Maui Top 10

There is no denying that Maui has some incredible food. From farmer’s markets to açai bowls to high end restaurants, there is no shortage of delicious offerings. Having gone there for the last few years, I have tested lots of restaurants and I wanted to share! If you’re planning a trip, feel free to reach out to me for more info! All pictures by me (some from my instagram account)

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I’m going to start with my favourite spot on the island, Ka’Ana Kitchen. I’m not lying when I tell you I have never had a bad dish or drink here. The food is fresh, local and inventive. Have you ever heard of a restaurant putting seared ahi tuna with burrata? Neither had I…but it’s amazing. Those little green cubes? Fresh passion fruit jelly. I mean REALLY?? So good.

Another favourite for food and drinks is Mama’s Fish House. Their mai tai is strong, and served in the cutest tiki glasses. Beyond that, their fish is fresh and absolutely delicious. They basically have every single type of seafood on the menu, served any way you could imagine (curried, seared, raw, grilled). You can’t go wrong. The restaurant is located in a local inn in Pa’ia and the beach above is right out front. It’s gorgeous. If you follow me on snapchat (sophiecaldwellc) you will see how obsessed I am with the amazing flower arrangements they have (I’ve posted one above).

A new discovery on this past trip was local favourite Kihei Caffe. The line is long, but it goes by fast, and it’s so fun to sit with the local Maui residents on the roadside in Kihei while the sun is coming up. I ordered the Macadamia nut and banana french toast and Peter had the breakfast burrito. Both were amazing. We each sipped one of their blended coffee drinks and we proceeded to roll down the beach home. You can’t miss this place.

 

Another Pa’ia favourite is Flatbread Company right on the main drag. Their pizzas are delish (and a nice welcome from the light tropical fish-based foods), but their salads are the best. If you go, add pulled pork to your salad and thank me later. (Yes, that is a double decker pizza serving plate)

While many of the roadside fruitstands are pretty overpriced, I really enjoy pulling over and getting some local fruit from the farmers. This one was near Jaws Beach when we went to see the surfers surfing 50 ft waves (they were 20 ft max, and there were no surfers)…But, we got papaya! There is a great farmer’s market in Kihei that has the same vibe, and way better prices.

BRUNCH! Because what is better than eating at a buffet before spending the day in a bikini? I’m not usually a breakfast person but DUO the Four Seasons Resort Maui has the best (that is bolded, underlined, and italicized for a reason) pancakes and waffles. See exhibit A above (banana chocolate chip). They have everything from the most amazing fresh omelettes, to lox and bagels, to polynesian dishes, to PANCAKES (have the pancakes). While I’m at it, the guava margarita at the lobby lounge is to die for.

One of my favourite spots on the whole island is the Andaz hotel, but specifically the Lehua Lounge. The piña coladas are so fresh and delicious, along with every other drink on the menu. The best part is that you get to pretend you’re staying there while you sip your drink poolside.

Another recent discovery, I went to Wow Wow Lemonade when the coffee shop beside our place ran out of their açai bowls. Boy, am I glad they did. This menu was insane! Each bowl had at least 10 ingredients, and they make fresh lemonade right in the store. I wish I could have one of these every morning.

What you see above is the best, freshest, healthiest fish taco you will ever find. Coconut’s Fish Cafe consistently has a line out the door, and for good reason. Their fish tacos are made with 17 ingredients, with everything made in house. Split an order of the fish tacos and coconut shrimp, and then go back the next day and do the same thing.

Lastly, if you do one thing while you’re on Maui, watch the sunset (I like to watch the sunrise too). There is nothing more calming then listening to the waves and watching the sun go down at the end of a day in the water or around the pool.

Can I go back now?

Rustic Home Inspiration

As if Ellen Degeneres wasn’t perfect enough: funny, business-savvy, successful, yet somehow perfectly relatable…she’s also a kick ass interior designer! I came across some images from her new book and had to share. I have a serious weakness for rustic homes, and these two photos had me dreaming to move to the country.

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I mean…that kitchen above?? Stone top table, antique chairs…but what really gets me is the gorgeous wall to wall rug and the brick fireplace with a wood stack. She manages to put together all of these unexpected elements that somehow flawlessly work and make a stunning place to sit around with a cup of coffee, or read by the fire. I can even imagine fire roasting some tomato sauce in that fireplace.

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Those caramel leather chairs are what dreams are made of and I think i’m going to need to find replicas for our place. These could be a good start.

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Oh, you know, just what looks like a gourmet food store in your HOUSE! #lifegoals

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Give me a good book and I would never leave that little corner.

I think Ellen and I may be design soul sisters, and I would gladly accept an invitation to hang out at her SoCal Horse Barn.

Photos: William Abranowicz for ELLE Decor

2016 Goals

5acec83accbe8d77e112c724e3db7ed9If there was a typical goal-setting person, I would be it. In fact, setting goals is one of my favourite things, and I often feel lost if I’m not working towards anything. 

