After experimenting with the Ethereum Wallet client on a linux machine I decided to install on my MacPro with OS X 10.11.5. I installed the latest Ethereum-Wallet 0.8.1 app from github and launched the app. I soon noticed that the sync would appear to freeze at various points and never achieved a full sync. This despite multiple force quits and restarts.
After some poking around I found a nice summary of the problem and a workaround I wanted to share.