Number One Reason To Visit Hawaii

Kailua, to be specific.

Ever heard of Boots & Kimo’s? This was only my second time in Hawaii so I had never heard of the famed food joint. My friend Lauren is out in Hawaii pretty regularly so she knows all the good local spots to eat. When she mentioned Macadamia Nut Pancakes, I didn’t need to hear any more. I’m always up for pancakes. But Lauren explained that these were no ordinary pancakes: Boots & Kimo’s is specifically known for their macadamia nut version for which you’d have to stand in line for hours if you show up too late.

So after a breathtaking drive from the west side of the island over to Kailua, (I thought I’d stepped into Avatar… it’s lush green and exotic forest for miles. It almost didn’t look real!) we arrived at Boots & Kimo’s. The ordering didn’t take long… We knew exactly what we wanted: The house special. When our waiter set down the Macadamia Nut Pancakes in front of me, my jaw dropped and my eyes shot over to Lauren, who was fervently nodding and grinning at me.

Wide-eyed and eager, I took my first bite of these heavenly hotcakes and the rest of the experience is a complete blur from there. All I know is that by the end of breakfast, I had finished most of the plate that Lauren and I were sharing, and then moved on to the plate Celeigh was working on– halfway done– and nearly finished that one off, too. There are just no words for how delicious these pancakes are!!! I could cry just thinking about them. No butter or syrup involved, either. Boots & Kimo’s has a secret recipe for the creamy, divine sauce they pour over their cakes: The only way I could explain how the cream tastes is that it’s a bit like eggnog but without the spices and a hundred times tastier! It’s not a heavy, overly-sweet sauce, either. It’s light, frothy and quite simply perfect!

If you’re ever in Hawaii, do not miss a chance to taste possibly the best pancakes in the world!!

Boots & Kimo’s
131 Hekili St
Kailua, HI 96734

Bye Bye, BlackBerry

If you’re a BlackBerry owner you know what the big deal is. BlackBerry isn’t a particular good smartphone… it’s really not that great. But for some reason, us BB folks are extremely attached to our little devices. There’s no explaining it. Mine is particularly special because it’s gold. Everyone who sees it stops and comments, and it’s the only one I’ve ever seen… which made it that much harder when I decided to switch to the Droid X.

If you’re a BlackBerry owner, I bet you’re ready to form a mob and chase me down with torches and pitchforks… I know, I suck. But have you seen the Droid X?!! It’s really something. I’ve spent pretty much all day playing with it and testing out its features. I could probably hack into Korea’s nuclear bomb inventory with this thing… it’s awesome!

This doesn’t mean I’m completely ready to give up my BlackBerry just yet. I’m still going to carry it with me (yes, I’m that attached). I might just use it as an alarm clock, who knows. Anyhow, here’s to my beloved BlackBerry… you have served me well :(

BLT’s Signature Popovers

Ever had a popover? Maybe you have… maybe you haven’t.

Ever had a popover at a BLT restaurant? Maybe you have… If you haven’t– GO. NOW.

I’m not even going to talk about the food at this hot spot. It goes without saying; the food is superb. The atmosphere is relaxed. The maître d’ at the LA location on Sunset was beyond gracious and helpful (we couldn’t decide which wine to go with, so he brought us a tasting of four different kinds). But nothing was as memorable at BLT as their signature popovers. When you go to dinner, some restaurants bring you bread and butter to start, right? Well, at BLT, you don’t get just bread and butter… you get gruyere popovers with rock salt and 98%-butter-fat butter (if you watch what you eat and don’t allow yourself a break here and there, this would be a good time to stop reading).

I can’t even begin to explain how tasty these oversized pillows of cheesy heaven are. I was completely full before my dinner arrived because I couldn’t stop eating the popovers! And while some restaurants are total snobs about their recipes, BLT is kind enough to give out cards with the popover recipe and instructions on them.

I successfully made these famed popovers tonight and enjoyed three of them all to myself. :) To my surprise, they tasted exactly the same! It’s a little difficult to make popovers because the temperature of the batter has to be just right in order for it to “pop” in the tin, but thankfully mine turned out great! Here’s the recipe and instructions if you want to try it out (I used half of each ingredient. If I had made 12 to 14 popovers, I would have eaten them all!):

BLT’s Popovers
Yields: 12 to 14 popovers
Ingredients:
4 cups milk (warmed)
8 large eggs
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 cup grated gruyere cheese

Directions
:
1. Place the popover pan in the oven. Heat the oven and pan to 350F.

2. Gently warm the milk over low heat and set aside.

3. Whisk egg until frothy and slowly whisk in the milk (so as not to cook the eggs). Set the mixture aside.

4. Sift the flour with the salt. Slowly add this mixture and gently combine until mostly smooth.

5. Once combined, remove the popover pan from the oven and spray with non-stick vegetable spray. While the batter is slightly warm or room temperature, fill each popover cup with 3/4 full.

6. Top each popover with approximately 2 1/2 Tbsp. of grated gruyere.

7. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes, rotating pan half a turn after 15 minutes of baking.

8. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Make sure to enjoy these treats warm, with butter and rock or sea salt! Bon apetit!

PHOTO OP! Beach Day With The Pups

My friend Ashley and I took our dogs Penelope and Bambi to the beach today in Malibu. Penelope is Ashley’s black lab and Bambi is my tiny-in-comparison chihuahua. :)

Bambi is normally great with other dogs but I think Penelope’s overwhelming size had her a little nervous!

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