter months Waimea Bay is a favorite surf destination and home to the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational competition. Eddie is a legendary Hawaiian surfer and the first lifeguard of the North Shore of Oahu. Eddie Would Go, T-shirts and...
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431 E Central Blvd suite c, Orlando, FL 32801, USA
Move over cupcakes: Popsicles are the next big dessert craze in Orlando. After my stroll around Lake Eola, I stopped at the popsicle shop Hyppo. You won't find the popsicles of your childhood here. Hyppo's version is inspired by Mexican paletas...
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The Ben Thanh market is aggressive and over priced - but one great thing about the market is the back section of food vendors! My favorite was the che vendors towards the back of the market. We stopped at a che vendor for a sweet drink and I had a...