Aug 2017

Maui Grindz: Savory, Sweet & Ono to Eat

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We ran away to Maui for a week this past July. It was truly the family vacation of my dreams—seven straight days of relaxed, sun-soaked togetherness. In between mornings spent at the pool and beach, midday naps, and leisurely evenings, we shared meals that highlighted local flavors. Here’s a sampling of all the grindz we ate on Maui…


Geste Shrimp Truck – Kahului

Geste Shrimp Truck - Maui

The Geste Shrimp Truck is a must-stop for anyone flying in to Kahului Airport. In the fashion of the shrimp trucks scattered along Oahu’s North Shore, the specialty here is shrimp prepared with Hawaiian flare. We ordered a serving of the garlicky Hawaiian Scampi, as well as the Spicy Pineapple, each served with a scoop of white rice and crab salad ($13 each). Both dishes were stellar.

Sweet Aloha Baking Company – Lahaina

Sweet Aloha Baking Company - Maui

An outlet of the Sweet Aloha Baking Company was located a few steps away from our hotel room. Warmed up to order, “The Local Girl” ($4) cinnamon roll with macadamia nuts delivered on all sweet and rich fronts.

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Aug 2017

Delicious Food Corner – Monterey Park

Delicious Food Corner - Monterey Park

Not last week but the one before that, my colleagues and I dreamed up an exciting new tradition: #CongeeCon. Recognized on the 8th day of the 8th month of every year (or so we hope), Congee Con is a week-long celebration of all that’s warm and comforting.

We kicked off the week at Lu’s Garden in San Gabriel, home to sweet potato gruel served with all that’s delicious, from marinated tripe to bamboo shoots and twice-cooked pork.

Delicious Food Corner - Monterey Park

Day two brought us to Delicious Food Corner in Monterey Park. The Hong Kong-style cafe was mostly full when we arrived. I hear there are lines out the door during breakfast.

Delicious Food Corner - Monterey Park

To start, a hot mug of milk tea ($2.75). The refills were unlimited and on the house, and sweetened condensed milk flowed freely. 

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Aug 2017

{swoon} Chicken Liver Rigatoni at Sotto

Rigatoni {chicken liver ragu, porcini, Parmigiano Reggiano}

I saw glimpses of fall this week. The combination of cooler temperatures (below 90 degrees!) and June gearing up for her first day of preschool (!), had me feeling like change was definitely in the air.

With the heat and hubbub of summer fading, all I’m desiring is the comfort of carbs, which brings me to Sotto’s rigatoni ($24).

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