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Mike and Tina Xiao, natives of Guangzhou, China, will ring in the Year of the Earth Dog from today through Feb. 24 at their Mike’s Hong Kong Bistro on the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue in Wailuku. Do come and savor specials such as crispy roast pork, roast duck and sea bass with baby bok choy. They also make jai, gau and jian dui, all symbols of “good luck.” The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • February 15, 2018

BARKING UP RIGHT TREE . . . This isn’t just any old mutt year. No, this is a purebred affair, the Year of the Earth Dog, the first that has occurred on a Chinese lunar calendar since 1958. (The regular Year of the Dog spins in every 12 years.) Many of you have read all about it in the ...

Learn how to make a trio of passionate mini desserts in one of two classes at Sugar Beach Events in Kihei at 5 p.m. Monday or Tuesday with Chef-owner Lee Anderson. Sugar Beach Events photo

Side Orders • February 8, 2018

RED HOT IDEAS . . . Just like oysters are considered to be aphrodisiacs, caviar is thought to be oh-so seductive with a chilled bottle of bubbly. One-ounce tins of Petrossian caviar and fine bottles of champagne may be found at Wailea Wine, tucked away off Wailea Ike Drive near Matteo’s ...

New Wei Wei Cafe & Noodle House in Happy Valley is owned by Chef Shao Xiao (left) and the front of the house is run by his son Adam Xiao. The small walkup counter establishment is as neat as a pin with authentic  Chinese cuisine.  
• CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • February 1, 2018

HERE AND THERE . . . Word has it former Spago Maui chef Cameron Lewark is rocking it in San Francisco with his new restaurant, Heritage, which is located in the trendy Richmond district. Former Maui chef David Paul is thinking about opening a dim sum restaurant on the Big Island and is ...

The Steeple House at Kapalua has opened as Maui’s newest event venue. The historic structure is situated next to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and can accommodate from 20 to 200 people indoors and 500 outside. STEEPLE HOUSE photo

Side Orders • January 25, 2018

RAISING THE RAFTERS . . . Earlier this week, a joyous event was presented at a historic church in Kapalua. The Steeple House at Kapalua held its open house and blessing as Maui’s newest event venue. “We are very excited to be able to offer a beautifully remodeled venue in a historic ...

Owner John Henry of Maui Coffee Attic in Wailuku counseled diners as he’s also a prison chaplain. 
• The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • January 18, 2018

FUTURE IS BRIGHT . . . On Saturday after the missile-alert mistake “all-clear,” I headed to Lowe’s to buy plants and ran into Eric Gilliom. He was in the garden area, too, a sign that we both had hope for the future. He headlines the Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise on Fridays ...

Wailuku Sushi Chef Jayse Sato will present a grand reopening of Umi, his newly revamped eatery, on Friday at his Vineyard Street location. It will be a sushi bar from Wednesdays to Saturdays; and then morph into a ramen shop Sundays through Tuesdays. CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • January 11, 2018

‘NEW’ IN WAILUKU. . . Sushi lovers will want to check out the contemporary and sleek new look of the remodeled Umi on Vineyard Street. The owner started sub-leasing a space at Soup to Nuts Catering some time ago and then took over as of Jan. 1. “I did a renovation, pretty much from the ...

Fork & Salad at Azeka Mauka in Kihei is dishing up more than 50 ingredients, fast friendly counter service, signature build-your-own salads, soups, sandwiches and gluten-free and keiki options. Fork & Salad photo

Side Orders • January 4, 2018

BETTER WORLD. . . Some of us old enough may remember that song by Zager and Evans: “In The Year 2525,” with the frightening lyrics, “If Man is Still Alive, If Woman Can Survive. . .” Well, that date is certainly inching closer and I say, let’s survive it the best we can. I heard ...

Mauian Apple Landerman has built this unique Alohamobile that will be buzzing  with food and drink Wednesday to Jan. 7 at the popular Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Golf Course in Kapalua. This year’s vendor is Luis Fuentes of Mr. Sub shops. Parking will be at  Lahaina Civic Center with free shuttles. 
• Photo courtesy Apple Landerman

Side Orders • December 28, 2017

OVER-THE-TOP MAUI . . .What’s that song Willie Nelson made famous? “If You’ve Got The Money, Honey, I’ve Got The Time.” That’s about what the New Year’s Eve honky-tonkin’ here has boiled down to with all of the private jets on the tarmac and the well-heeled set descending on ...

Wailea artist Ed Lane (at left) recently installed 15 new works at Sarento’s on the Beach in Kihei. Owner Aaron Placourakis is pleased with the new look. The restaurant also entices with tiki torches, white tablecloths and ocean views. Sarento’s photo

Side Orders • December 21, 2017

NAUGHTY OR NICE . . . Lovers of wine and music may mark their calendars for Jan. 12 when two soulful guitarists/wine industry experts return to the isle to perform at Maui Chef’s Table at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. These multi-talented dudes are Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, ...

Four-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners  and Maui boys Lukela Keala, Akoni Dellomes and Makapu Hoopii of Ekolu will headline the  dinner show on Monday at 5 Palms in Kihei. Book a company holiday party on that evening or on another night. Photo courtesy Ekolu

Side Orders • December 14, 2017

PAR-TAY TIME! . . . Are you looking for a last-minute spot to host your company or family holiday party? 5 Palms has an expansive dining room with views of Keawakapu Beach and the Neighbor Islands at its prime location at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei. On Monday, it will present a dinner and a ...

