Ahi Poke Tostadas

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Holy guacamole. You guys, these poke tostadas are, dare I say it, the most delicious things…EVER.  I don’t know about you but I’m constantly craving poke and luckily its pretty easy to come by here in Hawaii. I mentioned a few weeks ago that as things warm up and the closer we get to summer, the less I want to stand over a hot stove to make dinner. I’ve been looking for easy weeknight dinners that don’t require a ton of cooking and these Ahi Poke Tostadas totally fit the bill. There is minimal cooking (none if you buy tostada chips) and they can be on the table in 15 minutes.
I use a pretty traditional (and very simple) marinade for the Ahi which pairs perfectly with the avocado and Sriracha crema. When stacked on a crisp corn tortilla, it makes for a simple meal that has layers of fresh flavors. Lets just say you won’t be able to have just one!

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Ingredients:
– corn tortillas
– 1 lb sushi grade Ahi, cut into small chunks
– 2 green onions, thinly sliced
– 2 tablespoon soy sauce
– 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce, more or less depending how spicy you want it
– 1 tablespoon sesame oil
– 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
– 2 avocados, mashed
– finishing salt
– cilantro
Sriracha Crema
– 1/2 cup raw cashews
– 1/3 cup water + more to get desired consistency
– 1 teaspoon Sriracha, more or less depending on how spicy you want it
– 1 clove garlic
– 1/2 teaspoon salt + more to taste

Directions:
– Heat oven to 350 degrees and place tortillas on a baking sheet. Bake for 12- 15 minutes or until crisp, flipping halfway through.
– In a bowl combine soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds and green onions. Mix well, add Ahi and mix until all Ahi is coated with the sauce.
– In a blender combine all ingredients for Sriracha creama and blend until smooth. Add more water to thin if necessary.
– Top each crispy tortilla with 1 tablespoon mashed avocado,  ahi poke and a drizzle of Sriracha creama. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro.

Enjoy!

 

 

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VaVa by Joy Han Dress // Zara Shoes (similar) // Asos Clutch (similar)

After long relaxing weekends spent in my bikini at the beach I tend to crave outfits that are a little more dressy. A fun embroidered dress and a vibrant heel or a maxi dress and statement necklace usually do the trick! Since moving to Hawaii my idea of a “dressy outfit” has definitely shifted and tends to lean more to the casual side. Because really, beach life is super-duper casual, even heels are a rare occurrence! But every once in a while its fun to kick of the sandals and throw on the colored heels and a fun dress. This VaVa by Joy Han off the shoulder dress strikes the perfect balance between dressed up (for Hawaii standards) while still being casual and looks just as cute with a great pair of gladiator sandals as it does with heels!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tips for the The Perfect Summer Picnic

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Now that we are in summer mode and starting to make plans for summer parties, adventures and gatherings I thought I’d share my tips for one of my fav summer activities…picnics! I consider myself to be pretty lucky in that I live in perpetual summer mode and that sunny days at the beach are a pretty common occurrence for me. But, this doesn’t mean that summer doesn’t get me all giddy and excited like it does for the rest of you. Watermelon, peaches, picnics…I love all that summer goodness just as much as the next gal so to celebrate the unofficial start of summer I packed up the picnic basket and headed down to our local beach park for a relaxing beachside picnic.

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Planning the perfect picnic is sorta like planning a mini, transportable party. Sure you can head to the store and grab a bag of chips, dip and a 6 pack of soda but really, thats not all that special. To take your summer picnic up a notch here are fool proof tips and tricks.

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– Remember that your picnic is essentially a pop-up party so you need to bring the whole set up; blankets, chairs or pillows, a small table, music, a cooler for food and drinks, and plates, napkins, flatware, etc.
– Food prep and planning- Unless you plan to bring a small grill, picnic foods should be easy make ahead dishes that can be easily transported. Sandwiches, cheese/crackers, pasta salad, broccoli salad, etc. Think foods that can be eaten easily off a place or by hand. Pack your cooler or picnic basket with enough ice to keep your food and drinks cold.

picnic2– Setting the table- This table in a bag is amazing and it makes setting up a picnic extremely easy. I like to bring a few cloth napkins to act as a tablecloth, each pacesetting  has a melamine plate, colorful napkin  and inexpensive flatware to keep the napkin from flying away. Bring a small cutting board for cheese and crackers or other appetizers.
– Depending on where you’ll be picnicking remember sunscreen, bug spray, umbrella, sweaters, etc…
– And, last but not least, I always pack a fun game. Cards and smash ball are my favorite and are great for entertainment (or for relaxing after the feast!)picnic1Remember picnics can be any time of the day…I’m thinking a breakfast picnic would be a blast!
What are some of your favorite picnic foods and tips…share, share!

