The federal government just released the new dietary guidelines just in time for Superbowl. Their advice is strongly hailed as a breakthrough by most because it finally calls for Americans to reduce their intake of solid fats and sugars (SOFAS) and sodium, and eat more vegetables, fruits , lean meats and fat free milk. However it still doesn’t come out and directly say “eat less meat” a very politically charged statement for our country. Furthermore, they only say eat fewer processed foods, without addressing this to our food processors, who pack the sugar, sodium and added fats into our foods.
How will the dietary guidelines affect us for Superbowl this Sunday? Probably not much, I am sure buying potato chips and sodas is still going to be popular as will prepackaged wings and deep fried foods in America’s living rooms. If you are tired of these old processed standby’s, there are lots of alternatives. Home made chips and guacamole are easy, making your own lowfat dip with greek yogurt and fresh herbs, and serving it with fresh cut vegetables will be a hit. Another alternative is picking up fresh made sandwiches and salads at Banyan Tree Deli & Bakery (662-3354), Rodeo General Store (572-1868), Whole Foods(872-3310) or Soup to Nuts (243-3663), all offering fresh platters of food for your party.
If you choose to take your superbowl party to the streets many of our fine food and drink establishments will be hosting great food and drink specials.
CENTRAL: Ale House – 355 S. Kamehameha Ave. (877-9001); Hang Loose Lounge – 333 Dairy Rd. (877-6284); Steel Horse Saloon – 1234 Lower Main St.; 243-2206.
UPCOUNTRY: Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon – 142 Hana Hwy., Paia (579-8085); Stopwatch – 1127 Makawao Ave. (572-1380).
WEST: Betty’s Beach Cafe – 505 Front St. (662-0300); Cool Cat Cafe / Captain Jack’s – Wharf Cinema Center, Front St.; (667-0908 / 667-0988); Dollies Pub and Cafe – 4310 L. Honoapiilani Hwy. (669-0226); Famous Dave’s – 736 Front St. (661-1125); Maui Brewing Co.– 4405 Honoapiilani Hwy. (669-3474), Pailolo Bar & Grill, Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort, 6 Kai Ala Drive, (667-3200), Ono Bar & Grill, Westin Maui, 2365 Ka’anapali Parkway, (667-2525)
SOUTH: Ambrosia – 1913 S. Kihei Rd. (879-1011); Haui’s Life’s A Beach – 1913 S. Kihei Rd. (891-8010); LuLu’s Kihei – 1945 S. Kihei Rd. (879-9944); Oceans Beach Bar & Grill – 1819 S. Kihei Rd. (891-2414); Mulligans on the Blue – 100 Kaukahi St., Wailea (874-1131); The Sports Page – 2411 S. Kihei Rd. (879-0602), Makena Clubhouse Restaurant – 5400 Makena Alanui, (874-1111)
In other food news:
Wailea will be the place to dine this week. Gannon’s is offering a buy one get one entree promotion if you bring in your movie ticket stub after seeing “Just Go With It” which launches at theaters this Friday. “Just Go With It” is the Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy that filmed several scenes here in 2010. We were all starstruck by the experience, and even MauiTime got a shot of Sandler in Busted. Gannon’s restaurant was transformed into the club Oceano, you can look for it in scenes in the movie. The promo will last as long as the film is showing on Maui and you can use it for lunch or dinner. For more details check www.gannonsrestaurant.com.
Peter Merriman will be opening the doors on his Monkeypod Restaurant restaurant on February 11th. The restaurant will be a gourmet pub with a focus on our locally produced and grown items. “We’ll focus on a locally sourced menu, using only socially conscious ingredients such as range-fed Maui beef, sustainably caught fish species and no bottled products, except for wine,” says Chef Peter Merriman. “Think homemade pies made from scratch, freshly baked hamburger buns and hand tossed pizzas from our kiawe wood burning oven,” adds Merriman.
You will also find some asian comfort food favorites like saimin, dry mien, and adobo in their lunch and dinner menus. Monkeypod will also feature thirty six craft beers on tap and a diverse wine list. Following a sustainable philosophy through to decor the restaurant will feature work from local artists and craftsmen. The restaurant plans to have communal tables and lots of family friendly seating and outdoor dining. “We will have all the social and comfort aspects longed for in a fun, welcoming environment. This paired with friendly service and Peter’s outstanding cuisine, will be a wonderful new dining option in Wailea,” says Bill Terry, President and CEO of Monkeypod Kitchen.