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Lanikai Pillbox, Moke’s Bread and Breakfast & Kalama Beach

After 8 days of being home, I finally have an outdoor/beach day.  After my Saturday morning ritual of going to the KCC Farmers Market, a long time high school friend asked if I wanted to spend the day on the windward side with a few other people, I gladly accepted.

First stop, Lanikai Pillbox.  This hike is arguably one of the easiest hikes that offers some of the best views on the island.  The initial park of the hike is a little steep and largely dirt covered, there are ropes along trees to help assist you if it’s too slippery.  After the first section, the rest of the hike goes along a ridgeline and may require minimal “climbing” up some rocks (trust me, easy stuff).

Here’s a pic looking north about half way or so into the hike:

Not too much longer we hit the first pillbox and snapped this awesome pic:

looking south you can see the next pillbox which offers a slightly higher vantage point:

and finally, the view from the last pillbox:

Even though the hike was relatively short, it was blazing!  Thankfully there was a nice breeze, but we def worked up an appetite.  We originally planned to go to Cinnamon’s, but I knew the wait was going to be pretty long.  As a backup, we went to Moke’s Bread & Breakfast.

What I like about Moke’s is that it’s simple and gives me this “old school” feel.  For those Hawaii people out there, it makes me feel like I’m at Yum Yum Tree, one of my favorite breakfast spots when I was growing up.  Their menu is small, but I go with the favorites

Lilikoi Pancakes:

and homemade corn beef hash:

 

 

Even after feeling like fatties, we decided to top the afternoon off with a visit to Kalama Beach:

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My Drug: Fitness

Its been a little over a year since my ankle fracture.  As many of you know, it was nearly 6 months after the surgery until I could place my full weight on it.  By this time, and to no surprise, I gained a lot of weight and lost a lot of muscle, especially  in my right leg.

Although the timing was coincidental, by late December I felt that I was ready to start working out and eating healthier to get my weight back down.  I wanted to get back to 180 lbs., a weight I haven’t seen since pre-2008.

When I returned back to Seattle, I wanted to track my progress through pictures.

 

To make a long story short, over the next 6 months this was my plan:

This was my second time implementing the slow carb diet, and here it is:

  1. Avoid “white” carbs
  2. Eat the same few meals over and over again
  3. Don’t drink calories
  4. Take one day off per week

for more details, go here.

I wasn’t 100% true to the diet, but for the most part I did follow the rules.  However, I did work out constantly, almost 4-5 days a week for months!  Looking at weight is a bad metric to measure success, but since I can’t calculate % body fat it’s the only metric I can use aside from how I look and feel.  Today, I now weigh 184 lbs.

Although I lost a good amount of weight, I still feel limited because of my ankle.    Traditionally, my legs are the strongest part of my body.  However, I have a difficult time doing “explosive” workouts such as sprints, box jumps, etc.  Due to this, my cardio and leg strength/endurance isn’t where I’d like.

Review: Cherry Street Coffee House, Capitol Hill

My first review on my blog!

Since the completion of SU’s newest apartment style dorm, The Douglas, nearly all ground level store fronts have been vacant except for a yoga studio and a corner with a sign saying “Cherry Street Coffee House Coming Soon.”

Can there be too much coffee?  NO.  Starbucks, Stumptown, Cafe Vita…the more the merrier!

Cherry Street Coffee House has been gracing Seattle with its presence since 1997 with their Seattle University/Capitol Hill location being their 7th location.

Now onto the thing that matters most to me, THE COFFEE!  Usually when we walk into Starbucks or Stumptown, we are presented with a plethora of coffees from all over the world.  Dark, medium, light, and with flavor profiles so complex they would give wine a run for its money.  Sometimes too many choices can be paralyzing to a non-coffee “enthusiast”.

Going against what seems to be the normal business plan of a large selection of coffees, CSHS offers just a SINGLE blend of coffee with origins from “Central and South America, with a touch of Papa New Guinea for balance.”

What I really like about this place are the (near) floor to ceiling windows that allow for a lot of natural light.  On sunny days, it’s great…but that can be said about anywhere in Seattle when it’s sunny.

It seems like many Seattle food/drink establishments are utilizing this decor with wood.  As you can see, there is a lot of use of raw wood from counters, seats, walls, and tables.

Although this place is called a “coffee house”, it seems to be more of a simple breakfast/sandwich spot that happens to serve coffee.  See the menu:

Side note:  Due to the larger tables, this place would make a great study spot.  However, there are only three tables throughout that can accommodate power outlets.  Lastly, they close at 9pm, just a little too early for late night study sessions.

Check out my yelp review here