The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Can we just talk about the fact that all of the time changes really seem to mess with you more the older that you get? I swear I was so tired on Sunday and I’m blaming it all on the time change and not on the incredibly busy weekend that I had. So let’s do a little weekend recap with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Friday

March in Houston has been filled with some rainy weather, and Friday was no different than the several weeks before. So rather than go out, Chris and I decided that we needed another quiet night at home. We cooked dinner together, well pretty much Chris cooked dinner and I kind of helped, and we spent the rest of the night just relaxing and getting caught up on our DVR shows, our usual Friday night ritual when we’re at home it seems.

Saturday

Rain was in the forecast for the full day on Saturday which totally threw a wrench in the plans that Kathleen and I had for taking birthday pictures again. We had plans to go to Dry Bar for some total “treat yo self” plans, but we ended up canceling those plans and just decided to get our pictures done as early as possible in the morning as possible.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

So we bought our balloons early in the morning and then headed to our first mural, The Love Wall, to take some pictures. As I was literally setting up the tripod for pictures my “0” that Kathleen was holding on literally flew away. When we looked at the string it looked like Party City hadn’t tied the ribbon on tight enough so with the wind it literally got disconnected from the ribbon. Talk about freak accident right!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Kathleen and I weren’t going to let that stop us from having a good day though, so we still took some pictures at the Love Wall and then drove over to take pictures at a couple of other murals. The next location that we went to was actually right around the corner from my favorite Houston brewery, Saint Arnold! I’ll definitely be wanting to make more visits there sometime soon!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Before we went to our last mural of the day, Kathleen stopped back by another Party City so that I could get another “0” to take some balloon pictures. When I told them what happened they almost didn’t give me another one because they said that they “weren’t responsible once the balloons left the store”. I call total bull on that statement because they should at least be responsible for how well they tie their balloons together. But that obviously doesn’t matter because they gave me my “0” so that I could get some 3-0 pictures!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

Our last mural stop of the day was to The Biscuit Paint Wall which was our first stop that we went to last year when we took our birthday pictures. It was so much fun to recreate those pictures and to be all bloggery with a fellow blogger!

After pictures we were both starving so we headed to Rice Village for some brunch and a little shopping. We stopped by Little Liberty which is a smaller version of Liberty Kitchen that we visited last year, and while the food was good, the service was so terrible! They didn’t have enough menus for everybody and the servers didn’t seem to know their own menu. It makes me wonder if they’re a new restaurant and need some time to get set up.

After brunch we headed to Kendra Scott so that Kathleen and I could use our 50% off discounts. Despite a torrential downpour, we made it into the store and each got some great pieces that we’d been eyeing for a while. To say that we had an eventful and fun day would be an understatement!

When I got home from taking pictures with Kathleen Chris and I headed to our friends house for dinner. It had literally been since Christmas since we’d seen Sarah, Clayton, and their daughter Ellie, so it was literally so nice to catch up! Also I can’t believe how big Ellie has gotten in such a short amount of time! She’s so cute and such a good baby too!

We had some delicious fajitas for dinner prepared by Sarah and Clayton and spent the rest of the night catching up and playing a fun new board game, Dixit. The whole premise of the game is that you’re trying to get people to not guess the card that you’re playing based on the clue that you give. It sounds very confusing, but I promise that once you start playing it gets really easy and very addicting!

Sunday

We were up early again on Sunday, not only because of daylight savings time, but because we were also getting our family photos taken first thing in the morning! A coworker’s wife started up a family photography business and after seeing some of the newborn pictures that she took for another coworker, I knew that I wanted her to take some family pictures of us. We met up at a park near our house, and spent the next hour taking pictures. Dart did a really good job, and I think that he was partially showing off because of the new people that were around.

