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Paleo Eats: 11/9/11 (Maui Day #5)

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Egads! Our Hawaiian vacation is almost over! 

Since we’re leaving on Saturday, I tried to cook off a lot of the perishables in our fridge. For breakfast, I fried up two pounds of mini burgers; sautéed cabbage, onions, and Alii mushrooms; and sliced the rest of our tomatoes. I put hubby in charge of mashing up some guacamole and he delivered a big bowl of yumminess, as usual.

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In the morning, we ventured to touristy Old Lahaina Town to act like a bunch of annoying mainlanders.

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We hit the Wo Hing Museum and Banyan Tree Park, and wandered into a bunch of tchotchke shops lining Front Street.

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Avert your eyes! Here’s photographic evidence that we served our kids sugary poison:

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At noon, we stopped at Cilantro Grill to grab some lunch. We split a whole rotisserie chicken and a side salad with extra avocado.

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Afterwards, we came back and lazed by the pool.

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We ate dinner early tonight because we had tickets to see Ulalena, a stage show about Hawaii’s history filled with singing, dancing, and aerialists.

I made a quick crab salad with canned crab, lime juice, seasoned salt, guacamole, and diced avocados…

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…fried some egg omelets, and we assembled our own nori rolls with SeaSnax seaweed sheets.

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Fitbomb also cut up a pineapple for dessert.

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The show was lots of fun and the kids were so excited to take pictures with the actors and dancers. “Mommy, look! Famous people!”

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Good night!

Paleo Eats: 11/8/11 (Maui Day #4)

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Boy, I’m beat. I’m gonna make this post short ‘cause I wanna catch up on my zzz’s. I am on vacation after all…

For breakfast, I didn’t have to cook! Yippee! Fitbomb’s cousin, D, made us a yummy breakfast of fried eggs…

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…sausages…

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…and leftover cabbage and beef stir-fry.

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My measly contribution to the meal was a simple fruit salad.

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Here’s my breakfast plate:

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Even though I was stuffed, I still chowed a couple of Kalua pigs in a blanket (egg omelets).

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An even better treat than a home-cooked meal was that T & D offered to shuttle all the kids to the beach while hubby and I got our WOD on at Lahaina CrossFit.

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The WOD was tough and I slogged through all four rounds in the hot, hot sun.

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Everyone at the box was supportive, friendly, and SUPER FIT. When we arrived, members were practicing butterfly kipping pull ups. Hot damn. I can’t wait to come back on Thursday — but at an earlier time ‘cause I was melting, yo!

After cooling off in the pool with the kids…

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…we drove to Aloha Mixed Plate, one of our regular dining spots, for a casual lunch outdoors. I ordered a side of Kalua Pig, grilled Ono, and a large side salad. 

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The time change and lack of sleep finally caught up with Lil-O this afternoon, so the two of us took a catnap before dinner.

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We ended up at Star Noodle again for dinner and ate basically the same items as the other night (and all the other times we dine here).

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Good night, Paleo pals!

Paleo Eats: 11/7/11 (Maui Day #3)

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Another relaxing day in paradise – made even nicer ‘cause the kids slept in until 6:30 a.m. and more family joined us on vacation.

For breakfast, I made some omelets stuffed with Keoki’s Kalua pork and leftover sautéed spinach and mushrooms. image

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Then, we wandered to the Farmers Market of Maui… 

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…before returning to the beach where Fitbomb and I took turns watching the kids while the other snorkeled.

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Fitbomb’s cousin’s family flew into town to stay with us this afternoon and we were all excited to greet them. The Triple-A’s are the most adorable three girls and my two boys become unbelievably giddy when we all get together.

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At luchtime, I made us a simple lunch of reheated Keoki’s pork lau lau (a traditional Hawaiian dish that consists of pork and a piece of butterfish wrapped in taro leaves), green salad with carrots and tomatoes, and a big bowl o’ chopped-up fruit.

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Afterwards, we hung out poolside before getting ready for our early dinner at Honu Restaurant.

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Wow. Look at that spectacular view from our table…

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Good eats, great view, better company.

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Eating Out Paleo: Honu Restaurant (Lahaina, HI)

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Mala Ocean Tavern is one of our favorite beachfront restaurants in Maui, so we were happy to discover that owner Mark Ellman opened up a new restaurant, Honu, right next door. A bigger restaurant that features local seafood and organic produce— we’re there!

Honu is located in the old Local Motion site but all signs of the former surf shop are long gone.  The space now has beautiful ocean views, exposed beams, high ceilings, and a huge bar.

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The restaurant features local seafood and, er, pizza baked in a 900 F brick oven. There’s a bunch of Paleo-friendly options on the menu if you avoid the pizza and sandwich sections plus the complimentary fried garbanzo beans.

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A couple years ago, I’d only be ordering from those sections and I’d be demanding more beans, please! 

For dinner, we shared a bunch of appetizers and starters because I think it’s more fun to eat that way.

We started with the special soup of the day, butternut squash and cocout… …

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…lamb riblets…

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…fried pig ears (yes, there’s some breading on it)…

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…grilled rock shrimp and asparagus…

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…steamed mussels…

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…and kale salad with seared ahi.

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Yummy bites, great view, and the kids were fed and entertained. Win cubed.

Paleo Eats: 11/6/11 (Maui Day #2)

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The Double-O’s were up before sunrise this morning and I, of course, had stayed up really late blogging the previous night. I don’t always like being right.

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Today, I cooked all our meals in our less than awesome kitchen. We stayed around the property and played in the surf…

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…and splashed in the pool.

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The kitchen tools in our place stink — dull knives, cheap rubber utensils, light aluminum pots and pans, wonky microwave/oven combo unit that sounds like it’s gonna explode every time I press start — so I just pan-fried all our food in a scratched up non-stick skillet. I know I’m sounding like a spoiled brat…fifty lashes with a wet noodle!

For breakfast, I made a cabbage, mushroom, and onion stir-fry and served it with some bratwurst and sliced tomato. 

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After a morning spent on the beach…

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…we returned home and I nuked some Keoki’s Kalua pig and made a salad with greens and tomatoes — all of which was purchased at Costco.

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After lunch, the boys fed the Koi fish in the pond before we went swimming in the pool.

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At dinnertime, I fried some mini burgers seasoned with garlic sea salt

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…stir-fried Alii mushrooms with volcano grind seasoning and lime juice…

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…and sauteed spinach with garlic sea salt.

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Here’s my dinner plate:

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 Another meal where everything (except the spices and cooking fat) was purchased at Costco.

Time to go to sleep!