Are you the kind of person who needs to workout everyday in order to feel good? Even during a vacation in Hawaii?  The daily activities and tours on the island are not enough? I know how hard it can be when you are in a new place to find a good spot to go run or workout. It took me time and trial before finding my perfect running or yoga spot, or a good beach where I can swim long distance safely around Lahaina. So I decided to make a list of the best workout locations on the West Side of Maui


1.Trails for running or walking

My favorite location to go jogging or walking is definitely the Kapalua Coastal trail.  You can do a nice loop from Flemmings beach all the way to Kapalua and back.

What I like the most about this area is that it’s almost always windy, so it doesn’t get too hot. On top of that you will discover astonishing beaches and coastal trails.

It does not get too crowded, just enough to feel safe!

If you are staying in Lahaina and do not want to drive to Kapalua, another nice location is the coastal trail going from Kaanapali to Lahaina. This 4.4 mile long trail offers a paved and flat pathway with little crowd.

If you like to challenge yourself and push your limits, walking or running in the sand is a great exercise. It has the advantage of lowering the impact on your bones and joints but still pushes your cardio!  For this kind of exercise Flemmings is definitely a great location, this beach offer miles of soft sand with no rocks or shells, you can walk barefoot  with no worries!


2. Yoga and workout locations

I personally do not really enjoy practicing yoga at the beach. The soft sand makes it hard to stand in certain positions where the balance is key. So I like to find spots in nice patches of grass, eventually shaded, where I have a beautiful ocean view and a light breeze.

Again, Kapalua is a great location! In front of the Montage the big patches of grass under the palm trees overlooking the ocean are just a dream! There is lot of space, nice short grass, constant little breeze and a breathtaking views, definitely a sunset yoga location!

Easier to access from Lahaina, “Airport Beach” is a nice workout location where locals like to go. If you don’t feel comfortable exercising alone, and feel like everyone is staring at you, then airport beach is a good place to go. Lots of people like to go workout and practice yoga there. Again it’s a nice little beach park, where you can safely and easily jump in the water after your practice!


3. Swimming

You are more of a water person? Swimming in the ocean is definitely a great workout. But certain precautions do need to be taken-in Hawaii the ocean is pretty wild!

As everyone knows the coastlines of Hawaii can be very dangerous with big waves, razor sharp reef, and sharks.. so if you’d like to swim long distance here is a list of safe locations we would recommend.

Our first advice is to follow the coastline, staying close to the shore is the best thing you can do! People can see you, and in case of problem you can get back to the shore quickly

Swimming from Blackrock to Ka’anapali point is great. No reef to worry about, clear water with good visibility, and beach access all along. The waves can get big there, but it’s usually pretty calm.

Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay also offer nice swimming locations with usually small surf, and no strong currents or big rocks to worry about.

We also advise to take some time to observe the ocean and the location you are planning to swim in. Spot the few shallow reefs and make sure you have seen how big the waves are.

Sometimes it may seem like the water is calm and all of a sudden big waves or currents appear and put you in a dangerous situation!



Hopefully this little guide of Best Workout Locations on the West Side of Maui helps! We just want you to make the best of your time on the island. And avoid wasting time searching around for places to exercise.

Of course there are many more places to exercise around Lahaina. But if you want to exercise in safe, uncrowded and relatively “cool” conditions, you should check out these locations!

And don’t forget to stop by our coffee shop after. Our healthy menu offers all the nutrients you need for a pre and/or post workout meal!






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Who here loves granola?! It is the perfect topping for many different meals such as yogurts, or smoothie / acai bowls. You can also eat it with your favorite type of milk, as a cereal! When eaten in moderation, granola is an excellent source of fiber, heart healthy fats, and protein. Homemade granola is tastier, healthier, and cheaper than store bought granola. Making your own granola in the kitchen is easy and inexpensive. At Belle Surf Cafe, we make all of our very own granola, and if you love it so much, we also sell it! I am going to share a healthy homemade granola recipe. The best part? You can choose your favorite ingredients!

Healthy granola ingredients



Heart-healthy, hearty, old-fashioned oats keep their shape during baking. There is also certified gluten-free oats if you need to make this gluten-free.

Unrefined oil

The oil is what helps make granola crispy and delicious. Unrefined coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil works perfectly. If you are keeping an eye on your saturated fat intake, olive oil is the better one to use.