I’ve heard that if you say your goals aloud, you’re much more likely to follow through with them, so I thought I would post them here! I’d love to hear yours too!

Sophie’s 2016 Goals

  • Write one blog post per week // I really fell behind on my blog this year and I realized how much I miss writing. I hope you enjoy this returned passion and dedication to my blog! I have a feeling it’ll be more than once a week but I thought I’d set a goal I knew I could achieve.
  • 30 minutes of French per week before Paris // we’re going to Paris in July! I’m absolutely ecstatic (hello – need to save for my wedding shoes!!!) but I also remember wishing I had practiced French more before our last trip, so I’ll be practicing a little bit every week using my favourite language app, Duolingo.
  • 5-6 workouts per week // I know this may seem crazy but this goal is much more for my overall well being than actual fitness (although that’s a pretty big benefit). The bottom line is that I simply feel better when I’ve worked out. So I’m going to stick with ClassPass (there just isn’t a better deal) and keep my workouts going! My favourite workouts in Vancouver (that are on ClassPass) are: Kondi, Cadence Cycling, Movement 108, Westcoast Hot Yoga and Oxygen Yoga & Fitness. I’m also thinking about making the leap and joining one studio because I really miss having a consistent workout community. 
  • Put time aside to think about my career // it’s easy to go through the days when your work in a corporate job. I’ve really been enjoying my work but I also know I want to be mindful of how I want my career to progress in the next few years. If I put some time aside to put my thinking cap on, I think it will be a lot easier to stay on track.

Overall, I want to LIVE IN THE MOMENT AND ENJOY IT ALL // I’m getting married this year. Just saying that out loud gives me butterflies! This is the year I have been looking forward to for a long time and I really want to enjoy every moment.

What are some of your goals for 2016?

2015 Recap


Every year I reflect upon everything that happened in the past 12 months. Every year, I am grateful and amazed and I always wonder how the next year will ever be able to top it.

This year was no exception. It was by far the best year of my life to date. We moved into our new home, we got engaged (best day ever), I did some really fun shoots and was published on one of my favourite entertaining sites, I entertained more than ever, I travelled to some amazing places, and I worked a ton, and took my career to the next level, taking on some really interesting clients. It was a great year.

Last night, we watched the sunset  and set some intentions for 2016. I can’t wait to share them tomorrow, but for now enjoy your day off and Happy New Year!

My Favourite Kale Salad

I’ve been on a healthy eating kick leading up to the holidays. It may have something to do with the fact that I will be wearing a bikini in two weeks in Maui….but that’s besides the point. It’s a crazy time of the year so I like to take advantage of being healthy as much as possible. Luckily, I love vegetables so I have lots of yummy recipes up my sleeve. It may not taste like pasta but it will make you feel a lot better than pasta will! [Who am I kidding…nothing is better than pasta]

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Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad
Serves 4-6 as a side (2-3 as a main)

2 bunches of kale
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
15 brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
half a shallot, diced
half a lemon, juiced
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup olive oil
salt
pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped almond or hazelnuts
1/3 cup shavings of asiago

  1. Slide kale thinly and toss into a big bowl with 1 tbsp olive and 1 tsp salt and massage until soft.
  2. Add brussels sprouts.
  3. Mix shallot, lemon, mustard, salt and pepper, and 1/3 cup olive oil in a bowl. Set aside.
  4. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to pan and when hot, add chopped nuts (cook for 2 minutes) and set aside on a paper towel.
  5. Add dressing to brussels sprouts and kale.
  6. Top with almonds and asiago (or any hard cheese you like).

Enjoy with a glass of red wine. The wine pictured above is a Côtes Du Rhône, which is one of my favourite red wines. It pairs with lots of different types of food, and is really a crowd pleaser. It’s my go-to red when I am ordering or feeding a group of people. At $20, this one is a steal (and it’s SO good).

Enjoy the holiday rush! xo

Photo from my instagram

New Gems: Portugese Wine

When I was invited to The Outsider’s Guide to the Inside: Portugese Wines at Cornucopia,  I really had no idea what I was in for, and just how many Portugese wines I would fall in love with. I’m very familiar with Italian wines, and love a good French wine, but I really knew nothing at all about Portugese wines! Portugal is often a section of the wine store I skip over, but not anymore…these wines have impeccable value and great taste. It’s all about learning a little more in order to appreciate a new (to you) region. Below I’ll show you my favourite red and my favourite white from the tasting.

Starting out with my favourite of the day, the Casa de Oleiros Vinho Verde was crisp, bursting with bright acidity, notes of apple and would be perfect for sipping in the summer. Best part about this wine? It’s under $20 (and actually good!) Not to mention – I love the label.

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The red winner for me was definitely the Quinta de Cabriz Dao Colheita Seleccionada. Other than being a serious mouthful to say, this wine was aged in French oak and has delicious smooth tannins. It’s great with a simple appy of olive oil and bread. While this specific wine isn’t available at the BCL, I highly recommend browsing the reds of Portugal during your next trip to the store.

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Have you tried any Portugese wines? What are your favourites?