Hawaii – Day 4

My family does not appreciate me being on the computer.  As a result, like any good addict, I have to sneak my time in to write posts while on vacation.  I take perverse pleasure in dashing off a quick post while they're showering after a day at the beach.  I know, I might need help for this blogging addiction, right?  

Or maybe not.

Did you hear a hurricane might hit Hawaii in 4-5 days?  One of my readers informed me about it last night.  I haven't been keeping up with the news at all while here.  I've never been in a hurricane.  I suppose sitting on a bluff on the edge of an island might not be the best location to sit one out.  

On the other hand ….  How exciting!

I did a whole lot of nothing on Day #4 on Maui.  I want to share with you some of the foods I'm living on while I'm here.

First of all, there's a lot of this:

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Just kidding.

Day #4 was more about tequila.  

We grilled fresh mahi-mahi on the beach and made fish tacos for dinner from it.  We made our own fresh guacomole, added some salsa and it came out fantastic.  The accompanying margaritas (and possibly a shot or two of tequila straight up) added to the celebration.

We bought a new shot glass on Day #4.

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Sorry if the photo is a little fuzzy – it might be a result of the tequila you drank.

* Ahem *

Nearly every day I purchase a fresh sashimi grade loin of ahi.  The fish looks like this when I bring it home:

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I slice it very thin.  It doesn't get cooked at all.  I make a side dish of wasabi, pickled and sliced ginger and serve it with soy sauce for dipping as an appetizer.

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It's a family favorite when we're here.  I never serve sashimi at home because I don't know of a good source for really fresh ahi.  Maybe one of my Orange County readers can give me a tip?

We eat other sashimi here too.  We frequently will purchase fresh ahi poke which looks like this:

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My family also enjoys poke kim chee tako which is a spicy octopus sashimi.  It looks like this:

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Notice the tentacles creeping out of the bowl?  I made sure that was visible just to freak you out.  

Your welcome.

Last year we brought a friend with us to Hawaii.  He had never eaten pineapple before.  I was shocked because it's a fruit I grew up eating all the time in California.  Nonetheless, I know it isn't readily available everywhere.  For those of you who have never seen a pineapple, they look like this:

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You slice off the top and bottom and remove the prickly skin.  The fruit is cool and refreshing.  We eat a lot of fresh fruit for breakfast.

This is a papaya:

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And these are mangoes:

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We have mango trees right at our condo complex which is convenient. 

My new discovery this year is Dragon Fruit.  Have you heard of it?  It looks like this:

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It tastes a little like kiwi.  It's a deep red inside.

I cut up whatever fruit we have handy each morning and we sit out on the patio enjoying it for breakfast.  Bananas grow just a few feet from our front door too.  I drink a cup or two of chocolate-macadamia nut coffee each morning while listening to the waves crashing on the bluff.  It makes for a perfect morning. 

© Twenty Four At Heart

45 Responses to “Hawaii – Day 4”

  1. Middle-Aged-Woman

    24, it was totally irresponsible of you not to realize that your youngest child needed a tutor while you were there, for summer skills work. Adding my airfare from Detroit would have been the same as paying a certified teacher for one-on-one tutoring for, oh, about 30 hours. What a bargain for you!

  2. Middle-Aged-Woman

    24, it was totally irresponsible of you not to realize that your youngest child needed a tutor while you were there, for summer skills work. Adding my airfare from Detroit would have been the same as paying a certified teacher for one-on-one tutoring for, oh, about 30 hours. What a bargain for you!

  3. Middle-Aged-Woman

    24, it was totally irresponsible of you not to realize that your youngest child needed a tutor while you were there, for summer skills work. Adding my airfare from Detroit would have been the same as paying a certified teacher for one-on-one tutoring for, oh, about 30 hours. What a bargain for you!

  4. Linda

    If I didn’t like you so much i’d start to hate you. What a glorious and relaxing vacation you are having. Keep sneaking in the posts!

  5. Linda

    If I didn’t like you so much i’d start to hate you. What a glorious and relaxing vacation you are having. Keep sneaking in the posts!

  6. Linda

    If I didn’t like you so much i’d start to hate you. What a glorious and relaxing vacation you are having. Keep sneaking in the posts!

  7. Jan

    I could have gone to Hawaii for vacation this year. I opted instead for remodeling the bathrooms.
    Yeah, you can slap me now.

  8. Jan

    I could have gone to Hawaii for vacation this year. I opted instead for remodeling the bathrooms.
    Yeah, you can slap me now.

  9. Jan

    I could have gone to Hawaii for vacation this year. I opted instead for remodeling the bathrooms.
    Yeah, you can slap me now.

  10. sometimessophia

    Okay… so you have all of us drooling. Thanks for identifying the dragon fruit. I found some at a Boston Chinatown market. Took pictures because it was pretty; but was afraid to buy it, convinced it was a distant cousin of kohlrabi.

