I know it’s been a bit quiet here lately, but there has been plenty going on behind the scenes (keep reading!). Well that…and I just returned from vacationing in beautiful Kauai :) My parents invited me to join them in celebrating my birthday and more importantly, their 40th wedding anniversary. Yep, FORTY. It was by far one of the most relaxing trips I’ve ever taken; Kauai is just so scenic and serene. Even as I write this post in SF, I’m listening to Hawaiian reggae to keep the calm island vibes lasting as long as possible.
While in Kauai, I spent plenty of time surfing the blissfully warm waters – 77 degrees F to be exact! It was a real gift considering I practice in the super frigid Bay Area waters. We also explored Hanalei Bay, checked out some waterfalls, and drove through Waimea Canyon. We’ll have to come back for the Na Pali Coast; sadly it was too rainy to hike and many of the boat cruises were cancelled due to choppy waters.
Aside from surfing and sightseeing, eating was (not surprisingly) an important part of our vacation. There’s no better way to learn about a new place than to try the local food, so I indulged myself with fresh poke and shave ice almost every day! We balanced eating out with home-cooked meals back at our villa. We also discovered a Costco right near the airport, so we took the advice of fellow travelers and bought groceries there. One of the best moves was grabbing two whole chickens that we would later roast that night, using this recipe. We ate one chicken for dinner, and saved the second chicken for salad the next day.
The experience of cooking in our villa was a great reminder that you don’t need a ton of fancy tools and gadgets to make a simple, delicious meal. Even when I’m cooking at home, I have my go-to set of kitchen utensils, pots, and pans that I rely on consistently. This realization inspired me to create and share my 15 Must-Have Kitchen Tools guide with you all! The guide includes 15 specific product recommendations, as well as a checklist for other odds and ends to fully equip your kitchen. So how can you get it? Just sign up for The Simple Fare email newsletter and the guide will be delivered right to your inbox!
Stay tuned for some healthy recipes next week. It’s zucchini season and this girl just got her hands on a SPIRALIZER…