Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trip Report: Maui

I have a good excuse for my radio silence the last couple of weeks: vacation. And not just any vacation - a trip to Maui!! I have wanted to go to Hawaii for as long as I can remember, and thanks to all the traveling Mr. Valley Writer did last year in prepping for our relocation, we had enough frequent flier miles to make going to Maui a lot more budget friendly (Hawaii is expensive!!!).

We enjoyed lots of relaxation by the pool, strolls on the beach, as well as some snorkeling & volcano touring. It was absolutely beautiful! See for yourself:
Snorkeling Molokini Crater

 Black Sand Beach - Makena

 Tide pools - Black Sand Beach
 Mt. Haleakala Crater
View of the big island of Hawaii from 10,000 feet up on Mt. Haleakala

Of course, we also enjoyed lots of good food and drink. One my favorite experiences was the luau we went to in Lahaina (the Old Lahaina Luau). We enjoyed yummy tropical cocktails, great food & views and an entertaining hula show, too! (Sadly, there were no fire dancers. But I say that's just an excuse to go back someday!)

 Kalua pig - cooked in an underground oven (imu)

Happy Valley Writer!

I even tried the famous (or should I say infamous) Hawaiian poi (a taro root paste) - which, if you never make it to Hawaii, I assure you that you aren't missing anything! It's like cold, gummy mashed potatoes. Not quite my thing.

In addition to the luau, one standout food that deserves mention was the Black Pearl dessert we had at Mama's Fish House in Paia. Check out this presentation:

I'm slowly making my way back into "real life" - slow being the operative word. That includes getting back to creativity in the kitchen. While I love to cook, it is nice to give it up for a while (not to mention the cleaning and shopping that goes with it!). No worries, I'm sure I'll be whipping up some fall recipes soon; after all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!


Amy said...

What a lovely and beautiful place to relax and enjoy a vacation! :) Very gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Shari said...

Wow, I am so jealous, what a great vacation. Your pictures are awesome and the dessert looks incredible

Rita said...

What fantastic post; you really gave me the urge to go there; your photos are super! Thank you for your visit.

N.D. said...

I'm so jealous! We went there 6 years ago for our honeymoon. I want to go back. Nice living in CA and it's a quicker trip! Glad you had fun!

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

That is certainly a beautiful dessert! I am glad you guys had a great trip!