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Best Restaurants of 2015

This year I had more than my share of delicious meals.  I wish I could have given a full post to each one, but this recap will have to do.

Top New (to me) Restaurants

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El Dorado Kitchen (Sonoma) – This was an awesome spot in Sonoma Square.  It’s everything that fresh, clean California food should be, plus great service at reasonable prices.


Boathouse (Disney Springs) – Great addition to DS and fabulous outdoor dining.


Giada’s (Vegas)-  Giada’s has the best views in Vegas hands down.  The atmosphere Giada has created is incredible and I recommend the small plate options to share.

Mission Chinese – This is a really fun LES spot to share lots of different things and escape with your wallet in tact.  You can get adventurous without going too far outside your comfort zone.  Very yummy food and good drinks.

Louie’s Backyard in Key West (Key West) – A seafood lover’s dream in a relaxed atmosphere with stunning water views.

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Narcissa – Narcissa blew us away with great options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.  The carrots wellington lives up to the hype and the cocktails are not to be missed.

Marc Forgoine – Sexy atmosphere in Tribeca with inventive , modern cuisine.  Their fabulous Bell & Evans chicken was one of the best meals things I ever ate.

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Cosme – Cosme is tied for first place with the Clocktower for favorite of the year.  It is such a fresh take on Mexican and I loved the vibrant, unexpected flavors.  The corn tortillas are the best I’ve ever had.  This also made the NYTimes’ Top Restaurants of 2015 List!


The Clock TowerAgain, his was one of my favorite meals of the year.  I loved the bar scene and the young and fun the atmosphere. The food is delicious and without restraint. We ended up chatting with the couples on both sides of our table because everyone was in such a great mood.

Honorable Mentions & Places We Loved Returning to:


Great Casual Finds:

  1. Nicoletta
  2. Paulie Gee’s
  3. Mimi’s Hummus
  4. Mimi Cheng’s Dumpling
  5. Hummus and Pita Co.
  6. Fresh and Co.
  7. Torchy’s in Austin
  8. DJ’s Clam Shack (Key West)

New Years In Key West

Happy 2016!

I can’t believe we are only 4 years away from 2020, that seemed like the distant future when I was a kid.  It’s kind of crazy that we are living in the turn of the century.

I just returned from a great New Year’s in Key West.  It.was.awesome.  I feel so energized for the new year. 2015 brought lots of change (good and bad) and 2016 promises to bring even more (hopefully mostly good). I’m ready to get after it!

After spending Christmas Upstate in balmy 70 degree weather, we returned to New York to celebrate with Frank’s family and our adorable new nephew.

Then we took off for Miami.  We enjoyed some beach time and an amazing dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab.  We had to wait almost 3.5 hours, but with good friends and a fun celeb sighting of Ryan Phillipe and his new fiance, the time passed pretty quickly.

Then it was on to #allthefood. So much food, but so good. Here’s a shot of Joe’s namesake:

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The next day we hit the open road for Key West.  The drive took about 6 hours rather than 3, but it was still fun thanks to lots of guest djing and good views.

We checked into Casa Marina, which had the most breath-taking grounds and beachfront. Right up there with the Four Seasons Wailea.  It was on the quiet area of Key West, which I just loved. You could still walk to everything, but it felt like being on a Caribbean island rather than in a party town.




The hotel rooms and service didn’t really match the ambience (or room rates), so I’m not sure we’d stay there again without a good deal, but boy was it stunning for our first trip to the Keys. Besides, I have my eyes on the Key West Real World House for my next visit — it’s on AirBNB.

That night we walked around Duval Street and stumbled upon a great dinner at Bliss followed by an awesome night of live music at the Green Parrot.

Our second day, we enjoyed some rest and relaxation at the beach before a last dinner and New Year’s celebration at Louie’s Backyard. I can’t recommend this place enough, make sure to sit outside.  I’m now officially a New Year’s Eve dinner person rather than bar party person.  It was so nice to sip great wine with friends and enjoy the evening without crowds and commotion. #imold #sothisismythirities

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Our last morning in Key West we went on a bike tour led by my friend and three time ironman, JLo.  By the time we finished, we were famished and a lobster roll at DJ’s Clam Shack was in order.  The roll was awesome,  2nd only to Luke’s Lobster. 


