Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Last Day and back to SFO


Our final dinner in Maui was at Manoli's. This is basically a pizza restaurant with some sides. The pizza was fine and the only dish that I really liked was the humus. The restaurant is a giant open air bar which is perfect for an evening dinner. I recommend this establishment for a fun night out but stick to the bar food.

Final thoughts on Maui:

-We haven't been to Maui in awhile and had no itinerary, which turned out to be perfect. We hung out with our friends, dined on the deck and spent many afternoons in the pool pavilion common area of the condo complex.

-We exhausted our wine supply but found Wailea Wine, which had an excellent inventory. 

-Weekends got very busy and I'm sure it will get busier with more tourists as time goes on. Unless you have reservations, don't bother going out for dinner on the weekend. A 90 minute wait is the norm.

-We stayed at Wailea Ekahi Villiage and would definitely return.

I'm about to get on the plane back to CA and my feet hurt, haven't worn shoes in 2 weeks.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Italian food and becoming a slug


Now that you must make a 3 month advance reservation at Mama's Fish House, it's time to find a new high end restaurant. We selected Matteos, an Italian restaurant. Food was excellent and it's the first restaurant I found in Maui that had a very respectable wine list. 

Stopped by Maui Brewing Co. today but it was closed so went to Waikiki Brewing, closed. Must be a national beer holdiay. Anyway, thought I'd try to look cool. BTW, we are in Maui, not Waikiki.
That left Tommy Bahama's for lunch. Yes, I ordered the burger even though I shouldn't have. This restaurant is in a mall and if not for that Covid thing, we could have sat at their bar. Beautiful place, good lunch spot.
After all that food, we found Akamai Coffee. High end coffee and tea with breakfast and lunch snacks in a very modern clean environment. The patio made for a nice afternoon tea. We also bought a t-shirt to complete our tourist adventure. I will be coming back.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Lost in Paradise and Monkey Pod Chocolate Pie


It's Saturday night in Kihei and all the restaurants are crowded. Our friends anticipated this and made reservations at Mulligans Irish Pub. This pub is on the Wailea old blue golf course across the Fairmont Hotel. The food was actually very good but the service so slow. It was a beautiful cool night so didn't care about the wait. We stopped by the Monkey Pod Kitchen and ordered chocolate pie to go. 

Morning walk. After 4 days, I don't have to take an ibuprofen in the afternoon. Actually we take walks morning and evening.
Tonight was our turn to make dinner. Actually, Paulette did all the work, I just poured wine.

Evening ended watching the sunset while finishing off the wine. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Slowly acclimating to our surroundings


During our morning walks, one of the paddle boarders got this Octopus. (He put it back in the ocean)
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Afternoon walks takes us to area where turtles rest for the evening. For phones, click here
Watching the ocean in the late afternoon/evening is a good thing. Hmm, does that shirt make me look fat?
Doing it with a glass of wine, even better. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Off to Hawaii with the wine suitcase


You are looking at the coveted pink wristbands which indicate you have completed all Covid testing and uploaded paperwork for entrance to Hawaii. Won't go into detail here but it was a bit tedious getting all the work completed. Also, we had to login to the safe Hawaii app and show to Hertz to get our rental car.

We are spending two weeks in Kihei, Maui. First stop is always Coconuts Fish Cafe. The fish tacos are the best around.
Typical day is a morning walk at 7AM. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people walking in the morning.
Dinner tonight was at Lineage restaurant. Most of the dishes are small plates I would describe as Asian Fusion. Enjoyed the food, would come back (after Covid) and sit at their bar. Mediocre wine list but reasonable corkage fee.
This is a view from our friends condo. They invited us and we accepted.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

More Oregon wines and Spanish Tapas


Only two wineries today, Solena and White Rose. Both estates had great wine but  White Rose was the winner of day. White Rose is a small boutique winery with some of the wines we've tasted in Oregon. We joined the club. 

Staying with our international eating theme, we choose a Spanish Tapas restaurant, La Rambla. I always judge a Spanish restaurant by the quality of its paella. This was good paella and even better when paired with a White Rose wine.

Final Thoughts:
-Coming to Oregon (Dundee) to taste wines but a great experience. It is now part of our "wine trail" tours
-For a small town, there was upscale restaurants
-Staff at all the wineries were accommodating and extremely friendly. (Sonoma in the 1990s)

This was a great trip with great friends, we will be coming back.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Dundee Hills and French Food


We ventured to Dundee Oregon, where do I start? We met friends on the roof top bar in our hotel, McMenamins. This hotel is very old school, built in 1906.

The hotel was first started by Les and Mattie Hanna. All the rooms are named and ours was, appropriately enough, "The Hannas". Yes I know, they left of the "H" at the end but it's still cool. I recommend this hotel but you will have rough it a bit but good restaurant and bar area. Also upscale restaurants and wine bars within walking distance.

First winery of the day, Hyland. I really like this winery, all good wines. 
Next up Stoller. Absolutely beautiful winery, huge grounds and nice views. We were there during customer wine pickup day, gourmet hors d'oeuvres was served.
Third and final winery, Dobbs. We are members of this winery but our first visit. Great staff and easy going environment which makes it easy to drink wine.

Dinner tonight was at the Bistro Maison which was a 5 minute walk from our hotel. This restaurant has gone to the top of my list of recommended dining. Not only is the food high end French cuisine but they have a top notch wine list. Can't say enough about this place. Yes, that's a major thumbs up.