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Paleo Eats: 11/5/11 (Maui Day #1)

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The Nombomb family is officially on vacation!

As is customary for all our trips, Fitbomb was in charge of packing the clothes and electronics and I packed the toiletries and in-flight snacks. Hubby does the bulk of the packing because his skillz are legendary. Case in point: all our crap for a weeklong vacay fit into two carry-ons and two backpacks – one backpack was even tucked inside a carry-on! We each have one change of clothes that we’ll be wearing over and over and over…

In the morning, I crisped some coconut flakes in the toaster oven (300 F for 2-5 minutes) and stored the cooled chips in a LunchBots pico container. When you’re toasting the flakes, watch them like a hawk because they will turn into cinders and ashes in a blink of an eye! 

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Other chow for our plane ride included grass fed Paleo Kits, Primal Pacs, grass fed jerky packets, SeaSnax seaweed, nuts, applesauce, and Lara bars. The place we’re staying at has a kitchen so I also packed garlic sea salt, seasoning sea salt, and volcano grind. I’m not crazy, just prepared.

Even though we were leaving the house in a couple hours, I really wanted to try out our new airtight, reusable silicone cooking and storage bag. Unlike plastic, silicone is totally inert and doesn’t leach any dangerous compounds into your food. Although the bags are labeled for microwave-use, I tested one out in the SousVide Supreme by making scrambled eggs.

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For our preflight breakfast, I ate sous vide scrambled eggs, bacon, leftover sous vide beef tongue, and sliced tomatoes.

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I think it’s obvious I wanted to make sure our bellies were stuffed with fat and protein before our long flight.

We arrived in Maui mid-afternoon and our first pit stop was at the Costco near the airport. We filled our cart with organic eggs, local mushrooms, avocados, Kalua pig, Lau Lau, spinach, purple sweet potatoes, salad greens, ground beef, and fruit. Next, we stopped by the massive Whole Foods and bought some coconut oil, butter, sausages, and bacon.

Here’s a shot of the inside of our fridge:

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By the time we unpacked our things, we were too tired from traveling to make dinner. When I write “we” I’m referring to the adults because our kids were super perky and alert.

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For dinner, we headed to one of our old favorites, Star Noodle.

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When we were last on the island a year ago, we ate at Star Noodle multiple times. Yes, there’s soy, sugar, vegetable oil — and who knows what else — in most of the dishes, but we tried to stay as Paleo as possible. (We’re probably the only folks who have dined at Star Noodle a half-a-dozen times without ever ordering any noodles.)

The hubby and I shared some housemade kimchee…

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…Ahi avo…

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…pan-roasted local mushrooms…

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…pan-roasted Brussels sprouts with kimchee puree…

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…and the rib eye special topped with a tomato salad.

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I’m pooped and gotta catch some zzz’s ‘cause I’ll bet the bank that the Double-O’s will be up at 4:00 a.m. Thankfully, we put ‘em in another bedroom, so hopefully, they won’t wake us up. (Wishful thinking, I know.)

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Fourth Time’s Not the Charm: Mala Ocean Tavern (Lahaina, HI)

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I guess going to Mala for brunch two days in a row was a little too much.  After our meal here this morning, I’ve fallen a little out of love with Mala.   Why, you ask?  Well, we discovered the hard way that if you decide to order things separately (eggs, bacon, etc.), you’ll get ripped off.  For example, I ordered the Great Start Breakfast ($12): 2 eggs cooked to order, hash browns, grilled health bread, jam, butter, and your choice of bacon, prosciutto, or lamb sausage. 

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I chose 2 eggs over medium, lamb sausage, and subbed out the hash browns with some fruit salad (for an additional $2 charge) so my final cost for this breakfast was $14.   Expensive, but a price I’m willing to pay for good food.

Fitbomb didn’t want to the hash browns or bread so he ordered a side of bacon ($7), a side of 2 eggs ($5), and Alii mushrooms ($12). 