Natural Sweetener

Real maple syrup is delicious! Or, you may also use honey. These natural sweeteners infuse into your granola the way that sugar would not be able to do.

Salt & spice

If you would like flavorful granola, do not skip the salt! Salt helps bring out the different flavors. Fine-grain sea salt, Himalayan salt, or regular salt will all do just fine. Adding cinnamon gives a subtle warming to the granola taste.

Dried Fruit

Dried fruit will add to the different types of textures, a little bit of extra sweetness, and a fruity flavor! I like to use dried cherries at home for mine.

Other add ins

Chocolate chips or cacao powder, unsweetened coconut flakes, or nuts / seeds (I like to add almonds).

Tips & Tricks

-Make sure that your oats are crowded in the pan, but not so crowded that they won’t toast evenly.
-Add parchment paper to the pan so that the sweetness sticks to your granola, instead of on the pan.
-For extra clumpy granola, half way through baking after your stir the mixture, press down onto the granola with the back of the spatula.
-Bake until the granola is golden on top. It will continue to crisp once you take it out of the oven.
-Let it cool until storing


-4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
-1 1/2 cup raw nuts and / or seeds
-1 teaspoon salt of your choice
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2/3 cup dried fruit, chopped if large
-Add ins 1/2 cup of each

How to make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts / seeds, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Add in the oil, maple syrup or honey, and vanilla. Mix well until everything is evenly coated. Pour granola onto baking sheet
  4. Bake until golden (20-25 minutes) and stir halfway through
  5. Let the granola cool, and then add your additional ingredients such as coconut flakes, chocolate chips, or dried fruit.
  6. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature. This will be good for 1-2 weeks. If you would like to store it longer, you can seal into a freezer bag and put in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Well, there is your very own, customizable, healthy homemade granola recipe! We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do. I definitely recommend trying our yogurt bowls or smoothie bowlsas we top them with our special granola. Bon apetit!

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Smoothie bowls are an appetizing and refreshing bite that have become quite popular. Not only are they delicious, but also very healthy for you too!
Belle Surf Cafe offers smoothie bowls on the menu, and we would like to give you some tips on how to make the perfect smoothie bowl.



Make sure you love the ingredients! You want to enjoy your smoothie bowl, so make it yours!
Some of our favorite ingredients include:
-Our house made granola
-Peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter
Super foods such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, spirulina, cacao powder or nibs

How to get the perfect consistency

Pool Party Smoothie Bowl


You will need a blender to make a smoothie bowl. Frozen fruit is key! We always have a huge stash of frozen fruit and bananas are the best. Bananas also offer a natural sweetener. Add 1-2 frozen bananas to the blender, and then whichever other frozen fruits you would like to be in your base (Berries, mangos, papaya, pineapple dragonfruit, etc.).

If you like using juice in your smoothie, freezing some of it will help keep the consistency thick. You may do this by pouring juice in an ice cube tray, and sticking in the freezer over night. Now, the better the blender, the less amount of liquid you will need to use. Using too much liquid will create a smoothie that you will need to drink with a straw. Try not to add more than 1/4 cup to a half cup of liquid to the smoothie bowl. This way you will be able to eat your bowl with a spoon! Try adding raw oats, chia seeds or protein powder to your smoothie bowl base. This will add in some extra protein, but these ingredients also serve as natural thickeners. Some of our favorite liquids to use are orange juice, coconut milk, macadamia nut milk and almond milk.


Hapiti Smoothie Bowl

Once you have made the perfect base, you are ready to pour it into a bowl and add on the toppings! Fresh sliced fruit is always great. Then you can add on your superfoods, butters, nuts, or whatever you would like to try!
Each smoothie bowl on our menu is unique. Here are some of the toppings that we like to use:

Bananas, strawberries, home made granola, coconut flakes, cashews, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, goji berries, mint, and almonds.

At home, I even like to drizzle some peanut butter on top of my smoothie bowl, yum!

The recipe is yours to get creative with and try out! Need a little bit of refreshment on a hot summer day and don’t have time to stop and grab a smoothie bowl from us? Now you have the tools and ingredients to make one at home! Let us know how you like this recipe! We would love to hear your ideas and tricks on how to make the perfect smoothie bowl. Comment below, or tag us on instagram to be featured!

