Golden Tumeric Sauerkraut Recipe

Here is the recipe of the awesome yellow sauerkraut from my breakfast today! My dad has been experimenting with making many fermented things, including his own kombucha, mead, cider, jun, kim chee, pickles and of course sauerkraut. Here is the tried and true recipe that we are now enjoying daily!

Breakfast! Cucumbers with leftover avocado from the Keto 👹ed eggs, beets, a fried egg with turmeric/cayenne/pepper/Bragg’s herb seasoning on top of kale salad and dad’s golden sauerkraut —

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The hardest part of this recipe is just WAITING for it to be done 🙂 ENJOY!

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A Short & Sweet Version of Our Year Abroad

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#1 HI Thai Food Truck

Hooray! The first place on the list!


We happened to be near a few restaurants but decided for something casual and quick — Wailuku town was bustling, so was the food cart! It was around 11:30 and some workers were already there enjoying lunch. There wasn’t a huge menu to choose from, which I don’t actually mind at all. I was starving as was Kenny, we ordered Pad Thai and Pad Kee Mao (drunken noodles) both with chicken. I noticed it was a one woman show working the food cart so it took a little while to get our food but it probably wasn’t more than 10 minutes!

When we did receive our order, I opened the container to see noodles almost overflowing — A HUGE portion for only $10 each!


Happy sight for hungry stomachs! We taste tested both but the signature dish I try at every Thai place is PAD KEE MAO. We both ate through the drunken noodles and thoroughly enjoyed it. What I appreciated was the abundance of meat, veggies and overall lightness to the dish. Sometimes you get a lot of noodles (aka the cheap stuff) and have a hard time finding your protein that you wanted. This was not the case here, while we were almost to the bottom of the bowl there was chicken everywhere. I also noticed that it wasn’t as oily as some noodles can be and didn’t leave us with a heavy feeling.


The pad thai was also good, slightly on the sweet side for my taste but with all the great qualities of the pad kee mao. TONS of meat, vegetables, toppings, and quantity is great for both dishes which were $10 each. I noticed that there was no chili powder, oil, or hot sauce at the food truck which wasn’t a problem but I would prefer to add it to this dish specifically. We had to take the rest of the pad thai home for leftovers and it was just as good a few hours later!


Overall a very good experience with a nice healthier take on traditional Thai food. I would definitely return when craving some thick noodles!

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The Maui Food Top 30 List

On our past year of traveling we’ve had the opportunity to try tons of amazing food from night markets to hole in the wall Michelin Star Restaurants. We work hard to expand our stomachs (and also split things) quite a bit so we can sample a little of everything.

However, when I come home it’s a mad dash to fit in all the places I’ve got to go to get what I’ve missed and been craving. In a two week period this is slightly daunting and hard on my usual health conscious way of living. For example, one day might be going to Sam Sato’s for brunch, picking up some manju while there, stopping at Homemaid Bakery for malasadas, followed by Da Kitchen for lunch or dinner takeout and finishing with Ululani’s Shave Ice! Whew! Thankfully I will be on the island a bit longer this time so I don’t need to resort to that (haha - although I’ve already had a good deal of butter rolls and malasadas, whoops).


In no apparent order:

1. Japengo
2. 1054 Togoshi Sushi
3. Sushi Paradise
4. Morimoto’s
5. Maui Thai Bistro
6. HI Thai Food Truck
7. Gestes Shrimp Truck
8. Three’s Bar & Grill
9. Seahouse
10. Ko
11. Cuatro
12. Mala Ocean Tavern
13. Haile Maile General Store
14. Nick’s Fishmarket
15. Down the Hatch
16. Zing
17. Pita Paradise
18. Bella Surf Cafe
19. Coffee House & Crepes
Aria’s I loved it here! Also saw Mayor Arakawa lol
20. Pizza Madness Maui
21. The Plantation House
22. Fork & Salad
23. Banyan Tree
24. Lahaina Grill
25. Merriman’s Kapalua
26. Ka’ana Kitchen
Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill Been twice!
27. Choice Health Bar
28. Aloha Mixed Plate
29. Local Boys Shave Ice
30. The Gazebo

This next section are the ones I’m on the fence about, from reading the menu and reviews.
If the menu doesn’t have a lot I’m interested in I don’t see much of a point in going but the food does look good sooooo….
never say never.


