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Robin’s Favorites: Fish Tacos, Fragrance and Devotionals

It’s time to share a few favorites because, you know, after you’ve been asked the same question multiple times it’s good to have the answers listed somewhere for future reference.

So since you asked, here are the answers for favorite fish tacos, fragrance and devotionals.

Fish Tacos

One of you beautiful readers wrote: “My husband and I are coming to Maui next month and he loves fish tacos. I remember reading in your book, Under a Maui Moon that the main character had a fish taco that she didn’t like very much. What I want to know is, where are the good tacos on Maui? Do you and your husband have a favorite place where you go for fish tacos?”

Yes! We have two favorite spots for fish tacos and both of them are on the southside.

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1. Fred’s Mexican Café in Kihei offers not only the best fish tacos, but the sunset from their open air dining area is pretty dreamy as well. My husband likes the calamari tacos and I always order the pescado with extra cilantro. The pescado is made from grilled mahi mahi. Jazz up your basket of tortilla chips with their salsa sampler. If you get there early, ask if they have lobster tacos. They don’t have lobster very often and when they do they run out quickly.

2. Coconuts Fish Cafe in Kihei uses 17 ingredients in their fish tacos and Zagat gave their food a 27. Their food is consistently scrumptious and they have cafes in Scottsdale and Dallas so you don’t even have to fly to Maui to sample a taste of the islands.


At the bank last week the teller said, “Whenever you come in I suddenly want a cookie. Is it your perfume? You always smell so good. It’s comforting.”

I’ve heard comments like this a number of times and it’s always when I’m wearing the same lotion. My favorite “you smell yummy” comment came from Jennifer Rothschild. She and I first met at a Women of Faith Conference. A few years ago we were speaking on a Girl’s Getaway Cruise. Jennifer lost her sight as a teen so you can imagine how surprised I was when I entered the meeting room for the first time and Jennifer turned my way, smiled and said, “It’s Robin! I can smell her.”

On the last day of the cruise Jennifer had me write down the name of my secret lotion. Her birthday was coming up and she wanted to give her hubby a subtle hint for her gift.

I shared my secret lotion with Jennifer and now I’ll share it with you. (drumroll, please)

Laura Mercier’s Almond Coconut Milk Souffle Body Crème.


The best thing is that you don’t need a lot and it lasts all day. As a matter of fact, I have come to believe that on days when I’m running around and perspiring the most those are the days I’m sharing a little scent of coconut cookie happiness all over town. It’s as if the fragrance is activated by the warm climate.

Devotional Books

Whenever I post a photo on Instagram or Facebook showing my favorite morning devo spot or my bookshelf filled with Bibles and favorite books, I’m always asked for recommendations on devotional books. Most of the questions come from women who have very little free time during the day and want to make the most of their quiet time.

Here are a few of my favorites that are currently within reach during my quiet time:

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers – a classic and a perennial favorite

The Listening Heart by Judy Gordon Morrow –humbling and uplifting

It’s Just You & Me, Lord by Marion Stroud – poignant insights tucked into honest prayers

There’s no substitute, though, for reading from God’s Word. Go to it often and drink deeply. My husband has this quote by Hudson Taylor on the wall of his office: “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to a person who isn’t.”

Bible falling Apart

My favorite devotional book is my falling apart Bible, a fresh new journal for the new year and a pen that doesn’t leak. Add a fish taco and some Laura Mercier lotion and that’s a pretty nice quite time.


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  • Carol

    Robin, I’m from Brazil and dream about the day I’LL meet you at Maui. Thanks for sharing the girls all around the world what God has given to you and what His Word has transformed inside of you. When you come to Brazil, please, let us now!

  • Jamie

    Oh my, Coconuts is THE best. We moved to Maui right around the time they opened and ate there 2 or 3 times a month for the 3 years we lived on island. Our family loves the owner, Uncle Mike…he even got my kids to try fish and chips by bribing them with ice cream from Peggy Sue’s!! Just last month we took a road trip from Colorado to California and made sure that our route including a night in Scottsdale just so we could get a little taste of Maui! We’re currently saving up our pennies so we can get back to Maui for real! Tickets from CO are not as cheap as they are from the west coast. Enough rambling, I’ll just end it a favorite phrase of mine….Maui No Ka Oi!!!!

  • Kathy

    Robin, I love your books and your blog! The quote, “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to a person who isn’t,” is actually from Charles Spurgeon.

  • colleen_evelyn

    My hubby and I spent our 10th anniversary on Maui in early December. We ate at Coconut’s, which was walking distance from our little nest, although I had fish and chips instead of a taco. I was 8 weeks pregnant with baby #5 at the time, and I couldn’t face the thought of spicy salsa, or really, much flavor at all. :) My husband might have gotten a little weary of me mentioning places or stories from your books set in Hawaii… We had to miss Leilani’s and the Hula Pie… but the road to Hana was one of our favorite memories – we stayed overnight in a garage studio in Hana and then kissed at sunrise on empty Hamoa Beach. It’s funny how all your stories seem to make a magical place even more magical.

  • I’m pretty sure we ate at Fred’s when on Maui over 7 years ago! Did not have fish tacos though. Next time. =)

  • Kiley

    I will have to check out those devotionals! I have the same Bible you do :-)

  • Eunice

    Was rereading Echoes and had a wild idea of going to Hawaii to celebrate my 27th birthday. If this happens I would love to take you out for lunch or dinner or breakfast or coffee! I feel like so much of my life was influenced by the Glenbrooke series (I read these in high school and still love and read them every year) and it would be so lovely to be able to meet the creator of these characters. c:

  • Amanda

    Reading your blog and your books always makes me feel like I am connecting with a friend/a group of long lost forever friends :) Thank you Robin :)

  • Connie

    Robin, I just started reading your books and I’m on book two. Even though im still starting the series, your books have inspired me so much! Thanks and keep writing!