After a little more beach time and sad goodbyes, we hit the road back to the mainland.  We had much better luck and got through 150 miles of keys in 3 hours, which gave us time to make a pre-airport stop at Season’s 52. I’ve seen it on so many blogs, that I had to try it.  Pretty darn good – I love all the small plate options. I had the kale caesar and the artichoke and goat cheese flatbread.

We got back into New York around 2:30am.   So I got about 5.5 hours of sleep before I had to get on the metronorth to pick up Pettitte in Poughkeepsie.  4 + more hours of travel went faster than expected and it was so great to see P again. Even though he is a rascal and needs so much more training, we love him to pieces and missed him so much while he stayed with his grandparents.  To his credit, he is an excellent traveler and was such a good boy on the train. Also huge thanks to the metronorth for being so nice to animals.  Pettitte sat in his bag the whole time, but the conductor was kind enough to let him stick his head out so he could enjoy the view.  On a side note, has anyone found a good carrying bag for dogs around 30 pounds?  P’s only 22, but he’s so long that his carrier which claims to hold dogs up to 25 seems a bit snug. 

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I hope everyone had a great New Year. Here’s to 2016!

Long Weekend Packing

I’m all packed for my long weekend starting on Friday.  To say I’m excited wouldn’t be wrong.  I actually don’t mind packing; it’s unpacking that I loathe.

I was inspired to kick off packing by an article I saw on Laura’s blog. The article shows how to pack 30 outfits in your carry on. This girl has the exact same carry on as I do, and boy can does she make every inch count. It’s a Tommy Hilfiger suitcase from this collection that meets most airlines’ regulations for overhead luggage size.

I tend to love all posts related to packing. I guess I’m weird like that.  While I’m at it, this is a great video about in flight essentials.

The main thing I took from the article was to limit my color palette. This wasn’t hard since I wear mostly black and beige anyways. As trips go, this was an easy one to pack for, I really only need casual clothes and once nicer outfit for a dinner out.


Where I am going, the weather can be unpredictable, so I have lots of wraps and cardigans for layering.

  • Jeans (white house black market)
  •  Long sleeve patterned top (banana-similar)
  • Short sleeve striped top (gap)
  • Black turtleneck top (mexx)
  • 3/4 length gold polka dot sweatshirt (limited-similar)
  • Black wrap dress (WHBM similiar)
  • Black jumpsuit (easily by best buy of 2015-Banana- similar)
  • 2 cardigans in black and navy (similar)
  • wrap and infinity scarf both in shades of beige (similar)
  • Large tan bag (carry on 2) and small black bag/clutch

Workout Clothes (I’m being optimistic that I’ll be able to do something by then.)


  • 2 tops (new balance)
  • capris (new balance)
  • sports bra (under armour)
  • socks (adidas)
  • jacket (new balance-similar)

Make Up and Toiletries 



I’m pretty basic with make up and toiletries.  The Naked on the Run palette is perfect for travel if I all I need is every day looks. I think everything else is self-explanatory.  If you want to know specific products, just let me know.



Given the ankle situation, I’m keeping shoes simple–sneakers and flats. I’m hoping I can manage the wedges if I wear the jump suit. I always wear sneakers on board if I’m not bringing boots.  My best travel tip is to wear your heaviest/bulkiest stuff on board. I’ll probably also bring a jacket that I’ll wear to the airport.

All Packed



This suitcase does fit a ton.  The only things I snuck in that aren’t shown above are underwear, a bathing suit, 1 pair pjs and a tiny Tiffany pouch with a bracelet and necklace.

I’m a fan of rolling VS folding because I think it helps prevent wrinkles.

That should get me through 4 days no problem.

If you have any packing tips, I’d love to hear them!


June–Here and Gone

June is almost officially over and it’s always sad to see it go.

The month was super busy at work and I’m still waiting for the summer slow down to hit.  Hopefully July will be the month.

So here’s what happened in June….


It was pretty relaxed until we had a wedding in Park City, Utah.   I probably never would have gone to Utah, but man was it gorgeous!  We went on the most beautiful hike–I could do it everyday and never get tired of the view.


