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Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery
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Andaz Maui: Photo Gallery

I give this place an overall rating of A-. While I maintain that this is a great hotel, our experience has declined as of late. When we first visited the Andaz Maui in 2014, it was brand spanking new. They set obscenely high standards and treated everyone like royalty. A few years later and I understand when you are at full capacity that not everyone can be a princess anymore.

I get it but at the same time I don’t like it. Especially since I chose this place to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for the most important day of my life. Yes, we got married here in 2015 and it was completely perfect. And now, I expect to be treated like royalty every time I return. Unreasonable? Perhaps. But reason has little to do with anything.

Despite my disappointment this time around, it is still a beautiful property and the food is superb (specifically Morimoto and Ka’ana Kitchen). Our routine is to lounge by the pool for hours on end sipping smoothies.

All photo credit goes to my husband Tommy! Happy 2 Years!

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Goodbye Dry Pasta, Hello Fresh Pasta!

Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Boil some pasta and make a simple bolognese or carbonara and you have yourself a delicious meal. But the deliciousness is somewhat limited by dried, boxed pasta. After three or four tries with my new Atlas Pasta Maker, I have been able to make amazing fresh pasta that has turned my previously satisfactory weeknight pasta meal into a decadent, gourmet experience.
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We’re Moving to Austin!

Welcome to a new year at Linen and Lavender. New year, new adventures and our next one is gonna be good. We have decided to move to Austin! When I left seven years ago, it was the student life I left behind. A city for schoolwork, dorm rooms, free buses, the student union. The next time around I hope to take full advantage of what the city has to offer: excellent food, walking trails, dog-friendly culture, and hopefully a beautiful texas hill country home (fingers crossed).
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Weekend List: Christmas Shopping Edition

Black Friday means deals! But I prefer to think that it means gifts and happiness for your loved ones that causes a smaller dent in your wallet than it normally would. It can be difficult to resist the temptations of Black Friday. 25% off? But that stuff never goes on sale! I know, I feel it too. But sometimes I find the best way to get a little retail therapy without the guilt is to buy things for others. At the same time, I find that a really great inspiration when you have gifter’s block is to draw on things that you want or enjoy yourself. Here’s my holiday inspiration this year!
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Trader Joe’s Holiday Guide

There’s nothing that will get you in the holiday season faster than a visit to Trader Joe’s in November. Starbucks brings back the peppermint mocha and gingerbread latte. Shopping centers start hanging wreaths and garlands. Radio stations become peppered with “Jingle Bell Rock” and if you’re lucky Wham!’s amazing “Last Christmas”. And Trader Joe’s beats them all.
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