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Best Eats in Maui, Hawaii

Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or something in between. You're sure to find something you'll like here...


Kihei Caffe

A great place for breakfast with large portions. It's located right across the street from the beach and has a large patio with outdoor seating.

1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Banana-Macademia Nut Pancakes (be sure to get the coconut syrup!)

Banana-Macademia Nut Pancakes (be sure to get the coconut syrup!)

Loco Moco with Pork Fried Rice

Loco Moco with Pork Fried Rice


Maui Bread Co

A bread-lovers paradise! This place has a wide assortment of fruit-flavored breads, savory pastries, and breakfast treats. 

2395 S Kihei Rd #117, Kihei, HI 96753

maui bread co hawaii
maui bread co hawaii
They have gluten-free options, too. The Ube Mochi was delicious!

They have gluten-free options, too. The Ube Mochi was delicious!

maui bread co hawaii

Da Kitchen Express

This place is known for it's traditional Hawaiian cuisine with a modern twist. The food is filling and it is known to be one of the more affordable options in Maui.

2439 S Kihei Rd a107, Kihei, HI 96753

Chicken Katsu Sandwich

Chicken Katsu Sandwich

Fried Spam Musubi

Fried Spam Musubi


Geste Shrimp Truck

If you have a craving for Hawaiian shrimp, this is the place to go. Since everything is made to order, be prepared to wait. It will be well-worth it, though, and you will not be disappointed.

Located on Kahului Beach Road next to Kahului Harbor

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Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Plate

Spicy Pineapple Shrimp Plate


Wow Wow Lemonade

Refreshing lemonades made from local produce. Perfect after a summer day in the sun. You can order your beverage in a souvenir mason jar and bring it back for a refill of any lemonade for $5.

1279 S. Kihei Rd #309, Kihei

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade


Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice

Be warned, you will never be able to enjoy shaved ice the same way again after you leave Hawaii. Their ice is so fine, that it literally melts in your mouth. No chunks of ice that need crunching. Each snowflake perfectly and evenly captures the juice. A treat that both the young and young at heart will be sure to go back for again and again.

61 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753 (Several other locations)

uluani's hawaiian shave ice maui hawaii
uluani's hawaiian shave ice maui hawaii
uluani's hawaiian shave ice maui hawaii
uluani's shave ice maui hawaii
Passion fruit/Guava/Coconut and "POG" (Passion Fruit/Orange/Guava)

Passion fruit/Guava/Coconut and "POG" (Passion Fruit/Orange/Guava)


Down the Hatch

Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, they have a daily happy hour from 2pm-6pm and a comfortable outdoor courtyard. A nice place to sit and relax after a day of shopping on the strip.  

658 Front St #102, Lahaina, HI 96761

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Lobster and Crab Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Lobster and Crab Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Lava Lava Shrimp

Lava Lava Shrimp


Coconut's Fish Cafe

Popular with both locals and tourists, this is a family-friendly restaurant that is a casual place to grab a great meal. You'll find something on the menu to satisfy everyone.

1279 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

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Fish Tacos (one order comes with 2 tacos)

Fish Tacos (one order comes with 2 tacos)

Local Style Grilled Mahi Mahi Plate

Local Style Grilled Mahi Mahi Plate


Maui Brewing Company

Brand-new in 2018, this is a very large facility with plenty of room to accommodate the crowds. They feature 36 craft and specialty beers on tap, as well as daily live entertainment.

605 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753

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The brewmaster pizza - Kukui spicy sausage, pepperoni, roasted bell peppers, olives, red sauce

The brewmaster pizza - Kukui spicy sausage, pepperoni, roasted bell peppers, olives, red sauce

Cheesy tater tots - House-made, with smoky house-made ketchup

Cheesy tater tots - House-made, with smoky house-made ketchup


Mama's Fish House

Rated as one of the most popular restaurants in Maui, it's a classic favorite. Located on the North Shore, we chose to visit this restaurant after the Road to Hana. It is guaranteed to be crowded, but usually no wait if you sit at the bar.

