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maui november 2009 – day 7

This is Day 7 of our Maui November 2009 adventure.

Day 7 marked our last full day on Maui…sadly our vacation was coming on an end, but we still had a full day and most of the next ahead of us, so we got up and enjoyed breakfast buffet again at the Ritz Carlton. Today they had changed up some of the items, instead of regular breakfast sausage they had Portuguese sausage. My favorite! Anyone know how I can get this back in New York (aside from someone bringing it back from their Hawaii trip)? Regular Linguica just doesn’t cut it…

Since the beach at the RC had too much of a high surf for swimming, we thought of heading over to Kaanapali, to the Blackrock area in front of the Sheraton. This is also where the Whaler’s Village shopping complex was. On the way down we decided we’ll have lunch on the beach, so we stopped at the Honolua store to pick up a plate lunch to share: breaded mahi mahi and kalua pork and cabbage with 2 scoops of rice and mac salad. Classic plate lunch!

classic hawaiian plate lunch on a hawaiian beach

Blackrock at Kaanapali Beachwas fabulous. Granted there were more people here than at other beaches we’ve seen but I can see the draw here. The snorkeling was wonderful! We saw a huge giant sea turtle that swam so close to us we could totally reach out and touch it (we didn’t of course, but I think others weren’t as polite). It was so used to seeing people that it didn’t seem scared at all. I think I was more scared than the turtle! Pretty awesome sight. I had never seen a giant sea turtle before this trip and now I had swam with 3 of them within a week. The beach is also really nice and wide, with golden sand and easy entry into the water. Having lunch here on the sand was great after an afternoon of snorkeling. BTW, there were only a few free parking stalls here next to the walkway to the beach. We managed to get one but on subsequent trips were weren’t as lucky and we just parked in Whalers Village. If you buy anything you can get your parking validated.

the famous blackrock


don’t touch the turtles! (that is not my or my hubby’s hand)


this honu was GIANT

Walking back to the car, we decided to take the long route and walk through the Whaler’s village shops. I stopped by Mcdonalds to get something to drink and I couldn’t resist getting myself a cup of saimin (ramen noodles in a cup) because I wanted to take a picture of it to show people back home. I find it really fun go to go fast food places and order stuff you can’t get anywhere else. I did that once in Singapore with a curry mutton pizza at Pizza Hut…anyhoo, the saimin was kind of bland and not the greatest, but my friends on facebook were surprised when they asked what was in the container. They thought it was oatmeal.

which way are we going?


the blandish saimin in Mcdonalds – but glad we tried this only in Hawaii item!

I also really loved the retro t-shirt shop that was on the 2nd floor (can’t remember the name!) but their t-shirts had a really great vintage appeal. They were pricey but they seem to last a long time. My husband really loves the ones he got there. I thought they were nicer than the Crazy Shirts (which I also like, especially the Sharka ones)

it’s not shark week…it’s sharka!! (image courtesy of


After cleaning up and relaxing back at the RC, we headed out to dinner at Merriman’s Restaurant. It’s located in the Kapalua complex itself so we didn’t have far to drive at all. The restaurant was fairly new (when we were there in 2009), and it had beautiful, elegant plantation-style décor. We started off with a glass of wine and I actually tried a Merrimans mai tai. I am by no means a regular mai tai drinker so I wasn’t sure where this stood in terms of mai tai greatness but it was pretty good, I’ve decided however that I’m not really a mai tai drinker (I do love me some lava flows though!). We got the appetizer sampler which consisted of a crudo of island fish (ahi) and kula tomato, kalua pig and sweet onion quesadilla, kona kampachi sashimi with miso marinated calamari salad and a lobster bisque. I was full just from looking at the large sampler plate they set in front of us but I truly loved the variety of tastes we got. They even were agreeable in swapping out the goat cheese salad which was originally on the sampler platter for the lobster bisque. I guess I felt I had too much surfing goat cheese already.

hawaii regional cuisine is at it’s best here


my merriman’s mai tai


our appetizer sampler…could have probably made a meal out of this, but we are true foodies so we must try everything else

For my entrée, I got the Big Island Butterfish misoyaki, which was just delectable. It was served with shimeji mushrooms, baby bok choy and young ginger broth. There was a side of mac nut brown rice too. Some of my favorite flavors are in this dish and it did not disappoint. My husband chose the Merriman’s Mix Plate – Crispy day boat mahi with local citrus ponzy, maui cattle beef filet with mushrooms, and wok charred ahi with brased kula romaine. His fishes were good, but his beef was overcooked. I really hate to send food back , but his steak was just completely well done and we ordered medium rare as we always do. So, they whisked off his steak and brought back another, perfectly cooked one. Whew! Service really was quite extraordinary too.

misoyaki butterfish….yum


the merriman’s mix plate

For dessert we got the pineapple upside down cake, a good solid dessert. Wow, we were stuffed. When the bill came, we were surprised that we got both entrees comped as a gesture for the overcooked steak. We were not expecting this at all since they did rectify the mistake. Our server said that he also thought we waited too long for our food, which I guess thinking about it, our entrees did take some time to come but we were grateful for that because our appetizer platter was so filling, in essence was not a big deal. In any case, the service was outstanding, and they apologized profusely for the steak. Unbelievable customer service! Next time I would like to come to Merriman’s during sunset so I can really appreciate the view!

pineapple upside down cake…try it at least once in Hawaii!

Next up, our last day in Maui before we fly back home! (sniff, boo, waaah!)

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