Books I Have Read!

Here is an updated list of my recent books for those of you who wonder what I do all the time! I will do it from most recently read backwards.

Currently I am reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. by Rachel Joyce

The Goldfinch- by Donna Tartt – long but good!

The Hunger Games Trilogy- by Suzanne Collins -surprisingly really good and couldnt put it down at the end- thanks Becca!

Sycamore Row- by John Grisham

Mistress by James Patterson

The Husband’s Secret by Lianne Moriarty

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simpsion

Bridget Jones- Mad About the Boy by Bridget Fielding

The Lowland by Jumpa Mahin- very good!

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan- excellent- one of my fave authors

The Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert- very good by the author of Eat Pray Love but I think better than that one

Pure Joy- the dogs we love by Danielle Steel- silly fluff

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Marie Semple- very good

The Whole Enchilada by Goldy Shultz- cooking mystery with recipes

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell- really different! Great twist at the end….

Big Girl Panties by Stepanie Evanovitch

The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison

First Sight by Danielle Steel

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer- good!

Bad Monkey by Karl Haissan

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini- excellent author and book!

Inferno by Dan Brown- loved it!

Whisky Beach by Nora Roberts

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The BUrgess Boys by Elizabeth Stout

Montero Caine by Sidney Poitier

THe Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

The Dinner by Herman Koch- very good

And again if you love dogs and haven’t read my all time favorite book- A Dog’s Purpose you have to read it! Warning you will cry and laugh but it is the absolute best book there is!!

Anyhow those are the books I have read in the last year. Enjoy!

Maui favorites: Maui No Ka Oi! 2016

 Maui No Ka Oi updated 2016

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That translates to Maui is the Best! Having spent all my life coming here on vacation and the last three winters here I am often asked for recommendations on where to go here. So here is the Maui list!

I always stay on the west side of Maui- Napili or Kapalua. To all you who say that the weather is bad- not true – it is the more traditional part of the island- more like the Maui of past- no high rises and not like the big city. If you want that then go ahead and stay in Wailea. Of course the only place to stay is at Napili Kai Beach Resort- it is by far the best place on earth with the most amazing staff there is.

Places to Eat:

Sansei is our favorite- it’s in Kapalua and the sushi is amazing and the people who work there are so wonderful. I go every week that I am there -at least once a week! They have an early bird discount but you have to go around 430 to line up but the line ups are fun and you meet lots of nice people. They do take reservations but not on Sunday or Monday nights. Favorites are dragon roll, angry rainbow roll with spicy tuna, Napili roll, ahi carpaccio, miso butterfish, dynamite prawns. Ask for Frank or Masa at the sushi bar!

Pineapple Grill-  used to be great but changed hands and haven’t heard good things about it. Haven’t even bothered to try it since…

 

Merriman’s- in Kapalua- right on the water- gorgeous views, very good service and food- not cheap though- upscale food and prices but always great. Lobster is my favorite but all the fish is great. Brad loves the truffle fries. The chocolate purse is the best dessert but go for the haupia ice cream with it instead of the vanilla. Very  noisy and busy! I much prefer Cane and Canoe!!

Cane and Canoe: my favourite place!! Amazing food fantastic service and super view!! Love the shrimp and grits and the ciopinno- the steaks are great and the fish are all fabulous!! The purple sweet potato buns are amazing!! Really can’t go wrong!

The Sea House- this is right on the water at Napili Kai so can’t beat the views. Food for breakfast is excellent- the pancakes with coconut syrup and if you are really being decadent the macadamia nut chocolate pancakes!!! Lunch is good too and dinner ok. They have a nice happy hour where all the pupus are reduced in price From 2-4 p

The Gazebo- down at the other end of the beach from Napili Kai- this place is super busy and popular- only open for breakfast and lunch- lineups for breakfast are usually about 45 minutes long- huge portions!!! Pancakes with a ton of whipped cream!! People love the fried rice- again an enormous portion!! They do take out if you don’t want to wait or go for brunch as it does slow down later on as well. They opened a place in Lahaina on Front Street called Koa that is supposed to be the same good food with no waiting and they are open for dinner.

