Saturday, January 13, 2018

Maui Travel Guide



Excursions

Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is miles of winding road through the rainforest with many one lane bridges. It's an excursion that you only need to do once in your life time and is also an all day excursion. You can go in your rental car or go through a tour group. 













Whale Watching excursion with Pacific Whale Foundation

The Pacific Whale Foundation hosts whale explorations out of Lahaina that lasts for two hours and has drinks available for purchase. Over the two hours you will learn more about the humpback whales that visit Maui from November to March to give birth. I recommend taking a jacket if go on an early morning exertion and make sure to take your camera. Keep in mind that whale sightings are not always going to happen, but always make sure to have your camera ready. 

Before getting on the boat, stop at Bad Ass Coffee for coffee, which is just on the other side of the banyan tree on Front St.



Where to Eat

Note: I highly recommend making reservations for all of these in advance. Especially Mama's Fish House. My mom made that reservation almost a year in advance of our trip to Maui. 

Lahaina

Star Noodle: 4/5

Featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives

While the food was amazing, the service could definitely have been improved. We were very excited to visit the restaurant after seeing it on Food Network. My parents and I shared the Vietnamese Crepe and I had the Hot n Sour noodles for my main course. All of the flavors were  excellent, and the cocktails offered on the menu were also good. Definitely make reservations or you will be waiting for more than an hour for a table.

Make reservations on Yelp.

Cost: $

Fleetwood's On Front St. : 4/5

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Located on Front St. in Lahaina, Fleetwood's On Front Street offers custom cocktails and a menu filled with fresh, locally caught fish as well as other options. I recommend setting up reservations 30 days in advance and try to get in around sunset with a seat on the upper deck for the best view. Meal wise, my parents and I shared the Crab Cake for an appetizer and I had the Ono in the Citrus Beurre Blanc preparation. For a cocktail I had the "Lime in the Coconut drink". If you would rather have wine, Fleetwood's also offers an extensive wine list.

Make reservations.

Cost: $$

Lahaina Fish Company: 4/5

Also located on Front St, Lahaina Fish Company offers an extensive menu with both fresh fish and red meat as well as other options. I recommend making reservations for around sunset because all of the restaurants facing the bay on Front St. are great spots to see the sunset.

Make reservations.

Cost: $$

Maui Brewing Co. Brewpub: 3/5

All ages. Maui Brewing Co. Brewpub features all of the Maui Brewing Co. beers with a menu appetizers and lunch picks.

My Brew Picks:
Coconut Hiwa- Porter
Pineapple Mana- Wheat

No need to make reservations.

Roy's- Kaanapali (5/5)

Located near all of the resorts at Kaanapali, Roys offers dinner from the sea and the land. The best Ahi that I have ever had in my life. If you love Ahi, go to Roy's and order the Ahi. Instead of bread being served at the table, they deliver edamame at the beginning of the meal and you can request refills. Roy's also has a large wine and cocktail menu to choose from.

Cost: $$-$$$

Make reservations.

Wailea

Morimoto Maui: 5/5

One of Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurants that features a unique menu with cold and warm appetizers, sushi, and entrees. I recommend the "ishi yaki buri bop", which is cooked at your table. The yellowtail in the dish was absolutely delicious. 
Cost: $$$

Paia

Cafe Mambo 

A great breakfast spot to stop at before starting the Road to Hana. Has a wide variety of breakfast items and coffee menu. Is also open for lunch, but I have only had breakfast there. 

Cost: $


Mama's Fish House: 5/5

If you decide that you want to have one meal where you can splurge, make it Mama's Fish House. The menu is full of freshly caught fish from that day and the menu says the vessel that the fish was caught on and where the vessel was when the fish were caught. I would recommend making reservations well in advance.

Cost: $$$

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

How to Create a Last Minute Costume from Your Closet



Last night I had planned to do a group costume with some friends, but when the other two fell ill, I had to scramble to figure out a last minute costume. I don't have any of my costume things this year because I completely forgot to grab the box from storage when I moved back down to school so I was very limited on what I could do.

I spent the whole drive from Indy to Bloomington thinking of costumes that I could make with the clothes in my closet and in the end I was trying to choose between Bad (without the Boujee) and a disgruntled housewife/suburban mom (aka Karen who asks to see the manager). After asking all of my friends, I decided to do the suburban mom. Also, I was not trying to insult moms in anyway with this costume. Moms (and dads) are amazing and they do so much that we don't appreciate. 

I made my costume by picking a pair a jeans, pairing a tank top, and Converse (complete with tailgate field dirt) with my apron that I got from an art festival this summer. I've linked a cheap option from H&M that could easily be used for a costume and for the kitchen. Another way to do this costume would be to wear sweats or leggings with a robe and maybe hair curlers. I decided to go against doing a legging look because my friends know that I wear leggings daily already.

