Netflix released the official trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life yesterday and I am so excited for the show to make a return in 1 month. Thank you, Netflix! I have great memories of watching the new episodes with my mom and have never really forgotten the fast-talking, bestie mother-daughter duo of Lorelei and Rory. I even had "Where You Lead" custom arranged a procession song at our wedding!
In honor of the return to Stars Hollow, watch the trailer and here is some inspiration to get us in the mood.
One of the coolest things we did on Kauai (the second island on our Hawaiian honeymoon) was actually quite spontaneous. After spending a day at Waimea Canyon, we drove to the south shore of Kauai to Poipu Beach. We noticed right away that there were snorkelers swimming out to a sand bar with reef. Luckily we had packed our swimsuits; we quickly changed, grabbed the GoPro (thanks, brother!), and started the walk out to the sandbar.
We were amazed at how warm the water was and how rough the current was! There were 2 currents meeting in the middle for the area where you walked from the main beach the sandbar. It was more difficult than we expected to get there but once we did, we found shells, coral, and fish to explore.
I took a video (that I haven't edited yet) of a fisherman catching this fish with a net. It was so cool!
The waves crashing over the reef was such a quintessential Hawaii moment.
Today, I am kicking off a boat load of Hawaii honeymoon posts with one of our favorite dinners from the entire trip: Mama's Fish House. Everyone we know who had been to Maui told us that we had to eat a Mama's and make a reservation. So we did just that and had an early dinner which allowed us to take in the sights of the restaurant. I think so much about this restaurant, besides the fresh food, is the ambiance, so if you are planning a trip to Maui, make your Mama's reservation before sunset to take it all in.
When we arrived they gave us a little card to congratulate us on our wedding and a nice little table facing the shoreline. Our waitress was very sweet and attentive. I started off with the Pau Hana, a "relaxing cocktail at the end of the day" with gin, lime, guava and a hint of ginger. Mama was right; it was delicious, relaxing, and not too sweet.
After nibbling on some home-made poppy seed bread with honey butter, for our appetizer, we decided on the guacamole with crab (which was yummy) but oddly one of the highlights for me of the meal was an amuse bouche of asparagus soup. The tiny bowl was just enough to know it was DELICIOUS and I finished DC's off too! They also gave us a taste of home-made poi (mashed taro) which we both didn't like; too bland.
For my entree, I knew I had to get fish that they catch locally and serve within 24 hours. I had the mahi mahi (caught by fisherman Matt Smith) stuffed with king crab with a macadamia nut crust. it was served with local vegetables and a white wine pineapple sauce (my second favorite thing I ate that day - it was soooo good). DC had the ribeye with roasted vegetables. My fish had a great flavor and DC's ribeye with a chimichurri-like sauce was also delicious.
For dessert, that was hard to even think about(!), we had the chocolate pie with a caramel cookie crust. It was the best dessert we had on trip and one I am still thinking about it. The abundance of caramel really did it for me.
After taking some pictures as the sun was beginning to set, we waddled out of Mama's, passing by notes from famous diners and beautiful fresh flower after beautiful fresh flower.
Mahalo, Mama's, for a great meal! Much more Hawaii to come! I'm going a little out of order and because the larger posts from each island are taking me forever to edit photos (3000+ total from the trip). Of course you can see pictures over at #alohacovals.
So glad I made it through the first work week back. Looking forward to unpacking fully, doing laundry, catching up on sleep (hello, jet lag), and going to the Patriots game on Sunday - Brady is back! It's been a few weeks since Friday Faves, so enjoy these few links I've book-marked. Happy weekend!
We are back from our honeymoon in Hawaii and oh ya, we are married! It was an absolutely perfect, wonderful, definition of "best day ever" and I cannot wait to share many more photos of us, our friends/family & all the details that made the day so special. For now, here are a few shots and peruse our #meetthecovals feed. Also much more to come on Hawaii next week.
PS: Thanks to my guest bloggers for posting while I was gone! In case you missed any of the posts: