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Taco Friday!

A Breakfast Taco Friday!
In the Spring, I made tacos for the staff at a restaurant I was consulting. They liked them so much, they asked me to make tacos for them the following Friday too. Either that or they thought they could talk me into cooking for them...
Thinking about those days, I made some for breakfast this morning. With some leftover chorizo, lettuce, and Jack cheese, that memory turned into breakfast. Trying to imagine what they would have been if I had leftover fried chicken???

Friday's Breakfast Tacos

Watch my answer to Traci Toguchi's "Question of the Day"

Happy Friday!
Carne Asada Tacos
Photo by Jay Terauchi (c) Kahuna of the Kitchen

Maui Restaurant: Japengo

Japengo Hyatt Regency Maui
I love going to resorts and spending lazy days lounging around. When the sun goes down, it's time for some good food and Maui is one of those places.
Japengo isn't the typical hotel restaurant that serves seafood because that's what guests want on an island. They use Hawaii's locally grown products to showcase the many modern Asian-inspired dishes with a Hawaiian flair. Be prepared for a unique Pacific Rim dining experience.

Entrance to Japengo
As you enter Japengo, you're taken to a place that seems like a far away modern Japanese village.
But the stunning sunsets and warm Hawaiian hospitality reminds you that you're on Maui.

First Stop is the Moon Bar

Superfruit Nigori
absolut berri acai, momokawa pearl nigori sake, fresh lime, cranberry
A must have cocktail

See What Jay Eats...

For Starters
A Sashimi Platter Selected by Sushi Chef Jay Ledee
tuna, salmon, snapper, sea urchin, yellowtail, and giant clam
The seafood served here is top notch

The Sushi…

Maui Restaurant: Star Noodle

A Star in Maui?
Lahaina is a special place for me, that's where my family is from. For me, going to Maui is like going home. I had heard about Star Noodle from my Hawaii foodie friends and when @DaniaEdibleHI suggested that we go during my visit, I knew it was a good choice.
The restaurant is located in an industrial area, so I knew it would be good food. Think about it, it's not about a Front Street location, it's in an out of the way place and people are talking about it.
When I think of 'home', I think of good food. I usually don't visit the same restaurant again in the same week. But the 3 days I spent on Maui, I visited Star Noodle 3 times. Hmm...

See What Jay Eats...

Asian Pear Lemonade
I love it when restaurants create specialty drinks and combinations that not only sound appealing but great tasting too

Salad Trio
Spicy Namasu - Cucumber, Daikon, Carrot Star Kim Chee - Won Bok Cabbage, Ginger, Garlic Pohole Salad - Hana Fiddle Head Fern, Maui Onion, Shrim…

Hawaii Food Adventure: Day 9

Hawaii Food Adventure 2011 Day 9

Today is my last full day in Hawaii and I still have a lot to do. Started out the day in Wailuku and stopped off for some chow fun, since today (Thursday) is National Noodle Day.

Ichiban Okazuya in Wailuku
Open Monday to Friday Only
Thanks to @grapevinehawaii for the suggestion

Today is Noodle Day
I ordered a medium chicken chow fun
Too many good choices here...

It has that homemade taste that reminded me of growing up and the flavor from Hawaii.

Ichiban Okazuya 2133 Kaohu Street Wailuku, HI 96793 (808) 244-7276

Had one quick meeting and then I was done for the day. So, I treated myself to a Tasaka Guri Guri at the Maui Mall.

Pineapple Guri Guri
So good they named it twice...
Two scoops for the road

Heading back to Lahaina and to Star Noodle to celebrate National Noodle Day... Lunch Time!

Cranberry Juice and Yuzu

Local Green Salad

Hawaii Food Adventure: Day 8

Hawaii Food Adventure 2011 Day 8
It was a nice sunny day in Maui today. I met up with @grapevinehawaii (Bonnie Friedman) for lunch at Da Kitchen in Kahului. It's one of my favorite stops after leaving the Kahului airport.

Kalua Pork Sandwich served with a green salad with papaya dressing

Bonnie is a wealth of food knowledge and I enjoyed our FOOD conversation. Checkout her Maui food tours at "Tour Da Food" and something I'm doing on my next visit to Maui. Thanks Bonnie!

Da Kitchen Cafe 425 Koloa Street Haleakala Highway Kahului, HI 96732

One of my childhood memories is having guri guri, it's a Maui thing...

While I was in line at Tasaka, I was alerted on my iPhone that Steve Jobs had passed away.

2 Scoops of Strawberry $1.20
Cheers to steven p. jobs...

Tasaka Guri Guri Maui Mall 70 E Kamehameha Ave Kahului, HI 96732

After lunch and taking care of some business, I headed to Kaanapali to meet up with my Seattle friend Matt. Haven't seen Matt in years and got to meet his family. F…