I always enjoy traveling and vacations. Duh, who doesn’t? Recently I took a trip to Maui and had a great time snorkeling, lounging on the beach, eating some delicious food, and looking at some of the most gorgeous scenery and beach views imaginable. I also happened to really enjoy the flights. I know it’s a long flight (New York to Maui), but I’m used to traveling literally to the other side of the world, from New York to Bangkok, so a 10 hour flight really didn’t seem too bad. I have always liked flying. Maybe it’s because I grew up doing it and have spent probably an unhealthy amount of time in the air. Whatever the reason, I’ve always enjoyed it. Although, the flight to Thailand is even long for someone who enjoys flying. By the time we reach Tokyo (depending on the route the plane takes) even I am ready to jump out of my skin and never step foot in an airport or on an airplane ever again. But for the most part, as long as it’s 10 hours or less, I like flying. It’s very relaxing for me. I like watching the in-flight movies, listening to music, reading, and most of all, looking out the window of a plane. (more…)
Isn’t that so fun to say? Furikake fries! I had actually never heard of Furikake (and I grew up in Asia, granted not Japan, but still, shame on me) until we went to Maui and ate at a restaurant called the Aloha Mixed Plate. It’s a really interesting restaurant and REALLY affordable, especially for Hawaii. Most restaurants in Hawaii, specifically Maui, are not really budget friendly so the Aloha Mixed Plate was a nice change of pace. The restaurant offers an amazing view too and is right on the beach. You can’t beat the view or the prices. The menu offers both Asian inspired items as well as traditional Hawaiian and classic American dishes. If you are ever in Maui, I highly recommend trying the Aloha Mixed Plate. It’s a really fun, casual, outdoor restaurant with great food, tropical drinks and friendly service. It’s also ALWAYS packed, which generally bodes well and is a good sign that the food is decent. (more…)
Okay, obviously home made mac and cheese from scratch is divine. I’ve made a number of different mac and cheeses from scratch, including my Grandma’s amazing mac and cheese and Ina Garten’s famous classic mac and cheese. I want to try Ina’s variations on her classic too. She makes a “grown up” version with blue cheese and bacon and a lobster version that I can’t wait to try. If you have the time, home made mac and cheese from scratch is the way to go. But if you don’t have the time or if you’re just lazy like I was the other night, I’ve found a store bought variety of mac and cheese that comes dangerously close to the delicious home made versions we all know and love. I’ve never really enjoyed the store bought versions because they never come close to the decadent, creamy, home made real stuff…until now. This I would buy again. It was so spur of the moment too! I happened to be at Target (love Target!) and just threw a package of Archer Farms Italian Style Four Cheese Macaroni & Cheese Dinner into my shopping cart. It turned out to be a delicious decision. But if you’re looking for a healthy recipe, look away! There is NOTHING healthy about this…except for the portabella mushrooms.
Matt and I recently returned from a week in Maui with Matt’s family. The week went by way too quickly, as all vacations tend to do, and now it’s back to our jobs/lives/errands in Jersey. Maui is absolutely beautiful. You MUST go. Add it to your bucket list. I have been to Oahu and Kauai as well, and Kauai is probably my favorite because of the untouched beaches and the natural feel of the island. However, Maui was a close second. We snorkeled, jumped off cliffs (eek!), read on the beach, hiked to a waterfall, and of course, ate some pretty amazing food. Here are some highlights and favorite moments from my trip:
It’s been way too long since I last blogged! I’ve been in Maui (be jealous) lounging on a beach and eating some fantastic food. My goodness, Maui is beautiful! I felt like I stepped into a post card. Stay tuned for a blog post on Maui. In the meantime here’s a quick and easy recipe for a corn and black bean salad (or salsa depending on how you eat it). (more…)