Fabulous Food And Fotos ~ A Few More From Maui!


Jet lag really sucks!  Nearly three days after returning home, I’m still trying to adjust back to East Coast time (USA) from Hawaii time and the six-hour time difference.  I haven’t fixed a thing in the kitchen, since my head is so out of it!  I’d probably burn down the kitchen while falling asleep at the wheel stove!  But for Wordless Wednesday, I’m going to simply share just a few of my last shots taken on Maui . . . and this time they include some famous dishes that are sought out by foodies who visit the islands.
Above are the famous “Macadamia Nut Pancakes with Coconut Syrup” from The Gazebo overlooking Napili Bay.  Enjoying this sweet indulgence early in the morning with a hot cup of kona java is absolutely one of our must-do breakfast rituals whenever we visit.  The portions are so large, that we each take home half and then re-heat them the next day for a second breakfast. These monster-sized pancakes really do hold up nicely overnight in the frig!  When you’re there, make sure you pick up a bottle of the coconut syrup that they sell right there at this “very small” eatery.  There are lots of brands of this syrup available for sale on the islands, and the brand that The Gazebo uses is the best!  Click on this {link} to read the reviews of this great little eatery!  If you choose to go to The Gazebo, know that they do not take reservations and each and every day there is a 20 to 30 minute waiting line before the place even opens at 7:30 all the way through the lunch hour.  Yea, that good!
Macadamia Nut Pancakes
1/2 cup macadamia nuts (chopped)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Coconut syrup and whipped cream to lather on top of the pancakes. 
In a mixing bowl thoroughly mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
In a separate bowl, mix together buttermilk, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Combine the dry and wet mixtures until the batter is lumpy.
Heat a non stick frying pan or griddle over low heat.
Pour batter for the size of the pancake that you prefer onto the frying pan or griddle.
Sprinkle some of the chopped macadamia nuts onto each pancake, flip it overand cook until golden for another 1 – 2 minutes.

Next on the photo show is this incredible hamburger, “The Luna” from Cool Cat Cafe in Lahaina on Front Street, winner of the best hamburgers on Maui since 2005 (click on ‘Cool Cat Cafe’ for the link, full menu, and reviews).  To put the size of this burger into perspective, the plate that it is sitting on is a dinner plate . . . it took up HALF of the enitre plate.  I was being a real pig, and ate the whole thing.  My husband had no problem eating his entire burger too, “The Bogy”.  The Luna was a 6 1/2 oz. angus beef burger with bacon, melted Jack cheese, avocado, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and thousand island dressing.  Warning:  You will stretch the diameter of your mouth as you try to bite into these!

Here’s a sample review from ‘urbanspoon’:

“I see a lot of people are talking about the burgers at Cool Cat Cafe in Maui, and there is a reason folks.  TEXAS has some of the best burgers you can wrap your mouth around, and this burger joint puts out one of my top 3 ALL TIME best burgers I’ve had…and i have had many a burger in 62 years!  We’re talking the type of burger where the grease runs down your hand with flavor, large slices of onions and tomatoes, and the cheese tops it off, dripping over the bun. This a two-handed burger my friends…nothing skimpy here.”

Got the picture?  And now I have just got to work on re-creating these massive babies for our Memorial Day grilling!

I realize that the above photo is not one of food or tropical scenery.  Yes, it is a picture of the commode in our favorite restaurant on Maui, Mama’s Fish House.  I included it just to demonstrate that only on Hawaii would guests be treated to such tiny attention to details such as these tropical flowers tie-twisted to the tissue paper.  Not just your ordinary potty room experience!

The food at Mama’s is literally as dreamy as is the scenery directly in front of the restaurant (shown below).  “Zagat” ranks Mama’s Fish House as one of the top 5 restaurants for 2011!  Yes, when you make your reservation, go EARLY for your seating time so that you can sit as close to the beach as possible.  This is what you will look out at while you dine on extraordinary, fresh fish:  turquoise blue waters with white-capped waves rolling in and wind sailors dotting the horizon!  It is truly heavenly!

