Monday, August 29, 2016

Maui 2016 - Day 2

I alerted Papa that I was going to go for a jog in the morning. While on vacation, I knew I was going to drink and eat unhealthy, and honestly, I haven't been happy with my body lately. I recently picked up running again. The 90 minutes of cardio I was going wasn't enough to burn some fat. Jogging was a challenge until I actually did it. I ran a 5K in my second attempt since not running since October 31st last year. I got up and used my stepmom's mini side purse for my phone as I forgot my arm band in a rush. The goal to run another 5K along the water.

I turned on my JBoog Pandora station, started my Runkeeper tracker and got going. At 7:30 am, it was already warm. I should have gotten up earlier. Once I made that one turn, I saw the blue ocean and I knew I was definitely going to reach my goal. I would run as often as I could if I could run with that view. 

Going down hill was hard on my knees and I was cautious so I think it added to my time. The last time I was in Maui, I headed towards the black rocks at the Sheraton. This time I went in the opposite direction.

I passed lots of tourists, construction, Duke's, other runners, people setting up a tent for activities with sumo suits and got lost in a winding hotel parking lot looking for a beach trail access. I ended up reaching my 5K mark in a parking lot. I wish I ended on some beach somewhere but at that point, I didn't care. My legs were jelly and I was parched. I took the photo from a walkway to the beach and saw a rainbow. How perfect. My time wasn't perfect but I got it done.

I decided to stop at Duke's, sit at the bar of course and order something light. I almost got the fruit platter but i went with the organic granola, yogurt and tropical fruit. I killed that first glass of water. I sat next to a couple from Vegas that was experiencing a different kind of heat. I hope my sweatiness didn't ruin their experience sitting one seat away from me. If it had, I would have had to purchase them a glass of wine that was on tap.

My granola was decent but I wish I had gotten the fruit platter. It would have been more refreshing. I texted Papa to let him know where I was. I told him that I was going to walk back up. Like a sweet Papa Bear, he offered to come pick me up. I declined. The walk back up was hot but I did catch some Pokemon.

I got to the house with my Papa tending to his backyard. He said he was going to go to the store to pick up poke. I asked him if I could tag along after I shower. Of course he didn't decline.

Oh, the terrible tan lines!

Since I had the rental car, I drove. I told my stepmom to pray and say prayers for my father's return. I can't remember the last time I drove with him as a passenger and I forgot to pack my defibrillator.

I felt pretty confident driving around Maui.  I recognized the golf course Papa first took us to to have lunch when we arrived two years ago and I also feel confident about driving around in Kauai. I'm getting used to this! Could it be my home some day?

We went to the supermarket and I was in poke heaven. Sooo many different kinds. Papa got four half pounds of a few variations. I almost convinced him to get the octopus one. See my Greek post and obsession with octopus.

We had lunch at the house. My stepmom had rice, which I believe was at every meal, plus the poke and this pickled mango that I couldn't get enough of. My mouth is watering just as type this. They also shared a wine with me that they went to Kula for and they enjoyed. It was mixed with passion fruit and a bit too sweet for me. I was thankful for trying it but I passed it to my father.

Then it was time for Papa's nap time. I wanted to go to the beach and get in the water. I didn't want to pull him from his resting time but we all ended up going to Kaanapali beach just down the road. We packed the chairs, umbrellas and towels. We set up camp as best as we could with the wind and held on to the umbrellas. After a bit, I went into the water, followed by my Papa. It was great to just float in the beautiful, warm water but it was definitely exercise just to stay afloat. He would say that he couldn't believe he was living there but he's so happy. I'm happy for him!

After a bit of sitting out and observing why a couple's umbrella was so much more steadier than ours, we headed back and he needed to rest before our next happy hour.

We went to Whaler's Village and went to the Kaanapali Grille & Tap Room. It was another terrible view. Papa Bear apologized.

We sat outside of course, ordered a round of beers from Waikiki Brewing Company, pupus including Papa's favorite, onion rings, chicken wings with the sauce on the side, coconut shrimp and the nachos topped with kahlua pork. My favorite was the coconut shrimp. The onion rings were large and the wings were cooked well done, just the way I liked them. The nachos weren't appealing to me. I killed the shrimp though! And you wonder where my silliness comes from?

