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sarento’s on the beach: sublime oceanfront dining at its finest

Tucked behind the Days Inn Maui Oceanfront on the Kihei/Wailea border is Sarento’s on the Beach, situated smack-dab on that luscious stretch of white sand called Keawakapu. Oceanfront dining can’t get more sublime than at Sarento’s, as Janet and I recently discovered. Afterwards, we both walked away thinking, “How is it possible we’d not dined here before?”

Sarento’s is a member of the Tri-Star Restaurant Group that’s headed up by long-time restaurateur Aaron Placourakis, who was honored with a lifetime achievement accolade by Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine at their 2016 ‘Aipono Awards ceremony. Other dining establishments in Placourakis’s group are Manoli’s Pizza Company and Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea, and Son’z Steakhouse in Ka‘anapali. Placourakis was raised around great food. And like all Greeks, he was instilled with the belief that family isn’t just limited to close relatives but to anyone who’s gathered around the table. It’s an approach that’s been perfected by his team members who greet you at the door as a friend, not as a customer. This uncompromising style has been the key to the success of his restaurants for 35 years. Continue reading ‘sarento’s on the beach: sublime oceanfront dining at its finest’


market night: a hawaiian churrascaria at four seasons resort maui’s DUO steak and seafood

Diners definitely won’t ask “Where’s the Beef?” when partaking in Market Night: A Hawaiian Churrascaria, presented every Friday evening at Four Seasons Resort Maui’s DUO Steak and Seafood. This all-you-can-eat, meat-lover’s feast ($67 per person) offers an opportunity to have your fill of everything from the aforementioned beef, to pork, chicken, lamb, and fish, along with tasty side dishes and sumptuous desserts. And vegetarians need not despair—the generous spread includes a gorgeous “market table” filled with fresh salads galore, along with grilled vegetables, crusty breads, and delectable cheeses.

DUO’s Market Night originated a few years ago, says Crissa Hiranaga, Director of Public Relations for Four Seasons Resort Maui. “We wanted to create an interactive, family-friendly concept that would support our local farmers. Thus, Market Night was born, and it has been a huge hit with our guests, as well as locals.”

Last November, Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and his team introduced the Hawaiian Churrascaria, modeled after the Brazilian barbecue tradition, and adapted to our local products and flavors. “We wanted to refresh our Market Night offering with something that tied into our concept of steak and seafood,” says Chef Craig. “Whenever we ponder new ideas for our food and beverage operation we look to see how unique it is to the island. We felt that a Brazilian-style churrascaria evening would be a great option for our guests and for the community, since it’s is not widely available on Maui.” Continue reading ‘market night: a hawaiian churrascaria at four seasons resort maui’s DUO steak and seafood’

fuel up with breakfast at roy’s ka’anapali—serving 6-10:30am daily

We were lucky enough to recently pop in for a relaxing breakfast at Roy’s Ka‘anapali and sample a few items from their newly launched breakfast menu which is served daily from 6 to 10:30am. Roy’s is the perfect place to send your guests for breakfast and brunch with amazing golf course views.

Chef Jessie Anacleto has created a menu with savory and sweet specialties to sample. On the savory side of the menu, a twist on the long time favorite “Roy’s Yama Mama Meatloaf” is now available in a loco moco with shiitake mushroom gravy ($17). We tried the Blackened Ahi Benedict ($24) perfectly seared ahi, light blackened seasoning with Asian slaw, asparagus, yuzu hollandaise and a side of fingerling potatoes. The Kalua Pork Skillet is a piping hot skillet with spinach, Kula tomatoes, Maui onion and mozzarella cheese ($18). What is a brunch menu without the ever-popular Avocado Toast? Chef Jessie’s version pairs wheat toast with lemon pressed olive oil, a generous helping of avocado and a dusting of parmesan cheese with sous vide eggs on top cooked to perfection ($16). Continue reading ‘fuel up with breakfast at roy’s ka’anapali—serving 6-10:30am daily’

monkeypod kitchen by merriman in ka‘anapali: business is brisk at new whalers village location

Chef/Restaurateur Peter Merriman seemingly has the Midas touch. With 30 years of creating memorable meals in Hawai‘i under his belt, and 10 successful restaurants sprinkled throughout the four major islands, you never know what to expect next from this culinary giant.

