One of the best things about vacationing on Maui (besides the beach-reading) is the food! Here are some faves from my recent trip:
Where: Pacific’o, Lahaina
What I ate: Carpaccio of the day, Kula Beet Salad, Seafood Risotto, Kula Strawberry Margarita
Highlights: Farm to beach! They have their own farm and the restaurant is an open-air house right on the water with incredible views. It’s super romantic and will definitely be date-night inspiration for a future book!
(my husband and me)
Tip: Go at sunset to catch the boats launching for the luau next door.
Where: Mama’s Fish House, North Shore
What I ate: Mahi Mahi Rolls, Coconut Crab Soup, Ono caught along the shores of Luau Bay by Pono Furumoto.
Highlights: INCREDIBLE location—the most gorgeous turquoise water framed by coconut palms. The fish is caught that day and the menu lists the name of the fisherman who caught it!
Tip: Make reservations far in advance—at least a month. We love it for lunch!
For Dessert: S’mores at the Sheraton, Ka’anapali
S’mores Kit Includes: Marshmallows, Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, graham crackers, sprinkles, cinnamon/sugar mix, macadamia nut cookies, Reeses peanut butter cups, skewers for roasting
Highlights: Kick off your shoes, grab an ocean-front firepit and start roasting those marshmallows as the sun sets over the ocean.
Tip: Go a little early to catch the tiki-lighting ceremony and cliff-diving off Black Rock.
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I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.
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Katie never knew she was a writer. Her childhood obsessions centered on old movies, costumes, fashion, playing dress up, and books. Lots of books. On her quest to play make believe for a living she decided she wanted to be a fashion designer and after satisfying her practical parents by graduating from UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies she went on to pursue her design dreams with a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. She spent five years helping to design romantic dresses that were sold everywhere from Anthropologie to Nordstrom before the economic downturn led to a career shift and that practical degree came in handy. Now in charge of the ecommerce business for In Bloom Lingerie, she was asked to start the company blog. Not knowing what to say about lingerie but needing to use bridal keywords, she decided to start a fictional serial about how a girl named Olivia Bloom, who worked for In Bloom Lingerie, became engaged. And that is when Katie fell in love with storytelling and the path to make believe became clear. She has not looked back since. Katie lives in Los Angeles with her husband.