Maui Taco- very casual but very fresh made to order and good- especially if you have kids. Fish tacos are great made with local fish. Big salsa bar. Becca loves the mango fish salad. Been going here since the kids were tiny and its great for an easy cheap dinner in Maui. I go about once a week when I am here for the winter.

Joeys – just opened in Napili Marketplace in November 2016- haven’t been but supposed to be very good- local philipino food menu changes weekly

 

Farmers Market at Napili- just across the street from the Napili Market on Wednesday and Saturday from 8-11 am mornings is a local small farmers market- most things are grown in Kapalua and are organic

Farmers Market in Honokowai- Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7 am till 11 am- local fruits and veggies, guacamole, salsas, coconut bagels, breads, etc with tons of free samples and great people. Have been coming here for years and years. Becca’s favorite place in Maui! They also have a store where you can get most of the things when the market is closed there. Strawberry papayas and pineapples are great.Coconut bagels, lilikoi cream cheese, their homeade guacamole also fantastic. The mexican deli across is also good for tamales and super cheap. Bad Ass Coffee also across is good to get your morning going.

The Fish Market- also in Honokowai- great fresh fish- half is a fish store with local raw fish and prepared fish- such as amazing poke, ceviche and salads. Other half of the store has cooked things- great seared ahi sandwiches and tacos.

China Boat- very good chinese food and they are one of the only places that delivers so I love that! Great house chow mein with fat noodles, kung pao shrimp also very good.

Roys- Kaanapali- Great local food- Becca loves this place and eats often at their LA location too! This is a new location since last year- still excellent food but very noisy.

Lahaina Grill- Lahaina- amazing food and service- pricy- not right on the water but just off Front street in Lahaina, Must try is the Road to Hana chocolate dessert! It is unreal!!

Ono Gelato- great local flavors like lilikoi and coconut gelato. They also make amazing croissants if you are lucky enough to find them- almond, brie and chocolate. They have a nice deck you can sit out back on and eat your gelato right on the water too! Also a big selection of Toms shoes for some reason..

Star Noodle- Lahaina- way up the road from Walgreens in the middle of no where but great food! The chef came third on Top Chef Seattle! Ahi avo, shrimp tempura, garlic noodles, Lahaina fried soup, pork buns, miso salmon- can’t really go wrong here! Very small and very busy place!! They do take out.

Leoda’s Pie Shop- owned by same people as Star Noodle- on the way to the airport or about 15 minutes outside of Lahaina- amazing ahi sandwich- great pies- they make all their own breads and pies and all. So wish it was not so far from me as would go much more often! People always stop and get a sandwich for the plane on the way home here.

Hula Girl snorkel to Molokini and sunset cruises- supposed to be the best by far with a five star kitchen where they make you lunch or dinner- My cousins and many friends go all the time and couldn’t stop raving about it!

Wine Palette: fancy wines- food and you can paint on canvas with acrylics or also do wine bottles, wine glasses and other things while you drink. Becca loved doing this! Next to Sansei in Kapalua.

 

Taverna: Italian food in Kapalua. Nice pastas and pizzas – great tiramisu.

Sangrita- casual Mexican food in a strip mall in kaanapali . Freda’s in Lahaina is much better and has s view and is right on the water as opposed to this view of the parking lot!

Fridas: great fresh Mexican food right on the water in Lahaina! Mala and Honu are all owned by the same owner and all good and right on the water next to each other.

Paia Fish Company- great casual fish place right across from the giant banyan tree in Lahaina. Their original location in Paia is also great!

Sale Pepe: fantastic Italian food in Lahaina – very small. Amazing lasagna and great pastas and pizza! Just opened a new lunch place next door. No view it’s basically in a parking lot behind front street.

Yaziz food truck , Baya Bowls and other food trucks – amazing great fresh food trucks in a parking lot in Lahaiana — great for breakfast or lunch- closed Monday.

Costco- has all sorts of Maui things you don’t find on the mainland- bulk mac nut chocolates, a huge poke bar, surfboards, etc! Next to the airport in Kahalui.

Paia- past the airport- fun old town- very hippieish with neat stores to look at and shop. Fun way to spend a day if you are bored of sitting at the beach. Good places to eat are The Fish Market and Cafe Mambo. Nice bikini store for those of you young and skinny enough to wear one!

