Monthly Archives: October 2011

It’s all Downhill

It all started at the top of a volcano at 5:00 in the morning. It actually started more at sea level in a Haiku parking lot at 3:00 am with 30 or more eager (read crazy) bike riders. After a short bus ride ascending to 10000 feet we witnessed a magnificent sunrise. It was frickin’ freezin’ up there, Mister Bigglesworth. Peeling my All Star clad feet from the rock I had perched on we climbed back on our bus and made our way down to 6500 feet, slapped on our full face helmets and took off down the hill ( and I use the term “hill” loosely). I rode the breaks pretty hard for awhile but between the quiet of the countryside and the spectacular scenery I forgot I was agreed of downhill speed and totally flew the 27 miles to Haiku. What a rush! And to top it off the iced tea I picked up at McD’s was the best I’ve ever had, it tasted like Juicy Fruit gum. Awesome day!

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A Stinking Rose

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I may have garlic leaking from my pores tomorrow as I swelter under the Maui sun but it was so worth it.  The special at The Flatbread Company tonight was the Veggie pizza, with artichoke hearts,tomatoes, a garlic olive oil base and big whole chunks of roasted garlic, oh yes!

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Diner Muffins

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Another take along mix that made a delicious breakfast, snack, before dinner tide me over…The dry ingredients were mixed up and brought from home in a ziplock. Traveling with your own yummy baked goods is the way to go and Julie Hasson’s muffins made the trip exceptionally well! I hate that I can’t keep up with all the mo-fo’ing with only my phone to work with. Maybe some new technology is in my future. Until then I’ll try to keep up.

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October 7, 2011 · 8:48 pm

Top 10 (so far)

Here are a few highlights from our first week in Maui.   Our agenda when we visit the islands is to do nothing so when I say highlights it may not be anyone else’s idea of a good time, but sucking down a blue lagoon by the pool ranks right up there on my list.  So here we go…
1. Laying by the pool until you can’t take the heat anymore then jumping in the water.  I swear you can hear your skin sizzle as it cools off.
2. Reading, love that I can bring half a dozen books along and it takes up no more room than one thanks to Kindle.
3. Morning runs along the boardwalk
4. Waking to a tree full of noisy birds.  Have to get that one on video to share.
5. Greek scrambles to start the day eaten on the Lanai overlooking the garden
6. Grounds cats so I can get my Kitty fix.  These are feral cats but very friendly.
7. Sunset cruises with a vegan dinner option and proceeds going to save the whales.
8. Paia- love that place…especially the 7 veggie stew at Cafe Mambo
9. Drives with no destination you find some cool little spots to stop and hike.  Although hiking in flip flops is not recommended
10. Spending time with my favorite fella’

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Baking in Paradise

One of the great things about staying in a condo when you travel is access to a regular kitchen.  Granted not quite as fully stocked with gadgets and ingredients as my kitchen but with a mixing bowl and an oven I’m set.  Yesterday was gloomy and rained off and on all day and when it rains I bake.  Peanut butter cookies are my baking comfort food and my go to recipe is from a cute little cookbook called Rabbit Food.  I picked up my copy at Food Fight on my last trip to Portland but last time I checked you could still order it online from them. Which is a good way to support a vegan business!  So back to baking…I had mixed and bagged all of the dry ingredients and brought from home so all I had to do was throw some Earth Balance and peanut butter in the mix, run across the street to buy a cookie sheet (not so well stocked here like I said).  Ten minutes later yummy comfort food in paradise.  Note:  I’ll have to post pictures later since I’m blogging from my phone and the pictures look all funky and overexposed.

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Paia

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So what’s the first thing you do when you get to Maui?  And the second and third and maybe even fourth thing?  Why, you visit the local grocery store and Walmart of course.  We stopped at Down to Earth on the way from the airport to the condo and after dinner at the Maui Brewing Company we stopped at Safeway.  if that weren’t enough we had to make a stop in Manna while we were in Paia…can you say Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups?  Just to make sure we didn’t miss anything a quick jog into Walmart completed the day.  This is what we do in Maui.  We did manage to cruise the fair today and made the first of several trips to Flatbread Pizza Company.  Their use of local and organic sources makes it one of our favorites, that and the fact they have dang good pizza.  I had the Organic salad today with papaya, carrots, local greens and a pineapplie dressing that was total yum.  Vegan gelato for dessert, bloodorange anyone?  This is what vacation is all about…no agenda, hang loose!

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Here Today Gone to Maui

First day of Vegan MoFo and here we sit at LAX ready to squeeze ourselves into 6 inches of butt space and spend 5 hours jetting over the Pacific for two weeks on the lovely island of Maui.  In case we go down in the ocean I have snacks so I’ll be in a good position to command some respect.  In other words I have hand as George Costanza would say.  Lara bars and hummus with pretzels are enough to give anyone hand, wouldn’t you say. 
My bag was loaded with premade mixes that I put together at home.  Basically half of my 45 pound bag consisted of baking supplies including pancakes, muffins, cookies, everything you need for two weeks in paradise.  I kept expecting to be called to security where I would see 12 drug sniffing dogs, even the “baking supplies” label wouldn’t fool them.  Aloha!

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