Kauai, Day 1: Purple Potatoes, Potstickers and Pruny Swimming Pool Skin

Published in: Just For Fun, Kauai, Travel

Aloha, and happy Friday. It’s a few minutes after sunrise, and I’m off to get in a quick run before it gets hot. Today we’re thinking about driving up to the North Shore to do some snorkeling. It’s a little early in the year for it up there (winter and early spring are the big wave months), but I’m hoping the water’s nice.


Pool products of the day: Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Spray in SPF30, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face in SPF 55 PA+++, Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother Cooling Hydragel SPF20 in Glaze 60

I’ve never tried this particular spray sunscreen before, but I do like sprays. This one? You can spray on wet skin. I haven’t been using it long enough to gauge how well it works, but I like the consistency and the light floral scent (smells just a little bit like sunscreen, but not bad).

Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face is an oldie but a goodie. It’s VERY water resistant, just like it says on the tube, haha! No, really, it is. And it never gives me breakouts. It’s great for dry/oily combo skin like mine.

And the only color product I’ve been wearing so far has been Neutrogena’s super moisturizing Soother Cooling Hydragel SPF20 in Glaze 60. It’s a lightly tinted berry with a light minty flavor that really does feel cooling on my lips.

It’s just a little splash of color for when I pop out of the water.

Cafe Coco on Kauai

“May I show you to your table, miss?”

You call this live music?

Tofu and cabbage potstickers with mango sauce

These were so delicious and not at all what I expected. They were almost like a pastry, with that same flaky crust, and not too oily at all.

Purple potato somosas with curry vegetable soup and a mixed garden salad (organic ingredients sourced from local farmers) with a peanut vinaigrette, YUM!

So purple! It tasted like a yam or sweet potato. Very yummy (yammy?).

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  1. Jessica says:

    Looks amazing Karen!!! I’m so jealous, please post more of these because I want to live vicariously through you…especially with all the cold wind and rain that’s over here. Aloha!

  2. CrystalCandy says:

    Awww I’m glad to see you! I see your updates on my facebook a couple of times a day but I know you aren’t really there. lol

    Enjoy!! I like that second pic!

  3. Naomi says:

    Looks like you are having a fabulous time! Everything looks so calming
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  4. Oh Gosh, you’re in paradise! Warm weather, pool, good food, and KITTY! Glad to see you’re having SO MUCH FUN!!! Now I’ve got to plan some warm holidays myself xx

  5. Rads says:

    Yummmmmm…and you look so relaxed and happy..and well-fed πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  6. Trisha says:

    beautiful pics!! looks like so much fun, enjoy πŸ™‚

  7. Tekoa says:

    Hello little island cat!

  8. gio says:

    Looks like you’re having a great time. πŸ™‚

    The photos are beautiful.
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  9. aah lovely photos! looks iike you´re having a good time πŸ™‚ enjoy!! πŸ˜€

  10. Crystal says:

    Oh my god your look like your having so much fun thats fantastic! I love it. And I think Tabs sent a SPY to check up on you! LOL…
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  11. Laura says:

    So jealous — I spent a week in Hanalei last September and it was wonderful.

  12. Kaua’i is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, full of green vegetation and all the beauty of Hawai’i. I hope you and el hub have a blast!
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  13. Ruchita says:

    Thanks for sharing pics from your trip! Kauai is so beautiful. This post also has two of my other favorite things – food and kitty cats! πŸ™‚

  14. Dominique says:

    Beautiful photos Karen, thanks for posting !

  15. Nancy Lewis says:

    Looks like you’re having a real great time there. I’m jealous! Hawaii is like paradise! Enjoy!

  16. Chelsea says:

    Tabs is going to get jealous of your kitty friend!

    Yay for being sun-safe, with a hat and SPF all over!

  17. Summer says:

    Wow! Looks amazing! Hope you are having a relaxing trip!

  18. Kristi says:

    Your pics look amazing! Enjoy your time away!

    We started using the Neutrogena Wet Skin sunblock last year & liked it. My boys are more likely to use it because of how easy it is to reapply. As a mom, I really like that!

  19. Wendy says:

    Wonderful pics! Enjoy the sunshine!!!

  20. Anamika says:

    u look stunning and too bad that most of these awesome NEUTROGENA products have not been launched in India till now.

  21. PS says:

    OK, now I’m really jealous! Glad you are having a good time. Lucky you.

  22. miranda says:

    WOW~ looks like you haveing so much fun!! Love the pic’s and keep posting!

  23. Emily says:

    Enjoy your time, Karen! We’ve stayed at that hotel many times…Kauai is one of my favorite places in the world πŸ™‚

  24. Anna says:

    Wonderful!!! Like another commenter said, post more so we can live vicariously through you =)

  25. mkdallas says:

    You look radiant and happy; love these photos and please keep ’em coming!

  26. your straw hat is so major and these pictures make me insanely jealous- but in a good way:) enjoy yourself lady! how could you not though?? the food and atmosphere look like a dream!!! thanks for sharing with all of us!

  27. Jen says:

    Thanks for trip down memory lane. I stayed at the same resort over ten years ago. Enjoy!

  28. Marielen M says:

    I went to that same resort a couple of years ago!! I absolutely loved it and plan on returning as soon as I possibly can. Have fun, stay protected from the sun, and be sure to try the basket of fries and the seafood restaurants!

  29. Adrienne says:

    Ooh, two very interesting vegetarian dishes!! And a kitty hostess, that’s the life πŸ™‚

  30. Becca says:

    Such lovely, fun pictures. I’m so sure I’m not the only one that is immensely jealous of you right now, too! πŸ˜€ Thanks for finding the time to still update–that’s dedication right there!
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  31. Amanda says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEAAASE. Do a Hawaii travel mini series. I’m traveling there at the end of the month and I’d love to know what you packed, makeup/clothes/everything wise πŸ™‚ its my first time to go and who better to ask then my fav blogger!

  32. Helz Nguyen says:

    Looking at your pics, makes me so anxious to get to go on my vacation πŸ™ but its not until the end of summer, BOO! Have fun of your trip, and pls post more food pics πŸ˜€
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  33. artemis says:

    aww, cute lizzard and kitty πŸ™‚
    you’re adorable, hehe πŸ˜€

  34. Michelle says:

    Oh my word — I love Kauai! Looks like you are having a fabulous time! We stayed in Poipu, but I actually loved the N. Shore even more! So beautiful πŸ™‚

  35. Amanda says:

    Karen, what hotel are you staying at? I’m hopping over from Oahu in August to go to my friend’s wedding! Hope you’re having a blast! Go to hamura saimin and brick oven pizza for me, ok? πŸ™‚

  36. moth says:

    Glad you are having a good vacation. I so miss purple sweet potatoes. They are awesome in tempura too.

  37. Tina B says:

    Beautiful photos, Hawaii is my dream vacation!
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  38. Nina says:

    Purple potatoes, yes! Samosas, yesyes! πŸ™‚

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