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What does your morning routine usually consist of?! I hope it includes some coffee! For us, coffee is practically religion. We do not leave the house… or cafe without it! Other than coffee, wellness and health is incredibly important. This is something that we try to incorporate in our everyday life, with eating, exercise and activities. This month, we are encouraging wellness. Starting today, Belle Surf Cafe will be offering $2 off on all wellness drinks (Bulletproof, Matcha, Golden Milk, Chai latte)  that are purchased under the online orders. To receive the discount, type in the code: wellness at checkout. Now, let’s talk about a day in the life of Belle Surf.


Surfing is a huge part of our lives, and the Hawaiian culture. When you wake up everyday in a warm tropical place, the first thing that comes to mind is getting in the ocean. It is a very cleansing, heart warming experience. I make a cup of coffee as we are heading out the door, eager to check the surf! Early mornings on Maui are typically very glassy, and most of the time there are waves. The water is calling and we jump in for a few hours to have some fun and play. Are you visiting Maui and would like to learn more about surfing? Click here for some fun information! 

Breakfast at Belle Surf Cafe

avo toast



After surfing, we are absolutely famished! There is no better place to healthfully fuel your body than Belle Surf Cafe! Having a wellness drink in the morning is a great start. The first thing that you put in your body is very important. You will absorb it quickly, and it should be something that will benefit you. We offer bulletproof coffee, matcha lattes, chai lattes, and golden milk lattes as our wellness drinks. I love them all, and they are delicious! Our organic espresso is very tasty, and the baristas sure know how to make it just right.

Some of our after surf menu favorites are the smoothie bowls (Amazonia or Pool Party), Avocado toast, or the Norwegian bagel. These will fill you, but with the right nutrients! Belle Surf Cafe is friendly to all different types of diets, and we also have different superfoods included on the menu!




After breakfast, I need to sit and digest for a little while. But then…. time to get moving again! Regular yoga practice is good for you because it helps reduce stress levels and inflammation, contributing to a healthier heart. There is something incredibly relaxing about stretching and focusing on your breathing. Exercise is definitely a part of a day in the life of Belle Surf. If I am feeling like doing something more intensive, a HIIT workout is a great way to get in a quick workout and sweat.



Maui has many incredibly beautiful hikes to offer. One of our favorites is called Waihee Ridge Trail. This steep, 4 mile hike will get you in the beautiful outdoors while spiking your heart rate! The hike starts in a foggy forest, almost feeling like you are somewhere on the mainland. Then, you will open up to the views of the valley down below, and the mountain up above. As you hike along this ridge, it is a great opportunity for photos of the views and green mountains! There are many more hikes on Maui aside from Waihee Ridge Trail. Haleakala National park has different hikes if you would like to explore the top of the crater. Then there are waterfall hikes, like Twin Falls, or even deeper into Hana! It will make you happy to get outdoors in your free time and get your body moving.

Swimming in the ocean

After a long hike, I’m sure you are eager to get back down to the beach and wash off the dirt and sweat! Going for a swim is another big part of our lives here. There is always some time to take five minutes to jump in the ocean. Freshening up, taking a deep breath in and soaking up all the beauty around you, really helps you re-appreciate the island that we call home. I cannot believe we are so lucky to live in such paradise.

We place a huge importance on healthy eating and moving your body. After all, this is the only body that you have, and you need to treat it kindly. Whether it be swimming, surfing, running, yoga, or whichever type of activity is your favorite, don’t forget to take some quality time for yourself to focus on your health. If you are too busy to cook food, stop by Belle Surf and ask us for recommendations on wellness drinks or food. We are happy to help! Now that you know how a day in the life of Belle Surf goes, comment below or tag us on instagram to share what you do to make yourself happy and healthy.

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Hawaii is known as the ‘Rainbow’ state! If you visit here, you are guaranteed to see some spectacular rainbows and views. A normal day in Hawaii consists of a rainbow, especially during the rainy season! And the best part is… rainbows never get old! They always seem to mesmerize us no matter how many we have seen. So, why does Hawaii have so many rainbows?

How do rainbows form?


The recipe for a rainbow is quite simple. Basically, you need some sunshine and some rain. Each droplet in a rain shower acts as a mini prism. The droplet bends and bounces light. The light waves refract as it enters the droplet, reflect off the back of the droplet, and then refract once more as it leaves the droplet. Since each color wavelength has different energies, they refract at slightly different angles, allowing the colors to separate out into the spectrum we see in a rainbow. The more uniform the raindrops are in size, the more distinct are the colors of the rainbow.

Why does Hawaii have so many rainbows?


