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Side Orders • May 19, 2016

ON THE GRAPEVINE . . . Just got back from the fabulous food city of San Francisco and the ultra-juicy wine region of Sonoma, Calif.No, I didn't hear that Napa is an auto parts store. But someone did say that it's a four-letter word, so we steered clear of it this trip. Now that I'm back on ...

Side Orders: May 12, 2016

FOR FILM BUFFS? . . . The clock is ticking down to June, when Maui Film Festival at Wailea will appear larger than life with cutting-edge movies and celebs such as Viola Davis and Michael B. Jordan presented with awards under the stars.But the culinary events surrounding the films and the stars ...

Side Orders • May 5, 2016

UNO, DOS, TRES, CUATRO CINCO . . . What do you think is more popular in Hawaii - Boy's Day or Cinco de Mayo? I'm not sure, but today is a party as both fall on May 5.I do know that more people get worked up about Cinco de Mayo. I just retrieved a voice message in which a man swore with the "F" ...

Side Orders • April 28, 2016

AROUND THE MOUNTAIN . . . Thousands of people will get to the root of Hawaiian culture by driving out to Hana for the East Maui Taro Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.The 24th annual event will be pounding from start to finish with nonstop food items with taro, or kalo, incorporated into ...

Side Orders • April 21, 2016

MUSIC MEETS FOOD . . . Reminiscent of the old Lobster Cove for its lobster four ways and of the old Chez Paul for its shrimp scampi Diabolique, the new intimate Cafe Del Vino in Maalaea is where fine food meets music at moderate prices.Everyone from Gina Martinelli to Gene Argel to some ...

Side Orders • April 14, 2016

GONDOLA MISSING . . . But that was about the ONLY thing absent from the 'Ai Pono Awards held on Sunday at Grand Wailea with a Venetian theme and people costumed to the nines.For the uninitiated, the awards are the Oscars of Maui's restaurant industry and anybody who is anyone in it attends. ...

Side Orders • April 7, 2016

WEEKEND BUZZ . . . Maui restaurant gossip was buzzing louder than bees swarming a hive at Maui County Agricultural Festival on Saturday on the sunny luau grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.MTP owner Mike Atherton says he'll roll out Wagons of Waikapu down the highway a stretch and ...

Side Orders • March 31, 2016

BREWING INTEREST . . . The Caribbean country of cigars, mojitos and antique automobiles is smokin' hot in the news since President Barrack Obama visited recently. Now a new food cart is rolling into Kahului Harbor's lineup. Alba's Cuban Coladas sells strong espresso and authentic foods of ...

Side Orders • March 24, 2016

WAIKAPU UNIVERSE . . . Some weeks, it's all about Lahaina. Others, Wailea is in the spotlight. But this week, Waikapu is at the center of Maui's food universe for a number of reasons.Fresh Off the Boat just opened in an empty Waikapu lot mauka of Honoapiilani Highway. The actual food boat (in ...

Side Orders • March 17, 2016

SEND GOOD THOUGHTS Back in the glory days of Maui restaurants, when Continental and European cuisine reigned supreme, Heinz Gerner was a leader in the restaurant scene here.The native of Germany was a classically trained chef and an original owner of the Waterfront, Kihei Prime Rib House, the ...

Side Orders • March 10, 2016

SENSORY BITES . . . With a successful location on Market Street in Wailuku, the health-food eatery Farmacy just expanded to Pukalani Terrace Center."We believe the people Upcountry want and appreciate the fresh organic food we prepare," explains Christopher Malik Cousin, chef-owner."My mom ...

Side Orders • March 3, 2016

IN WEST MAUI . . . It was recently announced that Troon Golf Courses/TY Management is buying Pineapple Grill Restaurant at its Bay Course clubhouse location from David and Lesley Cohn of Cohn Restaurant Group on Maui and Southern California.Pineapple Grill will remain open as ownership ...

Side Orders • February 25, 2016

LEAP OF FAITH . . . Those born on Leap Day can only celebrate their official birthdays once every four years. So on Monday, Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina will let all of you "leaplings" enjoy a free meal from a special eat-free menu of hickory-smoked pulled-pork sliders; twisted mac, chicken and ...

Side Orders • February 18, 2016

WINE NOT? . . . Hot from the lips of those in the wine industry: Today is National Drink Wine Day. Yes, it's true. Vino has its very own bacchanal-iday.I also hear that Victoria's Secret will open soon at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center and wonder - is there a connection? But before I insert foot into ...

Side Orders • February 11, 2016

AMOROUS EATS . . . Want to get in the mood for food? Then come to the new Oceanside Restaurant at the Maalaea Harbor Shops tonight for a tango class, followed by a chocolate feast that pays homage to cacao by chef Gary King with desserts by Mitzi Toro, the Maui Cookie Lady, and Desiree Parada ...

Side Orders • February 4, 2016

MONKEYING AROUND . . . As I grab a banana, peel it and swing into eating it, I see that the Year of the Monkey is coming up fast in conjunction with Chinese New Year on Monday.The Maui News will run its annual Chinese New Year special section in Friday's paper, but here are a few things to ...

Side Orders • January 28, 2016

WORLD OF CHEFS . . . Traveling to the Windy City this week with Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau Chef Exchange are three of our island's talented chefs Michael Lofaro of Grand Wailea; Kyle Kawakami of Maui Fresh Streatery; and Jojo Vasquez of The Plantation House in Kapalua."The chefs are ...

Side Orders • January 21, 2016

FULL MOON FUN . . . Leading up to the full moon weekend, Hyatt Regency Maui's award-winning Japengo restaurant in Kaanapali is celebrating its fifth anniversary now through Saturday.From 5 to 6 p.m., savor $5 happy-hour menu of pupu, wine, beer and specialty cocktails. Pupu ranges from spicy ...

Side Orders • January 14, 2016

'CH-CH-CHANGES' . . Rockdom's beloved David Bowie is gone. And Maui's sugar-cane industry is going up in smoke. Now I hear Campbell's Soup Company is moving to voluntarily disclose the presence of GMOs in all its foods in the absence of a standard. That's a "turn to face the strain," as Bowie's ...

Side Orders • January 7, 2016

YEAR OF MONKEYING . . What is that saying, "The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune?" That's my new line in 2016. Although I feel less like a Stradivarius than a gutbucket instrument after a tough 2015 of losing my mom and other family issues.Yes, like Cheetah fleeing lions in "Tarzan,"? I'm ...