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Spice of Life

Farmers and food vendors find creative ways to serve us

We are finding new ways every day to stay nourished and enjoy the food on our island home during this uncertain time that has put unprecedented restrictions on our lives. With many restaurants closed and markets putting rules in place to honor new health regulations to keep us safe, we are ...

Restaurants find delicious ways to keep our spirits up

Change is here, with uncertainty on the horizon, but a meal shared, whether it be a cookie broken in half, or an entire feast, is always heartwarming. With health officials urging us to stay at home and implement social distancing, rest assured our local restaurants are here for us! They are ...

Artistry of sushi enjoyed in Haiku

One of the jewels of Maui is the town of Haiku. Even the name reminds us of poetry. Haiku town has a quaint cluster of eclectic eateries inside its town center. Japanese food is extremely popular on Maui and with good reason. Some of the freshest seafood in the world is caught just off our ...

Lineage showcases flavors of Hawaii

Reservations at award-winning chef Sheldon Simeon’s Lineage in The Shops at Wailea have been in high demand since the day it opened Oct. 15, 2018. Seven months ago, Mijin Kang Toride came to work side-by-side with Sheldon, learning from him and being a part of his vision. Confident that the ...

Coffee and lunch hot spots in Makawao

Historic Makawao is the home of cowboys, cattle ranches, farms of all kinds and sweeping vistas. Cowgirl Coffee Maui fits right in with the town’s character. Joannah Bryan opened up Cowgirl Coffee Maui two years ago. She grew up on Maui and wanted to return after working a corporate job on ...

A taste of New York found in Lahaina

The aroma makes me weak in the knees. The taste is as poetic as a love affair with bread can be. It can be sweet or savory, or my favorite, covered with seeds and a schmear of scallion cream cheese. Ahh bagels, how I love you! I beg friends to carry you all the way from New York City to my ...

Authentic Mexican fare at Nachos Grande

This week I had the pleasure of eating authentic Mexican food at Maui’s own Nachos Grande in Lahaina. Chef Miguel Reyes, who spent his early childhood in Michoacan, Mexico, took some time to talk story and whip me up some love. Spicy love — the best kind. We talked spice, regional Mexican ...

Celebrate love on Valentine’s Day

Can you feel the love in the air? Maui is undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations on the planet. You can feel the love on the beach, in the ocean and in the kiss of a breeze. This island is a garden of tropical delights that keeps our plates filled with an illustrious array of fruits, ...

BBQ cooked in large smoker at Beach Bum’s

Beach Bum’s Bar, Barbecue and Grill is Ma‘alaea Harbor’s best-loved barbecue restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come for the fresh salty air, a look at Maui’s iconic harbor, hang out for the outstanding sunset view and stay for the cold drinks, epic food and ...

Enjoying pizza and gelato in Paia

The north shore of Maui has an epic spot for pizza and fun. Flatbread Co. focuses on utilizing the island’s amazing organic produce to prepare its delicious salads, drinks, desserts and, of course, wood-fired pizzas. Located in the center of Paia, Flatbread has the perfect island ...

Rain or shine, new dining options help keep the good times rolling

Winter time on Maui! What’s new? We’ve had some really wet days and just because the sun isn’t coming out to play doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun! The food on island is hot and the fun continues with great new locations to try: The Tiki Bar & Grill at Ka‘anapali Beach ...

Delicacies from near and far, seafood feast in a pot, found at Maui Prime

The shelves at Maui Prime Fine Foods in Lahaina are filled with a stunning cornucopia of gourmet speciality foods from around the world. These items aren’t only hard to find on Maui, they’re hard to find anywhere! The illustrious array of delicacies include truffle oil, beautifully ...

The ultimate, romantic beachfront dining experience in West Maui

Pacific’O is a beautifully styled beachfront restaurant in Lahaina. Pink and black marble floors and elegant French doors frame the island of Lanai and the Pacific Ocean as it laps the sand just a few yards away. You may even see whales making their way around our idyllic island. I went to ...

Local flavors, quick service found in Kahului at Sheldon Simeon’s Tin Roof

I was kind of scrambling to figure out where to eat in-between the holidays. I was in town, tired and badly in need of food. Fast and good. Sound familiar? Well, have I got the spot for you! Tucked away in the industrial part of Kahului is a culinary treasure created by Sheldon Simeon. ...

New Wailuku restaurant ushers in some sparkle for the New Year

As the holiday fun of dining on Maui continues, let’s enjoy these last days of 2019 and make them count. How ‘bout taking a friend to a stunning new restaurant in Wailuku? SixtyTwo MarcKet, the prize of a lifelong dream of chef and owner Marc McDowell, is right on time to usher in some ...

Acevedo’s cafe a family affair; Christmas dining suggestions

Maui is a tropical oasis in the middle of the ocean and it is quite possible the best vibe on the planet when it comes to the holidays. The spirit of Christmas and aloha together make for the perfect combination to rejoice in the season. The holidays are all about family and I’m so thrilled ...

After 17 years in Makawao, family opens Korean restaurant in Paia

Bap is the name of a new sushi and Korean restaurant in Paia town created by the Kim family. Bap is also a Korean word that essentially means, cooked rice. Rice is the fundamental ingredient on which most Korean dishes are prepared. As a turn of phrase, bap means, “have you eaten?,” rice ...

Tasting the fifth flavor at Star Noodle

When I think of the holidays, I think of Asian food. It’s a city kid thing. We have the obligatory meals with our families, we get over-done on turkey and roasts, and we long for something different. I go mad for Asian food. I love noodles and dumplings with a passion. I can’t think of ...

Aloha is a main ingredient at Mama’s Fish House restaurant

Review the most famous restaurant on Maui?! Dine in a coconut grove next to the sea and feast my eyes on the glorious north shore surf in one of the most revered, best loved, family-owned dining spots on island? Yes please and thank you, I’d just love to! Doris and Floyd Christenson, avid ...

Eatery brings change of pace to Maui’s south side dining scene

Thanksgiving is finally upon us. This Thanksgiving will be my first with my baby daughter. I’ve never felt the spirit of Thanksgiving more. This season is all about family — ohana — which includes not just our blood family, but our friends, our in-laws, our neighbors and our extended ...