Taverna (for drinks)
The Mill House
Flatbread Co. Give it another chance?
Pulehu Italian Grill
Miso Phat Sushi (Guy Fieri visited…)
Sale Pepe

If it’s not on the list I’ve either already been there or have reviewed the menu and am not interested in going at this time, but if it seems like there’s something MAJOR missing, comment below!!

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Month-long Roadtrip Highlights!

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Chanel Unboxing

Finally uploaded my fun Chanel purchase from Hong Kong! I purchased this in May 2017 —

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Year of Travel with 1 Bag!

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Choosing the Right Backpack

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Total Solar Eclipse

It was probably an entire year earlier that we knew there was going to be a total eclipse. The last time we were in Oregon was November 2016. We had come home to send off for our Vietnam visas and it was in that time we started to see advertisements for the PATH OF TOTALITY which Madras, Oregon, happened to be in for the upcoming solar eclipse. Hype and over-sensationalizing, conspiracy theories and whinings about what this event would mean for a small agricultural town of 6000 population were non stop!

We returned to Oregon at the beginning of summer. Quickly we saw evidence of the preparations for the eclipse… restaurants hiring more staff and buying more food, stockpilings of water, crazy $$$ airbnb listings-

See our video of the eclipse here:


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15 Things You Should Travel With (that you might not realize)

The following is a list I composed of absolutely necessary items that we’ve traveled with during the past year + of our around the world trip. It is possible to do things differently but I find that our way allows us to travel lighter and thus more comfortably (and cheaper because we can fly any airlines with just our carry on). Everything pictured is what we actually used!

1. The Perfect Backpack -
Plan on researching these details a year to 6 months before you leave on your trip! Height and weight play a factor in which bag you will be lugging on your back. The waist and chest strap on my Osprey Farpoint 40 S/M really helped to take the weight strain off of my back/shoulders. I literally could not imagine traveling any other way after using this bag! Kenny used the same backpack but in the M/L size which adds an extra 2L of space, and it was still inconspicuous enough not to make us look like “backpackers”!


2. Travel Socks -
Travel socks will be made to wick moisture and odors, eliminating the need to wash them after every use. You may be able to go a week or two before switching them out which means you don’t need to carry so many pairs. I personally love the Smarwool brand socks and started with 3 or 4 pairs. As we near the end of our journey in Asia I currently have 3 socks total. Sad but I will totally be rebuying these!


3. Travel Underwear -
Same idea as the socks but with underwear. Yes, it sounds weird and it may feel weird but traveling with 4 or 5 pairs of travel underwear versus a couple weeks worth of regular underwear makes a huge difference in space. Plus, this leaves more room in your bag for the rest of your absolutely necessary items, and your back will thank you! Kenny and I are all about comfort and ease, making traveling easier and more enjoyable along the way. I tried the Exoficcio and Patagonia brand underwear for the past year. I preferred the material of the Patagonia but both worked very well! Shopping online there seems to be more style options than what they will have stocked in store, but if you do head into an R.E.I. or Patagonia you can get a better idea of sizing before ordering from Amazon etc.


4. Unlocked Cell Phone -
Don’t plan on doing this the week you leave for your trip. Talk to your cell phone provider now to see what steps must be done in order to unlock it. After verifying your information, you may need to finish the payments on the cell phone itself before the company will concur. It may be easier to unlock and old phone which no longer has service attached to it and less of a worry while you travel. This way no matter where you happen to be, purchasing that countries’ SIM card will allow you to have a connection to the world (and maps with directions to your next adventure).

5. No Fee Debit Card -
Fortunately or unfortunately many parts of the world still operate on cash only. Even in high tech societies like Japan, cash is king. Having a debit card that will not charge you those pesky withdrawal fees will save you a nice chunk of change. Plan to get this account set up before you leave, as signing up from another country may be difficult and require an in person visit to a branch if you attempt to do it anyways (I know because it happened to us, HAH!). You can still sign up online though! I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the Charles Schwab debit card — The way it works is that you can go to any ATM and take out money. It will still warn you about fees. The charges for that transaction will still show up on your account but at the end of the month it all gets reimbursed! You don’t pay a dime!

