Trying Out Rain Soul

I’ve been taking Rain Soul seed supplement for a week or so now. They say the benefits of taking these seeds help maintain healthy joints, immune system, cardiovascular system, as well as neutralize free radicals (I’m still not sure what free radicals are, but I’m happy to neutralize them).

 

 

It’s too early for me to tell if this product accomplishes all of the above, but I can confirm that I definitely feel more energy during the day. I have a month supply, so I’ll re-evaluate then. For now, more energy is a thumbs up for me.

Maui in a Nutshell

Day 1 Ka’anapali. This is the view from my hotel room looking at Molokai. We stayed at Castle Paki Maui Condos. The condo was reasonably priced, good location, clean, with friendly staff. The cons were the beach next door was not the greatest and no A/C. The Fish Market is across the street serving tacos, ceviche, poke, etc. Loved this place.

 

Day 2 Lahaina. The main tourist town in Maui. Kimos Restaurant is a must and Uluani Shaved Ice lived up to it’s reputation.

 

Day 3 Wailea Beach & lunch at the Ritz. I liked this beach. There was plenty of room for everybody (mostly tourists), and the water was calm enough for paddle boarders and snorkelers. The Ritz has one restaurant for the public.

 

Day 4 Kapalua Beach (my favorite). A small beautiful beach with calm waters. And the bonus: umbrellas and chairs you can rent.

 

Day 5 Road to Hana & lunch at Mamas Fish House. Honestly, I feel the Road to Hana is a little overrated. It is definitely beautiful scenery, but really difficult to find places to park to see the sights along the way. As for Mamas Fish House,  every visitor to Maui needs to eat here. Delicious food with beautiful beach/views.

 

Day 6 Hangin at the hotel day.

 

Day 7 Makawao. A one street “cowboy” town of a few restaurants and posh stores. A perfect town to visit since we had a few hours to kill before our flight.

 

Tips:

  • What I wore for 6 days: 2 shorts/5 tops & t’s/2 sundresses/ 2 cover ups & 2 bathing suits.
  • Car rental is a must.
  • Be prepared for your beach days. Most beaches we visited did not have shade or snacks nearby.
  • Hawaii is NOT cheap.

 

 

Yerba Mate Tea Trend

I’m a constant tea drinker and am always open to trying new teas. The latest and greatest “super” tea seems to be Yerba Mate. Yerba Mate is said to:

  • Have multiple antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids
  • Increase energy (as it has more caffeine than most teas, but still less than coffee)
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Improves mental function/concentration

Sounds good to me….until I tried it. The taste of Yerba Mate reminded me of tree bark combined with smoke. It is not a tea I could drink on it’s own. After a few failed concoctions, I finally found a way to drink this wonder tea. Combine it with Mint Tea. The mint completely overpowers the Yerba Mate. Drink on!

Drinkable Yerba Mate:

  • 1 Yerba Mate tea bag
  • 1 Mint tea bag
  • Stevia (optional)

Sutter Creek CA Girls Weekend

This past weekend a few of us gals decided to have a weekend in Sutter Creek, in the Sierra Foothill wine country. This area is known for it’s Barbera wines and needless to say it is now a current fave of mine.

We arrived and found a charming one street town with shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms.

 

We stayed at The Hanford House in one of their bungalows. The bungalow was a two bedroom/two bath cute cottage with a front and back patio.  I would definitely recommend this reasonably priced place.

My favorite wine tasting was at Le Mulet Rouge for both the friendly and knowledgeable staff, and delicious wine.

A ‘must go to’ if you are in Sutter Creek is The Sutter Creek Cheese Shoppe with over 80 cheeses available. The store is shared with Miller Wine Works and they offer wine tasting/cheese pairings. Amazing!

Having visited Sutter Creek now, I would advise:

  • Two days in Sutter Creek is sufficient time to enjoy the town itself.
  • There are plenty of tasting rooms. No driving necessary.
  • If you want to stay longer, there are places outside of town that would be fun to visit (including the haunted Preston Castle!).
  • The town is basically closed by 7pm. Nightlifers need not apply.

 

 

Book Review x3

I’ve been on a book reading roll recently. Here are the last three books I’ve read.

The Last Madam is the true story of a famous New Orleans madam Norma Wallace. She ran a legendary house of prostitution in the French Quarter for approximately forty years. I was interested in the story of this woman; however, the book details quite a bit of the politics in New Orleans. Because of that, I would only recommend this book to people who would enjoy reading about the city’s history as well.

Everything I Never Told You is about a Chinese/American family whose daughter goes missing and is found dead. The pain and confusion the family goes through is felt through each family member in a real and honest way. I highly recommend this book.

I think all books from those who were affected by World War II are worth the read.