Not your "Gas Station Cherry Pie, best if sold by Aug 1998"

I am so thankful that my pregnant friends have cravings! How else would I have discovered the most incredible Coconut Creme Pie this side of the Mississippi?

Right up on 12th. It opened this past year in it's own little space, although the pies have been served at Fuel Coffee for a few years now. The Trace Lofts couldn't have found better tenants --- High 5 Pie and Tavern Law.

"Happy (drunk on gin and pastries) Neighbors, Happy Landlords" I always say.

I know Seattle's been on a pie kick for a while now. But this pie is different. The crust on this coconut creme pie was ... well. Let's just thank our lucky Seattle stars for this spot.
I mean, these aren't the cherry-filled little pies my dad would get at 7-11 on roadtrips:

They come in slices, bags, and on sticks:

And you can even head home with goodies in adorable rolling-pin totes:

Egg & Cheddar
Cherry Almond
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Coconut Cream
Banana Cream
Veggie Pot Pie
Key Lime
Lemon Shaker
Vanilla Cream
Peanut Butter & Chocolate
Chicken Pot Pie
Maple Blueberry
Ham & Gruyere
Caramel Pecan
Spinach Feta
Chocolate Cream
Savory Beef


Bar Acuda : if you need another reason for a Hawaii vacation

I was in Kauai for the past few weeks, trying to squeeze every possible ray of sunshine into my pores and every bit of fresh seafood into my gut.

There are lots of reasons I already want to go back to the island: warm and crisp beaches, mysterious coastlines, and hikes through the wettest bit of land on earth. One place in particular calls me back: a recommendation from my gifted photographer friend, Bess Friday. She visited this spot on her honeymoon with one Mr. Peter Friday: aren't they beautiful!?

The place was up in Hanalei and called Bar Acuda - run by a past Food&Wine's Best Chef from San Francisco. Thank God his talents are intact after 15 years! I was immediately sold by the "Local North Shore honeycomb with Humboldt Fog goat cheese and crisp apple." DONE.

Oh, and i might have had this too:

I was enjoying myself too much to take photos, which is actually a good thing because it's so much more worthwhile to visit Bess's website for the beautiful run-down and photos - her talent will speak for itself: