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Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Four

The last week looked a little like this:


5 AM flight!


Sunrise from the plane : the only benefit o 5 AM flights.


I’ve been on Kaua’i visiting family. I can’t get enough of this view, sand, ocean and sunshine.


I met up with my mom, brother, sister in law, and niece in San Francisco enroute to Kaua’i. Do we look alike?


I missed lychee so damn much. This is organic and locally grown!



Night time reflections.


photoThis is the house I grew up in. The trees are gigantic these days…


I got to meet this cute little niece of mine who is nearly one!




I also got to meet this funny rascal boy!




So much I forgot I missed…



This Hawaiian monk seal was hanging out on the beach, catching a nap.


Water baby.



Moonrise and reflections.


We went to the North Shore one day and swam at Hanalei Bay for a few hours. Pat’s Taqueria (truck) was open so I opted for a fish taco and kalua pork taco. They were delicious. Followed by shave ice in Hanalei? Unbeatable.


My mama.





We found this little guy in the ocean, just swimming around.

Pineapple Sunrise Juice


Let’s discuss something. Pineapple. And how adding pineapple to anything does not make it “Hawaiian.” For instance – Hawaiian pizza, topped with pineapple and Canadian bacon. C’mon now.


Being born and raised on Kauai, I have to tell you – I didn’t eat pineapple in or on everything, nor with most meals. We saw it as a treat when my Uncle Ronnie would be gifted a case of Maui Gold pineapples at work on Oahu, then fly the whole thing over to share when he’d stay with us on the weekends. I had never bought a pineapple until moving to Oregon… but when I do, I think of warm sunshine, hot sand beneath my feet and in-between my toes, and salt water drying on my skin after too many hours in the ocean.


We recently took a trip to Southern California. I knew my body had been missing the ocean. I knew that my mind needed crashing waves, grains of clean white sand and sunshine. The combination of all these things is always refueling, no matter where I’m at in my life. There is peace, and contentment, and a stillness I rarely find elsewhere.

I am not calling this juice Hawaiian anything. It’s not warm like sunshine, but the color is so vibrant that I enjoyed it as much as the flavor. Granted, this juice isn’t an ocean. It isn’t sticky summer days and sun-kissed skin. It is tart, sweet, tangy. It is re-energizing and contentment.



Pineapple Sunrise

Makes enough juice for 2-4 people.

A juicer is needed for this recipe. A blender won’t suffice.


1 medium ripe pineapple
1 large ruby red grapefruit
4 mandarin oranges
1 large fuji apple
1- one inch piece of ginger


Cut the pineapple. Peel the grapefruit. Peel the mandarin oranges. Core the apple. Peel the ginger.

Juice all of the ingredients in your juicer. Serve over ice or as is.


Warm Beet Green Salad with Beets, Goat Cheese, and Pine Nuts


I grew up on an island small enough to travel from one side to the other, then back, in less than half a day. Everyone knows everyone, or knows of everyone. Family isn’t always blood-related. Anyone can be aunty, uncle, tutu… Two aunties I had known my entire life were Auntie Kei and Aunty Mitzi. They had known my grandparents – my mom’s parents – whom I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet. These two sisters lived together as long as I can remember. I remember going out to breakfast with my mom, the aunties, my sister, and brothers on many weekends. When we were little, the aunties went to doctor appointments with us, or grocery shopping, or on nearly any outing we invited them to.

I remember often receiving large brown bags filled with their homegrown star fruit and tangerines. They would rarely let us part ways without some kind of food gift – Japanese kanten they made (like jello, only made of agar agar instead of gelatin), or teriyaki nori (seaweed) I could never eat enough of, cookies, bags of honey boro, li hing mui… Sometimes what we left with were large amounts of homegrown beets and beet greens.

Even as a kid, I loved beets. My mom would steam the greens, then tightly roll them up and allow them to cool. She’d top the cold greens with mayonnaise, which I don’t think I would enjoy now so much (perhaps Vegenaise wouldn’t steer me away so quickly?). I actually much preferred the greens to the vibrant red beets. Last week when I was drinking a lot of raw beet juice, I realized how much I missed that flavor.

When I discovered two small beets in our refrigerator needing to be used up, I opted for the following warm salad, incorporating the greens as well. Beets are great for you – they’re high in many vitamins and nutrients including iron and folic acid, they’re low calorie and contain zero saturated fats, they help prevent heart disease and numerous cancers, AND! they’re energy-producing in your body… not to mention, they’re sweet and tasty. This salad is simple. I ate the whole thing for a rather filling brunch, but it can easily serve two or three people. The beets add sweetness, the goat cheese adds a creamy element that works well with the acidity of the lemon and vinegar, the greens balance the sweetness and the pine nuts add a bit of texture.

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