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Trip report - Maui and Big Island


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Trip report - Maui and Big Island

Bob Dobalina | | Apr 27, 2013 05:12 AM

Thought I would try to keep a running trip report log of chow from our trip.

Here's day 1:

We're on Maui and after getting settled in Lahaina, we drove to Makena Big Beach. Drove through Kihei town and grabbed a quick breakfast sandwich to go from the Home Maid Cafe - seemed surprised that we asked for no meat, just onions and peppers, with the egg and cheese on a wheat roll. It was fine - as others have noted it is a greasy spoon kind of place - nothing special but an ok bite before the beach.

On the road as you near the beach are a few stands and food trucks - one was shrimp tacos and BBQ, fresh coconuts...we went with the Jaws fish taco truck on the left side, just before the first state park parking lot. 2 red snapper tacos for 7, 3 for 9.50 - we split the order of three - a few chunks of grilled fish (not deep-fried), with rice, cabbage, crema and some orangey sauce - def. hit the spot. Decent shaved ice (lemon) and really sweet lemonade. Sat on the rocks by the hot, dusty road ... It all kind of worked.

For dinner, we hit up the fourth Friday Maui street party in Kihei (in the same shopping area as the Home Maid). Lots of food trucks and vendors -we started with the Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods tent, with the veggie plate - kale salad, quinoa salad, roasted tofu and eggplant. The kale was shredded and dressed very lightly, the quinoa had slivers of almonds (which were appreciated by my non-quinoa loving wife (although who really loves quinoa?)), and the tofu and egg came with a teriyaki glaze/sauce. This was not bad, although we ended up mixing the tofu with everything else, because of equal parts of it was the best part and the blandness of the other two. All in all, sort of typical "organic" vegan, but it was fine. The tofu was very good, extra firm, and had a lot of flavor. The eggplant was well roasted and a little crispy in parts.

We tried the Auntie's tropical-flavored mini-donuts - fried dough balls squirted with clarified butter (I think) and sprinkled with fruit-flavored powders. They were yummy in a way, the mango powdered ones we had were pretty good, but too greasy and not hot greasy, which is bad. Oh the missed opportunity here! The donuts were previously fried and really needed to be hot out of the deep fryer...then no need for the squirt bottle of butter and the hot donuts would have been worlds better.

Next the Kula Country Farm truck for an Ono sandwich - deep fried fish, good crust, tomato, onion, lettuce, sauce on a decent kaiser roll - this was our favorite bite. We have not had Ono before but it was very very firm fish - could not tell if it was the result of overlooking or not. It tasted very good, regardless. This was $9.

Finally two bulgoki tacos from the Gogi Korean taco truck. Two for 6, good amount of flavorful Korean bbqed pork with some chopped lettuce and possibly some sort of sauce - good bites.

Excellent ginger lemonade from the waffle tent. Big cup for $4.

The fish sandwich was our fave, tacos a close second - really enjoyed the people watching, looked to be a majority local crowd.

On to day two!

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