The combination of constant cloud coverage, trade winds, mountainous terrain, and clean air all contribute to rainbow sightings in the islands of Hawaii. The mountain tops force the trade winds coming from the ocean to rise and cool. This creates rain showers, and holes in the clouds where the sun can enter. Hawaii which is known for its very clean marine air, and clean atmosphere because we are far from pollution. The clean air makes for strong sunshine, and that strong sun helps produce a vibrant rainbow.

Hawaiian culture and rainbows


In Hawaii, rainbows are on the license plates of cars and Hawaii state drivers licenses and identifications. The ‘Rainbow Warriors’ are literally the mascot of the University of Hawaii!
In the Hawaiian language and culture, rainbows (anuenue)  symbolize a boundary. The veil between the realms of gods, and the realms of humans. Rainbows also signify the presence of supernatural, royalty and sacred entity.

What season is best in Hawaii for rainbows?


The winter time, or rainy season (November-April) is the best time to sight rainbows. You will see them almost everyday! The best time to spot them is early morning or evening when the sun is low and common rain showers occur.

At this point, sometimes when we look out the window we can even recognize the “rainbow weather”. This is where we feel and see the magic happening. It’s a kind of golden glow where the rain is drizzling lightly, or a dark grey cloud is in the distance and the sun is also shining very golden. Every time this happens, I go outside and immediately spot a breathtaking array of colors in the sky. It almost reminds me of the Northern Lights, Hawaiian style!

No matter what time of the year you choose to visit, your odds of seeing a rainbow are extremely high! Whether or not you actually do see a rainbow, there is still plenty of beauty surrounding the Hawaiian Islands to see and explore. From the mountains to the oceans, there are endless cracks and crevices to adventure and it never gets old! Who knows, you might even end up moving here too 🙂

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This aloha state may sometimes feel like a foreign country with its tropical weather and cultural differences. Despite certain things that may make you feel far from home, you are still in the safety and comfort of the US.
Hawaii has actually been a part of the United States since 1898, and a state since 1959. With this being said, there are some frequently asked questions about Hawaii that I am here to answer for you.

Do you need a passport to travel to Hawaii?

Traveling to Hawaii

Surprisingly, this question is asked fairly often! As it is the 50th state, you do not need a passport to travel here unless you are traveling here from outside of the United States. You will need some form of identification to travel through airports.

What are the time zone differences in Hawaii?

Hawaii is unique because it has its own time zone, Hawaii Standard Time (HST). HST is 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Because there is no daylight savings here, we are 3 hours behind Pacific Daylight Time. People traveling from US mainland will gain time while visiting Hawaii!

Where is the main airport in Hawaii?

Hawaii’s primary airport is Honolulu International Airport, located on the island of Oahu. All of the major US airlines, two regional carriers, and international airlines offer flights to Hawaii landing at this airport. Certain carriers offer direct service to Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii from gateway cities on the mainland.

How do I get from one island to another?

There are multiple carriers offering inter island flights. Hawaiian Airlines, Mokulele Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Makani Kai Air. Each of these offer numerous daily flights to accommodate you accordingly. There is only one passenger ferry boat service between Maui and Lanai, but the rest of the islands you can only access by air. Islands like Molokai, Kaho’olawe, or Ni’ihau are inaccessible unless by invitation, private boat or tour (depending which island you are looking to visit).

How long should I stay in Hawaii?

Well, this really depends on what you would like to do here! Would you like to just visit one island, or multiple islands during your stay here? To give you an idea, there are 6 major Hawaiian islands, Oahu, Maui, Big Island, Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai. Each island would probably take a couple of days to see the main attractions. However, that is also quite a bit to jump around and see every island on the same trip. Sometimes, it is more fun to stay in one place, and get to know that island pretty well. You can also go to a couple of islands on this stay, and visit the other ones next time! Your choice! Usually people tend to visit for 1-2 weeks.

What should you wear in Hawaii?

Hawaii has very temperate weather! I always say, aim for casual and comfortable. The average temperature ranges from 73 degrees in January to 80 degrees in August. For most people this is quite warm compared to where you come from. Shorts, tanks, tshirts, flip flops (or as the locals say, “slippahs”) are perfect. A nice dress or aloha shirt is fun for nights out! If you plan to visit volcanoes such as Haleakala, Mauna Loa, or Mauna Kea, you may want to bring warmer clothes as it can be extremely cold at those high elevations. Read my article on packing your bags for Maui to get a more detailed packing list.

