Monday, September 15, 2014

Endless Summer













Cruel sun, oppressive humidity and countless south swells...
 Must be September in Hawaii.

ALOHA



Friday, September 12, 2014

Spicy & Cold Rice Noodle Bowl


  Mint, cucumber and chilled noodles make this, "ohhh so easy to throw together" spicy noodle dish light and refreshing during this hot Hawaiian summer.  Add the crunch of raw salted peanuts and it's down right addicting. This makes a pretty big serving. Definitely enough for 2 people for 2 meals. This is always a plus when it's too hot and humid to cook.

Enjoy!

Spicy & Cold Rice Noodle Bowl
-vegan/vegetarian-
1 bag of  this rice noodles, cook according to directions, rise with cold water and then set aside.
3/4 cup shredded carrots
1 cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
handful of chopped mint
handful of chopped cilantro ( optional )
handful of  torn Thai basil  but not Italian basil ( this is optional too )


For Dressing
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey or agave ( to make it vegan )
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
1 shallot peeled ( minced )
3 cloves of garlic ( minced )
1/2 tsp to 1 tsp hot chili flakes
1/2 tsp salt

Suggested toppings
Sambal
chopped green onion
chopped peanuts
cubed sauteed tofu
squeeze of lime

Combine all ingredients in a lidded jar and shake until well combined. Toss cold noodles with veggies and herbs, add dressing and toss until mixed through. This dish tastes best when it's well chilled and it's even better the next day.

ALOHA

Friday, August 29, 2014

What's in my Beach Bag


When it comes to packing for the beach, I consider myself an expert ( not so much when I'm packing for a Mainland trip! Ha! ) Over the years I've managed to figure out what exactly I need for a beach day. And I have a lot of beach days. I honestly head out to the beach at least 3-5 times a week, sometimes more.  Now, this can mean under an hour or all day long depending on the surf conditions, the tides, wind conditions, unexpected rain showers ( this happens a lot in Hawaii ), murky water, or work ( oh ya, that too ) And I go to the beach year round. Yep, I mean... that IS the big reason why I moved here 16 years ago! 
One of the strangest things about living in Hawaii is sun guilt. I've heard people joke about it but it's real! I honestly look forward to stormy weather ( umm rare! ) just so I can get stuff done around the house! Bathrooms don't clean themselves, laundry still needs to be done, the cat has to get fed etc.
This life...it's a difficult balance I tell you.

So whats in my bag !?

Beach Bag// JCrew
Lip moisturizer//Sugar Fresh lip color in Honey SPF 15 ( I like Rose too )
Sunscreen// For the body - waterproof Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance SPF 30
For the face//Neutragena Dry-Touch SPF 55
Sunnies// Oliver Peoples
Watch// Swatch ( similar here )
Fins// Kicks by DaFin Hawaii
Swimming Goggles// TYR Polarized Special OPS 2.0 ( I have in white too )
Turkish Cotton Beach Throw// purchased at Imrie in Paia, Maui. I flip between this and one of my beloved Pendleton Towels.
iPhone// for some tunes

Not pictured// a big ass jar of Maui Kombucha and some sort of hat!

I also bring my one of my surfboards and SUP+Paddle, always. Sometimes they stay on top of the car but a lot of times they don't!

BTW
I'm always looking for suggestions when it comes to sunscreen for my face! If you have any good ones I would love to know! I need waterproof obvis...

ALOHA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Napili, Maui


Lately, as soon as my workweek ends I cannot wait to get over to the otherside of the island. The craziness of the summer crowds this year have driven me deep into the jungles of Haiku and the wind swept beaches of Maui's Northshore. I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I might be a wee bit excited that Labor Day is just around the corner. For someone who once upon a time dreamed about living in an Endless Summer, I now crave rainy days, long shadows, and early sunsets. Fall is beautiful in Hawaii and winter I like even more. I'm looking forward to the ( small ) change. I'm sure my crispy skin will be thanking me.
Today I was feeling a bit lazy and didn't feel like making the 1+ hour drive to the country for kombucha and window shopping. Instead, Carlos and I headed up to Napili Bay to take a dip in the crystalline waters that hug our own neighborhood. I think staying home paid off this time...


