So here we are, another week, another island-this time around it’s the beautiful island of Maui. We have covered quite a bit of ground this week-circling the entire island and stumbling upon some amazing sights and tastes! I relied on some handy little travel apps to point us in the direction of some good eats this week and our first stop was the Kihei Caffe-a bit of a hole in the wall serving up everything from traditional Hawaiian plates to masive ooey gooey macadamia nut cinnamon rolls…they’re only open for breakfast and lunch, plus there seems to always be a line-up out the door. I enjoyed an authentic Hawaiian plate of fried rice topped with two over easy eggs. Hawaii’s cuisine is largely influenced by China, Korea, Japan and Portugal-hence the fried rice…
Our next find was simply by-chance…although I later stumbled upon follow food lovers raving about “Julias Best Banana Bread“. During our trip around the island we drove through some of the most lush and breathtaking scenery I have ever seen-the long, windy and NARROW Kahekili Hwy took us right past a bright green “shack”, home to Julias Best Banana bread-how could we say no?!. So here we were, driving for hours, not a sole to be seen and then…bam…banana bread-YES PLEASE 🙂 Julias niece was working the stand that day and informed us that we simply must pick up some fresh lilikoi butter (passionfruit)…and oh man I’m glad we did! The banana bread was moist and full of home made flavour, and the lilikoi butter was a beautiful mix of rich and tart. Spread on the bread it was the perfect marriage in banana-lilikoi heaven! We enjoyed this treat whilst watching one very brave fellow leap of the side of a cliff attached to a hang-glider….the perfect little pit stop!
This next stop was by complete fluke, stopping in next door to use the restroom, we were pointed next door to the “pie shop”….once I opened the door I knew it was somewhere special. First, it was packed with a line up to the door, secondly, there was a case full of scratch baked pies and breads…and third, a chalk board menu-I love me a chalk board menu! My intuition was right as this little “pie shop” was the highly raved Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop.
We decided to stick around for lunch, and of course pie:) Everything at Leodas is house made-breads, pies, pie crusts, sauces, pickles…everything-that gets me very excited as you don’t find too many joints doing this anymore. On our first (yes there was more than one) visit here I chose the seared Ahi tuna sandwhich on house baked rye bread-seared sashimi grade tuna, avocado, caramelized Kula onions, jarlsburg cheese, local basil pesto, garlic aioli and watercress-TO.DIE.FOR.
We also ordered the Lahaina dog, a house made bun, eisenberg sausage, Maui gold pineapple chutney, and Poha berry mustard-thee perfect combination…sweet, savoury and insanely juicy-this was perfection. Mom and Dad shared a fresh tuna sandwich with house baked hapa bread, fresh and flavourful made with care and love from simple ingredients. And lets not forget the pie…Olowalu lime pie with a scratch made graham crust…a tart and creamy little pie to finish the meal off perfectly!
Noticing the breakfast menu had us planning our next visit within days. Leoda’s morning offerings are just as scrumptious-fresh baked muffins, scratch baked handheld breakfast pies (think empanada style pastry), french toast made with house baked bread, breakfast sandwiches….anything you choose is made from scratch with love and care. My daughter and I couldn’t resist the french toast, three thick cut slices of home baked bread, dipped in an egg batter and fried to a golden brown, served with syrup and butter-wonderfully simple and delicious! The hubby and Mom had the breakfast sandwich, house baked hapa bread, eggs, applewood bacon, sprouts, cheddar, avocado and local tomato…unlike any breakfast sandwich he had ever tasted. Dad went for the coconut french toast, three thick slices of Leodas fresh baked bread crusted in coconut and drizzled with creme anglaise…yum!! My son had the house baked cinnamon bun that went down too quick for me to snap a photo-I think he liked it!
Our last night was spent at a Luau…touristy…yes, a little cliche…maybe…but as it was our first trip to the Hawaiian Islands, it had to be done! Great entertainment complete with flame throwers, bouncing coconuts an gyrating hips…and then there was the food-served buffet style, there were some traditional Hawaiian offerings. The kalua pig that was steaming underground for nine hours had me impressed…sorry little piggy:( The perfect way to wrap up an amazing holiday in Hawaii!
Make sure you check out some of these spots if you find yourself in Maui!