Makawao; also past the airport- again a funky old town- this one was a cowboy town. Great art galleries such as Sherry Reeves and glass blowing stores. Komodo Bakery is very popular- they have great stuff- particularly the coconut danish and guava malasadas as well as donuts on sticks and great buns but you have to get there early or they sell completely out. Breakfast at the Market Fresh Bistro and make sure to try the Lilikoi spread there- its like sunshine in a jar! Get some spices at the Volcano spice shop.

Saturday mornings from 7 am on there is a big swap meet near the airport- lots of amazing local flowers, foods and local crafts.

Sunday mornings usually at the civic center in Lahaina there is a craft fair that is fun with local things as well but check to make sure its on as not every weekend and never in November as they hold the big basketball tournaments there.

Hale Male restaurant is also great but I would avoid the overpriced Mamas Fish house unless you are going solely for the views- the food and the service are not worth it at all! They do have an amazing dessert that’s looks like a pearl in an oyster.

Let me know if you are coming by to visit- I should be there from November on hopefully again!

Aloha!

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That translates to Maui is the Best! Having spent all my life coming here on vacation and the last three winters here I am often asked for recommendations on where to go here. So here is the Maui list!

I always stay on the west side of Maui- Napili or Kapalua. To all you who say that the weather is bad- not true – it is the more traditional part of the island- more like the Maui of past- no high rises and not like the big city. If you want that then go ahead and stay in Wailea. Of course the only place to stay is at Napili Kai Beach Resort- it is by far the best place on earth with the most amazing staff there is.

Places to Eat:

Sansei is our favorite- it’s in Kapalua and the sushi is amazing and the people who work there are so wonderful. I go every week that I am there -at least once a week! They have an early bird discount but you have to go around 430 to line up but the line ups are fun and you meet lots of nice people. They do take reservations but not on Sunday or Monday nights. Favorites are dragon roll, angry rainbow roll with spicy tuna, Napili roll, ahi carpaccio, miso butterfish, dynamite prawns. Ask for Frank or Jason at the sushi bar!

Pineapple Grill- Very good fish specials.

Merriman’s- in Kapalua- right on the water- gorgeous views, very good service and food- not cheap though- upscale food and prices but always great. Lobster is my favorite but all the fish is great. Brad loves the truffle fries. The chocolate purse is the best dessert but go for the haupia ice cream with it instead of the vanilla.

The Sea House- this is right on the water at Napili Kai so can’t beat the views. Food for breakfast is excellent- the pancakes with coconut syrup and if you are really being decadent the macadamia nut chocolate pancakes!!! Lunch is good too and dinner ok. They have a nice happy hour where all the pupus are reduced in price till 5 pm. Ask in the lobby for a free caesar salad coupon with dinner before you go in!

The Gazebo- down at the other end of the beach from Napili Kai- this place is super busy and popular- only open for breakfast and lunch- lineups for breakfast are usually about 45 minutes long- huge portions!!! Pancakes with a ton of whipped cream!! Geoff loves the fried rice- again an enormous portion!! They do take out if you don’t want to wait or go for brunch as it does slow down later on as well. They just opened a new place in Lahaina on Front Street called Koa that is supposed to be the same good food with no waiting and they are open for dinner.

Iron Imu BBQ- Great very casual place for take out or eat in- not on the water- just down the way from Napili Kai. Super fresh bbq chicken, ribs, great garlic shrimp- my favorite, blackened local fish, sausages, with great sides especially the corn pudding. They just opened in December 2013 and I hope they make it as it’s so nice and close and the owners are very nice. Food is super fresh- they do it all on their bbq trucks that are outside. Great coleslaw with dried cherries. Brad loves the mac and cheese and chicken. Go here and not Mama’s down the way- this is way better!!!

Maui Taco- very casual but very fresh made to order and good- especially if you have kids. Fish tacos are great made with local fish. Big salsa bar. Becca loves the mango fish salad. Been going here since the kids were tiny and its great for an easy cheap dinner in Maui. I go about once a week when I am here for the winter.