Our daughter Lauren, her husband Dawson, and our son Jesse gave us a gift certificate for our Christmas gift (which really helps because this is the most expensive restaurant on Maui).  Mahalo and grazie to you three sweeties!

For a real cyberspace treat, click on this {link} to Mama’s to hear some fantastic Hawaiian music, view photos, recipes, menu, awards, and more!

Every night is a beautiful sunset, including those that we enjoyed from the lanai (deck) of our hotel room.  Below you can see how romantic every evening becomes before drifting off to sleep with the sound of the surf outside your room.  As they say, “Maui no ka oi” which translates from Hawaiian into “Maui is the best”.

But truthfully everyone, even though Hawaii is a lovely paradise, there’s really no place like home!  
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  1. says

    Just gorgeous photo;s and your right jag lag is horrible…I had such swollen ankles we got off the plane and I ended up in the hospital unfortunately.. never knew you had to walk around some people get this. I use to get waffles every morning with coconut syrup and macadamia nuts.. I make the syrup now! oh and the macadamia nut smoothies on the beach were fabulous! Did you have them? I brought back three bottles of macadamia nut liqueur. Hope your back to normal now thanks for sharing your photo’s fabulous!

  2. says

    Great shots Roz and that is one magnificent looking burger – Bev likes to build them like that so they have to be held together with a wrap.

  3. says

    It’s been ages since I’ve indulged in pancakes and those macadamia nut pancake look amazing, as does the burger! Maui looks so beautiful and I am so happy that you and your husband had such a fantastic visit! Sounds like you’ve got a lot of favorites there.

  4. says

    LOVE the photos, quite the photog you are! I’m green with envy over you getting to see those gorgeous sunsets–my favorite part of the day, anne

  5. says

    Oh, how I LOVE macadamia pancakes with coconut syrup. I am sooooo missing Maui. I think it’s the first trip we’ll take when DSO retires next year. I haven’t been back in far too long.

  6. says

    Gorgeous photographs! That burger looks absolutely delicious and I’m not even a burger fan lol – but the pancakes, could definitely see myself enjoying those. As well as the sunset. Very nice!

  7. says

    I have been sufering from jet lag this past week too Roz, but not from spending glorious weeks in Maui. So jelous. My time in Washington DC was amazing but to do it all in one weekend from coast to coast is for the young:D

  8. says

    I remember bouncing back from jet lag – 20 years ago! Those were the days? I spent my honeymoon on Maui – exactly 25 years ago. We always said we’d go back on our 25th. And it’s here. And we’re going to Italy – but your photos tell me that Maui will still be an option in the future.

  9. says

    Roz the photos are beautiful! They make me sad thought… My oldest lives in Hawaii. Have yet to afford a visit. Haven’t seen him in way too many years.

  10. says

    I have really enjoyed your Hawaiian vacation Roz. I can also understand the jet lag. That’s a long way to go. I always have a hard time with jet lag coming back from Europe. Not sure why it’s harder than going over, maybe because of the extra hour.

    The effort they go to with the details are amazing. Your photos have swept me away and I feel as if I’ve been with you every step (and bite). Thanks for taking us along.

    Speaking of little details. Thanks for not having that word verification thing in the comment section. It’s so pleasant not to have to type it in when leaving a comment. A little detail that matters a lot.

  11. says

    I have such fond memories of this heavenly place. We stopped by on the way back from Hana. Your photos are gorgeous as always. They used to serve each plate with an orchid. I don’t see that here, they still present TP with beautiful flowers.

  12. says

    Enjoyed this travel section very much too! mmm..i pancakes..mi hai fatto venire tanti ricordi e l’acquolina in bocca..i adore them! anche io ho viaggiato gli states ma mi pare in posti diversi..parliamone!

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