The wedding was really neat at the top of the Canyons Resort, accessible only by gondola!  If you are ever in Park City, the Waldorf Astoria is lovely and has exceptional service!

Last weekend, we had a double header wedding weekend, one in Westerly, Rhode Island and one in Jacksonville, Florida. Both were a ton of fun!

The Ocean House was a great place for a wedding. I love when hotels have activity schedules–I can’t get enough. I took advantage of the Westerly bike tour!FullSizeRender-2


I also went an a great beach run. It’s officially time to kick off marathon training.




Pettitte’s Birthday

Back in NYC, Pettitte turned one!  We went all out with invitations, favors, and poochinis.  A few of Pettitte’s dog friends met us a the Madison Square Dog Park, which was followed by poochinis at Shake Shack.


A poochini is dog soft serve with peanut butter and dog biscuits.  Pettitte was in heaven!


I can’t believe my baby is already one! I  want him to stay a puppy forever.


It’s rare I go see movies in the theaters, but this month I saw two!  Jurassic World and Entourage.  Both were silly fun, the later being the perfect antidote for a rainy day.  I also watched Still Alice on the flight home from Utah–it was beautiful.

I guess I should start packing once again–we leave for Martha’s Vineyard tomorrow!  I can’t wait–it’s still my favorite place. 🙂

Did you do anything fun in June?

Wine Tasting in North Fork

North Fork Trip Part 2!

After our delicious breakfast, we set off for our first vineyard of the day, Bedell Wine Cellars.  IMG_7603

We were the first people to arrive in the tasting room…



We had a VIP Tour scheduled and we ended up being the only ones–score.  Seriously, North Fork is awesome in the early spring.  It’s still low season, so you get lots of personal attention.

It happened to be the one nice day all week, so we got tour  the Bedell property (well, one of three). Even in the winter, it was lovely. It  would be a beautiful place to get married. We got to see the barrel rooms and even the bottling room.  I highly recommend taking at least one tour on any wine tasting trip–you learn so much!

The tour included a tasting….



Plus a delicious cheese plant…



Our favorite red was the Musee, followed by the Taste Red (which was described as your Monday through Thursday wine). Our favorite white was the Gallery Chardonnay.

Yum, really great wines.

We stuck around for Live on the Vine, which was part of the NR Winterfest and included live music and a glass of rose.

Maybe it was all the wine, but we were sold on Bedell; we ended up joining their wine club and taking home 5 bottles.


Next we moved on to the nearby Raphael. It had a grand Tuscan tasting room. I liked that their tasting allowed you to order glasses individually, so you could pick exactly what you wanted to taste with pours ranging from $2-$4.  That said, I didn’t love the wines.   Frank was a fan and snagged two bottles.

Next was the tasting I was most anticipating, Sparkling Pointe.  I love my bubbly.

This tasting paired 3 bubblies with 3 cheeses.

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My favorite was the 2010 Brut.

After that we went back to the B & B for some relaxation!

For dinner, we headed to Greenport.  Our first stop was actually the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. I’m not really a beer person, but their tasting deal was amazing. $8 for 7 tastes and you get to keep your glass. Plus, after all that wine tasting, I owed it to the hubs.

I’d heard great things about Noah’s and we were excited to check it out for dinner.  I loved the atmosphere! It was relaxed with a slightly upscale sensibility. We ordered several small plates and a couple large ones.

Deviled eggs with crab


Crab tacos


Mache, fig and goat cheese salad–my favorite


Brussels, always brussels


Fish and chips


Chicken bolognese


Overall, I thought the small plates were good and the large ones were mediocre.


Frank insisted we get dessert…



Yup, it was a great birthday weekend.



I can’t believe it’s already been a week since we arrived in North Fork.  Here’s to another great weekend.

Weekend in North Fork: Fig and Olive B&B

My  birthday weekend in North Fork was wonderful. It really is the perfect escape from the city.  It’s quaint, relaxed and charming, it kind of reminds me of cape cod.