Farmers Market at Napili- just across the street from the Napili Market on Wednesday mornings is a local small farmers market- open from 7-11 am – most things are grown in Kapalua and are organic

Farmers Market in Honokowai- OUR FAVORITE THING!! Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7 am till 11 am- local fruits and veggies, guacamole, salsas, coconut bagels, breads, etc with tons of free samples and great people. Have been coming here for years and years. Becca’s favorite place in Maui! They also have a store where you can get most of the things when the market is closed there. Strawberry papayas and pineapples are great.Coconut bagels, lilikoi cream cheese, their homeade guacamole also fantastic. The mexican deli across is also good for tamales and super cheap. Bad Ass Coffee also across is good to get your morning going.

The Fish Market- also in Honokowai- great fresh fish- half is a fish store with local raw fish and prepared fish- such as amazing poke, ceviche and salads. Other half of the store has cooked things- great seared ahi sandwiches and tacos.

China Boat- very good chinese food and they are one of the only places that delivers so I love that! Great house chow mein with fat noodles, kung pao shrimp also very good.

Pizza Paradiso- Honokowai- good pizza and greek food- also gelato.

Roys- Kaanapali- Great local food- Becca loves this place and eats often at their LA location too! This is a new location since last year- still excellent food but very noisy.

Lahaina Grill- Lahaina- amazing food and service- pricy- not right on the water but just off Front street in Lahaina, Must try is the Road to Hana chocolate dessert! It is unreal!!

Ono Gelato- great local flavors like lilikoi and coconut gelato. They also make amazing croissants if you are lucky enough to find them- almond, brie and chocolate. They have a nice deck you can sit out back on and eat your gelato right on the water too! Also a big selection of Toms shoes for some reason..

Star Noodle- Lahaina- way up the road from Walgreens in the middle of no where but great food! The chef came third on Top Chef Seattle! Ahi avo, shrimp tempura, garlic noodles, Lahaina fried soup, pork buns, miso salmon- can’t really go wrong here! Very small and very busy place!! They do take out.

Leoda’s Pie Shop- owned by same people as Star Noodle- on the way to the airport or about 15 minutes outside of Lahaina- amazing ahi sandwich- great pies- they make all their own breads and pies and all. So wish it was not so far from me as would go much more often! People always stop and get a sandwich for the plane on the way home here.

Maui Adventure Cruises- if you want to go see the whales this is the one to use.

Hula Girl snorkel to Molokini and sunset cruises- supposed to be the best by far with a five star kitchen where they make you lunch or dinner- My cousins went and couldn’t stop raving about it!

Wine Palette: Just opened November 2013- fancy wines- a small list of appetizers mostly cold and you can paint on canvas with acrylics or also do wine bottles, wine glasses and other things while you drink. Becca loved doing this! Next to Sansei in Kapalua.

Sangrita- brand new February 2014- supposed to be yummy.

Costco- has all sorts of Maui things you don’t find on the mainland- bulk mac nut chocolates, a huge poke bar, surfboards, etc! Next to the airport in Kahalui.

Paia- past the airport- fun old town- very hippieish with neat stores to look at and shop. Fun way to spend a day if you are bored of sitting at the beach. Good places to eat are The Fish Market and Cafe Mambo. Nice bikini store for those of you young and skinny enough to wear one!

Makawao; also past the airport- again a funky old town- this one was a cowboy town. Great art galleries such as Sherry Reeves and glass blowing stores. Komodo Bakery is very popular- they have great stuff- particularly the coconut danish and guava malasadas as well as donuts on sticks and great buns but you have to get there early or they sell completely out. Breakfast at the Market Fresh Bistro and make sure to try the Lilikoi spread there- its like sunshine in a jar! Get some spices at the Volcano spice shop.

Saturday mornings from 7 am on there is a big swap meet near the airport- lots of amazing local flowers, foods and local crafts.

Sunday mornings usually at the civic center in Lahaina there is a craft fair that is fun with local things as well but check to make sure its on as not every weekend and never in November as they hold the big basketball tournaments there.

Hale Male restaurant is also great but I would avoid the overpriced Mamas Fish house unless you are going solely for the views- the food and the service are not worth it at all!

Let me know if you are coming by to visit- I should be there from November on hopefully again!

Aloha!

