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August 2010 Archive

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Chef Mark Ellman (Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina) and Shep Gordon have opened Mala at Wailea at the Wailea Marriott Resort on Maui. The dining room features views of the Pacific and the islands of Lanai and Kaho'olawe. The menu takes inspiration from Mediterranean and Pacific Rim cuisines and offers dishes such as hoisin glazed ribs, miso marinated opakapaka with Molokai purple mashed potatoes, local butternut squash and Kula corn, and cous cous pineapple upside down cake with pina colada sauce. Mala at Wailea, 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea, HI 96753, 808-879-1922, 888-236-2427.
Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice has opened a second location near the Kahului airport on Maui. Flavors of the frozen treat come in options like guava, Hoku (starfruit & pineapple), pickled mango, lychee and wedding cake. Additional toppings include shredded coconut, azuki beans, mochi balls and haupia (coconut pudding) ice cream. Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice, 333 Dairy Rd., Kahului, HI 96732, 360-606-2745.
Honolulu loves its izakayas (Japanese pubs) but Izakaya Tairyo is turning traditional sensibilities upside down and no one seems to mind in the least. No smoky minimal mood for this spot. From the brightly painted exterior (just look for the giant red koi on the outside) to the exposed light bulbs illuminating fishing paraphernalia, this place is more like a theme restaurant. The food is seafood-focused, of course, and diners will find decent sushi rolls, Japanese nabes (stews) and daily specials that feature what is best and seasonal. Another non-traditional feature? The pitchers of Japanese beer that serve to wash all of the food down with plenty of good cheer. Izakaya Tairyo, 514 Piikoi St., Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-592-8500.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers has opened a new location in the Moiliili area of Honolulu. Moiliili is close to the University of Hawaii and while the neighborhood has a number of student-friendly (think inexpensive) establishments, there has not been a real burger joint. Hand-cut fries and made-to-order burgers are the draw---add the thick shakes and malts from hand-scooped ice cream and this spot is a burger lover's dream. Teddy's Bigger Burgers, Rainbow Vista, 2424 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-949-0050.


News Bytes

Halekulani Hotel Celebrates the Art of the Cocktail
The Halekulani Hotel presents "The Art of the Cocktail," a weekend celebration where guests can learn from (and sample the creations of) some of the world's finest mixologists. Guests will enjoy hands-on seminars and discussions themed around topics like the evolution of the cocktail and how to stock and tend your home bar. The weekend wraps up with a three-course Bloody Mary brunch. Reservations are required for all events. A 5-seminar package is available for $160. Guests can also select activities on an a la carte basis with rates ranging from $40 to $125 per person. For information and reservations, please call 808-931-5040. Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-2311, 800-367-2343.
Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas This Month's Locally Grown Menu at Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas
Chef Hiroshi Fukui's monthly "Locally Grown" menu offers four courses for just $35 per person (not including tax and gratuity) featuring locally sourced seafood, meats and produce prepared to reflect the season. The special menu at Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas is only available on Sunday and Monday evenings. Through Monday, August 30, the menu starts with Brie cheese torched Maui Cattle meatloaf with a truffled macaroni salad and ginger carrot purée. The second course showcases Mrs. Cheng's tofu in a salad with Kauai shrimp, tsukemono (Japanese pickles), and ginger and garlic chips topped with sesame-soy vinaigrette. The main course brings a steamed moi in an XO sauce served in the classic Chinese style with sizzling hot peanut oil, cilantro and ginger to the table. Fukui's considerable pastry talents are on full display with his "POG" macadamia nut cheesecake with dulce de leche ice cream---"POG" refers to the popular local punch of passion fruit, guava and orange. Reservations are essential. Call 808-533-4476 for reservations and be sure to mention that you want the locally grown menu. Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-533-4476.

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