Side Orders • Feb. 7, 2013

APHRODISIAC EATS . . . No, I’m not talking about rhino horns and oysters. This is about the 10 sexiest foods for both men and for women, as described by Amy Reiley, who writes the aphrodisiac of the month newsletter.

She says the 10 Best Foods for Men that boost the libido are wild salmon, watermelon, coconut, pineapple, clams, garlic, almonds, oats, pomegranate and buffalo; while the 10 Best Foods for Women are dark chocolate, peanuts, eggs (including caviar), strawberries, lentils, kale, chile peppers, tofu, scallops and citrus fruits.

Speaking of aphrodisiac food items, MauiGrown Coffee Store, located near the historic smokestack off Lahainaluna Road, is the place to go for the coffee lover in your life when shopping for Valentine’s Day.

“We’re famous for our French Kiss coffee, it’s red catuai beans with a dark roast,” says partner Diane Boyd. “We also sell chocolate-covered espresso beans in cute Valentine’s heart packages, and we have Mokka coffees to sample and taste,” Call 661-2728.

In addition, OpenTable recently revealed its 2013 Diner’s Choice Awards for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants spanning 32 states. Three Maui restaurants made the grade, including Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante oceanfront at Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea; Sonz at Swan Court at Hyatt Regency Maui in Kaanapali; and Capische? at Hotel Wailea. By the way, Hotel Wailea will set the stage for the next Growing Some Good benefit March 2 for Kihei school gardens and Marty Dread will perform.

If you’re looking for more places to get your mojo in high gear for Valentine’s Day, see the Red Hot dining guide.


AT THE MACC . . . This week, there will be tempting food choices before the performances at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

“Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei will be here today catering a showcase of its culinary talents at the Giordano Dance Chicago show,”?says Lisa Haole, the MACC’s codirector of food and beverage. “Choose from Hawaiian-style guava and chipotle barbecue ribs, ahi panko rolls or a light Kula greens and strawberry salad -all reasonably priced at $9 to $12. Pre-show food and beverage service starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Yokouchi Pavilion.”

Friday night, comedian Margaret Cho will return to the Castle Theater stage with her uproarious new stand-up show entitled, “Mother.”

“We are thrilled to have the multi-talented, ‘Top Chef Seattle’ contestant, Sheldon Simeon, of Star Noodle Lahaina and Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie shop serving up his pre-show specialties of Garlic Noodles with fresh and fried garlic, dashi and green onion and miso-salmon plates with Waipoli greens and ko chu vinaigrette.”

Look for stellar cuisine from Star Noodle, Leoda’s and their sister restaurant, Aloha Mixed Plate, at more MACC shows in the future.


CARNIVAL TIME . . . Maui AIDS Foundation will throw Mardi Gras Maui from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.

“Dance the night away to Men in Black II and DJ Blast. Enjoy special performances from Glamity and Maui Roller Girls and a silent auction,” says Dana Nitti, director of donor development.

As far as menu items, VIP guests will enjoy double cream baked brie with caramelized mac nuts, fresh ahi poke, turkey carving station with of all the fixings, assorted maki sushi, vegetable spring rolls with sweet Thai-chile dip, crab cakes with lilikoi aioli and free champagne. For tickets, visit

Or, you may celebrate Mardi Gras, Fastnacht, Carnival or Fat Tuesday, whatever you want to call it, at Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului from 6 to 9 p.m. this Tuesday as well as Feb. 15 and 16.

“We’ll have live music with the High Seas Dixieland Band,” says chef-owner Bernard Weber. “We’ll feature an all-you-can-eat buffet with carnival dishes from around the world such as gumbo, jambalaya, Andouille sausage, curry casmir, Louisiana-style baby-back ribs and apple beignets. Guest chef is Drew Watson from New Orleans. Wear your masks, costumes, beads and bras.”

Cost is $38 per person, plus tax ad tip. Call 877-6000.

Snakes, alive! Chinese New Year is fast slithering in for a strike starting Saturday at Maui Mall in Kahului with a host of food and fun. Other Chinese restaurants on island will offer special menus, lion dancing and more. See the Year of the Snake guide in today’s main news.