Hawaii is a very fun and exciting trip, whether you are coming alone, with friends, family, or as a couple. There is an abundance of diverse activities to keep you busy your entire stay, but you can also find a relaxing hotel and chill on the beach if you are looking for a simple stay. Whatever the occasion, you will always leave Hawaii longing to come back again! Now that you know the frequently asked questions about Hawaii, I hope this helps make your stay easier.
If you are traveling here during COVID and need guidance, click here for tips and tricks on what to expect and travel requirements. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions!

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Your plane just landed on Maui, and the fresh aroma of tropical air and flowers greets you. After getting settled in, you will be itching to get out and explore! Some people come to Maui on family trips, some on honeymoons or as a couple, and others visit with their friends or even solo! Whatever the occasion, most likely there will be some or lots of drinking going on! The main question is, what are the 6 best cocktail bars in Maui, and where do I find them?!

Now, on Maui you have a little bit of everything. You can choose anything from a local brewery all the way to a high end cocktail bar. Today we will be focusing a little bit more on cocktails. And if you are not into drinking, don’t worry, we have got you covered here at Belle Surf! Come join us for some coffee and food.

Monkeypod Kitchen

A newer and more modern bar / restaurant that is smack dab in the middle of Kaanapali! It’s more of a cute and casual place, so there is no need to wear a suit here! Not only can you drink, but you can also enjoy dinner and a sunset as it’s located right next to the beach. Whaler’s Village is next door as well, and this is where you will find many different stores or kiosks for shopping. Don’t forget to bring home a souvenir!


Looking for something a bit more dressed up? This high end oceanfront restaurant and bar in Kapalua is the perfect location for a nice night out. With dining outdoors and indoors, you can enjoy the sunset as you sip on your Mai Tai. Happy hour is between 3 and 5pm. There is limited seating, and reservations are required.

Tiki Lounge

Located on the South Shore (Kihei), the Tiki Lounge is the ultimate Hawaiian Tiki Bar! With bamboo walls, surfboards mounted on the ceiling, and Hawaiian art and decor. This is a tiny and loud bar that is perfect for people looking for a party! If you head to the lanai out back, there will be live music and more seating. The vibes are great, drinks are cheap and everyone will be having a great time! A local DJ spins tunes after 10pm.

The Pint and Court

This little gem in the Shops at Wailea is an industrial-chic gastropub with TV’s and a high energy vibe on late nights and weekends. There’s a rotating list of about 20 brews-mostly local, more than 100 whiskeys, and 30 cocktails! The wine list is also quite impressive- one that will satisfy every palate and price point.

Down the Hatch

Located on Front Street right in Lahaina town, after your shopping or boat cruise is done, you can enjoy a drink and some food here! This is one of the hottest spots to eat and drink on the island. Happy hour is from 3-7pm and you will watch the bartenders slinging brews, Mai Tais, and tasty looking fried foods to a very happy and lively crowd. Maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to hear some live music!

Vana Paia

This airy indoor-outdoor eatery in Paia, offers local Japanese inspired dishes with Hawaiian flavors, cocktails and wine. The cocktails are tropical island style drinks with their own local ingredients such as lilikoi, local organic ocean vodka, local Kula rum, guavas, and more! Come try this place out! Before or after your date, you can cruise around Paia, do some shopping or see the beach at Hookipa!
Now, with the 6 best cocktail bars on Maui, you are definitely likely to find something for everyone! Even if you end up just relaxing by the pool and enjoying a cocktail there, now you know the other fun options in Maui to bring some diversity into your stay!

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A crepe is made from 3 simple ingredients: eggs, flour and milk and resembles a very thin pancake. Crepes are popular in France. It is said that the history of crepes dates back to the 13th of Century Brittany, France. A housewife accidentally dripped some porridge onto a hot cooktop! During this time, people were not inclined to wasting their food so she ate it and that’s how the crepe began! Now, these delicious plates are being served everywhere from street food to fine dining restaurants. Crepe batter is thinner than pancake batter and typically has more eggs in it to keep the thin pancake flexible and easy to bend. This makes it perfect for filling it with food and wrapping it together. We have created a crepe recipe that is simple yet enjoyable! Read below to learn how to make the perfect crepe.

How we make them

Making crepe batter

Belle Surf Cafe has a pretty diverse menu and we were also known for serving mouth watering crepes. Due to the pandemic, our crepes are not currently offered on the menu. One day, when we are back to hosting customers at full capacity and as busy as we were pre-pandemic, we will be able to bring the crepes back!

