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Filipino Cuisine here on Maui!

With the Philippines most popular food chain soon to open here on Maui, here is the tale behind the history of the most anticipated restaurant called “Max’s Restaurants”. After World War II, Maximo Gimenez, a Stanford-educated teacher, befriended American troops stationed at Quezon City, Philippines. A few of the soldiers would come to his house for a drink or two. …

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Phat vs. Food: 808 on Main

Opening a new restaurant is quite a daunting task to undertake, from the food to decor, it requires a long checklist of items that need to be addressed (not to mention building a customer base). Competition drives the restaurant business and in order for most to succeed you can’t just be good, you have to be great. Which brings us …

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PHAT vs Food: Tante’s Island Cuisine

Sidled up against the Maui Seaside Hotel is an eatery that has gone through multiple owners and name changes over the years. The location now belongs to Tante’s Island Cuisine and owner, Urban Tante, is no stranger to owning a restaurant. He has been in the business over twenty five years. What had the “Big Phat Nation” really excited were …

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Phat vs. Food: Bamboo Grille Review

Many of you know and understand local cuisine and are aware that a plate lunch is unique to this section of the world. So my lunch partner and I, or as we like to call ourselves, “Phat vs. Food,” figured it was time to establish a few “Plate Lunch Standards” for our food reviews moving forward. It’s time for “Phat …

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PHAT vs FOOD: Juan’s Kitchen

Tara Lee, our resident food critic, is on vacation this week, so we here at MAUIWatch thought we would send out a couple of ‘mystery diners’ to keep the local eateries honest. Let’s just say these folks know food like no other. We decided to send them out for lunch at the Filipino eatery, ‘Juan’s Kitchen.’ The Filipino community is …

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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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Maui Chef featured in new inflight culinary program with Hawaiian Air

Hawaiian Airlines, the only U.S. domestic carrier offering complimentary meals to guests in all cabins, and Executive Chef Chai Chaowasaree are proud to announce the launch of a new inflight culinary program featuring specially-designed menu creations from five of Hawai‘i’s burgeoning top chefs including: Jon Matsubara of Japengo; Lee Anne Wong of Koko Head Café; Wade Ueoka of MW Restaurant; …

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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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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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