We stayed at the Fig and Olive Bed and Breakfast, which was idyllic. I can’t think of one thing they could have done to improve our experience. It was so personalized and perfect. Before we even arrived, the asked if they could help make us reservations, but of course, I was already on top of that!

The B and B was within walking distance to 6 vineyards, so we decided to see if we could get away without renting a car and just hopped on the Jitney.

We arrived at the B and B to a warm greeting!



Fig and Olive was absolutely beautifully decorated–it looked right out of a magazine. In fact, our room, the Driscoll room, was featured in W Magazine!



There are only 3 rooms total, and we were the only ones in that weekend, so I was able to take a peek at the room across the hall.


Our room had a great coffee station and a mini fridge that was packed with complimentary beverages. Lisa had even left a cheese plate ready for arrival!


There were several sitting ares for guests and lots of books and magazines to peruse.



After we had a moment to settle in, we took advantage of nearby vineyard that was open until 7PM and had a nice little tasting!  More on wine tasting in my next post.

We ended up switching our dinner reservation and went to the nearby North Fork Table for dinner, which was highly recommended by pretty much everyone. It has a 3-Course pre-fixe with many options to select from.

The  restaurant itself was quite simple in decor. It had a colonial history charm.  The food, on the other hand, was very modern and beautifully presented.  Oh, and there was a lot of it!

We started out with an amuse bouche of lobster salad.  Divine.


I had the tuna tartare to start


Frank had a very refreshing fluke and grapefruit dish


For my entree, I had an incredible kale and ricotta cavatelli.  I have no words for how good this was.  The mix of textures and flavors made it my favorite dish of the night.


I wish I could say the same for the monk fish….


Then we had about 25 dessert courses, starting with a coffee, toffee ice cream sandwich.


Followed by some cheese, but Frank hates cheese, so cancel that…


Cinnamon sugar donuts, now that’s better…


And por fin, a s’more/mallomar hybrid. Delish.



Whew!  We went home and I sunk my teeth into some James Patterson. The Beach was a truly terrible novel, but fortunately the other book I read that weekend made up for it!

The next morning, Frank and I did a short run around the area.  When we returned our hosts  prepared and served us a truly lovely breakfast in their charming dining room.


We started with a delicious berry parfait


Then warm zucchini bread was served–mmmmm

IMG_7627A fabulous crustless quiche with asparagus was up next



served with a side of five spice bacon




Along with our breakfast, we enjoyed reading the NYTimes with leisure.  It was definitely the perfect start to a full day of wine tasting!

Fig and Olive turned out to be a great find.  We read about in NYMag and booked it without looking into many other options. I have to say, it was one of the best impulse decisions I’ve ever made!


I don’t even know where to begin with Kauai.  It is everything you picture when you picture Hawaii and more.  It’s probably the most breathtakingly beautiful place I have ever been.  Countless movies have been filmed on Kauai, and I understand why.  While every island we went to was gorgeous, Kauai was just on a different level.  Maybe it was the most rural in a way, it just seemed so naturally lush, like a giant rainforest.

We stayed on the northside of the island in Princeville at the St. Regis.  The hotel was very grand and had a more stately feel than the others we stayed at.  However, it had by far the most beautiful views.  The lush mountains rising out from the sea had me totally mesmerized, I literally could have stared out my hotel window all day. The views are definitely the reason to stay at the St. Regis.  The hotel itself was very nice, not quite as fabulous as the others, but the views were worth every penny.  Sadly, I don’t have a single picture that does it justice.

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The other highlight of the St. Regis was the nightly champagne saboring. Every night  at sunset there was free champy for honeymooners on the terrace.


Probably the thing we’d most highly recommend in Kauai is a helicopter tour.  98% of the island is impossible to see unless your in a helicopter or doing a 12 day hike, so in just an hour, you see some of the most magical places on the island.  We opted for Blue Hawaii and we really loved our pilot.  He was very friendly and knew a lot of history of the island.  He even played the jurassic park music when we were flying through places that were filmed on Kauai.  The helicopter wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it might be; it was like floating in a little bubble.

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After the tour, we explored the south side of the island (we were staying in the north which as about an hour drive away).  We saw the “blow hole.” We checked out Puka Dog–Frank loved it.