799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779

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Asparagus Bisque

Asparagus Bisque

Homemade bread

Homemade bread

Traditional Hawaiian - Mahimahi and Ahi with Big Island wild boar slow-cooked in a ti leaf, traditional Hawaiian sides of octopus luau and Ahi poke

Traditional Hawaiian - Mahimahi and Ahi with Big Island wild boar slow-cooked in a ti leaf, traditional Hawaiian sides of octopus luau and Ahi poke

Mama's Stuffed Fish - Stuffed with crab and lobster, baked in a macadamia nut crust

Mama's Stuffed Fish - Stuffed with crab and lobster, baked in a macadamia nut crust

Mama's Stuffed Fish - Check out that stuffing

Mama's Stuffed Fish - Check out that stuffing

Guava cheesecake with hana breadfruit

Guava cheesecake with hana breadfruit

Eating around LA

I used to live in Orange County so I would go to LA pretty often.  With the great weather and beautiful beaches, it's always great to make a quick weekend trip there to relax.

Whenever I visit LA now, it's all about food.  I'm always so torn between going back to my favorite places or trying new places.  I could easily fill up a trip by just going back to all of my favorites.  This time, I'm glad I got to try a handful of new ones.

Omusubis

Omusubis

Office Burger

Office Burger

Smoked Eel

Smoked Eel

Sea Urchin Cream Udon and Beef Tataki

Sea Urchin Cream Udon and Beef Tataki

Galbi Poutine

Galbi Poutine

da KFC

da KFC

One of the best meals I've had was at Bestia.  A fantastic Italian restaurant that is in an old industrial building.  We ordered as much as we could and stuffed our faces.  If you ever find yourself in the LA area, I would highly recommend making a stop here.

C hicken Liver Crostino

Chicken Liver Crostino

Slow Roasted Lamb Neck

Slow Roasted Lamb Neck

Pan-Roasted Chicken Gizzards

Pan-Roasted Chicken Gizzards

Roasted Marrow Bone

Roasted Marrow Bone

Mussels and Clams

Mussels and Clams

Spaghetti Rustichella

Spaghetti Rustichella

Strozzapreti al Nero di Seppia

Strozzapreti al Nero di Seppia

Tagliatelle alla Zafferano

Tagliatelle alla Zafferano

Agnolotti alla Vaccinara

Agnolotti alla Vaccinara

Observations in Mumbai

My observations in Mumbai:

1.  With regards to motor transportation, Mumbai almost seemed as if it were a lawless place where people do whatever the hell they want.  Horrendous traffic is mixed with every driver trying to beat out the car next to them.  They squeeze their car in any possible space turning 3 lane roads into 5 lane roads.  No real barrier between pedestrians and motor vehicles, even on the highways.

Truck Surfing

Truck Surfing

2.  It was really eye opening to see how bad the impoverished areas really are where there is no running water and no electricity.  It truly makes you grateful for what you have.

3.  It's the first time in a long time where I've been able to catch sunrise coming up over the mountains.  It was a truly awesome sight.

4.  The food is AMAZING.  I gained a good amount of weight in my short time in India due to me stuffing my face at every opportunity I got.  Most of the time I was eating in a cafeteria and I had no idea what I was eating, but it was always delicious. 

Lamb Biryani

Lamb Biryani

Indian Ice Cream

Indian Ice Cream

                                                        Indian Ice Cream

                                                        Indian Ice Cream

I love the happy face potato cake

I love the happy face potato cake

The service was amazing.  A lot of the restaurants would serve all the dishes into your plate. 

Okay I think I went a bit overboard with posting pictures of food.  Crap... now I'm hungry.

2014 Year of Travel Part 1

With the coming of a new year, I like to look back at this past year to reflect on my experiences.  I wrote out a list of all the trips I've taken this year and boy has it been a year of travel!  3 countries, 7 states, 13 cities.  

Since I have so many photos to share with you, I'm breaking this post up in to 2 parts.  Be sure to come back to see part 2!

January - New Orleans, LA

March - Park City, Utah

March - Buenos Aires, Argentina

May - San Antonio, TX

May - San Francisco, CA

June - Chicago, IL