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Tara Lee

Tara Lee is the Las Vegas Editor for MAUIWatch. A self-proclaimed "foodie", Tara loves sharing her food experiences with everyone. Growing up she was a "Military Brat" and has lived all over the world; therefore- her palate for exotic/one-of-a-kind food was developed at a young age. Now she gets a chance to share her passion of eating good food with everyone!

Tara’s Las Vegas: Vegas Balloon Rides

Aloha and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! How has 2016 been treating you so far?  I know it has been awhile since you have heard from me, but my family and I have moved to Las Vegas! That’s right- the “9th Island.” Now that I live here, I will be doing feature articles on places to eat at and things to do- …

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Chef Lee teaches gourmet cooking for ono results

“Cooking on Maui with Chef Lee,” is a series of cooking classes hosted at Sugar Beach Events estate in Kihei. During the series of classes, you are able to learn new recipes and tips in an industrial kitchen led by Maui’s own, Chef Lee, all while overlooking the landscape in the above picture when you sit down and eat. Really, …

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Tasting Paia Series: MAKA by Mana Foods

Part two of my “Tasting Paia” series takes me to Mana Foods and their new restaurant MAKA.  I mean, one cannot talk about Paia without mentioning Mana foods, right?  “Mana” in Hawaiian, according to Merriam-Webster, means the power of the elemental forces of nature embodied in an object or person. With over 400 local vendors, Mana sells natural and organic products …

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Experience Sheraton Maui’s Black Rock Dinner and Farm Series

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Fresh Island Herbs, and Maui Wines have partnered together for the second Black Rock Dinner and Farm Series on May 22 and 23, 2015. The two-day culinary event begins with a farm-inspired wine paired five-course dinner at the oceanfront resort’s Black Rock Kitchen. Led by the Executive Chef Greg Gaspar, guests enjoy tasting and learning …

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Fatt Chicks Burgers…MEAN.

Located at the Waiehu Golf course, “Fatt Chicks Burgers” is a locally owned brew and grill.  Opened since August of 2014, this place has been growing a steady following in less than a year.  When my editor told me to try it- I went with the expectation that it was your “regular” burger place.  You know, serving up a slab …

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Tasting Paia Series: Cafe Des Amis

Located on the North Shore of our beautiful island, Paia is a charming small town with a very unique beach vibe.  In fact, it has been named one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living magazine- the only place in Hawaii to make the magazine’s 2013 list of the top 10 happiest seaside towns in the country.  Paia has an …

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TAPAS, TACOS and TEQUILA Cooking Class With Chef Lee

Ever wondered how to cook like the professionals?? Well, look no further than Sugar Beach Event’s “Cooking on Maui with Chef Lee” series. Chef Lee has more than 25 years under her belt with a diverse culinary background that ranges from Southern food all the way to Pacific Rim cuisine. Starting last month with a “Beef and Bourbon” cooking class, …

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The Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Event Highlights

Last night, MAUIWatch had the privilege of attending “The Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Showdown!” Six finalists from hundreds of entries faced off with their recipes to see who would win the title of Ultimate OCEAN cocktail!  Each finalist was paired with a non-profit to help raise awareness of their organization. The event raised $11,460 which will be donated to the 6 charities …

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Talk Story Maui debuts first web episode

MAUIWatch Food & Dining Editor Tara Lee debuts the first episode in her very own web series- Talk Story Maui. “Talk Story Maui” is a web series ABOUT Maui, FOR Maui. In this 1st episode, see one of the BEST food trucks on Maui, LIKE POKE and to hear about how Krystyn Aguinaldo is paving the way for change in …

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Celebrity Chefs Paired with Non-Profits and Finalist Mixologists for OCEAN Showdown

Did you know Maui is home to the best selling Spirit in Hawaii? It’s true! “OCEAN Vodka” is a family owned company distributing high-end vodka located on the slopes of Mount Haleakala. The mission of Ocean Vodka is to create a superior organic, value-added agricultural product from Hawaii that supports the local economy, competes globally based on quality and raises …

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