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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Vacation With My Valentines.

I’m falling behind on filling you in on our trip, but I knew I would.  The whole point of vacation is to live it, not write it, right?  I’m catching up now while my baby sleeps and my husband is cooking dinner.  He has cooked every meal for us this week – I feel so spoiled!

I laid in bed earlier this week asking Casey if he remembered what we did on Valentine’s Day last year.  He didn’t, and I didn’t either.  I guessed probably nothing, as I would have been about six weeks pregnant and just starting to enter what was horrific morning sickness. 

This year though – this was one I will most definitely remember.  It started on the balcony, with fresh juice and big plates of breakfast potatoes smothered in ketchup. 

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We laid at the pool for a short bit in the morning, and after a few hours we decided we’d had enough sun and we were ready to go explore the island.  We headed about an hour away from the hotel to a small area called Paia, a little surfing town that reminded me of a beachy version of Fremont. 

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Our original plan was to have lunch at a spot called Fresh Mint – a highly recommended vegetarian restaurant.  When we got there, we discovered they were closed for lunch on Tuesdays (oops!), so we wandered around for a bit in search of something else.  We ended up at Flatbread Company, an all-natural pizza spot.

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We started by sharing the Organic Salad – sweet leaf lettuces tossed with celery, carrots, sesame seeds, arame seaweed, beets, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, and papaya – all tossed in a berry vinaigrette.  So delicious!

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We followed our salad with the large Vegan Pizza – wood-fired cauldron tomato sauce topped with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, caramelized Maui onions, and an herb-infused garlic oil.  YUM.

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Cullen was a champ and played in his stroller for almost the entire meal.  As we finished, he ended up hanging out on my side of the booth.  He does pretty well in restaurants, which has allowed us to go out for quite a few fun meals on our trip!

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Even though we had just inhaled an entire large pizza, we couldn’t help but pop into One Gelato Company just down the street.  I was pretty pumped to find out that they had one entire case of dairy-free options available. 

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I went with half dark chocolate, and half Thai coconut ginger lime.  They were both really good, but the dark chocolate was insane.  It tasted like (cold) hot fudge!

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Our drove back was breathtakingly beautiful.  The sun was breaking through the clouds over the mountains, providing an amazing backdrop. 

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As we made our way back, we stopped at a scenic overlook for a while to watch the wales jump and simply take in all the beauty that surrounds Maui. 

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I’m a huge nature nerd, and I can’t get enough of the great outdoors and all its beauty.  In another life, I would work for National Geographic or Animal Planet. 

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I promised Cullen we would bring him back when he is older and can appreciate it a bit more.  I’m hoping he loves being outside and learning about nature as much I do.

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One of the best things about our Maui experience so far has been seeing the humpback whales.  I find them so fascinating, and seeing them in their habitat is pretty incredible.

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Blowing water in the distance!

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I can’t think of a better way to spend the day with my favorite valentine.

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And our little cupid.

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We made it back to the resort just in time to go watch the sunset on the beach.

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A sky mixed with blues, pinks, and oranges – so gorgeous.

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And a happy baby who has been such a good sport with adapting to all the craziness of vacation. 

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He has been so happy and smiley here, and I think he has really enjoyed having both Casey and I with him 24/7 here in Hawaii.

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Growing up, I spent my summers at my great-grandmother’s house on the Jersey shore. I feel like the salt water literally runs through my blood.

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So being able to watch my son feel sand between his toes and laugh at the crashing waves makes my heart feel ridiculously full.

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I don’t remember last year’s Valentine’s day, but I am certain that this one will stay with me for a while.

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One more day in paradise…

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Do we have to go home?

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Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie     at 2:33 pm

Awwww the perfect Valentine’s day! I wish every cupid looked like yours :)


Jeanne     at 5:24 pm

Lovely! I’m so glad I found your blog. I’ve been making my way through your archives over the past few months and don’t want it to end. P.S. Please tell me where you got that adorable striped tank top.


m     at 3:55 am

I´ve really enjoyed your vacation updates! They come at the exact same time as my partner and I are on our first vacation with out 9 month old, so they have been especially fun!


Samantha     at 6:13 am

You inspire me and encourage my dreams. Enjoy a gentle transition to coming back home.


mollie     at 12:34 pm

Great pictures!! Cullen is SO SO cute, especially when he smiles/is laughing! That pizza looks so flipping good too. I am glad you guys are having a great family vacation-I am going away with my family next month to Antigua and can’t wait for beautiful beaches and warm sun!


Kim     at 1:53 pm

Those two photos of Cullen looking at the water are SO ADORABLE!!!!


Sarah@The Flying ONION     at 8:04 am

I am a major nature nerd too!

Such gorgeous scenery. Glad you guys are having a blast.

(And those last pictures with you and Cullen are just adorable!! They need to be framed. :D )


dianne     at 9:25 am

so glad to see everyone enjoyed paia (and flatbread)! i can’t wait to go back to maui someday!


Kelly     at 3:54 pm

Are you strictly vegan now? I know you ate mostly vegan, but you seem not to be eating dairy any more?

Just curious if it was a reaction the baby had to dairy in the milk?


Emily Malone Reply:

Hey Kelly! I’m not strictly vegan, but I did cut out dairy earlier this past summer. I still eat eggs though, and I won’t turn down a good traditional baked good from time to time. :)


TeenyLittleSuperChef     at 4:20 pm

Oh I’m so jealous of you right now. My husband and I vacationed in Maui last year around this time and it was definitely one of the best trips of my life. It’s so beautiful there and all the people are so lovely and friendly. I hope you are all enjoying your trip. It’s been fun living vicariously through you right now. Especially when our weather has been so cold and crappy. Yay for the Pacific Northwest :)


Nikki T     at 8:00 pm

Just got home from Maui yesterday…aren’t the whales just amazing!?! I love watching them…it never gets old! Also amazing is hearing them ‘sing’ underwater while scuba diving! Maui, I miss you already!


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