We also had a light lunch at the Beach House, a highly rated restaurant. Then it was time to head back up to Princeville. Finally, we took a look at the Grand Hyatt just to get a taste for hotels on the south side of the island. We may end up staying on the south side next time, it’s a bit closer to the action.

The crowd at the Princeville was more social than at the other hotels, so we made some friends in the hot tub. There was one guy who literally met everyone on property and was a total hoot, we called him “the mayor.”

While we did eat at both the restaurants on property, Kauai Grill (a Jean-Georges) and Makena Terrace, Kauai was the first place we tried out smaller local places. I have to tell you the local places were the best places we ate the whole trip–shocker I know!

A few standouts were The Dolphin in Hanalei and Tiki Taco in Kapaa.


While the photographer sucked, this was the best tuna roll we’ve ever had. OMG.  The Dolphin was just a chill local place with great food.

Tiki Taco was a total whole in the wall that turned out to be like winning the lottery. Seriously, we ate fish tacos at 8 different places, none compared to these.  This was the best thing I ate on the whole.dam.trip.  Honestly, I wish I could eat there every single day.


Our final formal activity in hawaii was ziplining in Kauai.  We took a great tour with Outfitters Kauai.  We couldn’t have had better tour guides (Star and Muppy).  While it was fun, it was about a 3 hour round trip drive from our hotel, so I think we would have probably skipped it had we known ahead of time.   We returned home to enjoy our last afternoon by the pool, seeing our last saboring and enjoying some live music in the lobby before having a sushi dinner at the Makena Terrace.  It’s kind of amazing that I never would have eaten sushi five years ago and know I can’t get enough.

It was definitely hard to leave Hawaii. It’s such a beautiful place with an interesting history. It’s culture is so different from that of the mainland and I hope that it stays that way.  I can’t wait to go back!

Honeymoon: Lanai

In Lanai we stayed at the Four Seasons.  It was a drop dead goregous hotel with the most amazing grounds.  There were waterfalls and koi ponds everywhere.  Apparently, it the lobby and common areas of the hotel had been renovated recently and they went from this:


To this!


It’s an amazing difference, right! The new feel is so much more airy and welcoming.   The rooms are still a little dated, I think they are being renovated too, but still very comfortable and spacious. I’m not one to go crazy over toiletries, but the ones here were from L’Occitane.  It turns out they make awesome shampoo and conditioner.  I may have acquired a very expensive new obsession.


If you watch RHOBH, this is the hotel they stayed at for Mauricios birthday.  Just a little aside.  There service was greatand the hotel is small enough that we actual got to know the staff during our short stay there!  What’s up bartender Luke?  Oh hey, hike master Jason.  I loved the pool area of this hotel and the nearby beach was really nice.


I’d definitely say we probably did too much–always my downfall.  Lanai is the perfect place to relax.  They really spoil you with lots of freebies (evian, sun tan lotion, tea sandwiches, popsicles, fruit!) and star treatment. Frank and I both love hotels, maybe it’s the product of living in a teeny, tiny apartment, but I’ll take a home away from home anytime.

So now on to our top 5 faves in Lanai!

#1 Beach Yoga

Beach yoga was great in Lanai.  It wasn’t windy, so you didn’t get pelted with sand, but you could enjoy the sound of water hitting the beach. My only regret was that the spinner dolphins that frequent the bay were never around during our trip.

#2 Hiking

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There’s a lot of short, but scenic hikes right by the hotel. We took a guided tour of the fisherman’s trail and learned a lot about Lanai’s history.  We also did the hike to sweatheart’s rock, which offers spectacular sunrise views.

#3 Nobu

We love Nobu and the new Nobu Lanai was just as good as the NYC locations.  It’s also much much easier to get a reservation, holla!

#5 Breakfast Buffet

I think this might have been my have been my favorite of the three buffets. It had an amazing fresh fruit selection and a smoothie bar.  They even had whole coconuts, coconut meat and water available. Plus, the waiter gave us mimosas to go on our last day!

While we aren’t professional golfers, this is the place to go if you like golf.  We had a great time at the Challenge at Manele, even if it was a crazy hard course.  They had the most advanced golf carts I’d ever seen. The carts had more features than my first car.


