for my lunch meeting we ended up eating at a favorite local downtown wailuku business lunch spot, cafe o lei. i had the blackened mahimahi with papaya salsa on brown rice with a caesar side salad. our server assured me that the mahi was caught fresh locally, so i can sleep easy knowing that the major part of my lunch was local. i have to admit that i'm not really a huge mahi fan, but it was delicious! it was perfectly cooked, not tough or chewy, but moist and flavorful. quite possibly the best mahi that i've ever had. the papaya salsa was the perfect accompaniment, sweet and light but not sugary or mushy.
one of the great things about maui county fair is that the food booths are all run by volunteers from non-profit organizations, and each non-profit retains the proceeds from their food booth's sales. my all time favorite booth is chow fun. the noodles were the perfect texture, soft, but not mushy or too thin. the flavor is mild, but can be doctored up with the right amount of tabasco and shoyu. i'm not positive but i'm pretty sure that the chow fun noodles are from a local noodle company. my husband's small kid, nostalgic fair must have is the flying saucer, distinguishable by the long line. a flying saucer consists of a sloppy joe-like mixture sandwiched between two slices of bread that are all placed into a "flying saucer sandwich press" until the edges sealed together and the outside of the bread is nice and toasty. this year the maui veterans association opted for a healthier starch alternative. flying saucers are now made with whole wheat bread instead of white. shaun is pictured at the top right biting into one of his flying saucers. on to dessert ,and the second longest line at the fair, fried poi mochi! that's gotta be local right?
no rides for me, but they make for some fun photos!