  11. sometimessophia

    Okay… so you have all of us drooling. Thanks for identifying the dragon fruit. I found some at a Boston Chinatown market. Took pictures because it was pretty; but was afraid to buy it, convinced it was a distant cousin of kohlrabi.

  12. sometimessophia

    Okay… so you have all of us drooling. Thanks for identifying the dragon fruit. I found some at a Boston Chinatown market. Took pictures because it was pretty; but was afraid to buy it, convinced it was a distant cousin of kohlrabi.

  13. LPC

    Ever since I puked up some zarzuela de mariscos into a toilet in a San Francisco restaurant, and had to watch those tentacles reappear, I’ve been unable to go near octopus. Ha. I save all the good stuff for you and VodkaMom. What does THAT say?

  14. LPC

    Ever since I puked up some zarzuela de mariscos into a toilet in a San Francisco restaurant, and had to watch those tentacles reappear, I’ve been unable to go near octopus. Ha. I save all the good stuff for you and VodkaMom. What does THAT say?

  15. LPC

    Ever since I puked up some zarzuela de mariscos into a toilet in a San Francisco restaurant, and had to watch those tentacles reappear, I’ve been unable to go near octopus. Ha. I save all the good stuff for you and VodkaMom. What does THAT say?

  16. Pseudo

    You are making me hungry. i like vodka or beer with sashimi. Oh, the octopus dis? It is called tako poke.

  17. Pseudo

    You are making me hungry. i like vodka or beer with sashimi. Oh, the octopus dis? It is called tako poke.

  18. Pseudo

    You are making me hungry. i like vodka or beer with sashimi. Oh, the octopus dis? It is called tako poke.

  19. anne_sk

    Perpetual orange county lurker here. You can get really fresh sashimi grade tuna at several Japanese markets here in the OC. My favorite is Marukai in Costa Mesa, but you have to have a membership (you can walk around and look before getting the membership, to see if it is worth it). There is also Mitsuwa, also in Costa Mesa.
    Back to my regularly scheduled lurking.

  20. anne_sk

    Perpetual orange county lurker here. You can get really fresh sashimi grade tuna at several Japanese markets here in the OC. My favorite is Marukai in Costa Mesa, but you have to have a membership (you can walk around and look before getting the membership, to see if it is worth it). There is also Mitsuwa, also in Costa Mesa.
    Back to my regularly scheduled lurking.

  21. anne_sk

    Perpetual orange county lurker here. You can get really fresh sashimi grade tuna at several Japanese markets here in the OC. My favorite is Marukai in Costa Mesa, but you have to have a membership (you can walk around and look before getting the membership, to see if it is worth it). There is also Mitsuwa, also in Costa Mesa.
    Back to my regularly scheduled lurking.

  22. Kelly

    I love sashimi. Have never tried dragon fruit. Sounds like you’re still having a lot of fun. The fuzzy picture of the shot glass made me laugh.

  23. Kelly

    I love sashimi. Have never tried dragon fruit. Sounds like you’re still having a lot of fun. The fuzzy picture of the shot glass made me laugh.

  24. Kelly

    I love sashimi. Have never tried dragon fruit. Sounds like you’re still having a lot of fun. The fuzzy picture of the shot glass made me laugh.

  25. emmysuh

    OK, madame, you had me jealous at the picture of Ketel One vodka. All those others were just pouring salt on the wound. UM THANKS.
    I hate it when people begrudge me my blogging time. THEY JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND.
    Hope you’re having a great trip!

  26. emmysuh

    OK, madame, you had me jealous at the picture of Ketel One vodka. All those others were just pouring salt on the wound. UM THANKS.
    I hate it when people begrudge me my blogging time. THEY JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND.
    Hope you’re having a great trip!

  27. emmysuh

    OK, madame, you had me jealous at the picture of Ketel One vodka. All those others were just pouring salt on the wound. UM THANKS.
    I hate it when people begrudge me my blogging time. THEY JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND.
    Hope you’re having a great trip!

  28. Cate

    We love sashimi down this end of the world & make our own with fresh caught trevali.
    Otherwise..*clink* cheers! Enjoy your holiday!

  29. Cate

    We love sashimi down this end of the world & make our own with fresh caught trevali.
    Otherwise..*clink* cheers! Enjoy your holiday!

  30. Cate

    We love sashimi down this end of the world & make our own with fresh caught trevali.
    Otherwise..*clink* cheers! Enjoy your holiday!

  31. jennster

    i just laughed out fucking loud at the “this is what a pineapple looks like.” it makes me sad that it’s so dead there.. hawaii NEEDS us you know! you should have brought me with.

  32. jennster

    i just laughed out fucking loud at the “this is what a pineapple looks like.” it makes me sad that it’s so dead there.. hawaii NEEDS us you know! you should have brought me with.

  33. jennster

    i just laughed out fucking loud at the “this is what a pineapple looks like.” it makes me sad that it’s so dead there.. hawaii NEEDS us you know! you should have brought me with.

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