Maui is hot (both in terms of temperature AND general bossy-ness).  Love it.  I don’t even mind the humidity, which adds 8 inches in horizontal volume to my pookie hair. 

I’ve been having issues getting on track with the time changes.  Passing out by 10 pm, napping throughout the day (so not like me), while still waking up at 6 am (more like me). 

My body is so confused.


If a picture could summarize my trip thus far, the above photo is a pretty good depiction.  Here are a few more:


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We did a buncha grocery shopping, so the basics are stocked.

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You know how I roll…

And lucky for me, the Asian population in Hawaii guarantees a pretty decent tofu selection on restaurant menus, so it hasn’t been too hard do a vegan vacay with some meat-eatin’ family members.

Some nibbles and bits:

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Hummus and vehicles to shovel it into my bocaBikini Blonde Lager, which reads “what the sailors really come to shore for…”

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Strawbz (locally AND organically grown).  Baked potato alongside a massive spinach salad with chickpeas, dried cranz, and pears.


More of the hummus trio (red pepp and classic are the bestest).


Fun fruit-inis for the whole fam (obvs, mine’s the pink POM one with sugar crystals around the rim).

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Apps for the table, jicima salad, seared ahi tower, and some other salad.  Meh.  Lettuce.  I passed on the ahi, but it looked like the best one.


For my entree I got “blackened” tofu over quinoa, with fried yellow carrots on the side.  I’m not sure what qualifies this as blackened.  It tasted like (and most certainly was) a couple of slabs tofu that were breaded and then pan fried.  They weren’t seasoned, but they were definitely oily.  Not exactly a dish I’d make again…  The quinoa underneath it though was the best part (most likely since it was submerged in the pint of oil runoff from the tofu), and I scraped every last little grain into my mouth.  Whatever the white stuff on top was, also got scraped, into the trash that is.  I tried a few of the carrots, but they were really hard, so I stuck with the oil infused quinoa.


Check out my sweet “tan” lines.  Awesome.  Me and my popsicle.  Sissie poo and momz.


Oh, and btw, here’s my official 10K info:

Last Name First Name Sex/Age Bib Team City State Overall Place Gender Place Age Place Finish Time Pace/Mile AG Time AG Gender Place AG %
Dieden Elise  F26 1132   NYC NY 242 11 7 43:35 7:01 43:35 26 69.5%


I mean, I thought I did well and all, but I was FLOORED when I found out I came in 11th out of all the chicas.  There were over 70,000 peeps in the race!  I was literally jumping around the hotel room in a giddy stupor. 

Looks like next race I have a new goal: crack that top 10 for female runners.


Anyways, I have been a bad food blogger (aka good relaxer) while on vacay so my photos are pretty minimal (especially when dining in public places).  So, sorry for that.  But, way MORE IMPORTANTLY, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Mara from What’s For Dinner? for the new header.  I love love love it 🙂

And now I’m off to relax on the beach. 

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Comments (32)

  1. lowandbhold

    Ahhh, I miss Hawaii! I should have gone with you!

    Looks like you’re having a fab time! I went to bed way early and woke up at the crack of dawn too!

    Amazzzzing that you got 11th place!!

  2. julie

    duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude thats INSANE you should think about trying out for the next olympics! maybe the hummus and fruit makes people run fast? or youre just plain fast to being with.

    you in hawaii = me officially jealous

  3. julie

    p.s. don’t miss NY, I walked outside this morning and saw my breathe in the air..

  4. VeggieGirl

    Keep enjoying paradise for me! 😀

  5. insideiamdancing

    Looks amazing! And they have Sabra?! Hmm…*wants a vacation*

    what IS that white sauce? It looks like mayo!

    11th is freaking amazing Elise! Maybe you should change your blog title to “Quicky Hippy”? (TWSS!)

  6. Courtney

    OMG–congrats on the 11th place! That is awesome! You are one FAST chica!

    Your photos are making me want a vacation sooooooooo bad! It looks like you are having a fabulous time! I’d say a vacay in Hawaii is the BEST excuse to be a “bad food blogger” (as you put it, but just the fact that you are posting at all on vacation in HAWAII is impressive!)–enjoy yourself and relax!


  7. Sarah

    The blog, eats and vacay look awesome, sister! I tan like you do 😉

  8. Abby

    Eleventh place is awesome! I wouldn’t come in 11th place is only 10 people ran the race, so congrats! But enough massaging your ego, on to the important stuff…food (kidding).

    Are you guys staying somewhere with a kitchen unit, because your food looks like nothing I’ve been able to hole up in a hotel (unless a fridge is there, but even then I can’t make tofu). It still looks amazing and I can only imagine how the fruit tastes there.

    Have so much fun, relax and congratulate yourself on everything you’ve done!

  9. MarathonVal

    Any advice on how to squeeze in exercise while on vacay? I just posted about that myself, since I’ll be in Vegas this weekend and those darn hotels make you pay (a lot!) extra to use their gyms.

    Have a FABULOUS time in Hawaii!!

  10. Quinn

    Sooooo jeals of your vacay! My friend is on her honeymoon there now – actually, think she’s in Maui too! Enjoy and relax and don’t worry about blogging too much 🙂

  11. ksgoodeats

    I’m sitting here in rainy ass MI and you had to go post the pictures of Maui – not fair….just not fair 😉

    Bikini blonde lager? I need dat! Aw you and the fam look bueno! Sorry your dish wasn’t so hot – it still looks pretty?!


