The Gazebo, Maui

Continuing on my culinary adventures through Maui I landed one morning at a cozy little spot called The Gazebo. My sister, who used to live on the island, told me how delicious the breakfast was here, so I was looking forward to sitting down at this ocean front gem. Apparently we weren’t the only ones who had this spot in mind as there was a long line spiraling out of the entrance. Fortunately we were seated relatively quick and began ordering like people who were serious about their food. Pam (my sis) wouldn’t stop going on and on about the plate of fried rice she loved here and I know she was thinking I was nuts when I said “I don’t really care for fried rice.” Man alive did I have to eat my words! She ordered up a half-plate of the dish she so feverishly hyped up (shown above) and I was in awe. I thought the plate was absolutely inviting and when I dug in, I knew I’d keep coming back for more.

Most of the time I like my breakfast to be very simple, so I ordered up a classic dish of two eggs over easy which was accompanied by Portuguese sausage and two scoops of rice. The toast didn’t do anything for me, so it was banished to another plate. I placed my eggs atop the rice and thoroughly enjoyed meticulously puncturing each one so that their insides would ooze all over my white mounds. Combined with the salty sausage, I was sitting pretty with my savory breakfast. I’m starting to think more of my morning meals should be paired with white rice!

Also ordered for the table was a plate of macadamia nut pancakes, topped with fresh cream. We drizzled a little pineapple syrup on top, as if it wasn’t already sweet enough, and dug right in. If you’re into pancakes, you’d enjoy these fluffy treats. Sweets aren’t at the top of my wishlist but I’m glad I got to have a taste of these as I spied them on almost every table under The Gazebo.

The view from Gazebo Maui.

The Gazebo
5315 Lower Honoapiilani Road
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 669-5621

Surfing in Maui

One of my life goals was to learn how to surf, and as you can see by the above photo, I have crossed another thing off my to-do list. While on my recent trip to Maui I made it a point to sign up for surf lessons and I found myself under the tutelage of a rad dude named Sonny at Maui Wave Riders in Lahaina. My lesson began at 7am one brisk morning in Lahaina and I’ll admit I didn’t know how things would go. Having been an athlete for most of my life, I knew my coordination would be a bonus, but riding waves never seemed like a sport that came easy – I didn’t want to fail, I wanted to do well. My instructor was encouraging with a tough edge and equipped us with the best surfing advice possible “never put your head down.” After a bit of on land warm up and practice, we hit the ocean for what would be an incredible experience for me in Maui. Let’s just say, I’m going to try to surf a whole lot more while on vacation.

Believe it or not, I only fell once while on my board, and it was my first attempt. I was feeling pretty boss for a beginner. Now who would like to join me next time?

Maui Wave Riders
133 Prison Street
Lahaina, HI 96761
(877) 313-7873

Afternoon In Venice

NJ in L.A. Venice Beach

NJ in L.A. Venice Beach Boardwalk

Afternoon ini Venice

All the girls got Friday off so that we could celebrate Taylor’s birthday with an afternoon in Venice, perusing the boardwalk and enjoying lunch encapsulated in the beautiful smell of ocean water, fog and marijuana (every other shop is a dispensary). More on the food tomorrow because the spot was bomb and I’ve got the photos to prove it. I have not been to Venice in what seems like forever and it was great to see what nutso things were going on – bath salts anyone? Too bad it was a tad bit chilly, but not so much that I couldn’t sport my magical silver sandals.

How cute are these California girls? All of us born and raised in the SGV or HP.