|The entrance to the restaurant. It doesn't look like a restaurant!|
Aloha! Please forgive me for not blogging anymore. I'm so busy at work, then I went and got MARRIED as well...That post is pending as our photographer still hasn't sent us our photos.
In the meantime, enjoy our honeymoon!
Marc and I decided that we wanted to go somewhere tropical, but within our budget. That narrowed down our choices to Maui or Manila (the airfare cost the same). Marc wasn't ready to visit his motherland, so Maui it was!
It was the first trip to the Valley Isle for both of us. I have been to all the islands except for this one. We were lucky because so many family members have been there, so we had a lot of suggestions for where to eat!
We landed in Kahului at around 10 AM and headed straight for Sam Sato's. It's a small bakery and restaurant in a business park-like area of Wailuku. It doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside.
|Marc's dry saimin|
|Fried rice from the breakfast menu (until 11 AM)|
|My small saimin and a beef and chicken stick.|
There was a line and we put our name down. It went pretty fast, especially since we agreed to sit at the counter. We ordered a fried rice (my favorite!) to share, I ordered saimin, and Marc ordered dry saimin and a beef stick.
Saimin are wheat noodles that are thicker than ramen noodles. The soup kind comes with a dashi broth that is light and clear. It's more similar to Okinawa soba than to ramen. It comes with chashu, kamaboko/fish cake, and green onions on top, but can also come with won ton too. I'm not a saimin connoisseur, please don't hate me if you are. I like noodles in soup and these were very good and salty.
I didn't know what dry saimin was until Marc's came. It was basically the same as my saimin, but the soup came on the side and you added a little at a time to the bowl. He said it was good. He also had a grilled beef stick with teriyaki sauce on it. It was very tasty.
|Maneki neko attacked the pastry case.|
|Look! It's Kumamon!|
|A white manju (the black one has a hole in the middle). I took this at home. It was the only one left. |
As you can see, Blogger isn't cooperating with my orientation again.
I had a picture of the pastries in the case, but I don't know where it went. They had manju and turnovers. I believe the manju is their most famous product. Joyce says they order 12 boxes, pick it up on the way to the airport, and put it in the freezer to prolong the joy. I tried one black an (azuki) and one white an (lima bean) and I liked them both. The crust was an interesting combination of chewy and crisp at the same time. It was not too sweet and it was very delicious.
We liked Sam Sato's so much, we made it our last stop before the airport. First and last meal!
After checking in to our hotel in Kihei, we headed out to see the nearby beaches. Our Lonely Planet suggested Big Beach, so off we went. As you can see, Big Beach was beautiful! We watched the waves, but didn't go in. We decided we would go again later in the week. The waves were small, but I could tell the current was very strong.
On the way back to Kihei, we stopped at the shops at Wailea. Their ABC Store had the biggest selection of Hello Kitty merchandise out of all the shops we went to by far. We went to quite a few. After the third shop, I don't think Marc believed my excuses for going in to every ABC Store anymore. He should know better. I was looking for Hello Kitty.
|Our first beach visit! Big Beach at Makena.|