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Yes, we should have asked how much the items would cost by themselves (it wasn’t listed on the menu) but we didn’t think his breakfast would be $24!  Next time, we’ll just get the Great Start Breakfast and waste the hash browns and bread.

Plus, we had to wait a long time for our food, our portions were smaller, and our waitress was really ditzy.  Maybe we were cranky because we were leaving Maui but our final experience here left a bad taste in my mouth.

Oh well, all will be forgotten when we return in a year.

Star Noodle, Take Three (Lahaina, HI)

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I’m happy to report that we ate at Star Noodle three times during our stay in West Maui and we didn’t eat noodles once!  We definitely have a crush on this restaurant so we chose it as our last dinner on the island.

I spied Sheldon Simeon in the kitchen (I don’t think he was there our other two times) and wondered if dinner would be even better tonight given his presence. I was happy to say that it was, and the platings were especially nice and polished.

Tonight, the new dishes we ordered were:

Spicy Namasu (cucumber, daikon, and carrot with a spicy, Vietnamese-y vinaigrette):

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Charbroiled Miso Salmon (alas, a tad over-cooked for my taste):

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The oldies but goodies we ordered again were the Ahi Avo, the Rib Eye, Yakitori, Steamed Pork Buns, and Brussels Sprouts.

Fitbomb liked the food so much that he purchased Star Noodle shirts and a baseball cap.  Now he can look like an official Star Noodle waiter!  

Brunch at Mala (Lahaina, HI)

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Yep, this is the third time this week we’ve dined at Mala Ocean Tavern.  This time we came for brunch and the setting and vibe were perfect for a lazy Saturday in paradise.  Before leaving the Bay Area, we had checked the 10-day forecast and had braced ourselves for rain on our last two days here.  Lo and behold, today we have nothing but sun and clear skies.  Woo hoo!

After a lazy morning spent snorkeling at the beach and building sand castles under the direction of a very pitiless taskmaster (5 year-olds are real slave masters), we headed to Mala for some grub.  Here’s what we ordered this time:

Fresh Maui Gold pineapple boat with baby coconuts and balsamic vinegar:

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Teddy’s Loco Moco: Kobe beef patty, 2 eggs fried over easy, green onion, and mushroom gravy.   Fitbomb requested no organic brown rice and the server visibly balked.

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Omelette of the day filled with Kula cherry tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese.  I asked to sub out the hash browns with a small side salad.

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Side of house made lamb sausage:

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I found these patties a tad under-seasoned but I’m a salt fiend.

Our favorite side on the island: BRUSSEL SPROUTS!

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Mala really is one of favorite spots here in West Maui.  We’ll definitely return – maybe one last time tomorrow for brunch!

Make Your Own Paleo Kalua Pork Salad @ Aloha Mixed Plate (Lahaina, HI)

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It’s nearing the end of our weeklong stay in Maui so we’re re-visiting a bunch of our favorite restaurants for second (and third) meals.  Tonight, our kids seemed too punchy to eat out at a restaurant so we opted for take out from Aloha Mixed Plate.  I’m not sure why we were being so selfless.  If our kids are shits we ain’t coming back for another year anyway. 

In all honesty, the food at Aloha Mixed plate is really only mediocre at best.   Most of their items are really sweet (e.g. teriyaki beef) or too tough (e.g. kalbi) but one item that really shines is their kalua pig.  It’s tender, moist, and seasoned just right.   I thought the only way to order it was to get the Hawaiian plate lunch but then you get a bunch of stuff I don’t like (e.g. poi, tough haupia, rice, macaroni salad).   When I called in my order tonight, I learned that you can order just the kalua pig as a side and it would only cost around $5.  As a result, we cobbled together our own Paleo kalua pork salad with some take out items and things in our fridge/freezer.

From Aloha Mixed Plate, we ordered a garden salad (split between Fitbomb and I):

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Three sides of kalua pig (split amongst 3 of us):

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Add some nuked frozen broccoli and sliced avocado and VOILA:

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Tasty, healthy, and cheap Paleo kalua pork salad!