Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop

4 miles south of Lahaina Town is the beautiful little outpost of Olowalu.
Olowalu is home to a popular surf break famous for catching summer swells with just the right amount of off shore wind. This in turn creates a perfectly fast and hallow wave. It's also home to a fantastic hydroponic tomato farm, a farmer's market, a smoothie and Hawaiian shave ice truck, a general store ( famous for it's boiled peanuts ) and now Maui's newest and cutest cafe, Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop.
We stopped by the brand new Leoda's after a long day of running errands in Kahului. Check it out! Isn't it adorable?
{ No, I did not photoshop the rainbow in the background. It was there. Seriously. }

 We left with a loaf of "Butter Bread". I mean really, how could we turn down a bread with a name like that right? It went perfectly with the homemade minestrone I made for dinner.

 Some really interesting items on the menu! I can't wait to try their Yuzu-Lemon Tart, or their Savory Corn Pie made with hibachi sweet corn, lime zest, cotija cheese, chives and cilantro, or their Fried Salad made with brussel sprout leaves, burnt orange vinaigrette, celery leaves, radish and local mint! Sounds so delicious don't you think?

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop is open from 10am to 8pm daily at 820 Olowalu Village Road.
Right across the street from this pretty spot in Olowalu....

Check it out!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Over the weekend ~ Exfoli-Care

How pretty are these?!
I found these delicious handmade soaps at the Swap Meet in Kahalui this weekend. 
These are made on Maui using natural island inspired ingredients like coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, coffee grounds, Hawaiian sea salt, papaya seeds, coconut shells and even sand! No need to fly out to Maui to pick up a few bars because you can order these right HERE.
Check it out!


Friday, November 25, 2011

Aloha Friday ~ Holiday Manicure

I'm not very big on most of the nail polish trends out there...
Sorry, I've just never been inspired to paint my toes blue, green or yellow. Call me strange, I know. Crackled finger nails? No thanks, I'll leave that to Katy Perry.
However, when I stumbled about this cute look via the blog { this is glamorous } I decided to give it a go. Super pale pink and gold? Ya, I think I can handle this one....
To achieve this glittery look, start with two coats of Essie's "Sugar Daddy" (or any other pale pink out there.) Then apply 2 to3 coats of Sephora's OPI line "Only Gold for me".
I decided to take this look one step further by adding OPI's "Bring on the bling to my ring finger.
On this nail only I started with two coats of "Sugar Daddy", then two coats of "Bring on the Bling" before topping with one coat of, "Only Gold for Me". Finish this look off with a nice clear top coat!
So fun!

Happy ALOHA FRIDAY everyone! See you next week!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Got a ton of pureed pumpkin on hand like me? Sick of pumpkin pie?
Try these!!!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting
Recipe loosely based on this recipe HERE by The Barefoot Contessa.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp pumpkin spice
2 extra-large organic eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin puree ( 8 oz ) not pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Maple Frosting ( recipe follows )
chopped pecans for topping

Maple Frosting
1 cup organic salted butter ( room temp )
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp maple syrup flavoring ( optional )

1. pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line 10 muffin tins with paper liners

2. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and soda, pumpkin spice, and salt. In a larger bowl whisk together, sugars, eggs, oil, and pumpkin. Add flour mixture and stir to combine.

3. Pour batter evenly into 10 baking tins and bake for 20-25 mins, until a inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

4.. For frosting: In a large bowl cream together butter, maple syrup, maple flavoring, and sugar.

5. To finish: Evenly spread cupcakes with frosting ( you'll probably have leftover frosting for another batch! ) and top with chopped pecans. Now, hide them from your man....
I'll know better next time.

So hard to stop at just one....apparently.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I want

{ To go to Santorini to photograph the island's famous cats. }

{ This photography book by Leroy Grannis on surfing. }

{ This for breakfast...I don't even eat eggs but this looks divine! }

{ An outdoor bathtub like this. }

{ These fantastic sweater shorts by Stolen Girlfriends Club. }

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Curried Sweet Potatoes with Mango Chutney

How about adding a little twist to your sweet potato dish this Thanksgiving?

I found this recipe way back in the November 2009 issue of, "The Food Network Magazine". Why I waited two years to try it is beyond me....

