Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
August can be a sad time for the tomato-free. Everyone is shouting from the rooftops about their fabulous oven roasted tomatoes, tomato and mozzarella salads and raw sauce.
But just hold the phone on the raw sauce thing, folks, because last night, Peter made up a genius alternative! Garlic, lots of olive oil, corn, peaches and tons of salt. It sounds a little strange, I know. But it was fantastic. Sweet corn and peaches with the almost spicy raw garlic -- yum. In fact, I have left-overs today for lunch, and I can hardly wait.
You will need:
1 giant peach, peeled and cut into small chunks
2 ears of corn, cut off the cob
2 large cloves of garlic
1 giant glug of olive oil
Salt and pepper
Fresh basil (would have been awesome, but I didn't have any)
Put water on to boil for pasta (or rice noodles -- that's what this is). Rub garlic into a large bowl. Lynn does this, so I copy her. Add corn, chopped peaches, olive oil, salt and pepper to the bowl.
When your pasta is finished, add a ladleful of the cooking water into the sauce. Drain the pasta, and mix in with your sauce. Add in a few pats of butter and some Parmesan cheese.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
4. Take a tour of Kona Brewing Company. They also serve pizzas and sandwiches using left over barley from their beer making!
6. Have a cocktail at Huggos. It's a bit cheesy, but there's live music and hula dancing, and you can watch the sun set into the ocean.
10. Eat Loco Moco! Peter had this at Big Island Grill -- a really yummy diner. I understand that rice with a giant hamburger patty, an egg and brown gravy may not sound that awesome, but trust me...it is.
That concludes my recommendations for Hawaii. Anyone else have fabulous things to add?!
Monday, August 16, 2010
1. Golf. Do you like to golf? Have I got the deal for you. Go to Kukuiolono and play 9 holes for $9. Ocean views, cliffs, big sky. It will be one of the more enjoyable (and cheap) afternoons you spend on the island.
2. Visit a Japanese tea room. I celebrated my birthday on Kauai, and we went to Hanamaulu Tea House for dinner. Fabulous.
3. Stop at Wailua Falls, where they shot the opening of Fantasy Island (?). Very pretty.
3. Drive around Waimea Canyon. Did you know there was a giant canyon on Kauai? I didn't either. Like the Grand Canyon, but green!
5. Hike the Na Poli Coast. Now, I will admit that this was not my favorite. I discovered I am not much of hiker! The wind and rain and extreme mud kind of turned me off. But you get views like this -- views you can't get anywhere else. One of Peter's favorite afternoons.
6. Make sure you are in Kauai on a Thursday so that you can go to fish taco night at Hanalai Gourmet. Life changingly good. I'm serious. Also order the tempura-battered artichoke hearts.
7. Grab a drink at Tahiti Nui. Really reasonable cocktails and fun live music.
8. Go to a farmer's market. We made a few dinners at our resort (I was v. creative with the microwave and grill on site!). We had amazing fresh fish, long beans, purple potatoes, mangos, butter avocados, fancy fresh figs...the list goes on and on. So fun to try things we never get at east coast farm stands.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
4. Take a walk on Waikiki. The surfers. The surfers!
5. Enjoy a giant shave ice on the North Shore. The flavor combos are endless, but I was partial to root beer, coconut and pineapple. Sounds weird! But it's delicious.
6. Make your new husband take you on a fancy date to Roy's. Don't miss the signature Chinese dumplings. Yum.
Friday, August 6, 2010
At dinner, we finally got to share all the yummy wine we tasted with everyone!
Peter and I sat at a long table with both our families for dinner,which was delightful.
People started dancing after dinner out on the veranda...
And after we cut our cute little cake, we joined them! Peter orchestrates lots of fun twirls on the dance floor, like this one.
The happy, warm, joyful Mount at the end of the evening. Good night, all!
Thank you for letting me blather on about the wedding this week. I promise, I'll be done now!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Peter and I coming down those fabulous leopard stairs to head out to cocktail hour...
A view from the garden, looking up at everyone enjoying cocktails!
Peter and I took a little walk during cocktail hour to see the gardens. Last summer when we were looking at the Mount as a potential wedding spot, I remember being in those gardens and looking up at the house. It was so lovely, I knew that I wanted to have that experience on our wedding day. And we did!
Friends having fun drinks on the veranda.
Brazilian jazz trio humming along.
Right at the end of cocktail hour, my Dad made a toast to welcome everyone to the wedding, and to officially welcome Peter into our family.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I was so lucky to be able to wear a veil for the ceremony that's been in Peter's family for over 100 years! I was the first bride of the fourth generation to get to wear it, and I was so thrilled that Peter's sweet family offered to lend it to me.
We decided to see each other ahead of time, and took all formal pictures before the ceremony. Peter and I met up behind the stables at the Mount and got to hug and kiss and say, "We're getting married today!" a lot before meeting our bridal party and families in the gardens.
Our ceremony was in a very sweet, simple New England church. I kept trying to sneak peaks at everyone in the pews while the ceremony was taking place. It was so crazy to look down into one aisle and see my best friends from high school, and then my godmother, and then Peter's cousins. All in the same spot. To see us get married!
Peter and I hung out in front of the church after the ceremony and got to hug so many of our wonderful guests. I was on such a high after our service. I kept turning to Peter in between greeting people to say, "I just loved getting married!"