Aloha Friday

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-trying out the new skincare line by TIMELESS by Pevonia c/o, I’ll be back with a full review soon-
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– slowly but surly getting blonder and blonder-

Happy holiday weekend! What are your plans for Memorial Day? Marc and I are kicking off our weekend with yoga and the farmers market followed by some relaxing by at beach, a hike or two and lots of exploring. We’re excited to check out a few more local beaches and Wiamanalo Beach is at the top of our list. It was just named the #1 beach in the U.S.  for 2015 and it just so happens to be in the beach town right next to us. Why we have yet to check it out is beyond me!
So, let’s get to this past week’s highlights:
– Kicking off the weekend with Pitch Perfect 2…it was quite funny! Followed by dinner Saturday night in Waikiki with Marc’s co-worker and wife. It’s always fun heading into town and since we are still new to Hawaii (aka still making friends) it’s fun to get together with other couples.
– I seriously can’t get enough of the beaches in Kailua. They are nothing short of breathtaking and I feel pretty lucky to get to spend so much time on these white sand beaches. Add Kailua/Lanikai to your travel list- I promise you it’s worth it!
– Eating dinner outside. It doesn’t get dark until after 7pm so that gives us plenty of time to enjoy the evening!
– Spending Thursday afternoon stand up paddling to the Mokes. The Mokes are these two small islands, about 1 mile off the coast of Lanikai. The larger of the islands has a small beach on it and we have been talking about wanting to SUP out to it. It was definitely the highlight of the week!

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!!

Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken

bbq chicken5Happy almost Memorial Day! While I’m assuming most of you have your heart set on celebrating the holiday with a backyard BBQ or a pool party if you’re one of the lucky ones but I’ll be relaxing on the beach and letting my crock pot do all the cooking for me.

bbq chicken1When I think of the quintessential flavors of summer Sweet and Savory BBQ Sauce is one of the first to come to mind. This smokey yet slightly sweet sauce is one of my favorites and its seriously amazing on grilled chicken and I’m thinking it would be pretty delish on some ribs- I’m not a rib eater but If I was I’d def smother them in this sauce! My absolute favorite way to use this sauce is to pour it into a crockpot with chicken and let it slow cook its way to tender, shredded goodness. You guys, it’s so good, like the best thing ever!

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And since the crock pot is doing all the work, all you have to think about are the sides. I mean, this Slow Cooked BBQ Chicken would be so good with bacon topped baked beans. Just sayin’… I think its pretty obvious what I’ll be feasting on this Memorial Day weekend!

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Ingredients:
– 2 cups Sweet and Savory BBQ Sauce + more to drizzle over the top
– 2 lbs chicken

Directions:
– Place chicken and BBQ sauce in a slow cooker and cook on medium for 5 hours or low for 7 hours. Shred chicken and mix well.
Enjoy!

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

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The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale kicks off today and TONS and tons of pieces are being marked down with deals up to 40% off! I don’t know about you but I’ve been looking for pieces that scream summer; loose dresses, colorful prints, espadrilles, big hats…the list goes on and on, but I’m sure you get the idea. This dress is at the top of my wish list and the red floral pattern and asymmetrical hem are everything! Styled with these Tory Burch Espadrilles and this amazing striped tote, it would be the perfect summer outfit!
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Inspiriting Spaces: A Chic Pool

Memorial Day is this coming weekend and I have one thing on my mind: Summer.  I’m looking forward to warm sunny days followed by breezy nights and can’t wait to do a little entertaining in the garden. While I am definitely more of a beach girl, I still appreciate (and hope to someday have) a gorgeous pool. I love the idea of relaxing pool side all weekend long or throwing a summer pool party. Either way- a chic pool is a must in my book. Adding a few key touches like a cabana stripe umbrella and palm frond pillows are sure to get your pool summer ready! Here are a few of my dream pools…

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Mara Hoffman Dress (similar) // Zara Gladiator Sandals // Stella McCartney Bag

I’ve been a long time fan of Mara Hoffman and her amazingly bright and uplifting prints. I can’t get enough of this silky slip dress in the most beautiful geometric print and when paired with these knee high lace up gladiators its the perfect outfit to ease from spring into summer. I’ve been wearing these sandals almost non-stop so you can expect to see a lot of them over the course of the summer…and for those of you who asked, they are a little stiff but once you break them in they become quite comfortable! Hope you had a great weekend!!