a feast for the eyes

These are some of my favorite food photos of the past three years of blogging. As I was building this website I dug through my photo archives and pulled out some of the best photos. I am not a great photographer- it’s definitely something I struggle with as a blogger. But these are some highlights, so permit me to show off some accidentally great photos! Some feature produce in all its natural glory and others feature some of my favorite recipes from here on Vibrant Wellness Education.

calamansi limes

Calamansi limes from the Ala Moana Farmer’s Market.

coconut chia pudding

Chia Pudding, a quick and easy snack.


My favorite quick meal: udon noodles with greens, tempeh, and tahini sauce.

raw chocolate berry cheezecake

Raw Chocolate & Berry Cheezecake! A sweet frozen treat made with cashews, coconut, cacao, and nuts.

homemade bbq sauce

The best barbeque sauce ever, adapted from Vegan with a Vengeance.

mango black bean salad

Mango season is fleeting, so make use of it with a hearty Black Bean, wheat berry, and mango salad.


My first (maybe last) coconut harvest, when I was living on Maui.


Vegan Gingerbread Cake with Spice Molasses Frosting: my favorite thing about the holidays!


Gorgeous organic strawberries from Maui, a rare find at the markets on Oahu!



lucky we live hawaii: gone hiking

hi friends: BakeryManis will be gone for a few days hiking the magical Na Pali coast. In case you don’t yet know about this hike: it’s an epic 11-mile journey into the valleys, mountains, and beaches of the rugged, remote north shore on the island of Kauai. This is what my boyfriend and I will be enjoying for the next 72 hours. Who is the lucky girl…?

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! (1)

more gorgeousness! (2)

First image from: http://www.livingwilderness.com/hawaii/kauai-napali-aerial.html

Second image (with boat) from: http://www.napali.com/gallery/na_pali_coast.html

guest post: digestive health 101

Hey friends, fun news! BakeryManis was featured last Wednesday on Healthy Bitch Daily. HBD is a great place to get your daily dose of sassy nutritional advice, and you can check out an article written by yours truly about maintaining a healthy digestion. Some of the tips I recommend to keeping everything moving along smoothly include:

  1. Drink lots of water, but…
  2. Don’t drink while you eat. 
  3. Eat greens and grains everyday. If that’s not enough, then…
  4. Supplement with healthy fibers. And if that’s still not enough…
  5. Add probiotics in the form of yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and supplements.
  6. Have fun!

Check out the article here on Healthy Bitch Daily. aloha!

guest post: favorite green goods for the kitchen

aloha friends: BakeryManis has another guest post up at Green Business Owner featuring some of my favorite green goods: eco-friendly dishsoap, rubbish bags, sponges and such. Not the sexiest post ever, but if you are looking for good quality green goods, these are my recommendations!

favorite green goods for the kitchen | GreenBusinessOwner.com.

notes from the kitchen: pu-reh tea

photo from Numi site

My new favorite tea: Numi Coconut Pu-erh Tea. It’s so incredibly delicious and addicting! As if I need more tea to love- have you seen my tea collection?

I have always been curious about Pu-erh tea, supposedly full of antioxidants and full of earthy, rich flavors. There are lots of companies offering this type of tea, but I’ve long been a fan of Numi. They are a small brother and sister company that offers organic, fair-trade, delicious tea products. They offer many varieties of Pu-erh tea on their site- including cardamom, basil mint, ginger, and chocolate. You can probably find them at well-stocked natural or gourmet stores, too. Our grocery buyer got some samples, and I was instantly smitten and purchased some straight away.

But what is pu-erh tea, aside from being a tongue-twister (say poo-air)? Pu-erh is an ‘ancient healing tea picked from 500 year old organic wild tea trees in the majestic mountains of China’s Yunnan province” according to the Numi tea tutorial. It is a black tea, though significantly lighter (less tannic) and more refreshing than traditional black tea. Pu-erh tea is fermented, which results in an altogether different, mellow flavor, and high antioxidant content. It has been said that this tea can, “aid digestion and metabolism, maintain healthy cholesterol levels, help with weight management and naturally boost energy.” All that and it tastes great too!

dark colored but light flavored pu-erh tea is my new favorite.