Papa Bear knew the staff. He has been served by our waiter before, told me about how the bus boy named Heinz got his name and we met the manager there named Gary. Very nice guy and he said he was going to help open a brewery in Oahu during Labor Day weekend and it was his birthday. My stepmom mentioned that I was in the industry too. I also said we will be opening up our brewery as well. He invited me to come out to Oahu! Wow. I did have an idea of going to Oahu after the new year to see what it was like. Could I live on Maui? Or do I still need a city kind of feel in Waikiki? The opportunity and invitation was there. Could I? Gary asked me to think about it and gave me his card.

A solo musician started to play as we were finishing up our meal. How nice it was to hear live island music. We said our goodbyes and Gary was so nice to come and bid us farewell with hugs. I am loving how friendly everyone is.

We walked to the shopping area so I could get new flip flops as my Reefs that I bought in Playa Del Carmen early last year were falling apart.  I also had go to the Honolulu Cookie store for Nelson. I was so impressed with the cleanliness and packaging of their products. The pineapple-shaped cookies are basically $1 a piece. I personally didn't fall in love with them but perhaps it was because I was so full. 

We walked back and it was very busy. People were still jogging, people were coming in from the beach, laying in hammocks and heading to dinner. I liked the touch of a hotel putting a bride and groom's names at the top of the hotel for all to see. This Event Planner wonders how much that cost.

We then headed home and Papa and I had a long conversation out on the deck under the stars. 

We talked about family. Lolo always comes up. We miss him and it makes me think of how much I would miss Papa when that time comes.  He asked me if I was happy and love what I'm doing. I do. Then he asks me to answer what I never voice out loud - 'Are you lonely?' I am. I have great friends and the point is, I choose who I want to spend my time with. Some people and efforts may not be reciprocated and I read those signs clearly. But I didn't want to go further into it as I didn't feel like crying on a joyous weekend. I dodged going into detail but it's really simple: I don't want to ever settle again. (I Am Single)

We transitioned a bit deeper in how he as an immigrant from the Philippines has grown to be so successful. It is really impressive. My Financial Advisor is so smart and so good with his money. He says luck and determination definitely played a part. He set goals for himself, taught himself about the stock market, options and investing as well as real estate. He has definitely taken risks and have made risky decisions to help people out but it is also because he has a huge heart.

As I get older, we both are seeing how much alike we are. I do hope I can be as successful as he is come 62 years of age. Just like this blog, I am interested in so many things. How to make my money work for me is on that list. Papa said he would help me.

Since my first visit to Maui in 2003 or 2004 with my Lola and Lolo and my cousins, I have dreamt of living in Hawaii. When I was there in August 2014, I was looking at condos as soon as I got home.  I wanted to go back. See Day 4 post to what I have decided.

He eventually fell asleep and I went inside to write my August Beer Log. Papa came
in. Then I actually fell asleep on the couch as they watched the Olympics. In the middle of the night, I got up to go to my gorgeous room. 

Maui 2016 - Day 1

Over dinner in late June, my father and stepmom were talking about living on Maui and how every year for his birthday, they go to a restaurant called Longhi's in Lahaina. When he stepped away, I asked if I could surprise him for his birthday. She said yes! I missed going to the islands the entire year of 2015 and just love it so much. I am just so happy there. And what better reason to go than to celebrate my father's birthday.

I had a 7 am Hawaiian Airlines flight out of Oakland and grabbed a pricey breakfast at the airport of eggs, salsa, cheese, potatoes and apple sausage. It was ok but I had to eat something. I was lucky enough to have no one sit next to me. I slept through the entire flight until they fed us breakfast and welcomed us to Hawaii with a Koloa Rum punch and Maui Onion kettle chips.

My plan was to pick up a six-pack of his favorite Bikini Blonde beer by Maui Brewing Company and some balloons tired to it. When he opens the front door, I'll pop out. I also got a few stems of gladiolus for my step mom. My Kia Optima rental was full and I couldn't see out my rear view mirror. But I was headed forward to Kaanapali.

I Periscoped (bappletree) from my rental car as I prepped for the surprise. Thanks to all that tuned in. But he didn't end up coming to the door. My stepmom did and I came in and hid near the door in the foyer. He came out from one side of the house and saw the balloons, asked my stepmom who was here and he saw me. His face was stunned. Not exactly a big smile but not quite grasping why I was there. Happy Birthday! I gave him a big big. He kept asking why I was there.