We make our crepes on a crepe griddle. First we let the griddles warm up very hot before using them. Once they are ready, then you pour oil on the griddle, and use a paper towel to spread the oil evenly across the surface. Then, you pour one cup worth of batter onto the griddle. Using a crepe batter spreader, you guide the batter in a circular motion around the surface until it is one big circular crepe, kind of like the shape of a big tortilla. Now, you let the crepe cook and become bubbly. Once it’s ready, you flip it using a special spatula!


Chef making crepes

Now, this is when your chance comes to fill the crepe with whatever you are most excited to eat. The most typical French filling is with lemon and sugar. However, We offer many more sweet options too! Nutella, bananas, strawberries, honey, and more! Or, you can opt for a savory taste with bacon, egg, cheese, veggies, etc.
All of them are absolutely delicious! Once you have added your toppings and they are cooked, you may fold the crepe. Let it cook a little bit more and bon appetite!

This is how we would make them at Belle Surf Cafe but there are many different ways or variations of making crepes, whether it is at home in your pan with alternative ingredients, or a cafe in Paris!
Here is a simple recipe to get started so that you can learn how to make the perfect crepe. Try this at home, it is fun for the whole family!

Easy French Crepes:


1 2/3 Cup Plain / All Purpose Flour
1 Tbsp Caster Sugar or fine white sugar
One pinch of salt
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (melted)
2 Cups Full Cream Milk
3 Eggs


  1. Melt the butter and set aside to cool down
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the plain flour, sugar and salt. Create a well or hole in the middle of the bowl.
  3. Mix the melted butter and milk, then pour about 2/3 of the batter into the well. Mix well with a whisk until you get a thick batter.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, then add them to the batter. Whisk until combined and smooth-make sure there are no big lumps anywhere.
  5. Add the rest of the butter / milk liquid and whisk well until all combined. You should have a rather liquid batter. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge to rest for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours.
  6. Heat up a non-stick skillet or crepe pan on medium/high heat and great it with a little bit of butter or oil.
    Pour a small cups worth of batter onto the pan.
  7. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the edges of the crepe start to lift up. Use a wooden spatula to get under the crepe and flip! Now, cook the other side for about 1 minute.
  8. Place the cooked crepe on a plate and repeat this until you have cooked all of the batter! Adjust the temperature of the stove if needed, and re-grease the pan between each crepe if they seem to stick to it.Well, now you know how to make the perfect crepe! A fun way to make breakfast and practice your cooking skills! Enjoy this crepe recipe with your friends or family. It is exciting to gather a bunch of different toppings and figure out your favorite combination. Enjoy!Crepery

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Nowadays, almost all the countries of the world consume coffee! Each of them in different quantities and recipes depending on their culture and traditions. Despite the cultural globalization, there are still interesting differences of how some countries like to enjoy their delicious coffee.

France and USA are the 22th and 23th biggest Coffee consumer per capita. Americans like to drink coffee just as much as the French, but in a very different way! Do you wonder how French people like to enjoy their coffee? Keep reading!


If you have travelled to Europe, you probably have noticed these fun facts. But do you know all of them?!

In American Culture, the focus is on convenience and accessibility, due to the fast-paced  lifestyle of the big cities. Drive Thru and “on-the-go” food and drinks is the main way of coffee consumption for Americans. In France it is way less frequent to see people walking around and going to work with their coffee.

Europeans like to sit and enjoy their coffee regularly with a little pastry! In the streets of Paris, Madrid or Milan, cafes are everywhere! They are taking over the sidewalks with outdoor chairs and tables, all of them filled with people sitting and sipping!

Like I said earlier, most Americans like their Coffee “on-the-go” and large cups of drip coffee are the fastest and most convenient way to start the day. Buying one big drink that will last and give you your energy for the entire morning.

Espresso Coffee is the French and South Europeans favorite way to enjoy coffee.  In small cups and during anytime of the day. It can be for breakfast with a croissant, after lunch or after dinner to help digest and go through the day. Or just during a work break, with a cigarette maybe? Yes, smoking it’s still a big part of French culture!

Because an Espresso needs to be served hot right out of the Machine it takes more time than drip coffee. Which doesn’t fit to the fast pace of most American lifestyles.

