Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Organic Chocolate & Coffee in Maui, and Other Delicious Food

I'm back from an awesome belated honeymoon in Maui! One of our favorite places to go while we were there was the town of Paia, one of the last big towns at the beginning of the Road to Hana.

We got box lunches from the brightly painted restaurant below, Cafe Mambo (30 Baldwin Ave), before going on the Road to Hana.

We went back to Paia several times, and one of the yummiest meals we had was at the Paia
Fish Market ( 2 Baldwin Ave). The fish taco was delish.

Afterwards, we stopped at a new cafe, Cafe Chocolat (105 Baldwin Ave.), that serves all organic coffee and chocolate (including local, shade-grown coffee). It was a great little local hangout with people dropping in to chat with the owners. While we were there we found out that the Dalai Lama will be visiting Paia April 24 & 25, 2007. The Maui Dharma Center is hoping to finish construction on a temple and stupa in Paia before his arrival. If you are going to Maui and think you'll go to the Cafe Chocolat, let me know and I'll mail you a business card the owner gave me with, "Coffee or Tea on Me" written on the back by her daughter, and you can get a free drink!

If you want to hang out in a laid back town with yummy restaurants and a good vibe, check out Paia.

Two other foodie tips:
The pineapple from Take Home Maui in Lahaina (121 Dickenson St.) was out of this world, and the coconut encrusted Mahi Mahi at Da Kitchen in Kihei (2439 South Kihei Rd.) was to die for.


I miss it.

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