Lindsey already posted a few of the pictures on Facebook, and they’re so incredibly beautiful! There’s only two that she posted right now, but if this is any indication of how the rest of them are going to look, I know that they’re going to be just what we wanted! If you’re in the Houston area, definitely check out Lindsey’s Facebook Page when you need a family photographer! She was wonderful to work with and she took some amazing photos as well!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With All The Photo Shoots

The rest of the day was spent relaxing at my parents house and trying to stay awake after I finished up our taxes for the year! I swear I was definitely in need of a nap, but didn’t want to take one. And even though the temperatures dropped on Sunday, Chris and I didn’t do our usual pho dinner, but opted for some pizza instead. Don’t worry though, we definitely watched The Walking Dead!

After a very busy weekend, you’d think that I’d have a not so busy week, but that’s definitely not going to happen. I have a play on Tuesday with my mom and sister and the Rodeo again on Wednesday with Chris. Then on Friday I’m jetting off with my friend Kayla to Las Vegas to celebrate our 30th birthdays! It’s going to be busy, but a very fun week to be sure!

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The Weekend filled with lots of photo shoots, mural hopping, and family time!

Where To Eat On Maui

Eating is one of my favorite things to do on trips. Not only do you get to experience the culture of the city or country that you’re visiting, but it also creates so many memories. While we technically didn’t leave the country in order to visit Hawaii, because of all the influences from the Pacific Island nations Hawaii has quite a unique outlook on food. So here we go with one of my favorite posts to write, a where to eat on Maui post!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Like I’ve mentioned before, we didn’t have a car during our stay in Maui, so most of the places that we visited were right around our hotel, The Westin Maui, which is located right at Kaanapali, a town on the Northwest side of the island. Another town that is just a few miles south of Kaanapali and easily accessible by cab is Lahaina, and you’ll see that all of the restaurants that we visited are in these two towns.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

I also want to preface this post, and the post that I’ll write about food on Kauai as well, by saying to remember that you’re visiting an island. I know that it seems obvious, but some people don’t understand why there seems to be such a pricing difference between what you’re paying for food or hotel rooms in Hawaii versus mainland USA. Just remember that pretty much everything you eat and use during your stay on Hawaii has to be shipped in, so the cost of those things that you eat and use are going to be a little bit more expensive. So when you see the prices to eat at some of these restaurants, just remember that the higher prices a lot of times has to do with where you’re actually visiting. Ok, now it’s time to talk some food!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Hula Grill

Located literally just steps away from our hotel, the Hula Grill was the perfect outdoor casual restaurant for our first night on Maui. By the time that we had arrived at the hotel, checked in, and freshened up a bit, we walked outside to catch the most beautiful sunset. Because of the time that we arrived, there was a pretty long wait at the Hula Grill so when we spotted a seat that was open at the bar, we snagged it!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

We weren’t terribly hungry, so we decided to split some fish tacos for dinner. I don’t know if it was delirium from the long flight, but those fish tacos couldn’t have been more delicious alongside the Mai Tais that we had to have!

Another reason that we decided that splitting dinner would be worth it was because we had to get Hula Grill’s famous dessert while we were there, the Hula Pie! Made with Chocolate Cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, and whipped cream, hot fudge, and nuts on top, you definitely need to split this with somebody!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall, Hula Grill is a great option if you’re staying near Kaanapali or Lahaina, and offers a great location for watching the sunset on the patio as well. Just make sure to get there early so you can grab a table before it gets too crowded! There’s also an indoor dining room if you would prefer to eat inside. Make sure to save room for dessert because the Hula Pie is not to be missed!

Location:
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Building 1
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$20-$30/person (patio)

Leilani’s On The Beach

Located literally right next door to Hula Grill is Leilani’s On The Beach, which also offers both indoor and outdoor seating. After a very early morning bike ride down Haleakala, we arrived back to the hotel very tired but also very hungry and ready for lunch! Before hitting the pool, we decided to head to Leilani’s for lunch!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Because we wanted to enjoy the weather as much as possible we opted to sit out on the patio, plus it also offered some pretty awesome people watching as well. We started off our meal with some Mai Tais because we when in Hawaii, you must drink beachy and fancy cocktails. For food though, I decided that fish tacos would be the perfect option for me again, and what can I say, they’re one of my major food groups, and when in Hawaii you should eat as much fish tacos as possible! While Hula Pie was on the menu again, we weren’t hungry enough for dessert that day.

