Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Gluten Free Vegan Update

You can image how many times I hear, "Well, then what the hell do you eat??" When people hear I'm a gluten free vegan. So here are some iPhone pics of some recent grabs while out and about. It's nice to see that I can easily find delicious options outside my own kitchen. 

"The Fruit and Coconut Cream Parfait" from Maui Kombucha in Haiku. This is raw vegan and incredibly decadent. I try so stay away from too much overt fat in my diet but some of MK's raw treats are too hard to pass up.

Sweet locally made Kombucha on tap from the Farmer's Market in Honokowai ( Pineapple-Ginger pictured above ). I know there's a pretty big debate regarding the health benefits of kombucha on the internet these days. Some say it's a potent health elixir while others are claiming that it's not good for you at all. Personally, I'm really liking it and I feel great after drinking it so that settles it for me.

The "Nuka Bowl" from Haiku's new Japanese restaurant Nuka. Oh my gosh this place is amazing!! I am so incredibly bummed that it is over an hour from our house because I think we would easily go once a week! Carlos took me here last week for my birthday dinner and EVERYTHING we had was absolutely fantastic. The "Nuka Bowl" was stuffed steamed rice, blackened tofu, cucumbers, carrots, onions, cabbage, mint, Thai basil, sesame seeds and peanuts. This was topped with a sweet lime and sesame dressing.

My raw vegan coconut lime birthday cake from Maui Kombucha.

These little Tofu/Avocado Sushi rolls from Mana Foods are turning into the best $5 lunch on island. I love grabbing these and a green juice before heading down to Ho'okipa to read on the beach when it's too big to surf.

Post lunch, LOVE my Acacia bikinis and Pendleton Towels!

Another favorite from Maui Kombucha...Raw vegan Pad Thai.

Raspberry Fizz Kombucha

New discovery today at the famous Seahouse Happy Hour! Vegan and gluten free sushi rolls! These were made with quinoa, pineapple, avocado, Molokai sweet potato, pohole ferns and red pepper. This also came with a tiny side of Thai green papaya salad, avocado and a sweet Asian vinaigarette for $6!

One more thing! I thought I'd include a pic from the end of my run. This is across the street from my house. Pretty amazing. These days I'm running about 3-5 miles pretty consistantly about 4-5 times a week. I'm really liking it.

See you soon! 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tropical Fruit Haul

{Rambutans, Mangosteen, Chico Sapodilla, Mamey Sapote, White Sapote, Banana, Star Apple, Mango and Mountain Apple.}

A new season brings new exotic tropical fruit to Maui's Farmer's Markets! These are just a few iPhone shots from a couple of scores this month...

{Jackfruit and local Pineapple}

{I think this is a Sweetsop? ( Custard Apple )}


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pendleton Towels

{ Santa Fe Saxony and Canyonlands Spa Towels }

Being that it is the first day of spring I felt that it would be fitting to do a quick post on a subject I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert on...

Finding the "Perfect Beach Towel" ( obviously )

Now, I love throws, and blankets, and even a large sarong for beachside lounging but when I found these amazing towels at my favorite boutique ( Imrie ) I seriously had to have.

So check out Pendleton's gorgeous towels HERE. You'll luv!!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I Love

{ The fruits of February. Loquats, Rambutans, Star Apple, and Chico Sapodilla }

{ this ridiculously cheap but well made Kimono from F21 }

{ The raw vegan Tahitian Lime Pie from Maui Kambucha. OMFG }

{ my new workout attire obsession: local girl designed, Olympia Activewear }

{ these super cute gold plated arrow earrings by Tai }

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Truffled Polenta

This is so easy it's ridiculous. It's also vegan, gluten free and very low-fat. I've been making this at least 2 times a week when I'm making dinner just for myself. So simple, decadent and satisfying.

For Polenta
4 cups ( really good ) vegetable broth
1 cup dried polenta
1 tsp white truffle oil 
pinch of sea salt if needed

Boil veggie broth and add polenta. Reduce heat to medium and stir polenta while it absorbs liquid and thickens ( about 10 minutes).  Remove from heat, taste and add salt if needed. Cover for 5-10 minutes.

Add a suggested topping ( or don't add anything! ) and drizzle on truffle oil. Done!

Topping Suggestions
roasted tomatoes ( shown above )
grilled asparagus
poached eggs
herbs like basil or rosemary
minced kalamata olives
roasted brussel sprouts

Manni, the most decadent truffle oil I have ever tried. Check it out HERE


Friday, February 14, 2014

I Want

{ to make this incredible looking mole sauce }

{ to start collecting kimonos }

{ for a Cafe Gratitude to open on Maui }

{ to re-do my living room }

{ to make some fresh pineapple margaritas }

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Beautiful Winter Salad

I'm in love with this new winter salad I've been making these days. I make a huge bowl of it and take a very leisurely time getting through it too. So delicious.

Beautiful Winter Salad

-makes one huge serving-

3-4 cups chopped curly kale
1 cup arugula
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Asian pear diced
1 long celery stick sliced
4-5 sliced dried un-sulferated figs
2-3 sliced dates
small handful chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts
Dress with this honey mustard dressing HERE 

Enjoy and ALOHA!