We treated ourselves to Senia when we had family visiting a couple months ago. We decided to split a bunch of appetizers so we could try as many things as possible. Everything we had was fantastic. Pictures of all our deliciousness below!
A delicious Ahi special that I can’t quite remember everything about. It melted in your mouth!
Citrus-Cured Hamachi: Avocado, Jalapeño, Wakame
Kalua Pork & Cabbage Croquettes with Chili Pepper Water
Burrata: Guajillo Pepper “Mole”, Pumpkin
Charred Cabbage: Shio Kombu, Green Goddess, Buttermilk
Roasted Bone Marrow: Beef Cheek Marmalade, Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, Piccalilli
We finally tried out Bar Leather Apron in February for drinks. It completely exceeded our expectations and we can’t wait to go back! We sat at the bar and watched each unique drink being made which really made it fun!
Yuzu Mojito: El Dorado 3 year Rum, Yuzu, Fresh Mint, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Soda
Red Shiso Smash: Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt, Fresh Lemon Juice, Micro Red Shiso, Yuzu, Soda
Oaxaca Soul being made.
Oaxaca Soul: Mescal El Silencio Espadin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Ginger, Honey, Wood Smoke
To ring in 2019 we headed to Maui to celebrate our friends getting married! We had a beautiful sunrise and some great views of Molokai and Lanai on our flight over.
Windmills on West Maui.
We arrived on Saturday morning and had breakfast in Paia at Paia Inn Café.
Pineapple mint jalapeño juice. Delicious but so spicy!
Huevos Rancheros Verde: cumin black beans, two eggs, salsa verde, lime crema, queso fresco, with corn tortillas, and cilantro
After breakfast, we drove around and then headed to Lahaina to check in and get ready for dinner. We made reservations to visit our favorite restaurant, Mama’s Fish House, for dinner.
Crispy Mahi-Mahi Rolls with poha berry and Hamakua mushroom brandy sauce
Seared ahi special
Mama’s Stuffed Fish: Stuffed with lobster and crab, baked with a Macadamia nut crust
On Sunday, we walked around Lahaina and then met at Hale Pa’ahao Prison for the rehearsal before the rehearsal dinner at Old Lahaina Luau.
Hanging out at the prison!
Monday was the big day! The girls started their day at the Royal Hawaiian getting ready for the ceremony. We all got to wear the most incredible flowers in our hair! Caitlin was just stunning and we had a blast getting beautiful!
Beautiful rainbow to start our morning!
Can’t get over how beautiful the flowers were!
Next stop, the prison! It was a beautiful ceremony with more unbelievable flowers. After the ceremony, we boarded a whale watching boat to cruise around Maui, Lanai, and Molokai. We saw whales and an incredibly sunset.
Jake and Kersten!
Next stop was Down the Hatch in Lahaina followed by dancing at Monkeypod to ring in the new year! It was such a wonderful day celebrating!
Josh and I spent the first two and a half weeks of November on the most phenomenal vacation of our lives. We took a cruise that left from Honolulu and stopped in various places in French Polynesia ending in Tahiti.
We started in Honolulu on November 1st with a beautiful sunset and champagne followed by a steak dinner and cruising through the first night to Hilo.
Enjoying champagne on the ship!
Enjoying more champagne and an incredible sunset.
Carmel popcorn ice cream…as good as it looks!
We woke up on Friday to a gorgeous sunrise from our balcony. We enjoyed some delicious coffee and the view of The Big Island as we made our way to Hilo. We spent the day wandering Hilo with our friends who happened to be in Hilo for the weekend.
Our fancy coffee we had every single morning!
Finally got to try mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen!
Josh trying out the SUP board with peddles.
Double rainbow leaving Hilo.
After leaving Hilo, we spent the next four days at sea heading toward the Marquesas Islands. Our days were filled with the gym, lots of delicious food and drinks, a fantastic massage, lounging by the pool, and reading. I think it was the most relaxed we’ve been in our lives!
Forcing Josh to drink a Piña Colada with me.
Dover sole with lemon caper sauce.
Josh’s chorizo scallops.
Fancy apple tart dessert. Just as delicious as it looks!
