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July 12, 2011

Travel Recap 1 + Travel Detox

Aloha kakou!  It has been way too long since my last post and, although unplugging was really nice, I can’t tell you how much I’ve missed blogging. 

Ben and I thought we’d be able to jump right back into our every day lives as soon as we landed home in Kahului, but things worked out a bit differently.  More on that in a minute… Winking smile 


[Why’s Ben’s arm in a sling, you say?  Oh, have I got some stories for you…]

Our trip was incredible!  We saw dozens of friends and family, and drove/flew/subway/walked thousands of miles in the weeks we were gone.  Here are the details, in the quickest synopsis possible:

Leg 1: Maui –> Portland [1 night] –> Boulder [6 days]

Our reason for the trip: two of our best friends, Jose + Jaz, were getting married in Boulder!  We rented a house with our best friends [we all met at the University of Oregon].


The guys went out to celebrate together our first night there, and around 1am I got a phone call from Boulder paramedics.


As it turns out, altitude + mixing [too much] alcohol + not enough water + drainage curb = a dislocated elbow.   Another one of our friends was also hospitalized because he fainted twice and hit his head on the pavement. 


Everyone kept asking how I wasn’t flipping out over the whole thing, but truthfully, I was just so grateful that everyone was fine [although I’d be happy never to receive another phone call from the paramedics].  Plus, we really do have the raddest friends.  By 3.30 am, the crew was all back together, deliriously cracking jokes and having a genuinely great time. 

Ben’s dominant arm being in a sling for the duration of the trip meant a few things: (1) that every day tasks [like showering + eating] would take longer, (2) that I’d be doing most of the heavy carrying [I need the weight training anyway], and (3) that Ben wouldn’t be able to drive very much, if at all.  But, as always, we made it work. Smile


Other highlights from Colorado: Playing my first soccer game ever [and scoring the first goal!]; Jose + Jaz’s wedding was gorgeous, and his Oregon Duck cake made us all proud; hiking Estes Park + surrounding areas with family and friends; and starting a puzzle at 10.30 pm the night before we all left [which we finished at 2 in the morning]. 

Leg 2: Boulder –> Philadelphia/Delaware [3 days] –> New Jersey –> NYC [4 days]

It was my first time on the east coast!  We stayed with Ben’s Aunty, who lives in Delaware, and then rented a car for the remainder of our trip.


Highlights: seeing Colonial architecture for the first time in Philly; seeing the house and town my mother-in-law grew up in [Fair Lawn]; finally having my first blogger meet-up with Katie at the High Line [I absolutely adore her!]; walking the city for 8+ hours a day in our Vibram fivefingers.

It was also huge for this island girl to be in such a huge city for the first time.  I felt like Grand Central Station contained more people than all of upcountry Maui, but in the end I was surprised by just how manageable the city was, and how friendly the people were. 

Oh, and did I mention the fact that I drove into Brooklyn from Jersey?  Yeah.  No big deal Winking smile


Alright, I think I’ll stop there with the travel recap for today.  There’s still so much to tell you about, but I’ll post the next few legs of the trip later. Smile

I’d like to tell you all that I’ve been conjuring up new recipes to share, or that I’ve at least been in the kitchen a lot since being home, but it turns out that after almost four weeks of constant traveling, Ben + I just needed to stop once we got home last week. 

Ben had last week off, so we laid low, went to the beach, read, and took time to reconnect with each other.  We stayed in bed until 10 am, didn’t answer our phones, and detoxed physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  It has been perfect. 

I still feel like I’m detoxing from all of the food from the trip, so my meals have been pretty boring lately.


Lots of veggies, chia seeds, and tea in my life lately… plus I’ve been amping up the vitamins and minerals to get my body back on track.  We’ve also been extremely fortunate lately with all the produce that we’ve been given.


That’s not even half of what’s been given to us by friends and family as summer continues to offer us its incredible bounty.  Bananas, guavas, figs, tangerines and oranges, cucumbers, papayas, avocados, tomatoes, greens!  We’ve been juicing daily, have a full load of frozen bananas, and still can’t go through it all quick enough.

Traveling offers such wonderful perspective, and there’s still more to tell of our adventures, but I must say it’s nice to be home where tropical fruit comes to us straight from the trees and where the ocean reminds me that this is where I belong. 

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!

May 10, 2011

A Post of Randoms

Random #1:

Our yard has been lost to 2-foot high grass for weeks now because we’ve been holding out for the guy who’s supposed to do it [usually Ben gives in and does the entire yard… but we had to take a stand].  Fortunately for us, he finally showed up on Sunday… but he only did half the yard.  He showed up again yesterday and did a little weed-wacking behind the house, but he’s still not done [is it obvious that he’s a real slacker?].

Anyway, the point of that rant is that the hens from next door have been loving our yard! With the grass finally cut, there are tons of bugs for them to grub on, so they’ve been hanging out around our yard, happy as ever.


Random #2:

Sometimes I make recipes that seem like good ideas but end up not worth sharing. 

I made these vegan, refined-sugar-free kiwi vanilla cupcakes with ‘buttercream’ frosting for Mom’s birthday this year and was disappointed by the outcome.  I need to tinker with the ingredients and make them much more healthy before I’ll be willing to share the recipe with you all.


Random #3:

Despite the fact that I must have pulled out 20+ caterpillars throughout the cleaning + cooking process (you gotta love organic produce from the farmer’s market), I am absolutely in love with broccoli greens [is this considered broccolini?].  I steam them a bit first, then saute them in a bit of Earth Balance and squirt some lemon over top.  Delicious!


[Gah, is that another caterpillar in this photo?  In some countries that’s considered a delicacy…]

Random #4:

Ben and I have found our soulmates in life – Trevor + Kira – and we were lucky to have them visit us the other weekend from O`ahu!  Unfortunately, I was sick that weekend and wasn’t much of a host, but it was still so awesome to have them around!  I miss them already.


[I talked them into napping because my energy was low all weekend.  It’s meant to be!]

Random #5:

Purple carrots aren’t actually purple all the way through!  Makes me wish I used this carrot for something much cooler than just a curry last night. 


Random #6:

I chop when I’m feeling stressed.  I’ve gotten better since finals week. 


Random #7:

A day at the beach with a one-year-old trumps a day spent anywhere else!  Smile


Off to have some fun with the munchkin!  Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Got any randoms to share with me today?  I’d love to hear em!

Aloha Pumehana. Whether you’re here to find balance, wholesome recipes or inspiration, I hope you enjoy the posts.  Please subscribe to Green Plate Dinners to receive automatic updates and be the first to read new posts for free!


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