Tag: Hawaiian food

A beautiful morning for a new coffee

The trade winds are back – this is cause for celebration! Yesterday morning when I woke up it was still 79F in the house even though we left windows open… that’s too warm for me. Now that the trade winds are back, the house cools off again in the evening. It’s nice to start the day cooler than we finished it off the previous evening.

I spent yesterday morning in Lahaina watching the ‘Ulalena production. As I had driven myself (as opposed to riding the school bus with my son), I enjoyed stopping for a cup of coffee at the Mauigrown Coffee Company Store in Lahaina, right next to the smoke stack (and a Shell gas station). Although I’ve driven past it several times, this is the first time I’ve gone in. I sure enjoyed browsing through their little store area, checking out all the different coffees and choosing a bag of coffee to bring home. I ended up with their Estate Blend, a medium roast of their Typica and Yellow Caturra varieties. It’s a nice mellow coffee – I sure am enjoying it this morning.

As I’ve been told Mauigrown Coffee Company gets their beans at Kaanapali Coffee Farms. If you are driving along the Sugar Cane Train line, turn right where their Kaanapali station is, but instead of turning left into the parking lot, keep driving up that road and you get to a new subdivision (5-7 acre lots with big homes, each growing a share of the co-op’s beans on their acreage).

When in Lahaina – go check the store out! This family business is open Monday-Saturday (closed Sunday).

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Tour Ocean Vodka’s Distillery!

Did you know we have a vodka distillery on Maui? Did you know that it is organic and self-sustaining?

Ocean Vodka is celebrating their new facility’s Grand Opening on April 27th between 10am-4pm. Then starting April 29th they will be offering five tours a day, seven days a week. Tours will include the distillery, martini garden and gift shop. Unfortunately there will be no sampling, as Maui County doesn’t allow it (wineries yes, distilleries no).

Tours are $10/person or $25 including lunch. Children 11 years old or younger get in free.

Ocean Vodka’s distillery is located at 4051 Omoapio Road in Kula (just below the Surfing Goat Dairy).

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Fresh ahi avocado poke

A few weeks ago our neighbor friends served me my very first poke. Poke? Yes, raw marinated fish… Hawaiian style.

I must confess, the smell of poke at the grocery stores turns me off. I purposefully avoid Foodland’s meat section and take a deep breath before crossing in front of the seafood section at Safeway. It’s a bit overwhelming.

However, I’ve been told that Foodland in Kihei has some of the freshest fish in Kihei (besides Eskimo Candy). So when our neighbors served us fresh ahi (tuna) avocado poke and encouraged me to give it a try, well, it seemed rude to refuse. It’s not the most appetizing food I’ve ever seen, but looks can be deceiving and I’m glad I gave it a try! My taste buds popped and I am hooked! It’s a bit spicy, tastes absolutely wonderful. In fact, I had a real craving for it this afternoon and made a Foodland poke run for some more…

Foodland’s fresh ahi avocado poke
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Local coffee…. Piliani Kope Farm!

owners Greg & Susy, and their House Blend City Roast coffee

I love finding and trying new to me local coffee.
Last week I picked up a bag of Piliani Kope Farm’s House Blend City Roast coffee. It’s a medium roast coffee, a combination of Yellow Caturra, Red Catuai and Heirloom Kanaka Kope beans. It is really good.

Piliani Kope Farm is located at 15 Wailau Place southeast of Lahaina. Their store is open from 9am-2pm or buy online.

They also offer tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays or by special appointment. Call them to schedule a tour 808-661-5479.

Tour 1: 3 hours
– seed to cup experience
– harvest season specialty tour
– tour a working farm from picking to processing
– coffee education
– talk story lunch
– roasting & packaging for take away

Tour 2: 90 minutes
– walk & talk the farm with coffee education
– roasting and tasting

tour 3: 60 minutes
– in house barn
– clipping experience
– roasting & tasting flavor profiles

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Shaka Pops

Have you had a shaka pop? I had my first one today at the Maui Agricultural Festival. Shaka pops are handmade gourmet ice pops, made on Maui with locally sourced ingredients.

