Monday, October 31, 2011

The Black Cat

Taj, as himself for Halloween as usual....

See you soon!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Aloha Friday ~ Farmer's Market

I discovered the most fantastic Farmer's Market hidden in the middle of busy Kahului. prices on the island!
Everything is grown right here on Maui and if you are looking for exotic Asian veggies and herbs this is the place!
Check it out!!

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!
See you next week!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


I live in "Joie". I just love their silky textures and relaxed fits but unfortunately, "Joie" is anything but budget friendly. Lucky for me, I found this black and silver striped tank on eBay at an incredible price. Don't you just love it when that happens?  

{ tank: Joie, jeans: Rock and Republic, shoes: Lipsticks purchased at Max Shoes in Bondi Junction, Australia, watch: Breitling "Callisto", bag: Los Robles purchased in Buenos Aires, Argentina, bracelets: Tiffany's and handmade in Ventura, CA, rings: F21 and Tiffany's, earrings: purchases at an art gallery in Sonoita, AZ, sunnies: F21, highlights: Maui's sun and salt water } 

All photographs shot by Carlos Barberis of BECfoto. Shot in Kahana, Maui

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Want

{ This Raspberry Mojito! }

{ This whole ensemble.}

{ A home with simple island details. I love this casual look found HERE! }

{ A cuddly orange mate for Taj. }

{ A vacation in Sardinia. A life long dream trip of mine...}

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sarah Britton's Tarragon String Bean Salad

If I wasn't working Thanksgiving Day I'd be making this!
Sarah Britton's, "Tarragon String Bean Salad"
This is honestly one of the best side dishes I have ever created at home. The combination of maple syrup, tarragon and feta is absolutely to die for! I love her simple dressing for this dish so much that I now have a jar of it on hand at all times. Yum!
So, if you are not working this coming holiday give this one a go! You will love it. Promise.
Check out her delicious recipe HERE

Friday, October 21, 2011

Aloha Friday~30 Day Fitness Update

Ending another long week out here.....
However, I love my weekends. I truly do because every week I get two days off on Maui.
I have no real plans for the weekend except to visit my new favorite farmer's market that I found hidden in an old Asian market in Kahului, surf, and get some sun. Humid voggy conditions are expected this coming Sunday so I plan to enjoy our perfect weather in the mean time.
I'm also concluding my 30 Days of Fitness. Honestly, I lost count and I think I actually passed it.
All in all I'm happy I stuck with the plan because it got me active again after a month of couch surfing during my job training. Some days it was really hard to squeeze in 60 minutes but I did it ( with the exception of my 2 sick days mid month ).
Any changes? Well, more energy for sure. I feel stronger throughout my arms and a bit in my core. I did not lose or gain any weight in case anyone was curious. My weight has been extremely stable for the last 5 years no matter what I do so I was not expecting any change for I am typically a very active girl. The goal of my challenge was to get moving again after my job training. Pretty simple so mission accomplish I guess?

Week 4
Oct 14: 1 hour vinyasa yoga, 40 minutes elliptical machine followed by ab crunches and stretching
Oct 15: 1 hour vinyasa yoga, 40 minutes elliptical machine
Oct 16: 1 hour surf
Oct 17: 50 minutes elliptical machine followed by 20 weight training
Oct 18: 1 hr 20 minute down wind  stand-up paddle, 30 minutes elliptical machine
Oct 19: 1 hour vinyasa yoga
Oct 20: 1 hour 10 minute coastal hike through Kapalua

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pau Hana Uniform

 I wear an appointed "Hawaiian Dress" for work these days...
So strange, I have not worn a uniform since I was a cheerleader in highschool so it's taken some time to adjust.
At first I way like, this will be wierd... But over the last month I've noticed that it's been nice to not have to worry about what I was going to wear for work everyday. An even bigger bonus is this, when I do go shopping ( someday soon hopefully ) I never have to have work in mind anymore. Let me tell you this... this is is a huge relief because how I've been dressing/shopping for work over the last decade is not necessarily my true style. I'm imagining many of you are in the same boat. 
That being said, here's something that I would definately wear on a "Date Night" in Fall on Maui. No office attire in mind. Nice.

{ top: Joie, jeans: 7 for all man kind, shoes: MKs purchased at MAX shoes in Bondi Junction Australia, necklace: gift, watch: Michael Kors, earrings: Hula Hoops Maui, bag: Louis Vuitton, manicure: Axxium polish done is a French mani, pedicure: Essie's "Watermelon", sunnies: F21}

All photos shot by Carlos Barberis of BECfoto in Kahana, Maui

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Love

{ The best island breakfast out there: Papaya + Lime. }

{ The fact that white ginger is covering Maui right now! Smells incredible! }

{ The Rosemary and Olive Oil bread from La Brea Bakery }

{ Locally made Acacia Bikinis }

{ The way Carlos is with animals...}

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Raw Apple Crumble a la mode with Carmel Sauce

I love Fall foods. Even out here in Hawaii it's nice to see squash, pumpkins, quince, pomegranates, and pears turning up in the the grocery stores once again. So lately I've been making a ton of Fall inspired dishes because the inspiration never seems to stop. Even if I can't find canned pumpkin puree on Maui to save my life!
Oh well....
So here's my latest raw vegan attempt at a Fall inspired dessert...
Raw Apple Crumble a la mode with Carmel Sauce

This was incredible!
The crumble recipe comes from the awesome blog, "Sweetly Raw" so please check it out HERE
But the ice cream and carmel sauce are my own creations!

