This post isn’t going to have any pictures. Well, maybe one picture. Of the front of the building. The reason? I recently had a one-of-a-kind, exhilarating, completely mind-bending dining experience…but I took no pictures of the food. This is remarkable since I’m usually the high maintenance blogger customer who wants a table by the window for the best natural light so I can take 14 pictures of my water glass before I take my first sip. But on this night we dined in total darkness. Black darkness. Black hole darkness. Can’t find my fork darkness. Can’t find my mouth, for that matter, darkness. Yes, we ate a vegetarian meal at Vancouver BC’s Dark Table.
Of the eight main Hawaiian islands, Lanai is one of the harder ones to get to. I recently sailed myself there via a 45-minute ferry ride from Maui and went in search of a vegetarian lunch. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Lanai gets about 5,000 visitors a month. If we consider that a recent Gallup poll estimates 5% of Americans are vegetarian then only about 3,000 people a year share my same mission: find meatless food on this remote tropical island. (Wait. Not all visitors to Lanai are American. Wait. Is this some kind of probability problem?) Well, either way I expect about 4 people total to be interested in reading this blog post about my vegetarian lunch at Views at the Four Seasons.
I’ve just gone through a life altering experience. I reorganized my pantry. It was more of a project than I anticipated including scope, time, and effect on other parts of my life. Tidying a spot that takes up just 16 square feet created upheaval in about 500 square feet of the rest of the condo. I’m quite satisfied with the result but it felt like an emotional roller coaster at times. (Oh the new basket came! I can finally finish this project! Oh crap. I measured wrong. The basket doesn’t fit. How do I print a return label? %@$& we’re out of ink! Will I ever be able to put the kitchen back together again? How does Marie Kondo keep a smile on her face through the whole thing?) Continue Reading →
The last time we were on Maui was 2005. Back then it was a challenge to find more than a couple of vegetarian-friendly restaurants. 2018, however, is a different story. We recently stayed for 6 days in Kihei, ate most meals out, and still didn’t get to all the spots on my list of possibilities. But one cafe really stood out, and sadly, we had dinner there the night before we left. If only we’d found it earlier in the trip, Harvest Cafe could have made us happy on repeat visits for brunch (they don’t open until 10:00 am), lunch, and dinner.
It’s that time of year: the span between Thanksgiving and Christmas where the superstar of cooking holidays has passed, but another mega meal seems just around the corner. If you have any vegetarians in your family, or others on special diets, the menu planning for these meals can make you a little harried.