Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Plate Lunch and Surfing Goats

Aloha again and Mahalo for all your comments on my last post. My toes are much much better now, thanks.

Maui is 3 hours behind Calgary time and I am stuck somewhere in between. It's 6:00 in the morning and I am sitting on the deck listening to the doves coo and watching the ocean. I don't want to leave, ever!

Today I want to quickly (because I have to go get ready for breakfast, it's now after 7) tell you about 2 things we did the other day; ate a plate lunch and went to a dairy.

Plate lunches are very common in Hawaii and are often sold in stands on the side of the roads going to tourist attractions as well as in restaurants. We came across one Saturday morning in the parking lot of Long's Drug Store. They had a big barbecue set up and had started the chickens on the spit.

We just happened to be driving by again at lunch and it smelled so good, we had to eat there. They had 3 items available - a whole chicken to take home for $8.50, a plate lunch consisting of 1/2 a chicken, 2 scoops of rice and 1 scoop of corn for $7.00 or a mini plate lunch of 1/4 chicken, 1 scoop of rice and 1 scoop of corn for $5.00. We ordered 2 minis and they pulled a rack of chickens off the bbq to get us some nice hot chicken.

They didn't have any tables or anything, in fact everyone else in line was buying the whole chickens to take home. So we sprinkled our rice with soy sauce from the bottle next to the cash register and plopped down on the grass with our food.

The chicken was so good! Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Here's to hoping we come across more plate lunches this week.

That same day we drove out to The Surfing Goat Dairy which we had found via the Hippy Gourmet website before we left Calgary.

There wasn't much to it and the 2 people there weren't exactly chatty. There appeared to be tours available, but because we had gotten lost twice on the way there (some roads are not marked at all in the interior) we didn't have time to ask about them. We looked at the goats

and checked out the cheeses.

They only let us sample TWO cheeses which I thought was a bit chintzy. We drove out to the middle of nowhere for Pete's sake. Let people sample more cheeses and perhaps they'll buy more.

We sampled the Mandalay and the Ole and bought the Mandalay and the Tzatziki. The Mandalay is wonderful, made with apple bananas and curry for $7.00 and the Tzatziki had cucumber and garlic and was $8.00. When we got back to town we got some freshly made olive bread and had a snack of bread and cheese and pineapple chunks.

It's now after 8 and I'm starving! Have a great day.


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Plate lunches sound like a great deal!
Your cheese and bread sounded just like what we do.
Really fun that you have internet!!!

KAYNE said...

Nice blog..

Peabody said...

I was really thinking goats of surf boards when I read the title...you just never know now a days.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely vacation. I hope that you are enjoying your trip.

Anonymous said...

Yea, definitely should have let you sample more cheeses! A happy customer is a paying customer, and who is going to buy a cheese they've never tasted? Great photos though, looks like you're having a great time. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Lis said...

Okay I think the plate lunch sounded wonderful.. the goat farm fun (although chintzy) and the cheeses sounded really, really good - and I've never had tzatziki before! BUT the one thing that just had me swooning was:

"It's 6:00 in the morning and I am sitting on the deck listening to the doves coo and watching the ocean."

Ohhh how envious am I! *sigh*

Safe trip home sweetie!

Mallika said...

Have a blast, you lucky thing.

Sara said...

Tanna - they are a very good deal most of the time. We did eat at one roadside stand and the prices were high with small portions, but you can't win every time.

Kayne - thank you. Nice part of the world you live in.

Peabody - no you don't. If you follow the link to the video, I think you'll actually see a goat surfing.

Jenny - thanks! It was wonderful.

Ari - that's what I think. We go to a cheese shop in BC and they have a huge tray of cheese samples out at all time. That's what the business is all about, isn't it?

Lis - I miss it already!!!

Mallika - thanks, and thanks for visiting!