• Restaurants,  Travels

    Maui Grindz – Food around the Island

    There were many places that we ended up eating, some good, some ok, but nothing horrible. Of course the first day we had Da Kitchen, and Star Noodle. Here is the rest of our eats on our trip.

    The Cliff Dive Bar

    Pina Colada @ Cliff Dive Bar Sheraton
    Pina Colada @ Cliff Dive Bar Sheraton

     

    Black Rock Lager & Nachos @ Cliff Dive Bar
    Black Rock Lager & Nachos @ Cliff Dive Bar

    While the family is on the beach or snorkeling around Black Rock, The Cliff Dive Bar at the Sheraton is the perfect place to grab a drink.

    The seats along the edge have a perfect view of the people diving off Black Rock into the water. We snacked on a huge plate of nachos that is easily sharable with four or more people.

    Full bar to get your mai tai, piña colada, or basic vodka tonic. The food isn’t anything special but they at least serve food.

    Hula Grill

    Coconut Calamari @ Hula Grill
    Coconut Calamari @ Hula Grill

     

    4 Years later and it hasn’t changed. Super busy place since its beach front of the Whaler’s Village. The food is ok, and i actually enjoyed the Coconut Calamari this time around. No food discounts for happy hour, but mai tais are cheaper. Expect a wait if you have a larger party and follow the rule of ordering when the waiter/waitress ask if you’re ready or else you’ll be waiting for another 20 minutes.

    Fish Sandwich @ Hula Grill
    Fish Sandwich @ Hula Grill

     

    Happy Hour Mai Tai @ Hula Grill
    Happy Hour Mai Tai @ Hula Grill

     Foodland Poke

    Poke Foodland on top of a Maui Onion Chip
    Poke Foodland on top of a Maui Onion Chip

     Aloha Mixed Plate

    Loco Moco @ Aloha Mixed Plate
    Loco Moco @ Aloha Mixed Plate

     

    Mixed Plate @ Aloha Mixed Plate
    Mixed Plate @ Aloha Mixed Plate

     Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop

    Olowalu Lime Pie, Pineapple Lemon Tart & Apple Handheld Pie @ Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop
    Olowalu Lime Pie, Pineapple Lemon Tart & Apple Handheld Pie @ Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop

    Be careful or you might just drive past it. Leoda’s was a random stop between activies and a good place to take a break if you’re heading to or leaving lahaina if traffic is backed up.

    There were 6 of us so we got to sample a few pies. We got the Olowalu Lime Pie, Pineapple Lemon Tart & Apple Handheld Pie. I love the sour pies but found the handheld pie a little too doughy.

    Da Kitchen

    Cheese Burger @ Da Kitchen
    Cheese Burger @ Da Kitchen

     Hula Cookies & Ice Cream

    Kona Mud Pie @ Hula Cookies & Ice Cream
    Kona Mud Pie @ Hula Cookies & Ice Cream

     Ono Tacos

    Ono Tacos
    Ono Tacos

     Sansei

    Butterfish @ Sansei
    Butterfish @ Sansei

    Pre Trip Food List:

    Izakaya Matsu
    Geste Shrimp
    Paia Fish Market
    Da Kitchen Cafe
    Takamiya Market
    Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
    Foodland Farms
    Gazebo Restaurant
    Local Food
    Ono Tacos
    Ono Gelato Company
    Okazuya & Deli Honokowai
    Grandma’s Coffee House
    Sam Sato’s
    Home Maid Bakery
    Kalama Local Grinds
    Foodland Lahaina

  • Family,  Travels

    Family Time in Hawaii

    Its been almost three years since my last trip to the islands and finally we were able to coordinate it with the sister, along with jason and jia and booked a trip to Maui. We got a 3 bedroom, 3 bath vacation rental at the Puanama Resort just a few miles away from Lahaina. It also coincided with Joy and my 4th Wedding Anniversary so as custom we celebrated with family.

    puamana-maui

    Joy and I arrived on Friday first and picked up our rental van for the week from Alamo and headed to Da Kitchen for a late lunch which is just 5 minutes away from the airport. We ordered the Fried Spam Musubi, and a bowl of Wonton Saimin noodle soup. The Fried Spam Musubi was probably my favorite thing i ate all week and the saimin was delicious even in all the humidity of Hawaii.

    da-kitchen-fried-spam-musubi da-kitchen-wonton-saiminAfter lunch we went to K-mart across the street to pickup some toiletries which was of course more expensive (about a 20% markup) but still much cheaper than having to check in luggage for $50 Round Trip. Finally my sister arrived and we quickly headed to drop off all our stuff at our house so we could make it to our 5:00pm dinner rsvp at Star Noodle in Lahaina.

    Star-Noodle-Garlic-Noodles

    The place was packed when we arrived and plenty of people waiting for a seat so it totally worked out to make rsvp a week earlier. We went family style and ordered up about half of the menu to share highlighted by the Ahi Avo  (the best Poke we had on our trip), Filipino “Bacon & Eggs” (delicious Crispy Pork Belly), and Garlic Noodles (a very homey flavor). We were disappointed that Chef Sheldon from Top Chef wasn’t there, but we were still excited try out the food.

    Star-Noodle-Ahi-Avo

    Star-Noodle-Filipino-Bacon-EggsAfter dinner we went to FoodLand to pickup food supplies for the rest of the week, including plenty of spam, eggs, beer, and the second best Poke we had on our trip. I also bought another of my favorite insulated grocery bags, and this time a Poke one.