I Hope I Never "Know It All"

Approaching Kahului Airport, Maui.

Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai.

Kiahuna Beach in Poipu, Kauai.

I've been to Kauai several times in my life and whenever someone would ask me about it my standard talking points were:

  • It's beautiful but small, you can drive from one end to the other in a few hours.
  • There's red dirt everywhere.
  • There are no direct flights from Kona so it's a drag to go there.
  • Traffic can be awful.
  • Oh, and they don't have any mongoose on Kauai.

The last point was just a bit of trivia since it may actually be a plus for the island to only have the occasional rogue mongoose scurrying about. Tall Guy though, has been intrigued by the island since he spent a few weeks there several years ago and so we both went back in August.

We spent seven nights there and took a few days to drive around the island and never once got stuck in traffic. I saw more white sand than red dirt and although the flights weren't direct, I'm now in love with the views of other islands from the air. Last week, we flew back again. This time for only two nights and as soon as we were on the road, I felt as though we were driving through a neighborhood on the Big Island.

There still may be some truth to my talking points, but they can no longer serve as negative points or sound as though I know it all. In fact, it scares me to think of other beliefs that I may have. There should be a refresh button in my brain so that I can update information and experience, consistently.  Maybe, I could even keep my mind open as one of my favorite quotes suggests:

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
— Gerry Spence

#NaPhoPoMo Day 4: The Wait

A lively understandable spirit
Once entertained you.
It will come again.
Be still.
— Theodore Roethke, "The Lost Son".

Tall Guy's Kona wardrobe consists of t-shirts, board shorts, dress shirts and jeans. They wait. I wait. We all wait his return. 

During the month of November, as part of NaPhoPoMo, I intend to post at least one photo a day here. Sometimes with a little story, sometimes with only a caption, always in the hope of resisting the urge for it all to be perfect.

Photo: iPhone 5s using Camera+ app and edited in Instagram. 

The Recipe Search


I am the self-appointed hunter-gatherer of recipes for the new style of eating that Tall Guy has been prescribed. Food, is the new miracle drug for his auto-immune disorder and for my occasional joint issues.  Tall Guy's shopping list must now exclude 23 specific foods and chemicals, dairy, gluten, corn and soy. That's it. We can easily grill some fowl or fish, make a nice big salad (minus onions, mustard greens and cilantro), drizzle some oil and vinegar, sprinkle a little salt and pepper, and call it good. But with all that's available today, we can easily do better than that.

This new food list has me quite intoxicated (alcohol is also not allowed) by the challenge of replacing our favorite snacks, condiments, sides and soft drinks. They are the little extras that add sensual variety to any diet. I've been nosing around online and realize that I want:

  • a greater understanding of food allergies and sensitivities, a quick-start guide;
  • a reliable method to search for recipes that fit our particular food and taste choices;
  • a system to hold and organize the recipes.

Perhaps helpful for all cooks and diets, here's what I've found so far.

The Paleo Approach

The quick-start guide. Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D, has written a comprehensive book, on the use of diet to manage autoimmune disease. She has a doctorate degree in medical biophysics and personal experience with multiple auto immune ailments. In a video (YouTube 12:38) tour of the book, I could see that all of the graphics and images used would make the immune system a lot more interesting and easier to comprehend. I ordered a hard copy of The Paleo Approach which should be on island before the end of the week.

Search Tools

I hear that relying on Google is like online dating, but when I needed an ENT surgeon that specialized in parotid gland tumors, I went with the top search result and we were a perfect match. Also, I know a strikingly attractive couple who met online on their first and second tries and are soon to be married! I love exceptions. Therefore, Google recipe view, Pinterest searches, and Foodily are my starters. If I begin by searching for Paleo recipes, the results will yield those already free of gluten, dairy, sweeteners and legumes and I'll adjust from there.

Plan to Eat

This is a tool that will clip, save, and organize recipes online as well as accept your manual input. You can drag and drop them into a meal planning calendar and it will automatically generate a shopping list. When you're ready to cook, you can either print the recipe or use the Cooking View function for step-by-step instructions using the highlighted ingredients. I'm on Day 6 of a free month's trial of Plan to Eat and so far, can't come up with any reason why I shouldn't sign-up for a year's service. 

My Cooking Queue

This week I plan to make some granola, a carrot ginger soup, some Paleo mayonnaise, a macadamia nut ricotta and a couple of grain-free crackers. I may even take some photos with cameras other than my iPhone. I may.