Fun with Food Photography

Food photography, to be done right, is highly specialized requiring certain lighting and preparation. Plating the food becomes one of the more critical factors, making sure the food looks appetizing, mouth watering and delicious. High end restaurants plate their dishes so the meal is visually appealing. It can be a fine opportunity for anybody, even with a cell phone, to capture images of well presented food. Of course, you necessarily need to use available light, and don’t have the luxury of creating a backdrop which augments the presentation. Still, capturing a well plated dish can be rewarding, and fun to share with others. These images were taken with a DSLR in available light as presented to the table.

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Frida’s Mexican Beach House Restaurant

Frida’s Mexican Beach House is a quaint, scenic, open air Lahaina restaurant with a delightful beach front view and fantastic, delicious food and drinks. Frida’s is a family owned business opening their doors in early 2015.

Frida’s features traditional Mexican Cuisine, along with some influence from Central and South America. Fresh made Chile Rellenos, slow braised meats for tacos such as, lamb, pork, short ribs and chicken . Baja Style fresh fish tacos are the number one seller. The Tequila Bar at Frida’s is second to none. The Margaritas are made with fresh squeezed Maui Sugar Cane juice instead of a chemical simple syrup. Some of their standard menu items include: Manchego Crusted Quesadilla, Ensalada Azteca, Ahi Aguachile, Fresh Fish Veracruz, Fresh Fish Zerandeado, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Rib Eye Mojo De Ajo, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more, not to  mention a full bar, with over 40 Tequilas,  draft, local and imported beers, specialty Margaritas and one unique Sangria. So, if you are looking for a memorable meal at the water’s edge with views of Mala Warf and the island of Lana’i, consider Frida’s Mexican Beach House Restaurant.

Frida’s is named after the Mexican painter/artist Frida Kalo; the text below is taken from Frida’s website about Frida Kalo:

“Frida Kalo is the Mexican artist remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colors. She is celebrated in Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form. 

Kahlo, who suffered from polio as a child, nearly died in a bus accident as a teenager. She suffered multiple fractures of her spine, collarbone and ribs, a shattered pelvis, broken foot and dislocated shoulder. She began to focus heavily on painting while recovering in a body cast. In her lifetime, she had 30 operations. 

Life experience is a common theme in Kahlo’s approximately 200 paintings, sketches and drawings. Her physical and emotional pain are depicted starkly on canvases, as is her turbulent relationship with her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera, who she married twice. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self-portraits.”

Cactus Fries at Frida’s Mexican Beach House, Lahaina, Maui

Frida's Mexican Beach House

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Mama’s Fish House


Mama’s Fish House is more than one of the best restaurants on Maui. It is a Maui attraction. A Maui landmark. Nestled in Kuau Cove on the north shore of Maui since 1973, Mama’s Fish House offers a delightful, relaxing tropical ambiance amidst coconut trees and a white sandy beach and some of the most delicious fresh fish meals on the island – served with Aloha. Although not the kind of place one typically goes to on a regular basis, it is ideal for special occasions and first time, or  repeat, visitors to Maui. It is not uncommon when new to Maui and asking what should not be missed, the answer is often, go to Mama’s Fish House.



The Fruit of Angels

plate of papaya

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year. Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.