Super Easy Chocolate Cake

 

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Everyone needs an unintimidating, foolproof cake like this one. A generous amount of coconut topping, poured over the moist cake while it’s still warm, provides richness and a deliciously gooey texture. The 12 generous slices can be cut smaller to feed a larger crowd.
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  • Prep Time30 minutes
  • Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
  • YieldServes 12
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Ingredients

  • Cake

    • Unsalted butter, softened, for pan
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dish
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
    • 3/4 cup warm strong brewed coffee
    • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Topping

    • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for dish
    • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 3 cups finely shredded dried unsweetened coconut
    • 2/3 cup warm strong brewed coffee
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • Whipped cream and toasted large-flake coconut, for serving

Directions

  1. Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; line bottom and 2 long sides with parchment, leaving an overhang. Butter parchment, and dust with cocoa powder. Whisk together cocoa powder, flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Gather flour mixture into a mound, and create a well in center. Pour eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil, and vanilla into well, and whisk until thoroughly combined and smooth. Pour batter into dish, and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Bake until set and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

  2. Topping: Meanwhile, melt butter for topping in a small saucepan. Combine confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder, and coconut in a large bowl. Stir coffee and vanilla into butter, and pour over coconut mixture. Stir to combine, and immediately spread evenly over warm cake. Let cool completely on wire rack.

  3. To serve, use parchment to transfer cake to a cutting board. Cut into thirds lengthwise, then cut into quarters crosswise (you should have 12 pieces). Serve with whipped cream and toasted coconut.

Cook’s Note

Cake can be refrigerated in dish, wrapped in plastic wrap (do not let plastic touch cake), up to 3 days.

 

RECIPE REVIEWS

  • Dawn-R
    11 Feb, 2013

    Made this over the weekend and it is delicious. Very moist and not overly sweet. We all loved it.

  • elopezeliza
    28 Jan, 2013

    Made this for a party and everyone loved it!! Delicious!! Very moist.

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I also make this with just the following simple chocolate buttercream icing instead to.

 

1/2 cup- 1 stick butter softened

2 cups icing sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

2-3 T milk

1 t vanilla

 

Mix butter and remaining ingredients till smooth and fluffy. You can either put this on top of the cake while it is still warm and it will melt on and be sort of fudge like or wait till the cake is cold and put it on and it will be light and creamy- either way its great

 

 

Books, books and more books!

So ya I read alot- especially in Maui as I sit at the beach most afternoons and if no one comes over to pat Napili and ask about her I read. So below is a list of my past favorites and then after just a list of the books I have read in the last while for any who are interested.

Best book I have read in the last while by far is  A Dog’s Purpose- also read the sequel which was not as good A Dog’s Journey

 

My other favorite is The Language of Flowers

I am currently reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Other books I have read and liked are:

The Midwifes Confession

The Hundred Foot Journey

Tell the Wolves I am Home

The Middlesteins

Love Anthony

The Orchardist

Home

The Forgotten Waltz

The Soldier’s Wife

The Invisible Bridge

Unorthodox

The Other Half of my Soul

Rules of Civility

State of Wonder

The Paris Wife

Ed King

Left Neglected

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Room

Cutting for Stone

 

Not the best week in Maui…..