Overall, Leilani’s felt a lot like Hula Grill especially since they’re right next door to each other with a lot of the same menu choices. They also both offered patios which would have beautiful views of the sunset and indoor seating options as well. Either way I don’t think that you can go wrong with either or, and of course I’d recommend the fish tacos or the Hula Pie!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Building 1
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$20-$30/person

Cheeseburger In Paradise

Our guided tour of The Road To Hana took the whole day, but when we got dropped off at our hotel, we pretty much had just enough time to catch a cab from our hotel back to Lahaina to watch the sunset over the water! Once we were done watching another spectacular sunset, we were definitely ready for dinner, and one of the places that was very easily accessible, had great views of the water, and was within walking distance was Cheeseburger In Paradise, yes just like the Jimmy Buffet song!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

With a few other locations on Maui and on Oahu, Cheeseburger in Paradise is obviously a very popular choice when you’re craving a good burger. Overall, the menu had your basic burger options, but also some really unique options as well like the Mac & Cheese Burger. I was being basic that day and opted for the Black N Blue Burger because I was in desperate need of some blue cheese!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall, we thought that the burgers were good especially if you’re kind of over eating fish tacos or poke. We also really enjoyed the fact that there were local Hawaiian beers on the menu so that we could enjoy something else other than a Mai Tai! Because of it being situated right on the water, this location of Cheeseburger in Paradise gets very crowded, so be prepared to wait for a table. We were lucky enough to grab some seats at the bar so that we could eat quicker!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
811 Front Street
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$15-$20/person.

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Now one of the foods that you absolutely, hands down, cannot miss during your trip to Hawaii is the famous Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and the place to grab some shaved ice on Maui is Ululani’s. Luckily for us, Ululani’s was literally just down the street from Cheeseburger in Paradise so we just walked over and immediately got in line for some dessert.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Now I’m sure you wondering what makes Hawaiian Shaved Ice different than normal snow cones that you get at home, and that my friends is the little bit of sweetened condensed milk that is added to whatever flavor combination you choose. The condensed milk adds just a little extra sweetness to your delicious shaved ice!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

When you arrive at Ululani’s be prepared to wait in line! I think that since everybody wants to try some Hawaiian shaved ice while they’re in Hawaii, no matter what time you visit you’re pretty much guaranteed a line. I honestly can’t remember what flavor combinations that we tried, but I know that Chris got a Hawaiian Shaved Ice and loved the condensed milk on top! It was the perfect and refreshing way to end our day! Like Cheeseburger In Paradise, there are several locations around Maui, so if this location isn’t close to you, there’s probably another one nearby!

Location:
790 Front Street
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$5/person

Lahaina Grill

If you’re looking for a fancier night out on the town during your stay in Maui, then look no further than Lahaina Grill. Located right in the heart of Lahaina, if your socks aren’t blown off by the beautiful restaurant itself, then don’t worry they’ll be blown away by the delicious food that you’ll be served. There’s a reason that it was voted the top restaurant on Maui 24 years in a row!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall our time at Lahaina Grill couldn’t have been more perfect. The service was incredible, and we loved our dishes that we got. One of my favorites was the “Cake Walk” that served up three different types of crab cakes because who doesn’t love crab cakes, especially when they’re done in different ways? Our early dinner reservations worked out perfectly for our time at Lahaina Grill because we literally walked out the door to the ocean and watched the sunset. It was the perfect end to our first full day on the island.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Our Hawaii trip was a 5 year wedding anniversary trip so we knew that we wanted one of our dinners to be extra special, although I’m pretty sure that we did book some other fancy dinners during our time on Kauai as well. I really thought that Lahaina Grill nailed it as far as being a beautiful restaurant with beautiful food that was perfect for celebrating any occasion! Just know that you’ll end up paying a little bit for it as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
127 Lahainaluna Road
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$50-$60/person

And there you have it, my guide of where to eat on Maui! It’s definitely not the most comprehensive of guides, but it’s a good place to start if you’re staying in the Kaanapali or Lahaina part of the island. I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Maui? Are there restaurants on this list that you’d want to check out? 

