Thursday, October 2, 2014


Anyone try one of these?

I've had Soursop, Cherimoya and the green skinned Custard Apple before but this was the first time I was able to get my hands on a local grown Sweetsop.

 Underneath the red/purple skin is a mass of dark inedible seeds.
These seeds are encased in a creamy super sweet edible pulp that is incredibly delicious. Sweetsop tastes a lot like a pineapple blended with a pear and then mixed with creamy coconut.

Sweetsop is high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, B6, magnesium, and folate. This exotic fruit has also been used medicinally to help treat ulcers, wounds, and digestive issues.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Our Hawaii Life

Thought I'd share some shots over the last week from my iPhone. 
"Lucky we live HAWAII!"

Carlos has no idea I took this. He's actually snoring.

September days at Napili Bay

The raw vegan Bagel at Maui Kombucha is INSANE!!

Regal looking Birds of Paradise at Maui Kombucha

Yes, that's a Hawaiian Owl ( Pueo ) on my Surfboard.

Just one of the many Fruit/Banana Bread stands on the Road to Hana.

Absolutely delicious veggie wrap from Bamboo Fresh in Lahaina.

Another homegrown baby pineapple has popped up in our garden.

Chasing waterfalls....

Homemade raw vegan Berry Pie


Monday, September 15, 2014

Endless Summer

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


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.


Spicy & Cold Rice Noodle Bowl
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
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.


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'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!

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...


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


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!


*photos by Carlos Barberis of BECfoto