Curried Sweet Potatoes with Mango Chutney
Roast 2 pounds of sweet potatoes at 400 degrees for 1 hour  ( or until tender ). Halve, then scoop out flesh.
With a potato masher, mash potatoes and then mix in....
1 Tb curry powder
4 Tbs of salted butter ( I used 2 Tbs of coconut oil instead )
3 Tbs Greek Yogurt
3 Tbs mango chutney
I also added a pinch of salt and a pinch of hot chili flakes to the original recipe.
Top with toasted coconut flakes and enjoy!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Great Thanksgiving Dishes for Vegetarians

I'm having such a hard time believing it's already Thanksgiving week. Where or where did this year go!?
 Thanksgiving on Maui is always a bit nostalgic for me. The first time I ever set foot on this island was Thanksgiving day, 1990. I remember flying into the tiny Kapalua Airport on a warm late afternoon and thinking how different and quiet Maui looked compared to crowded Honolulu. I remember heading "Upcountry" that evening to have dinner in Kula with our family friends and I remember how amazing the air felt, so warm and fragrant compared to the freezing cold of San Francisco. What a feast that night too! Turkey, sticky rice, fresh caught Ono, poi, baked Molokai sweet potatoes, Portuguese Sweet Bread with guava jam. It was one of my most favorite Thanksgiving ever!
Fast forward 20 plus years I'm still here on Maui... living a simple life minutes away from that tiny airport I first flew into. Now as a resident, I've had to say goodbye to lazy, drawn out Thanksgiving meals with my family. I work most holidays ( with the exception of last year in Hana ) and Thanksgiving is typically now spent at random gatherings with friends as they come and go from their night or day jobs. This is the new normal of course for I have not been home for Thanksgiving ( or Christmas ) since 1998. Don't feel bad though, I really don't think much of it anymore....
This year will be no different than any other....I'm working from 7am until 1:30 and then Carlos and I will head to a pot luck of some sort at a friend's home. As a strict vegetarian now ( I actually quit eating all animals soon after that first trip to Maui. ) I love to bring great fall inspired vegetarian dishes to these sort of gatherings.  So, with that said here' s a list of some of my favorites! 

And some ideas for leftovers.....

Enjoy and Aloha!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Aloha Friday ~ Pumpkin Shortage

Living on a small island in the middle of nowhere has some downfalls...
Bell peppers cost like $7 each, shopping online leads to ridiculous shipping charges, and pureed pumpkin is nearly impossible to find 10 months out of the year.
So now you can understand why I was seriously about to have a complete meltdown by the end of October when I STILL could not find pureed pumpkin on the island. I repeat...COMPLETE MELTDOWN! Until of course when I finally resorted to checking the forbidden place....Walmart don't judge. Yes, I found canned pumpkin at Walmart ( of course right? ) So, in order to advert any more major breakdowns this upcoming holiday season or any more stops at the one place on Maui I usually refuse to give my business to, I did what any sane women would do....I bought 25 cans. Yep, $50 dollars worth of the stuff. That's half of our grocery budget for the week folks. I think I scored. I should be good until the end of 2012.

Happy ALOHA FRIDAY everyone! See you next week!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Product Review ~ HANAair

I was recently asked by the nice folks at
to test out their highest rated and best hair dryer overall,
The, HANAair Professional Hair Dryer.
I was thrilled! I've always wondered if the higher quality and pricier hair dryers (like the ones used at fine salons) would make a difference in my hair at home?
Well, when my hair dryer arrived in the mail I couldn't wait to test it out. My first impression was that it was definitely the prettiest hair dryer I've ever seen but how does it compare quality wise to the hundreds of hair dryers I've used over the years?
 It. Was. Awesome!
The HANAair Hair Dryer dried my hair in about half the normal time! I also normally need to use a straighting iron after blow drying to give my hair a super straight glossy finish but not this time! Instead, my hair dried perfectly smooth without the extra effort. I don't think I could ever go back to my cheap old hair dryer again!
The HANAair Hair Dryer comes with multiple settings as well as a long power cord for your convenience. At 2300 watts, this dryer boasts a ton of power and contains ceramic tourmaline to help seal in moisture. Gotta love that!

The HANAair Professional Hair Dryer is currently on sale for $194.99 on

Be sure to check out other top selling products on Misikko like the popular CHI Hair Dryers and their great selection of Curling Irons!

