OFF THE CUFF . . . I just read a story on the Internet that people worry too much about what they eat between Christmas and New Year's Day. But we really should worry about what we eat from New Year's Day through Christmas!
I've even taken up jogging to mitigate the weight gain, but the cookies keep falling out of my pocket! Ha! Another Internet joke for you. Antics aside, let's just concentrate on current events on island.
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions will tee off Jan. 5 to 9 at Kapalua's Plantation Course, and there will be plenty of great grinds for spectators.
Da Sushi Bar’s partners Junior Yoshisato (from left) and Larry Yamada with new sushi chef Ricky Daguio.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
"The Pro-Am is free to the public on Thursday, January 5, and then tickets are available at the gate from Friday, January 6 through Monday, January 9," says Tournament Director Nancy Cross. "That Friday, Clifford Nae'ole of the Ritz will do the blessing, followed by a free performance at 9:15 a.m. by the Polynesian Cultural Center. Public parking is at Honua Kai Resort in Kaanapali with continuous complimentary shuttles running to the event."
The Comfort Zone catering company will do all of the food concessions in the newly named Fan Zone along with booths at the 18th, 2nd and 11th holes.
"I'll serve hamburgers and hot dogs, huli huli chicken plate lunches with pineapple fried rice, grilled ono, Caesar salads with or without chicken, sandwiches, beer, soda and snack items," says Chef Christian Jorgensen. "I'll cater the food for the Golf Channel people, 160 lunches over six days, do the food for the media tent, and prepare 450 box lunches per day for volunteers."
We also hear Da Sushi Bar and Nai's Cafe in Kahului Industrial Area are a combo, rockin' and a rollin' with new menu items and sushi chef. Ricky Daguio has followers from his days at Ichiban and before that, Kincha. "I have a roll called the 007 with spicy tuna, shrimp and avocado with tobiko on top," says Daguio, who does some beautifully fresh sushi platters for your private parties as well as for dine-in customers. Da Sushi Bar partners Larry Yamada and Junior Yoshisato are also fantastic cooks. The owners of the Big City Diner on Oahu were just in there, raving about the local dishes such as hamburger steak, oxtail soup, roast pork and fried ahi belly. You may BYOB. Call and ask about holiday hours.
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NEW YEAR'S EVE . . . "Throwing the biggest and the funkiest New Year's Eve Party Kihei has ever seen," will be Stella Blues Cafe, according to owner Cindy Eiting. "We are having the hot new band Soul Congress, featuring Clay Mortensen.
There are two types of tickets available. The $60 ticket from 9 to 11 p.m. includes heavy pupu, champagne toast and music, while the $40 ticket lets you in after 11 p.m. and includes music and champagne toast."
Pupu for the earlier seating include ahi poke spoons, mini crab cakes with remoulade sauce, gazpacho shooters, oyster shooters, gourmet cheeses, mini caprese skewers and grilled vegetables and hummus.
RB Steakhouse in Kahana is throwing a New Year's Eve dinner party with seatings all the way from 4 to 11 p.m. You may savor the four-course meal for two, which includes an appetizer, salad, filet mignon and lobster tail, dessert and bottle of champagne. Cost of $160 includes dancing to DJ music at midnight. Those who just want to dance will be charged a $10 cover.
Upstairs at Lahaina Gateway, The Melting Pot will flow its fabulous four-course fondue dinner package complete with a toast for New Year's Eve. The entree platter features cold-water lobster, marinated shrimp, Angus sirloin and wasabi-sesame-crusted ahi along with fresh vegetables and an array of sauces. With salad, appetizer, dessert and bubbly, the cost is $120 per couple, says Cindy DellaFave, general manager of the restaurant.
The Ka'anapali Beach Hotel is not only throwing a New Year's Eve dinner with four fun courses, but it's presenting a Recovery Day Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New Year's Day, the latter for for $42.95.
Makena Beach & Golf Resort's Molokini Bar & Grille will be puttin' on the ritz with a similar set up New Year's Eve and Day - only both events are oceanfront all-you-can- eat affairs.
Under the Sea is the theme for the New Year's Eve party at Buzz's Wharf in Maalaea. Choose from two seatings, two bands, and you get a four-course feast with dancing for $80 per person ($100 with shuttle).
Last but not least, Merriman's Kapalua may just be the place to rub elbows with pro golfers and celebs. The 8 p.m. dinner seating costs $150 per person, and includes a four- course dinner, and dancing to Funky Business.