Lahaina Grill – What a Gem!

Of all the lovely places in Lahaina, we walked into a true…

Lahaina Grill Drink Menu Coer

Of all the lovely places in Lahaina, we walked into a true gem last night – Lahaina Grill.

Located on 127 Lahainaluna Road in historic and coastal Lahaina Town, Lahaina Grill offers a menu of fine dining and elegantly crafted cocktails. You may view their history here.

We had already had dinner prior to our visit to Lahaina Grill, so we seated ourselves at the bar and were greeted by the lovely mixologist, Annabehl. (Disclaimer, Annabehl is a friend of ours.)

Saltimbocca in Ma’alaea Maui ROCKS!

Saltimbocca in Ma’alaea Maui rocked!!! My boyfriend and I dined there for…

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Saltimbocca in Ma’alaea Maui rocked!!! My boyfriend and I dined there for the first time last night and sampled their fantastic and well-priced Happy Hour menu at the recommendation of a friend of ours. She specifically recommended the Caprese Martini, and it was, well… I’ll get to that later.

We started with the Classic Bruschetta, and the bread was perfectly toasted with the right amount of crunch (you know, the kind that is just crispy enough but doesn’t cut the roof of your mouth with each subsequent bite), and the tomatoes were so well-seasoned. We loved it so much, we ordered a second serving.

Spicy Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

I love buffalo sauce. There are times when I crave it, but…

I served these with corn on the cob, bread, and a salad with blood orange/coconut vinaigrette.

I love buffalo sauce. There are times when I crave it, but sadly, I cannot stand chicken wings– the primary food upon which that scrumptious and spicy sauce is most often slathered. After years of denying myself that lovely sauce, I finally discovered a way to combine that beloved sauce with one of my favorite vegetables – cauliflower. I found multiple recipes; however, I could not find a good one that omitted the one food item I don’t serve at home – DAIRY.

Let me be frank. I love dairy. Ice cream, cheese, yogurt, but my loved-one cannot eat dairy, so I have taught myself a myriad of ways to cook without dairy, and our bellies are all the happier for it.

Happy Hour – Fine Dining at Excellent Prices

If you are anything like me and my sweetie, Anthony, you LOVE dining…

IMG_5415 If you are anything like me and my sweetie, Anthony, you LOVE dining out, but over time the costs of fine dining and scrumptious fruity cocktails with paper umbrellas really adds up!. Anthony and I live in one of the most expensive counties in the United States – Maui, Hawaii. While our sales tax is low at only 4.166%, the cost of living is so much higher. A gallon of milk (thankfully we don’t drink it) can cost a ghastly $10.99 as opposed to approximately $4.99 on the mainland. A cocktail during normal Maui restaurant business hours may cost $16.99, while a cocktail in California may cost $8.99 during normal business hours. By the end of the evening, our dinner bill can cost a crazy $75 or more BEFORE tip. That adds up over the course of a month — especially if you are trying very hard to budget your finances like I am. Anthony and I frequently indulge in something that we find to be extraordinary — HAPPY HOUR!

Monkeypod Kitchen – Oh, What a Night!

I am still relatively new to blogging. After starting a personal finance…

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I am still relatively new to blogging. After starting a personal finance blog, I found that I love to blog! I also love to eat really incredibly awesome food, so I started a twitter feed to post food that I find to be particularly incredible — why not start a food blog as well? We live on Maui and have access to some of the most wonderful food imaginable, so I may as well write about it.

One of our favorite restaurants is Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea. We’ve eaten here for years, and we return not only for the scrumptious food, but for the incredible Monkeypod Mai Tai.