Don’t get me wrong, those are generalities that anyone who has been living in these two countries can observe. “Drive thru” and “take away” are becoming more and more popular in Europe, responding to the demand of people in a rush.

Americans are also changing their coffee consumption habits. Being able to enjoy their drink, sitting comfortably in a cafe with their laptop and free Wi-Fi, made the modern youth fall in love with these kinds of places.

At Belle Surf Cafe, not only we are happy to offer all kinds of coffees for all the tastes and needs, but we also offer a more “French” way of enjoying your drink! Our outdoor terrace, is cozy and comfortable.

 The perfect location to take a break, or get some work done while taking a breath of fresh air and a delicious breakfast! We are located on a street with nearly no traffic smack dab in the middle of Lahaina Town.

You might not be in France, but you are in Hawaii  so come get used to the slower island / French rhythm.

Visit us, take a seat, take your time, appreciate the taste and enjoy the moment!

(PS yes, sometimes we like to have an Espresso shot at dinner time, after our dessert which was actually cheese. SO what!? 🙂 )








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For those who work or study at home, a cafe is more inviting compared to a library. One would think that the noise or people may be distracting, while others believe it helps. Today, I am interested in telling you why working or studying in a coffee shop is healthy for you. Research has shown that a moderate amount of noise such as dishes clattering or an espresso machine running, actually improves performance on creative tasks. Believe it or not, there is a website where you can play ambient sounds that mimic a coffee shop. The name of the site is Coffitivity. The creators got this idea when they realized that they worked more effectively in a busy and noisy environment.

Now, we are currently in a worldwide pandemic where sitting down in a coffee shop may not be an option. Fortunately here in Hawaii, our state has been able to fairly control the virus.  Businesses are able to operate at under 50% capacity. If you are visiting or live here, you definitely have the option of sitting down to a delicious drink while studying or getting work done. As things open up, you will have the option of going back to working in your favorite coffee shop.

Cafe Environment and Ambience

Well, like I stated earlier, the ambient sound of a nice and relaxing coffee shop can actually help you focus and be MORE creative! This type of environment is more likely to encourage you to stay focused on your tasks since everyone else is doing the same thing. You may even get to know the baristas and regular customers. You can help push one another to achieve what you are there to do.

Less distractions while working

There may be people coming in and out and speaking around you. However, you aren’t home and your natural surroundings are not there to distract you. Procrastination can be so real, especially when you have a deadline for your task! All of a sudden the laundry must be done, and the kitchen cleaned. However, when you are working in a coffee shop, all you have there is your computer, books and a cup of caffeine!
If you are someone like me who works from home and is on the computer very regularly, it’s a healthy change to get out of the house and adjust your scenery. Not to mention you will see some people and get that amount of socialization necessary to continue working.

Study groups

Study groups

College students usually have study groups or group projects where everyone meets and studies together or works on their project. Cafe’s and coffee shops are a great place for this because you will not be told to “be quiet” as you would in a student library. This is also a place where everyone can grab a drink. Each person came out to meet for this study group.  That can motivate you to keep the focus on the task at hand.

Now, the biggest drawback on studying in a cafe is the distractions. There is music, noise, and people coming in and out and speaking loudly. If you are one who gets easily distracted, this might not be the right place for you. It really depends on the coffee shop and the amount of noise or how busy it typically gets. A more chill and relaxed cafe setting will have the perfect amount of noise set for achieving your goals and working. A loud or busy cafe will have you very distracted.

Finding balance

work from home


Another downside would be costs. If you are studying or working in a coffee shop on the regular, you will want to be careful about how much coffee you drink! First, you do not want to consume too much coffee, but you also don’t want to burn a hole in your wallet. This is definitely something that can be avoided by purchasing only one item off the menu for your entire duration. Even try doing half your work in a coffee shop each week, while the other half you stay at home.

No matter where you feel is best for you to work or study, focus and determination is key! Are you feeling as though you have been in the house way too much and need a break?  Get some fresh air, stop by your local coffee shop for a change of scenery! Maybe it will help you spark an idea and nudge that writers block. If you prefer to work at home, getting a coffee in the morning before hand is always a nice way to get out. Then you can go home with a clear mind to begin the day.

Here at Belle Surf Cafe, we have a large space to relax, work, and drink your coffee with cozy pillows to sit on. You can get comfortable and enjoy your drink or meal without too many crazy distractions to get in the way of your work. Now that you know why working or studying in a coffee shop is healthy for you, give it a go! What works best for you?

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