Chef Peter’s latest venture, with his Handcrafted Restaurants brand partner Bill Terry, is Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman at Whalers Village in Ka‘anapali, which opened this past October adjacent to another of the chef’s enterprises, Hula Grill. It joins two other Monkeypod Kitchens—one in Wailea, and the other in Ko Olina on O‘ahu—whose motto is “Lucky Live Hawai‘i.” Amen. Monkeypod’s mission is to be “a place where foodies, beer lovers, and families ­­­escape the stress of their day-to-day lives by enjoying an ice-cold beer and a great meal while surrounded by people who consider them honored guests and friends.” Continue reading ‘monkeypod kitchen by merriman in ka‘anapali: business is brisk at new whalers village location’

habibi on maui: middle eastern eats in a lush oasis

The first thing you notice about Habibi on Maui, located in the heart of Makawao Town, is the enticing aroma wafting out to the sidewalk: one whiff, and it’s impossible to resist stepping into this outdoor café offering the only Middle Eastern cuisine available on the island. Once inside, you feel as though you’ve encountered a lush oasis, where you can sit under capacious market umbrellas or in the inviting lighted cabana while sinking your teeth into luscious chicken or lamb that’s been seasoned and slow broiled on a vertical rotisserie. Habibi’s garden setting, complete with burbling water feature, makes you feel as though you’ve journeyed far beyond Maui, if just for a short while. Continue reading ‘habibi on maui: middle eastern eats in a lush oasis’

sip me: brewing up success one cup at a time

At fifteen years old, Sip Me owner Laura Wentworth knew that someday she would open a coffee shop. At the time, she didn’t know when or where it would be, but she did know how she would operate it. “When I was a little girl growing up in Montana, my grandfather used to take me to a coffee shop called Clyde’s,” she recalls. “They knew all their customers, and treated them like members of the family. It really made an impression on me. So when I imagined what my coffee shop might be like, I knew it needed to have that same feeling.”

It took some 18 years for Laura’s dream to come true when, in June of 2015, she and then-partner Shannon Murphy opened Sip Me, a neighborhood coffee shop in historic Makawao. It had been a long and challenging 16-month journey for the pair of would-be entrepreneurs. “I’d never worked a day in the service industry, and neither had Shannon, before we opened Sip Me,” Laura says. “The bank people just laughed at us. Imagine two girls with no service experience, and no real business experience, wanting to open a coffee shop in Makawao, at the end of the street, no less!” Continue reading ‘sip me: brewing up success one cup at a time’

maui chocolate tour: savoring the ‘food of the gods’

Did you know chocolate dates back to 1900 B.C. when ancient Mesoamericans fermented, roasted, and ground cacao beans into a paste that they mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers, and other spices to brew a frothy chocolate drink? I didn’t either, until I attended the Maui Chocolate Tour and Workshop, a tasty and informative off-the-beaten path experience on an authentic cacao and vanilla farm in Huelo.

The tour and workshop were developed by Melanie Boudar, a master chocolatier who started Sweet Paradise Chocolatier in Wailea, co-owns The Art of Chocolate/Cacao Santa Fe in New Mexico, and serves on the board of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association. Lead tour guide Ann Tuomela has been extensively involved in the cheese and wine industry doing catering and tastings. Her love of food has led her to the complexities of chocolate. She is assisted by Kathy Tobin, who has served in the tourism industry. The farm itself is owned by Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, who also operate Maya Yoga Studio on the property. Continue reading ‘maui chocolate tour: savoring the ‘food of the gods’’