Today is National Macadamia Nut Day. Macadamia nuts are grown on trees resembling large evergreens and grow to 30 to 40 feet high. Although they are native to Australia, most of today’s world supply is grown in Hawaii. Mauna Loa is probably the most recognized brand on the main land.
Many restaurants in Hawaii highlight macadamias in their cooking. Most of the time, if a restaurant is offering something on their menu (usually fish) with a macadamia crust, that is the dish I am choosing. Imagine my surprise when we ordered mai tais at Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko’Olina, Hawaii that had a house-made macadamia nut orgeat topped with a honey liliko’i foam. (Orgeat is typically a sweet almond-flavored syrup used as a cocktail ingredient. I had to google it.) Best mai tai ever! I’ll have two please.
Monkeypod has an eclectic menu, live music, and friendly and attentive staff. We can definitely recommend their pizza and I can’t wait to try their Lobster Deviled eggs when we return to Aulani (who also makes a mean mai tai) for our anniversary at the end of the month.