We also did a fun “blindfolded” tasting at One Forty.  We weren’t actually blindfolded, but the courses were a complete surprise when they were delivered.  We really enjoyed them all, but the lobster and beet salad was the favorite by far!

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We did a few other things at Lanai, and I’m glad we decided to spend a few nights there! It’s an island that has fought to stay true to its roots, in fact, as of now there are only 3 hotels on the whole island.  I hope it stays that way.

Maui: Top 8!

I’m married. I’m married to the most wonderful, patient and kind man on earth and I don’t know how I got so lucky.  I was so blessed to have a beautiful wedding with the most wonderful friends and my amazing family surrounding me. I’ll definitely post about my wedding day, but I’d like to wait until I have some professional photos back.

We are back from two blissful weeks in Hawaii.  We had a jam packed schedule of activities, so rather than recount every single thing we did, I thought I’d just share my favorite things from each leg of the trip.

We flew direct from NYC to Honolulu on Hawaiian air.  It’s one of the only direct flights anywhere outside of California and a few other western states, so we were thrilled to make a long flight, slightly quicker. The plane was pretty crapped, I had very little personal space for the 11 hour flight, but we quickly connected to Maui and before we knew it, we were on vacation.  Hawaiian airports are real throwbacks, which is fun in itself.

#1 Four Seasons Wailea

We loved our hotel in Maui, in fact this Four Seasons may have been my favorite of the whole trip.  The grounds were lovely and the service was impeccable. Honestly, I’m not even sure we saw the entire hotel, it was so expansive! There was a great workout schedule and a beautiful open air gym.  We took advantage of the ocean view yoga offered every morning. There was also an gorgeous path along the ocean with lots of runners that we fell in love with.


We enjoyed all the restaurants we dined at and really liked the nightly live music in the lobby. The meal below was from Spago.  The tuna was out of this world.

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#2 Swimming with the Sea Turtles

This was the #1 thing I wanted to do in Hawaii. I just love sea turtles, turtles in general, but especially sea turtles.  We were lucky that there are lots of turtles in Maui and we could see them by snorkeling right in front of our hotel.  We saw two the first day and 5 the second day.  The little ones were so cute. Everytime they stuck their heads up to breath, I squealed with delight.

#3 Old Lahaina Luau

We were debated between this and one other laua, but Frank’s cousin recommended this one and we purchased tickets right away.  We actually purchased tickets in January because the earlier you book, the better your seats.  It paid off, our seats were great.

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The laua was on a beautiful little property and there were bands, local artisans and little games to play before the actual meal and show.

The show itself was really well done and the waiters were really friendly. I didn’t actually enjoy the food at the buffet, but it was more about the experience.

#4 Ocean Side Massagesphoto

After much debate, we decided to do our massages in Maui. The hotel had 20% off and they had these amazing oceanside hales that were too cool to pass up.  You can see the little thatched huts in the far left of the picture, those were the hales.  It was a pretty funny experience, we waited in the spa lounge and they marched us across the pool deck in our robes with two other couples.  When we got to the little grassy area in front of the huts, our six masseuse were waiting for us. It kind of reminded me of when the contestants meet their trainers on the biggest loser.  Hearing the ocean crashing while getting a massage was incredible. It’s so much better than recorded music.  Even Frank, the massage skeptic, said it was awesome.

#5 The Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is a beautiful 40ish mile stretch over 1 lane bridges and around hair pin turns that is filled with opportunities to stop and see waterfalls, scenic overlooks, small communities and do all kinds of hikes.  I highly recommend downloading the Gypsy Guide for Road to Hana, even when we lost service on our phones, it knew right were we were and on the way home, it explained the history of Hawaii. We decided to stay two nights in Hana in order to get a little more local hawaiian flavor–and we did.  In retrospect, it wasn’t the best plan because we learned that you can’t leave things in your car while on the road due to potential car breaks. So we had to drive straight to Hana making only stops where we could be close to the car.  If we’d did it again we’d definitely do it in one day out and back. The stops we did make were really nice….

