AROUND THE TOWN . . . Golfers and others in West Maui are starting to spread the word about all of the food, fun and deals to be had at the Clubhouse Cafe & Bar at the entrance to Kaanapali.
From 7 to 11 a.m. Sundays, you'll find 50 percent off of breakfast items such as local moco, fried rice and biscuits and gravy. Sunday mornings also flow with the $3 Bloody Mary bar, where vodka is put in your glass and you add all of the fixings to your liking.
For a limited time, you'll also get 50 percent off selected lunch specials such as burgers, foot-long hot dogs and fresh salads. "Happy hour is daily from 2 to 7 p.m." says General manager Jodi Ruiz.
At the Clubhouse Cafe & Bar in Kaanapali, General Manager Jodi Ruiz is offering 50 percent off Sunday breakfasts and loco moco is made with fresh burger meat mixed with kim chee.
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Lahaina boy Deason K. Baybayan III will celebrate the grand opening of his new self-serve frozen yogurt shop from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday.
"We are a family-owned-and-operated business located near Cilantro's, and not a franchise," says Baybayan. "At the grand opening, we'll offer free yogurt samples such as sweet coconut, taro and blueberry burst. We'll have live music and prize giveaways. We have original murals of waterfalls and surfboards. It's pretty cool."
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BITS AND PIECES . . . I almost started dancing the Texas two-step at Mama's Fish House in Kuau the other day when I saw country superstar Kenny Chesney saddled up to the bar and sipping a mai tai. Famous for such hits as "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and "All I Want For Christmas is a Real Good Tan," he was minus his Stetson and working on some holiday color.
Mama's Chef Perry Bateman just debuted two new lunch dishes, including Tristan Island lobster tail sandwich with Molokai sweet potato chips; and a salad of Kula mixed greens with hearts of palm, dried cranberries, smoked bacon, candied macadamia nuts and goat cheese with Maui honey and lemon vinaigrette.
A fan of the China Boat restaurant in Kahana e-mails that the 25-year-old restaurant now "has a new look, new inviting decor, new management, new cook and a new menu. Grace Chen is the gracious manager and her husband, Kai Chen, is the chef. Both have years of experience serving oriential food," says Bill Brown Sr.
Santa Claus is coming to town, but we hear he's leaving his sleigh behind! At 4:30 p.m. Sunday, he'll arrive via his outrigger canoe at Dig Me Beach fronting Hula Grill in Kaanapali.
"To celebrate his 16th annual visit, Santa will be accepting Christmas requests from keiki, taking photos with families and passing out candy canes to those on the nice list. Plus, there will be cookie and ornament decorating for all to enjoy!" says publicist Malia Chung.
If you're hungry, check out Hula Grill's beach-side bistro, or the Barefoot Bar, where you may dig your toes in the sand and enjoy Hawaii Regional Cuisine.
Bring the children to Makena Beach & Golf Resort from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and let them help chefs create gingerbread houses for fun.
Max World Bistro in the Haiku Town Center will do a live broadcast on Mana'o Radio 91.5FM this evening. "Join us for the debut of Teri Garrison's 'It's Just Paradise' CD, starting at 7 p.m.," says owner John Graziano.
"We'll play the entire CD, then Teri will take the stage to perform live!" he says. Dine on comfort foods from around the world with a whopping14 different countries represented.
Max's Chef Curtis Hintz just introduced 15 new pizzas. Like it spicy? Try the Dante's Inferno with marinara, smoked mozzarella, Italian sausage, pepperoni, red onions, peppers and habanero chilies. Or opt for the mild Neptuna with white Alfredo sauce, mozzarella, clams, artichokes, anchovies, oregano, parsley and lemon zest.
*You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.