Great breakfast and best Happy Hour on island. The Seahouse sits right on Napili Bay




Carlos and his green DaFins

Swim Fins// Kicks by DaFin

ALOHA

Photos by myself and Carlos Barberis

Friday, August 22, 2014

Olympia Activewear


I haven't purchased Lululemon since last November and Olympia Activewear is the reason why!

Love love love the neutral colors and silky fabrics. Love that these pieces feel amazing to workout in but I also love the fact that they can easily transition into comfy "running errands" wear. I also think it's super cool that the girl that designed Olympia Activewear is from Maui!! So great to see so many local girls these days making a name for themselves in the mainstream market!




Ya, I pretty much live in this stuff. Safe to say I bought most of the debut collection. Ouch.

Check out Olympia Activeware HERE

2015 is coming out soon!

ALOHA

*photos by Carlos Barberis of BECfoto

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Aloha



Hi, I'm still here. I just took a long break from blogging. Truth is, besides being just lazy about it, I've been working on a concept for a new website. In the meantime though, I decided I wanted to start sharing things again. I've had a really busy late spring and even busier summer. I want to be honest, I've gotten a bit off track with the consistency of my diet and workout schedule that I mentioned last fall. Things like, off island vacations, family/friends visiting Maui, work demands, and an injury really threw me off my game. However, just writing this and seeing it on the screen is great motivation for me in itself.

Here's a little bit about whats been going on lately...

Am I still vegan ( oppose to a strict vegetarian )? In the last six months I have some eaten dairy ( not eggs). Fortunately, I can probably the count the amount of times I've eaten cheese ( it's always cheese ) on my two hands and I've never felt well afterward. I always feel puffy and bloated. But more than anything, I felt horribly guilty. I don't want to contribute to the suffering of innocent animals. I have to vote with my dollar on this one. The dairy industry is still just as cruel and disgusting as the meat industry in my book.

Have I eaten gluten? Yes! And again, it made me feel like crap. I want to blame a trip to northern California in June where I indulged a little too much in the delights of delicious Cali cuisine or this fantastic new Italian restaurant that just opened in Lahaina but that's just ridiculous. I went to California and Florida last November and stuck to my vegan/gluten free diet with ease. I just made some minor adjustments at restaurants and even dined out at several raw vegan establishments and juice bars. I could have done this again on this last trip but finding raw vegan food in Danville, CA vs Santa Monica, CA was a little too challenging for me I guess? So, ya, lame excuses. I will say I've had some form of bread or pasta once a week since spring. Not good.

My workouts. I'm still pretty consistent with this. In fact, I recently picked up tennis and ocean swimming/free diving with my new fins by DaFin Kicks. But, my recurring hip pain flared back up late spring and I had to put running on hold for a little bit. I'm back at it now, just taking it a bit easier these days. I'm still surfing, SUPing when the conditions are right of course. I'm also using the elliptical machine at the gym and lifting weights. The biggest thing I have neglected is yoga. I just seem to run out of time for this but I truly believe it's time to make in a weekly priority again.

Some other tidbits...

-WINE ugh!!! Ohhhhh I just love wine. But I swear, it just makes my face puffy. And let me let you, I'm feeling a bit puffy these days. I think it's time to cut it out again. Sucks.

-I'm still not drinking coffee that much however I have picked up an expensive Kombucha habit. We have the BEST kombucha in the world on this island and I'm so addicted. Thinking I should cut back on this. Any thought on kombucha?? I think I drink too much of it.

So, all the above has actually decreased a lot of the motivation I've had for blogging/writing. Pretty ridiculous because my blog was not all about my diet right?! AND the whole reason I even changed my diet in the first place was for a health issue! See post HERE. Anyway, I realized that there were so many things that I discovered over the last several months that I didn't share and I think that should change. Things like pretty beaches, island life, recent trips, cute things I've purchased, and healthy things I have made at home. If there is anything YOU would like me to write about, please let me know too! So, until I have my new website ready, I figured I should back into the swing of things.

Thanks for reading. See you soon. Aloha.
Amanda

* photo by Carlos Barberis of BECfoto

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! 

ALOHA