Happy shopping!


-All product reviews on this site are based on my honest opinion and experience only.-  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November Birchbox!

I look forward to getting my Birchbox each month and I think this one might be my favorite so far!

1. Zoya nail polish in "Sook"
2. Borghese - Fango Ristorative Hydrating Mud
3. Thymes - Eucalyptus Body Lotion and Kimono Rose Body Lotion
4. Guerlain - Shalimar Parfum Initial
Treat: Two Paper Dolls - Ampersand Coasters

How fun are these samples! I love the Zoya nail polish color and the Thymes Lotion smells delish!
Can't wait for next month!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Love

{ Finding pomegranates for half off. }

{ Incredibly soft cotton Ts by James Perse. }

{ This insanely beautiful necklace by Freidasophie Jewelry that I won on the blog, "Being Brazen" .}

{ Buttery soft leather with hardware. }

{ The brilliant purple hedge in my backyard right now. }

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pumpkin, Pecan and Goat Cheese Salad

I've been making this delicious salad all weekend and I'm absolutely in love!
Using up leftovers and a delicious maple mustard dressing, I transformed our Costco container of mixed organic greens into another keeper!
Check it out!

Pumpkin, Pecan and Goat Cheese Salad
Measurements are not necessary. Use as much or as little of the ingredients as you like but be sure to include...
mixed organic purple, green, and red ( like radicchio ) salad greens
candied ( or plain ) pecans
chilled cooked quinoa
chilled cooked pumpkin cut into cubes
creamy goat cheese
chick peas

Maple and Mustard Dressing
3 Tbs olive oil
1 Tb pure maple syrup
1 Tb apple cider vinegar
2 tsp strong grainy mustard
pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake until well combined! So good!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Aloha Friday ~ Dream Vacation

{ The pretty reef across the street from my house... }

Happy Aloha Friday everyone!!
Check out my " Dream Vacation" guest post today on the awesome blog,

Have the best weekend ever!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Coconut Soda

This is absolutely delicious and so refreshing!
Let me introduce to you the Coconut Soda from the Hawksworth restaurant in Vancouver, BC. I LOVE!
I stumbled upon this brilliant elixir while surfing through the wonderful blog Simple + Pretty.
I'm thinking this would be perfect for a warm evening when I'm not in the mood for a glass of wine. What do you think?

Check out the simple recipe below from the fantastic looking Hawksworth restaurant!

Hawksworth's Coconut Soda
-non alcoholic-
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz All Spice Syrup ( recipe here )
top with
1/3 cup soda water
chilled coconut water
In a Collins glass add ice cubes. Then add lime juice and All Spice Syrup. Top with soda water and then add coconut water until glass is full. Sprinkle with lime zest.

{ the goods }

{ homemade All Spice Syrup }

{ I'm thinking a bit of rum might be good in this too?? Maybe next time...}

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sephora comes to Maui!

I can't even expain how excited I am to finally have a Sephora on island! And what's even more exciting is the new Sephora at Whaler's Village is only about a 5 minute drive from my house! That never happens to me! So obviously I checked it out as soon as I could...
I can't wait to give Clinique's Dark Spot Corrector a serious go. I'm in desperate need of some sun spot correcting on my forehead and I heard this product really works! It's not cheap at $50 a tube but it's worth trying out before I explore ( some more expensive ) clinical options for their removal.
I'm also totally in love with two shadows I picked up. I'm really trying to get out of my brown on brown palette and these grays with the slightest hint of lavender ( when applied ) are doing the trick!
Same goes with the bronzer and concealer I grabbed. I just love the hint of sparkel the bronzer adds and the liquid concealer is light but offers amazing coverage. Score!
Check out the rest of the bounty....
{ Sephora eyeshadows in Marie and Babydoll Nightie, Sephora brush #23 }

{ Urban Decay's Midnight Cowgirl }

{ Clinique's It's All about Eyes - for depuffing and dark circles. }

{ YSL's Golden Gloss }

{ Make Up Forever's HD High Defintion Power-for fine lines and that perfect matte finish! }

{ Sephora bronzer in Aruba, Sephora perfecting cover concealer in Camel } 

{ Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector }

{ Sephora hair ties....I LOVE THESE! }

With Sephora so close by I think I might actually be in trouble? What do you think?