Ululani’s Shave Ice

Want to know the best place to get shave ice on Maui?  Ululanis!  My friends, April, who is from Maui, told me to try it.  Other shave ice places claim to be the best but don’t be fooled.  Ululani’s is, in my opinion, the best.  There are 3 locations, 2 in Lahaina and 1 in Kahului .  Their shave ice is the best because it is very smooth, almost creamy.  They have a lot of great flavors like, cola, watermelon, vanilla, passionfruit, guava, pink bubblegum, and many combination suggestions.  Also, you can put ice cream—macadamia nut, vanilla or coconut– or azuki beans or other treats on the bottom.  The best thing is the sno cap!  After they shave the ice (and the portions are big) they poke holes in the ice and pour generous amounts of juice on top.  Then, if you order a sno camp, they pour a little sweet cream on top of that.  This makes it even more creamy but just as refreshing.  The people are really friendly and its fun to try different combinations.  If you are in Maui, don’t miss it!

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Leilani’s On the Beach

While in Maui, we had dinner with friends at Leilani’s.  We sat outside with a view of the ocean.  I wanted crab cakes but they only served them upstairs but our server was really nice and she brought them from the upstairs kitchen for me.  It was an appetizer with 2 small crab cakes and a salsa with an avocado aioli.  They were really good and  a tiny bit spicy.  I really really liked them.  My brother ordered a grilled cheese from the kids menu that came with fries.  He liked it so much he didn’t share a bite with me. (I did get to taste a bite of his grilled cheese the 2nd time we went and it was very good).  The other 2 kids in our group ordered mac and cheese and fish and chips from the kids menu and they enjoyed their choices as well.  My parents shared sweet potato fries, Caesar salad and the fish tacos.  I didn’t try the tacos but my parents loved them.  There were 2 large tortillas with a big piece of Cajun rubbed, grilled fish in each and shredded cabbage.  The sweet potato fries were really good but especially good with the aioli they came with.  They were crispy and well seasoned.  The adults in the group all enjoyed a Mai Tai as well.  For dessert, we shared a piece of Hula Pie.  It was a huge slice of pie with chocolate cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, chocolate fudge on top with macadamia nuts sprinkled on top and whipped cream.  We all loved it!  The service was really great, the view of the ocean was beautiful-especially as the sun was setting, prices were typical for a nicer restaurant in the area, and the food was awesome!

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What’s The Scoop

If you’re looking for a yummy place for a sweet treat, try What’s the Scoop on 65th and Folsom.  They have lots of yummy flavors of Gunther’s ice cream, a case full of treats like chocolate covered cherries and chocolate dipped cheesecake, and also cupcakes from Cupcake Craving!  One thing I liked was that they offer a double kiddie scoop so you can have two flavors but not such big scoops.  My favorite flavor is Birthday Cake. It’s a sweet flavor with lots of colorful pieces of cake in it.  My brother’s favorite is peanut butter cup—chocolate ice cream with peanut butter in it.  My mom likes the nutty cone from the case—a vanilla cone dipped in chocolate, rolled in nuts.  They are very friendly and it’s a fun place to go!

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Three Sisters Mexican Kitchen Y Cantina

When my brother and Dad were at Boy Scouts on Friday, my mom, grandma, and I decided to go out to Three Sisters for a girl’s night out dinner.  The first thing I noticed when I walked in was that there was live music, cute Mexican dolls and Mexican pottery.  The walls were painted yellow with some blue on the ceiling.  When we sat down at our table we were brought some chips and salsa.  The chips were nice and warm, but the salsa was a little too spicy for me :-).  I decided to order a cheese quesadilla with rice and no beans – I’m not a big fan of beans – off of the kids menu.   The Mexican rice was white instead of the usual brownish red, but it tasted great!  My mom and grandma got a combo, a vegetarian tamale and a cheese enchilada. I have never tried a tamale before, so I decided to try one.  The chipotle sauce on it had a nice, smokey taste with a nice texture and it had lots of delicious veggies inside and yummy Masa.  The cheese enchilada was one of my favorites!  It normally comes with red or green sauce but we ordered it with the mole sauce, which was rich and delicious.  The enchilada was very cheesy and gooey.  I love cheese enchiladas!  For dessert we shared a Flan.  It was kind of like a firm custard but it was sliced like a pie.  It was very good.   Three Sisters is a very nice place to go to eat when you are with family and friends.  They have great food and lovely decorations.  Maybe you can play I-spy or see how many cool  things you can spot in the room :-)!  It’s a great East Sac location for good Mexican food!

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Esther’s Cupcakes

After my brother’s basketball game (his team won)our family decided to go to Esther’s Cupcakes on Fair Oaks Blvd.  When we walked in I noticed that the they had cute decorations, like cupcake stands with colorful, ceramic cupcakes on them. The cake stands were for sale along with some adorable cupcake jewelry.  They also had a large glass case with a lot of yummy looking cupcakes to choose from.  We choose to try several cupcakes and a couple whoopee pies as well.  One of the whoopee pies was chocolate and it tasted great!  It had a nice creamy vanilla filling with a moist, rich cake. The other whoopee pie was red velvet.  The filling had a little bit of cream cheese flavor and the cake was moist and delicious. My mom choose the crème brulee cupcake. It was delicious! It was rich but not too heavy and had a custard filling.  It tastes like the same custard that they use for crème brulee. It also had a creamy frosting with a little crispy accent that mimicked the top of a crème brulee dish.  We also tried the meyer lemon.  It is a lemon cake with a lemon custard in the middle and a lemon zest butter cream frosting. That’s a lot of lemon! :-) It  also had a cute yellow, candy butterfly on top.   The cupcake was a little more dense than a normal cupcake, like a good lemon bread. The custard had a nice lemony, tart  kind of flavor. The frosting was not as tangy as the filling but it was very soft and light.  All of the cupcakes looked so good and it took a long time to choose which one to try, but I ended up choosing the coco velvet cupcake. It was a chocolate cake with a cream cheese frosting.  I loved the smooth cream cheese frosting!    The cake was a more dense, rich cake than what I had before, and I liked it.

Overall they had a lot great choices.  The cake were moist and rich.  The frostings were smooth and flavorful.  I particularly enjoyed the cream cheese frosting.  The cupcakes cost $2.75 each. I think that was a very good price for the quality of the cupcakes that they offer. I think everyone should give this place a try ( you won’t be disappointed). :-)

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