On Sunday, we got up and enjoyed coffee on our lanai again. After that, we picked up Brick and Danielle and headed to Paia for lunch and to walk around the town. After that, we decided we had enough time to head up to Haleakala. It was a really clear day so the views were stunning!
After that, we drove back to our hotels for the evening and relaxed and packed up to leave the next day. Josh and I enjoyed the most gorgeous sunset from our lanai. So many different colors!
On our last day, we once again enjoyed coffee on our lanai and took in the view one last time. Josh also played some Hawaiian games on the lawn of the hotel before we left. Our last stop of the trip was Lahaina to wander around the town. We had lunch with Danielle and Brick on the water at Lahaina Fish Co. before heading to the airport. Such a wonderful trip!
Josh playing some games.
Ahi “Katsu” Rice Bowl: panko crusted medium rare tuna with white rice with wakame (ocean) salad, pickled ginger, carrot curls, shredded nori, sliced cucumber, sesame seeds and wasabi ginger beurre blanc
Island Fresh Fish Tacos: cheddar cheese, ancho chile crema, taco sauce, topped with tropical fruit salsa
For Labor Day, Josh and I went to Maui to meet up with my friend Danielle and her fiancé Brick. We started our trip by making it to the hotel just in time for an incredible sunset. After we changed and got ready for dinner, we went into Lahaina to eat at Lahaina Grill. A beautiful sunset and delicious dinner were a great way to start our long weekend!
Blue Corn Panko Crusted Chile Relleno: filled with tiger prawns, diver scallops, monterey jack cheese on roasted sweet corn relish, avocado, crème fraîche, roasted tomato-ancho chile salsa
Opakapaka Fish Special: parmesan panko crusted over risotto, grilled shrimp, and beurre blanc
On Saturday, we got up and had coffee on our lanai and met Danielle and Brick to hike Waihe’e Ridge Trail.
We had about an hour drive to the Northwest side of Maui before making it to the start of the trail. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to hike and our views were stunning. At one point, we had waterfalls on both sides of us.
We made it to the top!
After our hike, we drove around West Maui. We stopped for some banana bread and to take in the incredible views.
After quite a lovely morning and early afternoon, we went back to our hotels to rest and get ready for dinner at Mama’s Fish House.
If you ask Josh and I what the best meal of our lives is we both say “Mama’s Fish House”. Needless to say, we were pretty excited to go back and it lived up to our memories!
Maui Venison seared with roasted spices and honey lime sauce
Papa’s Sashimi: Ono: with lime, green chili oil, papaya and Maui pink sea salt. Ahi with ponzu, watermelon radish, red shiso and Kukui nut. Kanpachi with Maui onion-fig jam and Molokai black sea salt.
Opakapaka sauteed with Hamakua mushrooms, white wine and capers
Ono, Ahi and Kanpachi in Panang Curry with Macadamia nuts, banana, sambal and mango chutney
After dinner, we drove back to our hotels and called it a night!
A new sushi restaurant opened up in Kaneohe recently so Josh and I tried it Saturday night. We went early around 6:00 PM and got the last table. It was already full (reservations recommended) so we were lucky. It was absolutely delicious and I’m so excited to go back!
For Josh’s birthday I put together a few fun date ideas to do throughout the year as a present. One of them was the Make Your Own Chocolate class at Madre Chocolate in Chinatown. The store was really cute with a variety of samples to try of all their different chocolates.
We started in the back by tasting cacao in it’s raw form (the pulp is really sweet but the bean is bitter). Next, we went back to their garden which had cacao plants, orchids, cotton plants, and a variety of other trees and plants. After that, we went back inside to make our chocolate bars! Highly recommend this as a fun date night!
The back room where all the chocolate making magic happens!
Cacao in it’s raw form.
Cacao drying out in the garden outside.
View of the garden
Loved this shot!
Mixing the cacao with all the good things like sugar!
Josh adding coffee, cinnamon, and salt to his chocolate.
My chocolate bar with almonds, coconut, and salt.
Josh’s chocolate bar
They put the chocolate on this vibrating pan to distribute it evenly in the mold.
Getting to taste six different types of their chocolate. All were amazing!