So January 8 while sitting by the hot tub at Napili Kai with Becca my sweet little innocent doggy decides to chase after a gecko in the bushes nearby. I, paying no attention, am holding the leash in my left hand hanging off my fingers and she is super strong….Ya not a good ending to this story. The least I am guessing got caught on my fingers and ripped them badly. So I figure its sprained….or even if its broken whatever and ice it alot and tape it up- its really swollen and gets really bruised- up to half of my hand and half way up my pinkie finger too. The worst is to my fourth finger- left hand luckily. Becca sadly has to leave me on Saturday morning. I am always a bit down once the kids go after New Year’s- I look forward to having them all here and we have so much fun together that it is pretty quiet when they go. So my hand is still really swollen and I think maybe I should go to a doctor. Everyone I know goes to the Doctors on Call at the Hyatt but I thought they didn’t have an xray so I find a place in Lahaina and go bus in. The guy comes in takes some xrays and yup- it is REALLY badly broken- just great! He takes a popsicle stick an tapes up my fourth finger and when I ask if I can go to Walgreens and get a metal splint he says no this is better. He does offer me prescription pain killers three times and keeps insisting i should need them at least to sleep- seriously I am not even taking tylenol. I then spend an hour going from Walgreens to Longs Drugs to Office Depot trying to find more popsicle sticks to no avail and finally go back and get a hand full from the dr. So now i look like a weird victim with my hand covered in tape and a big popsicle stick and he said I should go see the hand specialist. Of course he is in Kahalui which is on the other side of the island. I drown my sorrows by going to get some take out from Star Noodle and call Keala- the guy who drives me around here to take me home as I am in no mood to take the two busses home anymore as I am rather upset. Keala, it turns out, is in Honolulu where he has had a large piece of his bowel removed on New Year’s and won’t be driving for a while. Lovely! Great! I call a cab and go home to sulk. Then I walk over to the office to get my mail and notice the manager has her finger in a nice metal splint. She, of course only goes to the doctors at the Hyatt and of course they do actually have an xray there. And she tells me she doesn’t like the hand specialist I have been referred to as her son lost his toe after an accident and he should have sent him to Honolulu instead of doing a bad job of not fixing it. Now I am really unhappy and I want a real splint on my fingie. So I figure I will waste another day and some more money and go to the Hyatt and get another opinion. Of course I take the 1030 am bus there and they cant see me till 3 pm. So I spend the day wandering around the Hyatt hotel and Kaanapali- walking the beach, having lunch and shopping around the stores killing as much time as possible. I go back and get in and the nurse is in actual hysterics that an actual doctor would let me leave with such a severely broken finger and only give me a stupid popsicle stick!! At least I made their day. I got my nice metal splint and again got told it was badly broken and I needed to see the same specialist. Ok so now i email Peter Gropper back in Vancouver- he grew up in Saskatoon and is a hand specialist and Brad went to him when he broke his thumb years ago. He says go see the dumb guy here. So luckily Keala is kind enough to drive me as he has gotten the ok from his doc to drive. Cost me a small fortune but ya – u guessed it- doc was a jerk and said I need surgery- needed to be pinned and screwed and all sorts of scary painful Frankenstein stuff I wanted none of . Did i mention that medical care in Maui is really bad and I have heard bad things from everyone here about it so really not keen on having anything done more than a band aid. So he says great get on the next flight out and go have surgery back home. Ok I have a signed lease, the dog, Brad is coming in February not to mention I have no home or place to stay in Vancouver so great. And I keep being told the surgery is very painful and not so simple. Then Dr Gropper emails me to tell me he no longer does surgery. Oy vey! So i figure- its only a fourth finger left hand- I dont play any instruments, I dont play sports and not looking too likely I am wearing a wedding ring on that finger again so screw it. I shall hope for the best and just keep it taped up and hope I dont look any worse on my hand than my toes do- hey now they will match so what the hell! Napili feels terrible about hurting her Momma so bad- personally I knew it was just a matter of time but would have much preferred being in Vancouver when she did something. That prey drive is just way too strong in that dog and she is very fast and strong! Oh ya probably did some soft tissue damage to the pinkie as well but hopefully that just needs time and will be ok. Highlight was stopping at Leoda’s Pie shop on the way home from the hand doc and getting a bunch of pies = corn, mushroom, chicken pot pie and coconut cream to cheer me up and last for a few days. 

 

These nice people I met last year who are shareholders are back and were so nice to invite me to dinner last night at Napili kai. We had wine and cheese at the beach while watching a beautiful sunset and then they bbq steaks and we had salad on their lanaii. So kind of them! 

Just finished reading “Me Before You”= really good but not the cheeriest but I really enjoyed it. Now I am reading “Sidonia’s Thread”- a book about a Hungarian after the War- I know another not easy beach read but it comes highly recommended. 

Off to watch Next Great Baker!

 

If it’s Sunday it must be Sansei!

Super hot day in Maui today- of course now that my kiddies have left. Sushi at Sansei was fantastic as usual but so missed having the company of my kids and/or cousin Norrie and his daughter Leah with me to join in the feast. Had, of course Ahi Carpaccio, an angry rainbow roll but with spicy tuna inside instead of crab- super good!, sashimi trio and miso butterfish. Nice lady from Washington DC by herself who had never been before sat next to me and took my advice on the ahi carpaccio and miso butterfish. Went for a hot walk up Pineapple Hill this afternoon with the doggy. Now off to watch Iron Chef and call it a night! Aloha!

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