Wednesday, January 30, 2013


{ vegan toast with mashed avo, Hamakua tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and lime }
So sorry for the long pause but it looks like I might have finally fixed the issues I was having with Blogger! For weeks I have been unable to upload photos or even type a word that didn't pause to "save" like every 3 letters! On top of this, I came down with a massive cold that has completely disrupted my life since mid-January! Ugh!
However, I am still dairy-free and I am looking forward to going on my first run in weeks today! Also clear sunny weather has returned to Maui AND my 49ners are in the Superbowl this weekend! So Stoked!
 Now I all I need is my new Acacia bikini to arrive via "slow boat" and the surf to come back!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dairy Free Eats

 raw green payapa salad made with shredded green papayas, tomatoes, cilantro, peanuts and a dressing made with fresh lime juice, garlic, coconut sugar, sea salt, and hot chilies

vegan sandwich made with Alpine Valley organic multi-grain bread ( good!!) local avocados, tomatoes, Kula red leaf lettuce, red onions and a spread made with eggless/soyless mayo mixed with sriracha

rambutans and sapodillas for breakfast
linguine pasta tossed with fresh chopped tomatoes, grilled zucchini, kalamata olives, fresh Italian parsley and basil, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, sea salt and red pepper flakes

veggie sushi rolls with carrots, cucumber and avocado

Just some dairy-less meals I've been living on these days. Thought I'd post a few pics. Definitely been eating a lot of Japanese and Thai food over the last 2 weeks. That always makes being dairy-free a whole lot easier.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lunch in Paia

{ Ho'okipa Beach }
Today we headed off to Paia and it was jammin! The quaint town was filled with locals and visitors talking story and enjoying the warmth and sunshine of the northshore this afternoon.
We had a lazy lunch at Cafe Mambo before heading to Mana Foods for some groceries. I've always loved the tofu fajitas at Cafe Mambo but today I "veganized" it even more by substituting the usual sour cream and feta cheese with some more guacamole. Not bad...

{ funny dog sitting "awkwardly" on the tailgate of a truck }
{ Nori and Sesame Tofu Fajitas }
{ vegan toppings }

{ Carlos's Mahi and Foccacia Sandwich }

{ random street art }

{ Mana Foods. Best health food store ever! }
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We headed down to Glass Beach at sunset last night to look for shells and seaglass.
We should do this more often. It is always so beautiful down there...

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Monday, January 7, 2013

R.I.P Dairy

{ Surfing Goat Quark Cheese with Kiawe Honey and Poi Bread at the old Hotel Hana Maui }
I love dairy. Like, really really love it. Especially in the form of cheese. Swoon.
But dairy and I have a very unhealthy relationship. We've broken up several times over the course of many years but the breakups never last long.

So instead of my usual list of several New Years Resolutions I'm going to focus on just one in 2013....finally ending my roller coaster relationship with all dairy products.

Why? Because dairy makes me feel like shit. Seriously. Everytime I eat a substantial quantity of it I pay for it for hours. Sometimes even a whole day. Obviously my body is trying to tell me something. Why I keep eating it? I just don't know....And don't get me started on all the issues I have with the dairy industry in general. Yep, it's really time to stop the madness.

So does this make this 20 + year vegetarian a vegan? Well, no... not exactly. I'm not a huge egg eater as it is ( when I think about what an egg actually is it kind of makes sick ) but I'm not ready to focus on eliminating anything and everything that might contain an egg product. Usually if I consume a product that contains eggs it's because it was baked into it ( pasta noodles, cake, etc.). I have major issues with the egg and poultry industry as well but baby steps. Carlos and I recently discovered beautiful, organic, free range, pastel colored eggs produced by happy chickens living in Maui's Upcountry at our favorite farmers market. I have not eaten any of them ( yet ) but Carlos loves them. At the moment I'm okay with spending my money on eggs like these.

 Honey? Well, I really don't have any issues with honey so that will count me out as a vegan whether I give up eggs or not. I'm not that worried about labels but I do understand that some people get sensitive if you call yourself a vegan but you continue to eat these sort of things. I understand I guess...Kind of like fish eaters that call themselves vegetarians. Fish have feelings too.

So, It's been exactly a week since I've given up dairy and I feel sooooooooo much better. Seriously, I really really do. But, I'm not going to lie. We dined out a couple of times this week and it was really hard because I love goat cheese on my salad or feta on my mezze platter. I found that if I stick to Asian food when dining out going dairy-less gets a whole lot easier. Good thing I live in Hawaii where Asian food is everywhere and wonderful!

Well, there you have it. My big big challenge in 2013. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to avoid all the fantastic French food when I go down to Tahiti in a couple of months. The abundant flatbreads, chocolate croissants, and French cheeses are to die for down there.
Ugh...Wish me luck. I'm going to need it.

Happy New Year and ALOHA!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Happy Twenty Thirteen!

I have just one New Years resolution for 2013.

But it's a big one.

I'll be back soon to fill you in.

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