summery sunday brunch baby

this past sunday we paid homage to the end of summer with a delicious breakfast with berries, peaches, and a little bit-o-bacon. i was having a craving for a family favorite, a dutch baby, topped with sun-ripened berries and a zesty, citrusy sugar. a dutch baby is like a crepe, popover hybrid. the lemon zest sugar really makes the dutch baby and gives it a nice texture. it's a super easy to make, and makes for a wonderful sunday brunch! below is the recipe that i like to use.


1/4 cup sugar
zest from 1 lemon
3 large eggs at room temperature
2/3 cup milk at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  • put a 10" cast iron skillet on the middle rack of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees
  • stir together the sugar and lemon zest in a bowl
  • beat the eggs with an electric mixer on high until pale and frothy, then beat in milk, flour, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and continue to beat until smooth, about a minute (batter will be thin)
  • add butter to the skillet and melt, swirling to coat
  • add the batter immediately and place the skillet back in the oven
  • baked until puffy and golden brown, about 15 - 18 minutes, checking periodically to see if the edges are browning (as you can see, the one pictured above is a bit burnt at 18 minutes in the oven)
  • cut into eighths (like a pizza) and serve while hot topped with berries and/or mango and the lemon sugar
derived from a Gourmet magazine, April 2009, recipe


a 25-year tradition at hale makua

This past Friday Hale Makua Kahului celebrated its 25th annual Bon Odori. Simply put Bon Odori means Bon Dance, the type of dance that is performed during Obon, traditionally the Buddhist custom to honor the departed sprits of one's ancestors. Hale Makua's Bon Dance isn't a religious celebration, but rather a gathering with good music, good dancing, good food, and great company. Residents, staff and the public enjoyed performances by the United Buddhist Women’s Association, Nakayama Minyo Kai, Maui Taiko, and even a special dance performed by staff.


lana'i love

garden of the gods

moloka'i across the channel

beautiful, white sand polihua beach

weekend water rations

nothing beats a gorgeous sunset on a deserted beach

fading sun, and dog

kaiolohia shipwreck beach

check out the tidepools at kaunolu

seaside treasures