Josh and I spent most of March, April, and May staying inside and distancing ourselves in this crazy world. We finally started getting out a bit more at the end of May and beginning of June with socially distanced hiking and beach days. It’s been kind of nice to explore the island without the crowds! #luckywelivehawaii
In the beginning of March, we had an event at Mid-Pac Country Club to support the Windward Clubhouse. It was a beautiful night with great music and delicious food from restaurants in Kailua! So thankful for this organization and my amazing friends!
For Josh and Andy’s birthday this year, Anna had the great idea of getting them a ride together in a glider. We were able to completely surprise them a couple weekends ago with a glider ride on the North Shore with Honolulu Soaring.
My favorite picture from the day!
So excited after their flight!
After gliding, we spent some time on the beach enjoying the view and the waves.
After our time on the North Shore, we were able to surprise them once more with a cake and friends at Paradise Ciders. Successful day!
Josh and I kicked off 2020 with our lovely friends visiting. Unfortunately, our weather wasn’t exactly cooperating for their trip. However, we were able to squeeze in a beach walk, lots of good food, Pearl Harbor, and a couple hikes. Ready for them to come back!
Started the New Year off with a walk on Kailua beach.
We treated ourselves to Senia when we had family visiting a couple months ago. We decided to split a bunch of appetizers so we could try as many things as possible. Everything we had was fantastic. Pictures of all our deliciousness below!
A delicious Ahi special that I can’t quite remember everything about. It melted in your mouth!
Citrus-Cured Hamachi: Avocado, Jalapeño, Wakame
Kalua Pork & Cabbage Croquettes with Chili Pepper Water
Burrata: Guajillo Pepper “Mole”, Pumpkin
Charred Cabbage: Shio Kombu, Green Goddess, Buttermilk
Roasted Bone Marrow: Beef Cheek Marmalade, Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, Piccalilli
We finally tried out Bar Leather Apron in February for drinks. It completely exceeded our expectations and we can’t wait to go back! We sat at the bar and watched each unique drink being made which really made it fun!
Yuzu Mojito: El Dorado 3 year Rum, Yuzu, Fresh Mint, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Soda
Red Shiso Smash: Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt, Fresh Lemon Juice, Micro Red Shiso, Yuzu, Soda
Oaxaca Soul being made.
Oaxaca Soul: Mescal El Silencio Espadin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Ginger, Honey, Wood Smoke
For Josh’s birthday I put together a few fun date ideas to do throughout the year as a present. One of them was the Make Your Own Chocolate class at Madre Chocolate in Chinatown. The store was really cute with a variety of samples to try of all their different chocolates.
We started in the back by tasting cacao in it’s raw form (the pulp is really sweet but the bean is bitter). Next, we went back to their garden which had cacao plants, orchids, cotton plants, and a variety of other trees and plants. After that, we went back inside to make our chocolate bars! Highly recommend this as a fun date night!
The back room where all the chocolate making magic happens!
Cacao in it’s raw form.
Cacao drying out in the garden outside.
View of the garden
Loved this shot!
Mixing the cacao with all the good things like sugar!
Josh adding coffee, cinnamon, and salt to his chocolate.
My chocolate bar with almonds, coconut, and salt.
Josh’s chocolate bar
They put the chocolate on this vibrating pan to distribute it evenly in the mold.
Getting to taste six different types of their chocolate. All were amazing!
We celebrated the fourth this year in pretty much the best way possible — grilling out with friends, pool time, and fireworks on the beach. It was a beautiful day and SO nice to get to relax and have some quality friend time!
Blueberry, strawberry, raspberry mojitos!
Quite a spread!
Josh and Andy blowing up the unicorn and the black swan!
My favorite…fruit pizza!
Enjoying the beach with hundreds of our closest friends.
During Mother’s Day weekend we were in the middle of a bathroom renovation so our house was a disaster. We were looking for new things to do and came across Waiahole Nursery for brunch. They had a special menu for Mother’s Day (and free for mothers which was really neat)! The food was all farm to table and delicious. After lunch, we spent time walking around the nursery enjoying all of the different plants.
Our lunch friend
Maui Mango Iced Tea
Bacon, onion, cheese frittata with garden salad and mixed berries