Other Hawaii Posts

My First Trip To Hawaii- Maui
My First Trip To Hawaii- The Big Island
10 Things I Learned While Visiting Hawaii
Hawaii In Instagram Photos
Which Hawaiian Islands Should You Visit?
How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai
What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala
A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

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Where to eat on Maui, from casual restaurants with fish tacos to Hawaiian shaved ice to one of the best restaurants in Maui, there's something for everyone!

The Weekend With A Surprise Party

Well true to Texas and March fashion, the weather here is being completely bipolar. Earlier last week it was hot and humid and over the weekend it was rainy and cold. Isn’t that always the way that it turns out? There’s no use in crying about it now though because despite the bad weather we still had a great weekend! So let’s start off this week with a quick weekend recap with the always amazing Biana!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With A Surprise Party

Friday

After traveling for the past three weekends in a row, I think that Chris and I were both just very much looking forward to a relaxing Friday night at home. Besides relaxing, we also had a ton of TV shows to get caught up on, and that’s exactly how our Friday night looked. It was very thrilling I tell you, but well worth it in my opinion!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With A Surprise Party

Saturday

Saturday we really just had one thing on the agenda, and that was my friend Jenny’s Surprise Party that her husband had set up perfectly! Before we headed over to the party, Chris and I did a little bit of shopping and grabbed a quick lunch. Thankfully, Loft was having a 40% off sale so I was able to grab a couple of cute dresses at a great price, along with not having to spend any money since I had some gift cards from Christmas.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With A Surprise Party

That afternoon, we headed to Jenny’s house and helped her husband get set up for the party. He had been cleaning up the house and planning all day, and all of his hard work paid off because Jenny had no idea at all what was going on! She just thought that Michael was cleaning to be a good husband! We all spent the rest of the evening drinking, eating, and hanging out and celebrating Jenny! Don’t worry Jenny, you’re still 29 in my book, just like I hope that I’ll be in a couple of weeks!

Jenny and Michael were awesome and let Dart come along with Chris and I, and he had a blast hanging out with their puppy Maggie! Probably the funniest thing of the whole night was when Dart was shaking off to come back inside and he ran right into their glass door! He also saw a squirrel in their backyard through the window and literally pointed and wouldn’t stop looking for him for hours! It was a great party and a ton of fun!

Sunday

We got home late Saturday evening, so thankfully we were able to sleep in Sunday morning. I think that the fact that it was rainy and overcast definitely helped with that situation! We had plans to get family pictures taken that afternoon, but because of the weather we got rained out and had to reschedule for next Sunday. Hopefully the weather is better next week!

Instead of letting the rain stop us, we spent the afternoon out and about a little bit starting with lunch at Torchy’s Tacos where Chris got to try their taco of the month “The Rasco”. It was basically chicken and waffles on a taco, and it looked absolutely amazing! Then we went and ran some errands before heading back home to do some picking up and cleaning. We finally got all of the Christmas stuff put away, I’d been living in denial that all of our reindeer were actually “winter-y” and even cleaned out one of our closets that had junk sitting in there since we moved in! Hopefully we’ll be able to slowly clean out more and more of our closets and cabinets this year.

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With A Surprise Party

The rest of the afternoon was spent just like Friday night, sitting on the couch and relaxing and getting caught up on TV! As has been tradition lately we ended our night with pho, but instead of going out to our favorite restaurant, we made the new Skinnytaste recipe and it was delicious! Not as good as normal pho, but a pretty good substitute! And that’s exactly how we ended our weekend! It was the perfect first weekend back at home!

The Wandering Weekenders- The Weekend With A Surprise Party

Was your weekend as rainy as ours? Have you ever helped surprised your friend for their birthday?

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All about our weekend with our friend's surprise party and all of the rain that engulfed Texas!

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