FOR ADULTS ONLY . . . Sure, kids love shave ice and milk shakes. Now, those 21 and older are starting to cool off this summer with a new spin on these island favorites.
In Kaanapali, Westin Maui Resort & Spa just unveiled an adult (with alcohol) version of its shakes and floats at its new poolside Relish Burger Bistro that took the place of the old OnO Bar & Grill on Sunday.
You don't have to be a hotel guest to come and sip the Salted Caramel of Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka, kosher salt, caramel sauce and ice cream anytime from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
Jonathan Su savors adult shave ice in the pool at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
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Six adult cocktails were created by the resort's beverage manager Annie Marshall, who partnered with Chandra Lam Lucariello, director of mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits, for the tastes. The results include the Lilikoi Dream Float and the Strawberry Guava Chiffon, and they pair well with the innovative cuisine of Relish Burger Bistro's Chef Jennifer Evetushick.
In addition, we look forward to Westin's Tropica Island Grill transforming into Sugar House, under the direction of Chef James Simpliciano, at a later date.
Down the road at Pu'u Keka'a, or Black Rock, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is also offering a way to cool off with adult spins on shave ice.
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With compelling alcohol flavors such as Rum Rainbow, Spiked Pineapple and Tropical Cactus, the cool shave ice treats are mixing things up at the resort's popular poolside Mai Tai Bar.
"We are pleased to bring this island favorite to the resort and have it appeal to our adult guests in a whole new way with the addition of liquor in the recipe," says Director of Food & Beverage Brandon Maeda.
"Hawaiian shave ice is delicious on its own or as dessert after a meal of the resort's recently introduced gourmet all beef and Portuguese sausage dogs."
BITS AND PIECES . . . Upcountry residents love to wake up to breakfasts at the wonderful Grandma's Coffee in the heart of Keokea. So do others en route to Ulupalakua and/or the back way to Hana.
Last week, owner Al Franco introduced dinners, which run from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays, and specials may include fresh mahimahi, wild salmon, seafood pasta, meat loaf, 14-ounce rib eye steak, lamb chops and turkey with gravy. Veggie lasagne and house salads are part of the picture, too.
Three's Bar & Grill will do the pre-show food for the Atamira Dance Company at Maui Arts & Cultural Center today at 5:30 p.m. in Kahului. The wrong day was in last week's Side Orders. Sorry!
Speaking of Three's, the popular Kihei restaurant is also the new caterer for Pacific Whale Foundation's two varied Sunset Dinner Cruises, departing out of Lahaina Harbor on a daily basis. Purple Molokai sweet potatoes are whipped with coconut, salads are tossed with 10 organic Haiku greens, and entrees are grilled onboard.
Attended by hundreds last year, Savor The Sunset will return at 6 p.m. on Friday with wine, song, Italian cuisine, a fashion show and dance music at Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali. This is Rotary Club of Lahaina's annual benefit for Lahaina Public Library.
"Savor The Sunset has won the reputation as being one of the only events, where you can take off your slippers and dance barefoot under the moonlight on a beautiful lawn," says event chair Liz May. Advance tickets are $50; or $60 at the door. Call 669-5200.
With her purchase on July 1 of Edible Hawaiian Islands magazine, Dania Katz has decided to sell her pop-up event company, Kupu Maui.
"New owner Roxanne Tiffin of Kula Fields will continue with the same format that everyone has come to expect and love about us, except Kupu Maui will become a nonprofit, which I'm thrilled about," Katz says.
Katz's last Kupu Maui event will be her 3rd annual Pie Tweetup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday on Kumu Farms lot at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. It's free and open to the public. Just bring a non-dairy pie, and tweet using the hashtag, #kupumaui.
Leilani's just celebrated its 31st anniversary in Kaanapali last Friday with live music, complimentary pupu and 100 percent of the bar proceeds that day going to its Legacy of Aloha programs.
We hear that Lahaina Fish Co. on Front Street has a nice combo dinner and show package going on right now with 'Ulalena at Maui Theater.
"We also provide three hours of free parking for both lunch and dinner," says Lahaina Fish Co.'s new Assistant Manager Marc Dehandschutter.