Yes, there has been a hiatus between recent posts. But with good reason: I was honeymooning!
After our wedding, we traveled to two islands and Hawaii: Lanai and Maui. From fresh fish daily to macadamia nut pancakes, waffles and French toast, I can’t say enough good things about the food in Hawaii.
If you have the opportunity to visit Maui, do not miss a day trip to “up country.” We found a charming country road that led to burgeoning organic farms including a goat cheese farm (Surfing Goat), vodka distillery, and a huge lavender estate filled with two dozen varieties and breathtaking ocean views.
Gazebo. This casual breakfast/lunch spot has a Gilligan’s Island feel, but with homey hawaiian brunch food. It’s off the beaten path, but well worth stumbling upon; the macadamia nut pancakes if not ordered as your meal should be ordered for sharing. And don’t forget the coconut syrup served with Hawaiian breakfast. It’s truly the icing on the cake.
5315 Lower Honoapiilani Road / Napili / Maui
Leoda’s. Leoda’s is written about mainly for its pies—both sweet and savory. And while the chicken pot pie was not just a novelty after about 9,000 pounds of seafood, it was also pretty good. BUT I would not go back for the pot pie; I would go back 100 times for the ahi tuna sandwich. The soft, but toasty fresh-baked bread, fresh fish and avocado were the perfect combo for a vacation lunch. Bonus: pie for dessert.
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop
820 Olowalu Village Rd Lahaina / Maui
Surfing Goat Dairy. This farm in up country not only allows to you feed the goats, but it also allows the goats’ cheese to feed you. Tour the farm, see the animals and processing facilities, then top it off with a sampling of Surfing Goat’s famous goat cheese. The dairy supplies some of the most renowned restaurants in Hawaii as well as a handful on the mainland in California and beyond.
Surfing Goat Dairy
3651 Omaopio Road / Kula / Maui
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. Walk the “farm” on your own, or take a self tour through lavender fields and intricate gardens containing more than two dozen varieties of lavender as well as hundreds of other plants—some edible, some not.
But the most pleasant part of Ali’i is sitting out on its wooden porch overlooking the gardens and the ocean, while sipping on lavender iced tea and eating a warm, buttery lavender scone.
1100 Waipoli Road / Kula / Maui
Maui Kombucha. And, since my husband is a kombucha fanatic, we found the local brew at Maui Kombucha. It’s not on the beaten path, but this hippie spot tucked into a strip mall offers a changing variety of housemade kombucha along with plenty of vegan snacks (try the Hawaiian toast).
810 Kokomo Road / Haiku