Kamaaina with valid Hawaii ID get 25 percent off of food and beverage at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Teppan-yaki Dan, Black Rock Kitchen, Cliff Dive Bar and Mai Tai Bar with the exception of holidays and special events. Sheraton Maui photo

Side Orders • December 7, 2017

MY BUCKET LIST . . . On Friday, I planned to dash home to console the dog. I knew that Pua would have her head thrown back, wailing in ear-piercing tones to match the monthly tsunami siren test, and yowling even higher with the double whammy of an added nuclear siren test. But a mountain of ...

The Leis Family Class Act is winding down for the semester at the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Paina Building. Behind the counter in the kitchen are Kainalu Marquez (left, the son of former instructor Ben Marquez), and graduate A.J. Arellano. The Class Act’s final dinner of the semester will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 30, 2017

AROUND THE TOWN . . . In-the-know diners luxuriate over the multi-course luncheons at the Leis Family Class Act restaurant upstairs in the Pa‘ina Building at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College in Kahului. The last luncheon of the semester will be served Friday and a grand-finale wine ...

Tri-Isle Broker  Donna Ting (left) and Sotheby’s Broker Cathy Paxton-Haines enjoy the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center’s annual First Night with food, drink and rare and original art and crafts that are perfect for gift giving over the holidays. This year’s First Night is coming up Wednesday. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 23, 2017

FOR ART SAKE . . . One of the things I’ve always liked about art receptions is the pupu and drink aspect. You may laugh, but the heightened experience does get you in the mood to appreciate art. Food is certainly one reason to attend the Showcase Under the Stars art auction from 5 to 10 ...

Four Seasons Resort Maui Pastry Chef Tracie Symonds  won the Life is Sweet dessert competition last weekend at The Shops at Wailea, which benefits Best Buddies Hawaii and its many programs. Simmons made deconstructed Unicorn Cakes. Life is Sweet photo

Side Orders • November 16, 2017

ON A SWEET NOTE . . . The eighth annual fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawaii attracted dessert lovers to The Shops at Wailea last weekend. Life is Sweet pitted chefs from Fairmont Kea Lani, Mulligans on the Blue, Longhi’s Wailea, Gannon’s, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea ...

KISS frontmen Paul Stanley (left) and Gene Simmons give rocker salutes  at their Rock & Brews restaurant in Paia, which will offer complimentary menu items to veterans, active military and Maui’s first responders on Saturday for Veteran’s Day. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY file photo

Side Orders • November 9, 2017

SALUTE TO VETS . . . Veteran’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday with deals for the military. But Maui seems to be jumping with events throughout November for the rest of us, too. At Rock & Brews in Paia, those with a veteran’s, military or first responders’ ID will receive one ...

Theresa Shurilla, the program coordinator and pastry chef instructor for the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program, looks elegant in a muumuu at Noble Chef at Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea on Saturday. An ukulele ice sculpture spins behind. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Side Orders • November 2, 2017

WEST SIDE STORIES . . . The fun of Halloween on Front Street is behind us, but Lahaina and the rest of West Maui are still jumping. Looking for a moderately priced wine dinner? Then head to Lahaina Coolers on Friday for its monthly affair for $65, plus tax and tip. Begin with Ruffino pinot ...

Wai Bar’s Johnny Wilson says “boo” as foxy wife Amanda and kitty Michelle Halcomb climb the liquor ladder. TRISH EDSTROM photo

Side Orders • October 26, 2017

COFFIN BREAK . . . There will be plenty of places on Maui to go for a bite on Halloween and leading up to it. And you don’t need a vampire costume to suck ’em up and have some fun. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, “turn on” at a Black Light Yoga event at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria ...

Merriman’s Kapalua is among the Top 10 U.S. Fine-Dining Restaurants on TripAdvisor and it’s been named an Ocean-Friendly Restaurant by Surfrider Foundation. RANDY JAY BRAUN photo

Side Orders • October 19, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . . Not one, but two, Maui restaurants have made the Top 10 U.S. Fine-dining Establishments list in the recent TripAdvisor awards. Mama’s Fish House again held its ground as one of the nation’s Top 10, beating out the super spectacular Gary Danko in San Francisco — and ...

Pailolo Bar & Grill at Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas will brew its inaugural  Oktoberfest on Saturday with German fare, local craft beer and Pau Maui Vodka drinks on the Ocean Lawn.
• Westin KOR photo

Side Orders • October 12, 2017

MAUI IS “DA BEST” . . . Dragging in from vacation, I’m thrilled to learn that the Valley Isle is the Most Popular Domestic Destination in the 2017 Fall Travel Trends Survey just released by the Travel Leaders Group. Of course, it’s one of many awards bestowed on Maui — and our ...

Lumeria Maui Chef Jacqueline Torres will be at Taste of Upcountry Oct. 7 and host her own Wild Food Challenge on Nov. 11.
• Carla Tracy photo

Side Orders • September 28, 2017

IT’S GREEK TO ME . . . Healthful Mediterranean foods keep dancing like Zorba into Maui hearts and palates from Gyro food truck at Home Depot parking lot in Kahului to the Maui Greek Oven in Haiku. Another Maui food truck has a similar name, but the new Gyro landed at Home Depot two months ...