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Another fun thing about Hana, banana bread!  There is a place every three miles or so claiming to have the best.  We got some straight from the oven in Ke’anae at a stand called Aunt Sandy’s. It was insanely good–I wish I had some right now. We also got some great coconut chips at the Nahiku Marketplace.


After we dropped our stuff at the hotel, we could finally do some real hiking.  We drove to Haleakala National Park.  We did a short hike to the Seven Pools of O’heo, due to little rain fall, they were pretty low and only one was swimming worthy.  After that we did the Pipiwai trail.  It was amazing.   Around .5 miles in there is a small waterfall.  Soon after you enter the bamboo forest, which was by far my favorite part.  The bamboo was as tall as trees and created an amazing path.

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Finally, we reached a 400 foot waterfall….



The second day in Hana, we checked out Wainapapa State Park and the Black Sand Beach, which were cool.

# 6 Travassa Hana

I wanted to stay in a little cabin in Hana to soak up the local feel and remote Hawaii.  Frank is more of hotel guy himself, so when our travel agent suggested an upscale spa resort, it seemed like a great compromise.  The 60 acre ranch was charming.  There were multiple pools and activity centers.  The Travassa included   a jam packed schedule of activities including things like, juicing, lei making, throw net fishing, yoga, wine tasting, coconut husking, bootcamps and more.  It also included transportation to the nearby Hamao Beach, which is supposed to be one of the nicest in Maui.  While we really enjoyed our stay, it was the most expensive hotel we stayed in and it to maintain the rustic feel of Hana, it didn’t have AC, wireless or even clocks in the room.   It was just too expensive despite being incredibly charming, unless you stay three nights, in which case they will fly you charter to your next destination, which would probably make it worth it.

Anywho, our sea cottage was lovely and had its own hottub on our cute porch. They also had banana bread and champagne waiting for us, which was so nice.



I will say two of our favorite activities of the whole trip took place at the travassa.

#7 Throw Net Fishing



It was a 3 hour lesson with a hawaiian native. We caught nothing and had the time of our lives.

# 8 Name that Grape (wine tasting)

We lucked out at the travassa in that we were the only ones that signed up for any of the activities.  So we enjoyed an amazing private wine tasting and even got to take a bottle home!

We did a few other things that were really great, but they are more of honorable mentions. We liked walking around Paia and eating at the Paia Fish Market. We also went to Mama’s, which is highly recommended. I really liked that they told you who caught your fish, but I thought the food was very good, but not great.  Frank would definitely say walking around Lahaina is a must. It is a bustling little town with lots of fun shops.  It was a great way to kill time while waiting for the ferry to Lanai, which was part two of the trip….

Back on Track

I don’t know if anyone is out there.  Model blogger I am not!  It’s been so long.  Maybe I just miss live writer? No, no excuses. I’ve just had little to say as I’ve fallen a bit off the healthy track.  That said with a few workouts and 3 salads in 2 days, I am feeling more healthful already.  It’s always nice to start off Monday feeling like you are moving in the right direction.

We spent this weekend at the most beautiful wedding in DC. Honestly, I am not sure I’ve ever seen so much attention to detail or more personality at a wedding. It’s amazing how many gorgeous weddings I’ve been to in the last few years.

In addition to the wedding, I got to see some great friends, including one you may know! Gena! We met up at Dupont to see the farmers market before heading to Sweet Green! There I got to check out the juices that Gena helped formulate.

I snagged a Detox juice that was amazing–pineapple, apple, ginger and mint.  Yum.

We took our salads to go, so we could sit in the sunshine and catch up.  DC had ridiculous weather this past weekend.

Catching up was extremely nourishing 😉

This week I am already looking forward to Flip for Refine.  And I also have to use the Exhale classes I bought on Gilt asap.  I definitely miss feeling like a part of the running community, so I am on the lookout for a race in the near future.

Being out of the city was a nice break from wedding planning. Don’t get me wrong, it’s so much fun, but boy is it consuming.  I didn’t realize how quickly venues book, one of the ones I loved is booked until spring 2014! There are so many decisions to make on the venue, the season, the budget,  the dress, the location–it’s pretty crazy.  However, a few of those decision have been made, so stay tuned for more info on the soon to exist wedding page :)!