After the shock, I moved my luggage into the gorgeous guest room with a walk in closet, large bathroom, private lanai and access to the backyard and pool. My stepmom came by assuring me that he's happy and she said thank you. That was nice to hear. My father is a very private man and so I wasn't exactly sure how he was going to take it but he was happy I was there.

I had lunch with them. My stepmom made good and healthy items for us. We chatted for about an hour and it was nap time for him. That's when I went back to work on the patio with a view of the pool and the breeze to keep me cool. 

Papa came out and said he was happy that I was there. He had a big smile and it almost made me tear up! Then it was time for happy hour. 

We went to Pi Artisan Pizzeria and had 'the coldest beer on the island' according to my father. He ordered his Bikini Blonde while I had the IPA (see August beer log). We had the prosciutto pizza which was delicious! The garlic knots which I loved served with some marinara sauce I didn't partake of. The meatballs were good too. And I had to have a salad. It can't be all carbs. The owner came by and introduced himself. He confirmed that my stepmom booked a reservation on OpenTable so she got her 100 points. She writes reviews on Zagat. My Papa writes reviews on TripAdvisor. A cute local that worked there also came by to check on us. He called Papa 'Uncle' as they do as a sign of respect.

The view was awesome. You just can't beat that. We walked along that stone wall when we had dinner at Longhi's two years before. It must be close.

We then walked along the Outlet Shops and it was pretty dead for a Friday night. I wasn't there to shop. Except for cookies that Nelson requested. I asked him, 'Which ones do you want?'

The area is just so beautiful. Look at these handing flowers from the tree near the parking garage. Beauty is everywhere.

Then we just went back to the house and chit chatted on the deck in lawn chairs. He again said he was happy I was there. It was definitely miles well spent. Thanks, Hawaiian Airlines. I feel like an adult. I went to bed around 9:30 pm. It was past midnight California time.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

National Dog Day 2016

My Boston Terrier will be seven years old and I am just now seeing signs of him slowing down a bit. He has a lot of energy still but it takes him longer to recover. In celebration of National Dog Day, we went out for a PokemonGo walk around our neighborhood and he got special treats.

Please follow Bevo on Instagram 'BevotheBoston' for many daily pictures of life as a dog.

Friday, August 26, 2016

#BernNCourtDoItalia - October 2016

Courtney and I are headed to Italy very soon! We are very excited and look forward to partying a little, being cleansed of those sins at The Vatican and getting an underground tour of the Colesseum in Rome. Though a mostly-straight twosome, we'll enjoy a romantic gondola ride in Venice. We will visit David and Michaelangelo in Florence and shop our brains out in Milan. We foresee a lot of wine and pasta and 'Ciao, Bello's' in our future.

This will be our third trip together since we met in September. We have done Vegas, will have gone to Paso Robles for my birthday and then Italy. 

Courtney and I are both in the food and beverage industry, love to party, enjoy fashion and shoes, all beverages, delicious food, trying new things, working out and can make friends anywhere because we're both outgoing and hilarious. We look forward to meeting new people.

With that said, follow us via social media and our hashtag '#BernNCourtDoItalia'

If you would like us to visit your establishment, please email me! I will be blogging and adding pics and videos to my Instagram Stories and/or Snapchat.

Here are a few pics of our adventures:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Veuve Clicquot Rich Events in San Francisco

Will you be joining us to taste the new Veuve Clicquot Rich this Sunday? Join us for hosted tastes, a special brunch menu by our new Executive Chef, Glen Schwartz, specialty cocktails, complimentary Benefit Cosmetics mascara minis with bottle purchases and a day of playing corn hole and jumbo Jenga.

Veuve Clicquot Rich is the mixologists' champagne that is sweet and pairs well with citrus, tea and basil on the rocks. I personally enjoy it with pineapple. DW's Bar Manager, Wes, has created special cocktails in the colors of the PRIDE flag and named after known neighborhoods in France for July's event and after San Francisco neighborhoods for the event this Sunday. Please join us!

Sunday, August 28, 2016
11 AM - 3 PM

Dirty Water
1355 Market Street (inside the Twitter Building)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Book your reservation via OpenTable


Frisee Aux Lardon
poached duck egg / bacon / shallots

Cream Puffs
pate a choux / sweet cream / raspberry

French Toast
brioche / grilled strawberry / cream