If I had done the Bad (without the Boujee), I would have worn the same tank with black ripped jeans, a jean jacket, and a bandana around my neck. 







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Friday, October 6, 2017

Smart Study Habits



It's midterm time in college and I'm currently studying up for my second round of exams of senior year. My first round of exams didn't go as well as I hoped, but I'm hoping these exams will go better. Here are some study tips and habits that I swear by.


Use Pocket Points to stay off of your phone 


Pocket Points is an app available on iPhone and Android that you can use as motivation to not look at your phone while you're on campus. When you're on campus, simply open up the app to the home screen, and then close your phone. When you open your phone back up, you'll earn points. When those points begin to rack up, you can use them to get coupon codes for local restaurants, stores, and online shops. I personally use my points for food coupons. I've used Pocket Points since sophomore year and I've racked up 8424 points and I'm ranked 47th on IU's campus. 

Make a to-do list 

I always make a to-do list before I go study so that I know what all I need to get done that day and I will not go home until I finish it all. 

Study somewhere other than your room

I cannot focus in my room. When I need to study for a long period of time, I will go to a local coffee shop, Barnes and Noble, or the library. My room holds way too many distractions and I find myself going to the kitchen for snacks too often. 

Color code your agenda 

I color code each of my classes, clubs, and my sorority events. It helps me keep track of everything that I need to get done and it helps me not mix any due dates up. 

Study with or without music

I personally study with classical music most of the time just so that I have something in the background to block out talking. I also frequently listen to rain or rainforest noises, but it's important to figure out what you can study with. 


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Easy Lunches for College Students





100% honesty: What I pack for lunch now is what my mom packed for me when I was little because those lunches are easy to make and don't take up too much space. I'm sharing two of my favorite pinwheel wraps and some of the snacks I take to class because let me be honest, I take A LOT of snacks to class.

Note: Lighting in my kitchen is horrible so I apologize for the picture quality. This post also contains affiliate links. 


My go-to lunch: Pinwheel Wraps

Turkey + Veggie Dip + Shredded Cheese
Turkey + Dijonaise + Shredded Lettuce + Shredded Cheese

These are my favorite wraps, but you can seriously make them with anything. I buy cheese by the block from the deli and shred it at home and I also buy the turkey from the deli. I really try to avoid prepackaged deli meats and cheeses. The veggie dip I use is a family recipe, but you can use any kind of condiment that you want. 



Roll the wrap and then roll it into the Press n' Seal. 


Refrigerate overnight and cut into pinwheels the next morning.



Breakfast + Lunch today: 
muffin, clementines, pinwheels, grapes, applesauce, and SkinnyPop (Sea Salt and Pepper)

Lastly, don't forget to clean up the counter. 

I also pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and leftovers are also a great idea. The IU Union has a microwave in the eating area so that students can heat up food, so I'll take leftovers when I want something more than wrap or a sandwich. If you're not sure if your school has microwave for student use, try to look around your union eating hall because most schools should try to accommodate students that live off campus and that do not have meal points anymore. 
My go-to snacks:
SkinnyPop
Grapes
Trail mix 
Veggies + Dip 
Fruit (Clementines + Bananas)
Hummus + Crackers
Brie spread + Crackers 
Applesauce

Although I have braces back on, I love to pack SkinnyPop in my lunch as a quick, salty snack that also isn't as messy has other salty snacks. I switch between purchasing the Sea Salt and Pepper flavor (which is also my favorite kettle chip seasoning) and the Original. While I was shopping the other day I noticed that SkinnyPop now has Popcorn Cakes and microwave popcorn. I think the popcorn cakes would be a good snack to bring on campus because they're more compact and you could maybe even top with hummus or whatever spread to want. I'm also interested in trying their sea salt microwavable popcorn for a snack at home. I normally eat butter popcorn, but lately I've been wanting to switch it up without eating kettle corn. 




My go-to fruit choices for campus: grapes. Super easy to throw into a Ziplock bag and into my lunch bag.  I was so excited to see Cotton Candy grapes at the store today when I went to get groceries. They are so good and the season is close to its end, which also means that there are less grapes in the bag than usual. *Cue tears*. I also love to grab clementines and bananas because they're easy to peel and then just throw away instead of having to bring the trash back home. 



My favorite trail mix has white chocolate chips, Craisins, and peanuts. My nana started making this for me this summer and I made some for myself for a quick snack. Just add each ingredient to your liking and save it however you would like.

I've attached a general shopping list of things that I purchase to make lunches that can be taken to campus. All of these items can be used for dinner as well. Don't forget that you can make extra grains or pasta for dinner and use it for lunch the next day!



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