Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chocolate-Cinnamon Almond Milk

Lately I've been experimenting quite a bit with making nut "milks". I used to buy pre-made box versions of milks for years before finally attempting to make my own. I was never much of a dairy milk drinker ( even before going vegan ) however adding almond or hemp milk to smoothies can really add some depth.

This is not a smoothie though. This is a delicious, creamy, chocolaty cold pressed milk that my omnivore husband goes completely cray over. First, I use a mesh nut milk bag to make the almond. Then I dump the rest of the ingredients in my Vitamix and blend until completely smooth. If you have a blender like a Vitamix, you can blend this for several minutes to heat it up if you prefer. Personally, I like it chilled in the fridge. Enjoy!

Chocolate - Cinnamon Almond Milk

-makes about 18 oz-

2 cups almond milk
( I blended 2 cups cold water with 1/4 cup almonds. Strain through a nut milk bag )
1 TB raw cacao power ( or carob )
1 tsp lucuma powder
1/4 tsp vanilla powder ( or liquid vanilla )
3 seeded Medjool dates
1 tsp local raw honey ( or another vegan sweeter like agave )
1 tsp hemp seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt

Blend, Blend, Blend!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hawaiian Pineapple + Lilikoi Hot Sauce

We grow pineapple, hot chili peppers and lilikoi vines in our backyard year round. Pineapple can take up to 18 months to mature so I have a hard time just juicing our homegrown ones. Every time one is ready to harvest, I try to think of something special to do with it. 
Hot sauce was the destiny for this little Maui Gold. Definitely making this again!

Pineapple and Lilikoi Hot Sauce

1.5 cups ripe cubed pineapple
2 TB lilikoi juice ( passion fruit ) or another fruit juice
1/4 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar 
1 clove raw garlic
1 tsp macadamia nut oil ( or another mild tasting oil )
1-2 Thai chilies ( or whatever hot chili you like or can handle )
1/4 tsp sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until completely smooth.

I finished this serving within 4 days because I put it on EVERYTHING. My guess is that this should last at least a week due to the high vinegar and salt content. Let me know if you have different results.

The hot sauce was really good on my Mexican salad!

Really good vegan "sour cream" recipe HERE


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Voggy Days...

It's been a month full of VOG on Maui. Don't know what VOG is?
 Lucky you.
VOG is a form of volcanic air pollution. It occurs when sulfur dioxide is spewed from Kilauea on the Big Island and then mixes with oxygen and moisture. 
VOG effing sucks. I can literally tell when it rolls in overnight like the fog does in northern California. Suddenly, I can't breath, my head hurts, I get tired, my eyes swell and itch... It's one of those things the travel guides don't tell you about. 
Over the years I've learned to deal with the VOG. On a positive note, it makes for spectacular sunsets, and epic glassy beach days. Lately when the winds turn south, I've been heading up to Ironwood Beach in Kapalua. On a normal day, this beach gets sand blasted from our roaring tradewinds. However, when the Kona winds blow, a Tahiti like lagoon appears. The water at Ironwood Beach on a voggy afternoon is absolutely beautiful. Just try not to focus on the gray haze on the horizon.

Bikini// by Acacia

Carlos heading out for a free dive.

Me watching him go.

This guy. Not a care in the world.


Just Married


2015 has proven to be pretty eventful so far! After more than 8 years together Carlos and I finally decided to tie the knot. 

Our engagement only lasted 3 weeks. We mutually decided to get married over some green juice one morning on a short trip to Hana late January. We eventually told our families and a couple of really close friends and had a quick, no frills ceremony on a lava outcropping about a mile from our home with 4 friends in attendance. Our wedding night consisted of a late dinner at my favorite restaurant, Nuka in Haiku and a one night stay at the Paia Inn in Paia. We were back to work 2 days later...

We couldn't be happier and this is exactly the sort of wedding I always wanted! No stress, no expectations, just us making a real lifelong commitment to each other.

 That being said, we are planning a honeymoon in Bali! But most likely, not until the Spring of 2016. Details on that later...

Linen Shirt// Tommy Bahama
Flowers// Napili Florist

Much love and Aloha

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kauai Juice Co.

I've been following Kauai Juice Co. on Instagram for a awhile now so when we landed in Kauai two weeks ago, it was our first stop. First of all, their newly opened shop in Kapaa is absolutely adorable. I love the all white decor and jars of kombucha and fermenting hot sauce out for display.
 The cold pressed juice itself is incredible but so is the booch and other delectables. Needless to say, we spent a lot of money there over the week. I even ended up purchasing some tanks and t-shirts, glass jars, and a bunch of homemade hot sauce to bring home with me. Check out their cute website HERE.

Delicious Fermented Sambal, Fermented Mango-Ghost pepper, Kiawe, and Guava Habenero Hot Sauce. All are amazing.

quarts and pints for purchase


Monday, November 10, 2014

Kauai Staycation

I've lived on this tiny archipelago in the middle of the Pacific for almost 16 years now. Maui, is where I landed (after a brief stint in American Samoa) and Maui is where I have stayed. Yes, I've spent some time Oahu, The Big Island, Kauai and even Lanai, but never really enough time to get a proper feel for them. At least not since I've lived in Hawaii.
 So for the first time in a long time, Carlos and I decided to forgo some exotic international vacation that requires visas and shots and just stay home. Instead of another 10+ hour flight, we chose to head over to the Garden Isle in a local puddle jumper.  So glad we decided to do this. Kauai's the real deal. Still so raw, wild and absolutely breathtaking. Hope it's not another two decades before we get back.


Waimea Canyon

Waimea Pier

This guy...

Gotta get in the Green Juices

Carlos heading out for a free dive in Poipu

North Shore

South Shore, Black Sand

Glass Beach


Bar Acuda

A sinful and rare, non-vegan treat at Bar Acuda in Hanalei.

Hanalei Pier

Polihale State Beach

Been looking for a sunrise shell for over 15 years! Finally found a piece of one!

Lucky we live HAWAII!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Spicy Pear Juice

Love all the fall fruits popping up everywhere. It always feels like a treat to see pomegranates, fresh dates, persimmons, and tons of pears in the grocery stores on my tropical island. As much as I love our local exotics, it's always nice to experiment a couple of months of the year with some seasonal fruit from elsewhere.

I just returned from Kauai and got super inspired to start juicing ( a lot ) again after I ran into Kauai Juice Co.  What an incredible thing they got going on over there on the Garden Isle! I'll do a post on this little Kapaa gem soon.

One of our favorite blends from the Kauai Juice Co, was a seasonal pear + cinnamon + maca juice. This was sweet, spicy and very warming. Everything I love about food during the fall season.
Anyway, I couldn't wait to make a cold-pressed pear juice myself. 

The Spicy Pear
makes 2 - 16 oz juices
I used an Omega Vert 350 juicer for this recipe.

5 large organic pears
1" sliced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla powder

Divide and place cinnamon and vanilla powder at the bottom of 2-16 oz jars. Juice pears and ginger. Fill jars until about 1/3 full, Twist on lid and shake until powered spices have blended with the juice. Fill jars with the remaining juice and shake again. 
Fresh cold-pressed juices should keep up to 72hrs in the fridge.