Shaka pops at the Maui Ag Festival

I had one of their ‘specials of the day’ – grapefruit rosemary. It was unbelievably good. In fact, my mouth is still tingling from the flavors…. I want another one…

Where can you find them? They are at most town parties, festivals and even have some retail locations… check out their website for more details. Four dollars an ice pop – well worth it!

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Have you been to Mama’s Fish House?

There is a lot of hype surrounding dinner (or lunch) at Mama’s Fish House. Mama’s is located in just past Pai’a (just before the lookout) and has been in business for 30 years now. They are known for serving wonderfully prepared fresh fish with a beautiful view.

In all the years of coming on vacation and now living here, we had never been to Mama’s… So recently I made reservations online (directly on their website which links you to Open Table). I also made a comment in the reservation that it was my birthday, hoping it would net us a better table….

Mama’s has valet parking (and a rather small parking lot, so that’s a good thing). We dropped off our car, then walked across the beautiful grounds to the restaurant. I’ve always heard it is gorgeous, and it definitely is.

We had front row seating (right next to the window) – hey, the birthday thing worked (and for the record, it really was my birthday, no lie!)

front row seating with a great ocean view!
birthday greeting waiting for us at the table – awww

 Lunch was pricey, but we had done our homework and that was no surprise.

I had the lehi (red snapper) – it was mild and delicious
Sig had their signature dish, the crab-stuffed mahi mahi with lobster tail

apple-banana macademia nut crumble – so delicious… I will definitely need to make this with our next harvest of apple bananas.
 

After lunch we rolled ourselves back out of the restaurant – we definitely ate too much. But it was well worth it!

another picture outside Mama’s… yes, I am overdressed – but on Maui there aren’t that many occasions to dress up, so I went for it!
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Maui Ag Fest coming up on April 6th!

I know, when you think of Maui you automatically think ‘agriculture’, right? Probably not. But we do have agriculture here, we certainly love the local farmers markets!

On April 6th the Maui Tropical Plantation will be hosting the annual Maui County Ag Fest. It’s a fun day with exhibitor booths (yes, that’s right, another farmers market), flower shows, competitions, kids activities, live music and… FOOD.

In addition to the obligatory food stands, there is also a Grand Taste Education event. What’s that? The Maui County Farm Bureau explains: ‘presented in partnership with Slow Food Maui, Maui’s farmers and chefs come together to showcase all that Maui has to offer. Talk story sessions take place under a tent allowing the community to learn about the food grown and raised on Maui. Chefs are on hand to offer cooking tips and techniques.’ Sounds fun and tasty! Get your tickets here!

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Maui’s very own Ocean Vodka

Did you know that Ocean Vodka is building a new distillery upcountry (Kula)? Starting April they will be offering three tours a day, Monday through Saturday! Reservations required – (808) 877-0009.

Ocean Vodka is made from 100% certified organic sugar cane and desalinated deep ocean mineral water. Interesting…

nice view over the building (look at all the solar panels)

Our neighbors took a drive up there yesterday afternoon, though at this time there isn’t much to see yet besides the gorgeous bi-coastal views. It’s close to the Surfing Goat Dairy.

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Pineapple update

Have you been waiting for updated pineapple plant pictures? Am I the only one completely fascinated with this pineapple plant growth? It can’t be… it just can’t be!

Joking aside, we planted the top of a Maui Gold pineapple (from Costco) in our flower bed in January 2012. It was an experiment, to see if we could really do it. Here’s what it looked like in February 2012 with some new growth in the center.

A year later (end of January) it developed a red bud. And yes, I’ve been checking on it every day since… you can’t take the farm out of the farm girl, it would appear.

Here’s what it looks like today! I love how the leaves around the bud have turned a beautiful pink!

 
The plant is now 2 feet tall and four feet in diameter.
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