Iron Chef Morimoto to Open Restaurant at Andaz

by AlexCortez on April 18, 2013

iron chef morimoto to open restaurant on maui

In keeping with its objective of providing a world-class visitor experience in a boutique-like resort while embracing the local environmeent, Andaz Maui at Wailea has announced that Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will head Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and Spa’s master piece restaurant, Morimoto Maui. This will be Morimoto’s second restaurant in Hawaii, following in the footsteps of his highly successful restaurant in Waikiki.

Chef Morimoto is known as the star of Food Network’s Iron Chef, after having earned countless accolades for his inspired fusion of Japanese and local ingredients through all his worldwide ventures – from the Taj Majal, to NYC, to his first endeavors in Philadelphia. With his unique culinary perspective, one can rest assured Chef Morimoto will take advantage of Maui’s bountiful of ingredients: fresh fish, local vegetables and fruits, farm-raised cattle, all prepared under Morimoto’s innovative Japanese techniques and laser-like precision.

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Celebrating Halloween on Maui 2012

by Molly Jacobson on October 4, 2012

 

We really get into Halloween on Maui: for one thing, you never have to wear a jacket over your costume to keep the cold away.

For those looking to put on a costume and get their spooky on, we have two suggestions for where to go, and more ideas on how to plan a fun evening, below.

Lahaina (West Maui)

For decades, the Halloween celebration in Lahaina was called the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific” — and rightfully so. Visitors and locals alike flooded the streets every October 31, dressed in outrageous (and sometimes downright skimpy) costumes. There was more than a little drinking — especially as the night wore on. As many as 30,000 people would converge on Front Street and party — sometimes roughly. Merchants and restaurants and bars generally loved it; many residents and many of Hawaiians didn’t.

Finally, it became too much for those who felt the area’s incredible, sacred, and unique cultural heritage was (literally) being trampled. They protested, and started insisting the county manage the affair better. For nearly a decade, the whole celebration has been under a pall, and sometimes, effectively shut down.

The LahainaTown Action Committee, the merchant-resident organization which sponsors the celebration in conjunction with the County, is hoping they’ve addressed the many [click to continue…]

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Watch a Mother Dolphin Give Birth in Hawaii

by Molly Jacobson on October 1, 2012

I instinctively recoil at the idea of dolphins (or any animal, actually) in enclosed spaces. But I have to admit that I’m glad to have been able to watch this video of a dolphin giving birth. And then watching the calf start swimming right away? Unbelievable. I tear up each time.

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Movies Under the Stars in Paia

by Molly Jacobson

Johnny B’s in Paia, in addition to having blessed us with very nice locally-sourced burgers and sumptuous milkshakes, is showing family movies on the lawn behind their restaurant every Friday (or sometimes Saturday) night at dusk. Last night’s film was Up!, and while we couldn’t attend, we thought it was a very nice way to […]

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Best Cookie on Maui: at Fabiani’s in Kihei

by Molly Jacobson

The delicate, elegant macarons (not to be confused with the dense, intense macaroon) at Fabiani’s in Kihei have become a secret addiction of mine over the past month. Especially the one on the left. I’ve stopped in at least once a week for a $1.75 treat. I know: nearly $2 for a cookie this small? […]

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No Exception for Hotels in New Maui County Corkage Laws

by Molly Jacobson

The last lingering question about the new corkage rules in Maui County seems to have been put to rest. On September 13, 2012, the Maui County Liquor Control Commission met and voted against the proposal to exclude hotel and condos from the new corkage regulations. Hotels and condos were concerned that the new law — […]

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Food Trucks on Maui

by Molly Jacobson

The food truck craze so popular on the mainland is slowly picking up speed in the islands. Food trucks tend to thrive in urban populations where there’s a lot of foot traffic and people are looking for quick bites to eat. Think hot dog and pretzel vendors in NYC, or noodle carts in Shanghai. Maui […]

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Restaurant Inspection Grades Posted on Maui Restaurants

by Molly Jacobson

Hawaii state food inspectors are proposing a new grading system for the new year, which will use placards in restaurant windows to notify diners about the restaurant’s latest inspection results. For future reference, Green means go, Yellow means caution, and Red means Closed due to immediate and urgent health concerns. Simple enough, yes? Apparently, it […]

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Brewhaha 2012 at Four Seasons Maui: 14 Beers and Food Pairings! The Sauerkraut Has Been Marinating for Over a Month!

by Molly Jacobson

Here’s an event that warms the very cockles of my New England native heart: an outdoor feast that features traditional craft beers. Brewhaha 2012 will take place next Friday, September 28,  at 6:30 p.m. The two-hour event will feature 14 beers, none of which are brewed in the US. In fact, there’s an interesting twist […]

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Star Noodle Chef Heads to Season 10 of Top Chef

by Molly Jacobson

Congratulations are due to Chef Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle in Lahaina: the new season of Bravo’s Top Chef was just announced, and he’s been competing in Seattle! Of course, we’ll have to wait and watch to see if our Maui boy rises to the top of the heap, but we couldn’t be happier to […]

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David Paul’s Island Grill Closes

by Molly Jacobson

It’s dispiriting when a good restaurant closes, and we’re truly sorry to say goodbye to David Paul’s Island Grill in Lahaina, which closed on September 1, laying off 25 employees and leaving a gorgeous 7,800 square foot location empty. We’ve heard rumors that Lahaina Center, where the restaurant was located, will be turning into an […]

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