Sitting over the water in a bamboo hut is a restaurant named Tide Pools at the very large and spread out Hyatt Resort and Hotel in Kauai. Lush gardens surround the resort and we decided to give the restaurant a try for dinner as we watched the fish swim underneath the restaurant.

On the menu is sweet kernel corn soup with crab and vanilla bean.  Vanilla in soup?  I inquired about it and the kind server told me it has just a hint of vanilla and she brought some for me to try.  I did taste a hint of vanilla and as the steam billowed up from the soup bowl, I definitely smelled the aroma of vanilla.  Actually, the vanilla blended well with the cream based soup and sweetness from the corn.  Now I must try making it at home!