Paleo Eats: 11/12/11 (Departing Maui) & 11/13/11

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Our ohana reluctantly packed our stuff and flew off the island yesterday afternoon.

*sniffle* 

As is our annual tradition, we stopped for brunch at Mala Ocean Tavern before heading to the airport.

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We like to torture ourselves with the tasty food and gorgeous table-side ocean view so we’ll pencil in a return trip next year.

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I ordered the Great Start Breakfast with a couple of eggs over easy, lamb sausages, hash browns, and fruit instead of the bread.

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We also shared some Brussels sprouts (which, admittedly, was splashed with soy sauce)…

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…and a pineapple bowl.

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It makes me tear up to see the shot below of us enjoying our last meal on Maui. You can’t see it, but I now have a booger snail trail on my sleeve.

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Since our flight wasn’t leaving for a few hours, we stopped by the Maui Swap Meet and shopped for some knick-knacks and “trinklets.” Isn’t that the best made-up word ever? I learned it from T and I’m gonna try to incorporate it into my daily lexicon.

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WARNING! The stand that sells coconut candy must be avoided at all costs because these toasty, crunchy, and sweet treats are my kryptonite. 

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After wandering the aisles for an hour, we bid farewell to D,T, and the Triple-A’s…

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…and went to the Whole Foods to pick up food for our flight. Little did we know that we’d have the opportunity to scarf down a free Thanksgiving dinner. The samples at the store were insane. People were lining up to get plates of roast turkey, roast goose, and all the trimmings. Plus, there were other non-Turkey-Day-related freebies, too!

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We munched on the complimentary Paleo-friendly fare and, out of guilt, purchased a pound of seasoned ground beef from the burrito bar, a package of pre-sliced crudities, and raw coconut slices.

The super slow security lines at Kahului airport were infuriating, as usual, but luckily my sugar levels were stable and I didn’t hulk out. I finally relaxed when our butts were in our seats and the boys had in-flight entertainment in their hands.

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On the flight, I ate some beef and veggies along with some nuked Okinawan purple sweet potato (you must add water to the dish when microwaving these dense spuds). I also snacked on coconut slices, dark chocolate, and macadamia nuts. I may not have blogged about it, but I totally overindulged in all three of these items all week. Really. Every. Day. I gotta take a small break from them starting…now.

We didn’t get home until close to midnight so we all hit the sack as soon as we got home.

This morning, I was super stoked to find a few non-rotten avocados and half a dozen eggs in the fridge. Fitbomb and I transformed these humble ingredients into plain egg omelets topped with guacamole in less than 10 minutes.

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After breakfast, we piled into the car to drive to the East Bay to celebrate Fitbomb’s granny’s 91st birthday.

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There was a buffet of various meats and carb-y sides for lunch and I picked out a bunch of meat and veggies for my meal. 

Since my fridge was now empty of eggs and avocados, we stopped by a Whole Foods on our way home.

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There was no free Turkey Day meal at this location. I may have made us shop here — even though the Double-O’s were tired — just to double-check. Man, Maui really is paradise and I’m a selfish mommy.

For dinner, I dunked a packet of duck confit legs into the SousVide Supreme

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…fried some cauliflower fried rice

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…and roasted some sliced and peeled Delicata squash in the toaster oven.

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When the veggies were finished, I crisped the duck legs in a cast iron skillet and dinner was ready.

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Time for some zzz’s!

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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Paleo Eats: 6/18/11 (Last Day In Kauai)

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Why is it that all vacations are over before you’re fully able to savor them? Suffice it to say, we were all sad to leave paradise today.

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On our very last morning in Kauai, we woke up with the sun (and the loud-ass crowing roosters) to pack up our belongings.

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I swear, there’s free-range poultry running around all over this island! I wonder if people grab and butcher these scrawny buggers at home. 

The refrigerator in our vacation home was still broken so our breakfast was cobbled together from shelf-stable food we had remaining in the pantry. I nuked some purple sweet potatoes, cracked open a few cans of sardines, and sliced some avocados. As a finishing touch, I drizzled fresh lemon juice and a light dusting of Pele’s Fire Hawaiian seasoning salt over everything.

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We had a few hours to kill before lunch, so we ventured to our favorite store on the island… Costco! Seriously, we roamed the aisles of this warehouse on three separate occasions during our weeklong stay. If you’re staying in a place that has a kitchen - do yourself a favor and stock up on eggs, meat, and veggies right after your plane lands.

At lunchtime, we decided to eat at 22 North, a farm-to-table restaurant tucked away in Lihue’s old Kilohana Plantation.

We ordered a few appetizers to share, including roasted spiced macadamia nuts…

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…sweet and spicy meatballs…

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…and a Manoa lettuce salad with bacon, mac nuts, and blue cheese.

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For our entrees, hubby and I split the smoked fish salad…

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…and a bun-less grass fed beef burger topped with feta, corn, and cherry tomatoes.

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Yep, there was cheese on both AND tons of grilled potatoes on the salad.

I kinda wish I’d known about this hidden oasis earlier in our stay because I was pleasantly surprised with the peaceful garden setting, high quality ingredients, and reasonable prices ($10-15 for entrees).

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Let’s hope this place is still around the next time we return to Kauai.

After lunch, we rolled into Lihue airport and trudged onto the plane with heavy hearts. In anticipation of our flight home, I’d packed a grass fed Paleo Kit, grass fed Just Jerky, Noniland Hawaiian coconut crisps, coconut flakes, dark chocolate, and raw almonds in my carry-on backpack. We ate it all, plus some salami we pilfered from the kids’ purchased in-flight snack packs.

I’m really digging the Noniland coconut crisps…

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..they’re crunchy, salty, spicy, and tangy. Too bad they cost beaucoup dinero — $7.50/bag! I gotta figure out how to make these snacks at home.

Sixteen hours after we woke up in Kauai, we were finally back home. As much as we enjoyed our week relaxing on the Garden Island, it’s nice to come back to our humble abode.

Plus, I’ve still got a week and a half of vacation so I’ll remain blissed out for the next few days!

Air Travel With Kids Is Sucky

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It sure is nice to be home again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Maui and spending time with my family but air travel with kids is the pits.  There is nothing worse than leaving paradise – except the messed up experience of being herded through airport security and then the agriculture checkpoint with two cranky kids and a ton of carry-on luggage.  It’s like having Gilbert Gottfried scream in your face, “HA! HA! VACATION IS OVER!”

To gird ourselves for our long flight, we stopped at the Whole Paycheck to pick up some take out to eat on the plane.  

We got a pound of carnitas:

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Mmmm mmmm mmmm.  Very tasty and well-seasoned.  It did taste more like kahlua pig than carnitas, though.

A medium container of roasted squash (winter and summer) with sage:

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This dish was way too heavy on the sage and oil.  I wouldn’t order it again.

A small container of curried broccoli salad:

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The salad was tasty but not really Paleo because it has canola oil based mayo and sugar in the ingredients.

Despite the squash snafu, this was a nice meal for the plane ride home.  Since the Whole Paycheck is near the airport, we’re definitely going to stock up here the next time we arrive in Maui and pick up to-go goodies when we depart.