6. Packing Cube -
Know what will make your life easier. I didn’t realize it at the time but humored my bf by using it for my clothes. It turned out to be a semi structured medium sized packing cube that fit all of my clothes. I repeat, ALL of my clothes. Somehow this magical cube fits more in it than me folding things directly into my backpack or trying the “rolling” method. I don’t know how but — it. just. works. I used the largest sized black one by Eagle Creek and would not go without it.


7. Day Pack/Purse -
Obviously you will not be lugging your awesome travel backpack everywhere so have a nice sized day pack to take on, well, day trips whatever you might be doing. My purse was a bit larger than I’d normally carry but it worked out to be able to hold my cell phone, camera, snacks, a water bottle, etc. I spent $4.99 on my second travel purse, as I did not want anything eye catching going through Central America. The other quality that I got this for was the material, while faux leather was extremely foldable so I could squish it into my backpack no matter how full that already was and have my hands free. Kenny used the Patagonia Atom Sling which also worked out great and was utilized on the daily!


8. Titanium Spork -
You never know when or where you will be chowing down! If you get hangry like me, it doesn’t hurt to have this dual utensil on hand. The titanium makes it super lightweight to always have around, whether on a long bus ride, in the middle of nowhere hiking, or buying food from a convenience store.


9. Credit Card -
Duh! Why worry when you travel? After every trip from Europe I would be notified that I needed a new debit card because of this or that security threat. If you’re planning on traveling for an entire year or longer it may be difficult to have your new card sent out and be able to safely retrieve it wherever you may be. The added bonus of the credit card is that you hopefully choose one that gives you added points that can be redeemed for air miles or other travel perks. I would plan on signing up for these about 6-9 months before your trip so that you have ample time to meet the requirements for the signup bonus and you can then decide the best way to enjoy those perks while you are out and about traveling the world. While looking up flights you may notice that they don’t make much sense. A long international flight may be cheaper than a hop to one country over, or by using rewards a really big trip could be just $100 plus 15,000 miles.


10. Travel Towel -
While many places we stayed provided towels there were some that did not and it would’ve been a shame not to have showered only for the fact of not having a towel! These are not huge fluffy towels that we know and love, but absorbent shammies that also wick moisture and dry fairly quickly. They can also be used as a picnic blanket, sheet, pillow… etc!


11. 64 GB SD memory card!
I highly recommend getting a large one instead of multiple smaller ones. I had one for my camera and never worried about having to delete pics to make more room for others (although we did travel with our laptop). It was really nice to save the memory card and have access to all of our photos and video whenever I needed to. Plus it is less little items to keep track of AKA misplace and lose.


12. Lightweight Waterproof Jacket -
I’m always running a bit colder than everyone else so having a lightweight jacket is always useful whether walking around town or in an airplane. I searched for a waterproof jacket as we were about to leave for SE Asia and found one that rolled up into its pockets and could fit in just about anything (including my purse).


13. Combination lock for my backpack -
I started with three (one for each set of zippers on my backpack) but really only needed one that would loop through all of the zipper pulls. It was more peace of mind if I had to leave my backpack (containing everything I would be traveling with).


14. An All Purpose Soap -
While I still had my shampoo and separate face soap it was nice to have one bar that could do it all and easily go through any airport security. I’m talking about the Dr. Bronner’s bar soaps which you can pick up at any Target or health foods store. They are mild soaps which can be used for the body, face, hair, hands… whatever. I prefer the almond or peppermint smell the best, but there are many too choose from 🙂 We also carried a mini bottle of the liquid soap as well, it was that good!


15. Power Bank (external battery charger)
We used this one by Anker — It was great for anytime we’d be away from our home base as it charges any of your electronic gadgets and will allow you to have about a weeks worth of charges without an electrical outlet! It’s high speed, not too heavy and keeps you connected to the world. It also has two ports so you can charge multiple devices at one time. Phew!



16. Travel with a Partner!
The most cost effective way I know to travel is with someone! This works well for safety of course, but consider splitting food costs, taxi rides, air bnb’s…! Plus you’ll always have someone to help you photograph your adventures!


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