What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

WIAW breakfast smoothies

8:00 AM: Breakfast

Before heading to a doctor’s appointment, I made a quick smoothie with tart cherry juice, apple juice (both organic and not-from-concentrate), nettle-leaf iced tea, acai berry powder, green powder, ice and chia seeds on top. It was really watery, more like juice than a smoothie, but the taste wasn’t bad.

iced coffee & scone WIAW

11:00 AM: Snack

I was hungry again after the doctor, so I swung by Diamond Head Market & Grill for one of their famous blueberry cream-cheese scones. They are HUGE (you can’t tell from this picture) so Kiyo and I split it when I got home. Usually scones are quite dry, but this one was so moist I wouldn’t have dreamt of putting butter or anything else on it, it was perfect just as it was. We also had iced coffees, mine with honey and almond milk.

arugula pesto grilled cheese

1:00 PM: Lunch

Kiyo and I got our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Ma’o Organic Farms this weekend! The arugula was great on sandwiches over the weekend, but we still had a lot of it and it was starting to wilt, so I decided to make it into a purée, similar to pesto. It was super easy: I simply put the arugula, a clove of garlic, olive oil and about two tablespoons of walnuts into the food processor. I spread the purée on a slice of whole-wheat bread, and with cheddar I made us grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. They were so tasty, I have to give myself a pat on the back for the idea.

running in Kahala

3:30 PM: Exercise

I spent the afternoon finishing my book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It is so well-written, with such developed, interesting characters and unexpected plot twists, I literally couldn’t stop reading it. I started and finished it in just about 24 hours. Then I did half an hour of yoga (at home) and ran 2.5 miles. It was 82 degrees out with 83% humidity, and I was struggling hard, even though I wasn’t even going fast!

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Dinners at Maggie’s House, North Stonington

homecooked dinners at Maggie's CT

This summer, I lived with Maggie and her parents at their home in North Stonington, Connecticut, while the two of us were in Yoga Teacher Training. Maggie’s mom cooked us so many delicious, homemade dinners! Above is a dish Maggie, Chelsea and I made: pesto pasta made with fresh basil from the garden. We also made a version of the pesto with avocado, which was really good.

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We had a salad along with the pesto pasta.

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Another night we grilled burgers; Maggie’s family only uses the grill (no stove or oven) during the summer.

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One night we helped Maggie’s mom make an amazing pasta salad with fresh herbs, zucchini and yellow squash from the garden, as well as ham, peppers, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

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YUM!

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Maggie’s mom made us lots of great salads; here’s a cobb salad.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Seattle & Vashon

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Last week Wednesday this post went up prematurely; I’d scheduled it and forgotten to write anything! So apologies for the repeat, but here are the pictures again, this time with explanations:

Kiyo and I spent a couple of days in Seattle this month, staying with his brother and sister-in-law. Here’s what one of our days looked like:

Breakfast: tiny apple and black coffee, before an hour-long power yoga class at Urban Yoga Spa. I really disliked this teacher, but I ended up taking three classes over three days, and the third teacher was great.

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Snack: Right after my yoga class, Kiyo and I shared leftover Thai food from our dinner at Buddha Ruska: white rice with crispy garlic chicken, and chicken pad see ew with broccoli.

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Lunch: After running a few errands, Kiyo and I met up with his friend Lizzie (the co-founder of awesome vegan & fitness blog Photosynthesis206) for lunch at Lá Lốt – more Asian food! I ordered the sausage, which turned out to be meatballs, but were delicious nonetheless. The meat came with vermicelli, a sweet and sour dipping sauce, and a vegetable and herb salad.

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Snack: After lunch, Kiyo and I picked up iced coffees (mine with half a packet of stevia and just a drop of skim milk).

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Snack: On the ferry ride back to Vashon, where Kiyo’s dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew live, we snacked on a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate / caramel / sea salt bar. These are so good! I had the full serving of four squares.

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Dinner at Salt and Fat, Sunnyside

dinner at Salt & Fat

Tomorrow is my friend Danielle’s birthday, so this post is for her! :)

Last year on her birthday I saw the most amazing sunset on my way to her birthday dinner, at the American / Asian fusion restaurant Salt & Fat in Sunnyside, Queens.

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I got to meet a bunch of her friends, and everyone had such a good time.

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When you sit down at Salt & Fat, a warm bag of freshly popped bacon popcorn is served. This stuff is so salty and delicious, it’s seriously addicting.

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Salt & Fat is Danielle’s favorite restaurant, and she loves their scallops with roasted carrot purée, truffle corn salsa, capers.

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Kiyo and I ordered a few things to share. This is the delicious Fuji Apple Salad, with baby arugula, Italian speck, candied walnuts, goat cheese and lemon honey vinaigrette.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Lake Colchuck

Kiyo and I ended our recent road trip by meeting our friends Maggie and Chelsea in the middle of Washington [state].

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We camped out on a beautiful site in Cle Elum, and the next morning, drove about an hour to Leavenworth, a strangely Bavarian-themed town (who knew that real towns can come themed?) for breakfast at healthy café Good Mood Food. Maggie and I both got coffees and toasted croissants with eggs, scrambled with ham and cheese. Our croissants came with small side salads (lettuce, tomato, carrot, quinoa, dried fruit) which were tasty, but the dressing was a bit too sweet for my taste.

WIAW Colchuck Lake

After breakfast, it took us about an hour to find the trailhead for the Lake Colchuck hike. It’s especially confusing because you actually have to begin hiking the Lake Stuart trail, and then about a mile and a half in it splits and the Lake Colchuck trail begins. The Lake Colchuck hike is 8 miles roundtrip and gains 2,280 feet.

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The Washington Trails Association describes this hike as “a trail that even a dedicated couch potato could complete.” Let me just say, that is totally misleading! Chelsea, Maggie, Kiyo and I are all athletic, in our mid-twenties, and us girls all workout regularly. This hike is not for couch potatoes! We did the four miles to the lake in two hours and we were all pretty exhausted by the time we finally got to the lake. Our legs were a bit sore the next day too; but it was totally worth it!

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I brought two of these 750-ml Camelbak water bottles on the hike and finished them both in the first half. Next time I will definitely bring more water than I think I need.

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You know right away when you’ve hit the lake, because the beautiful turquoise waters peek out from the foliage.

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We sat on the cliffs overlooking the stunning lake to eat our lunch. Mine was actually two snacks: a plum and zucchini bread I bought at Good Mood Food. I threw out half the plum, which was rotten, and that was really disappointing because I was pretty hungry at this point.

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Kiyo and I split the delicious zucchini bread, which also had walnuts.

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It was difficult to capture the beauty of our surroundings in a picture, but this was the closest I got; it was stunning!

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