Hawaii, how I love thee!!!

We flew into Maui, Hawaii on Sunday night, got situated in our condo right on the beach!! (picture of the view to come)

We spent all day yesterday from 11 a.m. to about 8 p.m. driving The Road to Hana!! It was beautiful, amazing, and fun! And I really didn’t do a great job capturing it… lol But, I did snag a few fun pictures along the way.

If you ever visit Maui I definitely suggest taking the drive to Hana and picking up the CD “The Road to Hana” and following along with this (unless you have a local with you)

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Santa Barbara Wedding Photographers, Block Island Wedding Photography, Maui Portrait Photographers

Santa Barbara Wedding Photographers, Block Island Wedding Photography, Maui Portrait Photographers

Santa Barbara Wedding Photographers, Block Island Wedding Photography, Maui Portrait Photographers

Santa Barbara Wedding Photographers, Block Island Wedding Photography, Maui Portrait Photographers

Santa Barbara Wedding Photographers, Block Island Wedding Photography, Maui Portrait Photographers

Santa Barbara Wedding Photographers, Block Island Wedding Photography, Maui Portrait Photographers

We ended the evening with dinner at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. After being ABSOLUTELY floored by the most amazing steak EVER at the Rutherford Grill in Napa, CA a few months back, I was told by my waitress there that I needed to try Ruth Chris… I’d also heard from some other would be food critiques that Ruth Chris was definitely worth the trip. So, we decided that while in Hawaii, we should try some food we could get in California… cause that makes sense… make the drive to the nearest Ruth Chris here on Maui, and ordered up some nice filet mignon steaks!

To make the long story short, Ruth Chris wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t all it was hyped up to be either. If the only good steak you’ve ever tried is from the Outback Steakhouse, then you owe it to yourself to hit your nearest Ruth Chris, but if you’ve had Rutherford Grill’s filet, don’t bother visiting Ruth Chris expecting better…

My Filet was yummy, but not YUMMY!!!!… if that makes any sense… My filet was not dense enough (I’m no professional food reviewer… just simple Tim) and was a bit “fluffy” and not at all juicy… I LOVE my steak medium rare… it was, but there was not even the slightest hint of juice coming out of the steak when I cut into it… it’s like this medium rare steak had absorbed all of it’s own juice, and there was none left for me. 🙁

Cheryl had the Petit Filet and hers was cooked more accurately to medium rare than mine, and hers was definitely more “dense” and not fluffy. Hers had some juices still left to it. I did taste hers, and I’d say her steak is the only reason I don’t give Ruth Chris a huge thumbs down… Hers was good, what I’d expect, but still not mind blowing. (Rutherford Grill’s was mind blowing!)

That said, I can’t wait for our next trip to Napa!!

Our server pointed out to us as we were getting ready to leave that there was a lunar eclipse taking place! We got back to the condo, I grabbed my camera and snapped a pic…

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Tonight we’re trying a local sushi restaurant – Sensei (our favorite food of all time is Sushi… we still haven’t found anything that can beat Arigato in Santa Barbara, we’ve found some close seconds… so we’ll see what happens tonight) I think we actually have two sushi restaurants to hit while on Maui.

  • I think you have to go to a *good* Ruth Chris. I've heard both ways, and I think it depends on which one you go to??

    That's awesome that you got to see the lunar eclipse! It was at 3am here, so I totally was crashed out for the night.

    AWESOME pics, Tim! I love that very first one - it's trippy! And the horse's nose is totally right THERE!

  • Jasmine* said:

    Have fun at Sensei! JD and I practically lived there when we were on our honeymoon...it's no Arigato, but it ain't shabby! ;)

  • It has been awhile, but Roy's is a great restaurant if you get a chance.
    Have a great time!

  • Tara said:

    Steak snob:)
    I've heard that you have to go to a "good" Ruth Chris, too. The one in SF is pretty darn good! (Love the horse snoots shot, too!)

  • Tara said:

    one more thing:
    did you get the fisheye no.2 camera?

  • fisheye regular... without the viewfinder thingy floating above it...

    I get my first roll back today and will post some pics tonight from it!!!

  • Tim,
    You have me starving with all this talk about medium Rare Filet mignon!! Just to qualify myself...Napa is my home town of 21 years! I moved to So. Cal in 1996 and regret it for sure! Going back there to visit family in November! Anyway....speaking of great steak. Have you been to the Napa Airport? There is a place in the terminal called Jonesy's Famous Steak house. Its been there since the 1940's. Anyway it was my first job (Salad boy!)...but by far one of the best filet mignon in the valley. They cook them with Large River Rocks (you have to go to understand) and they end up with a nice light pepper crust on the top and bottom, juicy, dense and tender enough to cut with a fork! Hungry yet?

  • daisylive5 said:

    Beautiful horses!

    I saw the eclipse too! I was sitting in the middle of a street with three friends huddled up with beer blankets and lawn chairs... quite the sight!