 Vanilla and Coconut Ice Cream
-raw vegan-
3 cups pure coconut milk
2 tsp non-alcoholic vanilla extract
1/3 to 1/2 cup raw agave syrup ( the light colored agave is best for this )
Shake all ingredients together in a large Mason jar and store in the refrigerator until chilled. Once chilled, pour into ice cream maker and process according to manufactures instructions.

Carmel Sauce  
-raw vegan-
4 very soft Medjool dates
1/4 cup raw agave syrup
1 tsp non-alcoholic vanilla extract
1 Tb coconut oil or butter
1/2 tsp mesquite powder ( I used the brand Navitas Naturals )
generous pinch of salt.
Blend in a highspeed blender until very smooth and well combined. Feel free to add a tablespoon or two of water to thin out the carmel sauce.
Oh and by the way....the carmel sauce is ridiculous. It's so real tasting that I'll probably never be tempted to make the real thing again. Why bother with butter and cream if you don't have to right?
Hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Ice Cream Bean

I can't even tell you how long I've been searching for this bizarre fruit! 
Meet the elusive ICE CREAM BEAN!
I am so excited!! I just happened to be in Paia the other day and made a quick stop in Mana Foods for some agave and there they were! Just sitting there next to the common apple banana!

I've never tried the Ice Cream Bean before so I had no idea what to expect. I was just drawn in by the great name. Good marketing by the way....

After peeling back the thick green skin, remove the white creamy pith and remove the large dark seed. Now it's ready to eat!
The verdict...
Delicious! The taste is sort of a cross between a banana and an apple with a splash of vanilla. And the texture? Sort of like a wet cotton ball but I don't mean that in a negative way at all. Unfortunately I only bought two of them because I wasn't sure if I would like it. Now I'm bummed I didn't grab more....
Maybe I'll find myself back in Paia next weekend?


Friday, October 14, 2011

Aloha Friday~30 Day Fitness Update here's my 30 day Fitness Challenge Update for the week of 10/7-10/13
Oct 7: 1 hour vinyasa yoga
Oct 8: 1 hour surf and approx 1.5 hours of hiking ( hills )
Oct 9: approx 1 hour coastal hike
Oct 10: 50 minutes on the elliptical plus 20 minutes of ab work and stretching
Oct 11: 45 minutes on the elliptical plus 20 minutes of ab work and stretching, washing my car for approx 45 minutes. I hate washing my car BTW!
Oct 12: 1 hour vinyasa yoga
Oct 13: 45 minutes on the elliptical plus 20 minutes of ab work and stretching

I've definitely discovered that committing to 60 minutes of fitness training a day has been a challenge. Daily workouts along with a full time job ( sometimes my days start at 5:15 am! ), blogging, cleaning, and cooking has not been the easiest thing to toggle. Unfortunately the surf has been a no-show this month ( except for the couple days that I was out with the stomach bug of course ) so I've had to depend on the gym and my yoga DVDs for the majority of my daily 60 minutes. Luckily, winter is just around the corner so hopefully I'll have many days of surf in the next coming months. Until then, I get plenty of use of my gym membership I'm sure :)

So excited for the weekend even if rain is in the forecast!

Happy ALOHA FRIDAY and see you next week!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hana Cornucopia

We were only in Hana for a total of 36 hours.
Amazingly, I took over 500 photographs before my battery died. Lucky you because I could wax on about Hana for days...
Seriously though, Hana is one of the most inspirational places I have ever been to. The colors, the sultry air, the scent of flowers and salt permeate all the senses. Hana, Maui is a utopia hidden in a most remote corner of world. I honestly feel so fortunate to live so close.
For my last Hana post I wanted to showcase it's cuisine. My favorite part indeed.
 Farmer's markets and fruit stands sprinkle the highway for miles and as a result made it impossible not to stop, graze, and then purchase. On one lazy afternoon we found ourselves at the Travassa resort ( formally the Hotel Hana-Maui ) for a relaxing light lunch. Then, on our last evening, we picked through our friend's garden, enjoyed the flaming sunset and then lounged with our wonderful hosts and resident cats...
I hope you enjoyed Hana this week as well....

{ apple bananas }

{ Hana Fresh - a must stop, always. }

{ Tomatillos! I love! }

{ A very patient farmer's market patron waiting for his human. }

{ It's always tomato season on Maui. Jealous? }

{ Loads of Banana-Mac Nut Bread.}

{ Island staples: apple banana and pineapple from Kapalua. }

{ The Paniolo Bar at Travassa } 

{ Carlos's favorite drink...Crown and Coke }

{ Classic Guac and homemade Taro Chips }

{ My drink...New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. }

{ A classic Cobb Salad ( with bacon on the side ) since Carlos and I shared. }

{ Koi ponds at Travassa }

{ Carlos, finishing my second drink as usual. }

{ sugar cane }

{ Fat Head }

{ sweet potato and lemongrass }

{ Chard in a toilet. }

{ beans! }

{ delicious spinach }

{ cherry tomatoes }

{ row of lettuce }

{ lilikoi ( passion fruit ) }

{ Some random fruit, Japanese eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers }

{ chard }

{ dragon fruit }

{ Some tunes... A very nice way to end the day.... }

I miss you already Fat Head...
Thank you so much Shawn and Rachel for everything!! We will be back very soon!