  12. elise

    ick. im sorry 🙁 ill try to soak up a few extra rays for you…

  13. elise

    we are staying in a condo (my parents have a few time shares in maui), so there is a full kitchen with a stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, etc…and of course the MOST important item in the place, the coffee maker.

    they also have BBQs and provide all the cook ware, too, so all we have to do is get the groceries…a majority of the nights we cook on our own, which is kinda nice (to save a little $$ and prepare what we want).

    the fruit is delish! and the ego stroking is good too 😉

  14. elise

    yeah, unfortunately only the really nice (read: really $$) hotels give you free gym access, so unless you wanna shell out the big bucks, there are a few simple tricks you can use. 1) all hotels have staircases, so if you are looking to do some cardio to get your heart rate up, do some intervals on the stairs. you can create some good workouts with stairs alone, and most people use the elevators in multi-floor, so you probably won’t encounter too many people 2) download workouts on your computer, iTunes, or bring DVDs with you. who says you cant do a quick sesh in the room, whether its with Jillian or there are tons of workouts available if you do some prep work before you leave. 3) health and fitness mags always have exercise activities/ideas in them. follow a workout plan or modify it to meet your time/resources available. no free weights in the room? grab some waterbottles!

    hope that helps 🙂

  15. elise

    K! i wish you could be here sipping bikini blondes on the beach with me!

  16. elise

    will do VG 🙂

  17. elise

    hahaha…yeah, that may imply something i’m not sure i want to (wink wink)

    i think the white crap was tartar sauce? i honestly have no idea…i scraped it all off. as a general rule of thumb, white creamy sauces go in the nasty/do-not-eat column. twss?

  18. Missy Maintains

    I am so jealous right now! It is cold and rainy in NY! I should have hid in your suitcase!! Congrats on your race! So awesome! Have fun on the rest of your trip!

  19. snackface

    I would have the same exact “tan” lines. I use the term tan loosely, as it’s something I don’t do well. Just burn, baby, burn.

    I love that we both call our dads Popsicle! Oh, and shoo homes, amazing job on that 10K. I’m so glad I have a 10-minute mile. Not.

    Please enjoy your vacay freely and deliciously, as you have been! I wouldn’t be blogging at all, probably! Thank goodness we got an update, though. Can’t go long without one!

  20. broccolihut

    Beautiful pics!! Maybe I will make it to Hawaii some day…
    Gotta love any place that has tofu on the menu!

  21. Jessica (jesslikesithot)

    Your family is sosososo cute!!!! Ahh Elise, you seem to be having such a nice, relaxing time! I’m so JEAL! I’ve seen those trio hummus platters before, but never gave them the chance since I feel like “eating right” would just be some brand trying to be healthy, that tastes nastayyy!

    But quinoa is amazing!! I’ve only had it a couple times, and at ritzy LA restaurants but it’s sooo airy/light/tasty!

    And congrats on that race!!! I’m so proud. 🙂

  22. homegirlcaneat

    YEEEE GURRRLLLL YOU ARE A RACING BEAST! Holy shiz you must have been flying! It is the sabra I tell put in the best in yo bod and the results are simply the BEST! BETTER THAN ALLLL THE REST!

    Hawaii seems incred. I wish I was with you at the beach with that pomtini in hand. And your family all looks IDENTICAL! I wish I knew your sister because I would love to be drunk at a giants game with her. SHoooooooo!

    Love you ECDC!

  23. Lara (Thinspired)

    I am FLOORED by your 10K time. You ROCK!
    Also, I am jealous. I have to just say it. BUT I am really glad you are enjoying yourself. The baked potato/salad meal sounds so good, and that tofu dish looks awesome to me. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the tofu.
    It’s funny…I saw the title that you were in Hawaii and my first thought was, “how is she going to eat hummus?!” Haha.

  24. Heather Eats Almond Butter

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation thus far! Sunshine, family, hummus, and coffee? Perfect. 🙂

    That is an awesome 10K time – 11th female over all. I am beyond impressed!

    Please eat some of those strawberries for me – they look beautiful.

  25. lilveggiepatch

    CONGRATS on your race results, lady! I’m so proud of you!!

    Maui looks… amazing. I LOVE that beer can. Glad Hawaii is stocked with all the necessities!

  26. Erica

    HEY! Whats up friend? May I say how gorgeous you are? Love all the pics and how you find healthy eats even on vaca! Oh Sabra….I will never be without you 🙂

  27. Ashley

    CONGRATS on your race results!!! Wishing I was in Maui right now…it’s been DOWNPOURING for the past 8 hours. Miserable =(

  28. Ashley

    down pouring in NYC…oops forgot to add that part! ha

  29. emily

    WOW! It looks like such a blast! How relaxing!

    You should totally check out those desserts at her website! They are quite cheap and so delicious! I absolutely loved the cookies! If you have any ?s, email Emily with the link at the top of her webpage! she is so sweet! If you do end up buying something, and you don’t mind, shoot her an email and let her know that you heard about her from my site! I think it would be cool for her to hear that! Either way, enjoy that beautiful beach girll!!!

    p.s. I can TOTALLY relate with the humidity…….

  30. Krissy

    Hi Elise!!

    I have been following your blog for a short while now and I absolutely LOVE IT!! I am also a registered nurse, and it seems we have lots in common 🙂

    I have just started a new blog and would love for you to stop by! If you like it I would love for you to pass it on as I know you have such a great following on your blog 🙂

    Looking forward to continuing to follow you and ENJOY your VaCay in Hawaii — SO JEALOUS!!


  31. elise

    Thanks Krissy! I can’t wait to check it out 🙂

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