In Beach Happens, Michaela is on a mission to taste every malasada in Hawaii.
Malasadas are a fried doughnut made from a Portuguese recipe. They can be made just by being rolled in sugar or stuffed with cream or jam. In addition to some restaurants and shops, they're also sold as fundraisers and at the side of the road. Who doesn't like fried dough, right?
When my family went to Maui, we tried them from a restaurant named Zippy's. They were with choke sugar (choke is Hawaiian slang for a lot of!) The ones pictured above are the Italian version, called zeppoles from the Olive Garden. The dipping sauces are raspberry jelly and chocolate. YUM!. The Maui malasadas were gone before I could take a picture! But they looked like these only puffier.
One of the most famous recipes for malasadas comes from Leonard's Bakery in Hawaii. He very generously gave Saveur magazine the recipe and you can find it here.
Michaela has a deep reason why she is obsessed with the yummy doughnuts. You can read all about it in the second book of the Hawaii Heat series, Beach Happens.
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My son and husband enjoying a tasty beverage in San Diego during a dinner break from the RWA conference
Every restaurant we went to in Old Town, San Diego proclaimed they had the best margarita in San Diego. So naturally, my husband and I had to try them all. I found that one should never skimp on tequila. The bargain brand is never as good as the top shelf, but in the case of tequila it's worth the extra money not to have a cheap tequila hang over the next morning.
The best margarita we had came from a restaurant called El Agave, which was also a tequila museum. The best chips and dips came from the restaurant pictured above, Barra Barra Saloon.
My husband likes to mix drinks, so here's his version of . . .
The Perfect Margarita
2 ounces of Tres Generacions Anejo white tequila
4 ounces of Margaritaville margarita mix
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
Pour all the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake it. Strain it. Pour it in a salted rim margarita ice.
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