Thursday, January 26, 2017

Paia Food Tour

This tour was called Local Tastes of Maui

We all met up at Flatbread Pizza

This is the list of local procurers they use for their ingredients
Ono Farms is the first farm tour we did and they are on the list!
This was a walking tour which in clouded a history of the town of Paia
 Our first stop was the Gelato Store
Where we tried a smoothie called Lave Flow
It was strawberry, banana, coconut and other fruits
Great start....

Up the street was Charlie's Bar

Charlie was the original owners dog who was a Great Dane 

 This huge guitar was a gift to the bar 
 Willie Nelson comes here to play all the time
 We were served a feast of blueberry pancakes with macadamia nuts,
Breakfast burrito, banana bread French toast and coconut syrup, 
and delicious veggie omelet with local ingredients
The juice was called POG
Pineapple, orange and guava juice....
 As you can see...no complaints!!!!
DELIC
 This painting was recently hung of som elf the famous people who have eaten here.
This is just part 1!!!
 Can you spot Oprah and Michelle Obama?
There is actually a legend on the side for who I see in this one!!
Next stop was the local grocery store.
This place had EVERYTHING!!!
It was a health food store, deli, bakery,ice cream shop and grocery in one.
The produce manager, Gary gave us sample of his tropical fruits 

The citrus section was my favorite..surprise....surprise!! 
 We tried a Brazilian cherry which no one had before!
It was sweet and sour and huge all at the same time.
We crossed the street over to Cafe Des Amis
For some Humus topped with balsamic, olive oil,and paprika with pita chips
 Getting full....
next stop was a quesadilla of crispy duck and Maui onion....
Of course...we devoured it before I could get a pic....
Yes...it was delic 
(I know... broken record)

 Like all great meals,
It was finished with some hot or cold coffee.
I don't like coffee but after doctoring it up I did finish mine!
This was our little foodie group

Gary,Arnold,Christa,Stephanie, Joy and George 
 Stephanie and George were from California 
and 
have done many food tours around the world.
George loves to garden and has an apple tree with 30 varieties on one tree!!
Last stop was an artisan shop.
These tiny seashell necklaces were made by the people who live on a grid less island in Hawaii
Only original native residents can live there.
There are only about 150 native people left.
All the items were from local artisans
It was a wonderful ending to a great tour!!
We hung around and explored the rest of the town.
 I thought of you, Brenda King!!
Coloured sea glass...tourist trap! 
This was just too easy 
 This bike was made of bamboo and functioned! 
This was the curtain for the changing room in one store.

I so wanted to buy it just for the fabric!!
 We had some time left in our day so we headed into the Upcountry near Kula
4000 feet above sea level 
Ali's Kula Lavender  Farm
 Way up in the clouds.
The temperature was 20 degrees cooler! 
 It was a gorgeous farm.
You could see everywhere!  
Where else could you get clouds and ocean in the same photo!!
It was a great way to learn about the area! 
Christa 

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