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Sunday, October 16, 2011

@Celebrate_Maui Participates in Blog Action Day -- Kindness is Everything

Coincidence? Maybe.

Just happened on Liza Pierce's (@amauiblog) beautiful post about food:

Didn't even know about the day and didn't expect to have a contribution to the theme, but I do ...

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Gave away part of my breakfast today. The look on the mother's face told me everything. I had done the right thing.
"They should hook up with the shelter."
"There's probably a Cadillac just around the corner."
"They're going to use the money for drugs."
These thoughts were not my own, but they could have been.

I'm in the habit of taking leftover breakfast home. Today, I offered my container to the woman.

Her face erased all doubt.

"God bless you," she said.

Yes, God did indeed bless me today.

As we drove away, I looked back and saw the family of three hungrily attacking the one pancake, one sausage, and two pieces of sour dough toast.

My Dad, who along with my Mom taught me to care for others in need, muttered, "Good for you."

Yes, kindness is everything, no matter what others' hidden motives might be.

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What a blessed way to start a Sunday ...


Monday, October 10, 2011

Bistro Manila Maui = Elegant Filipino Cuisine That's Easy on the Pocketbook

"Mmmm ...


That was pretty much all I could say as I ate my way through this most amazing shrimp and fish cake dish.

Bistro Manila Maui Shrimp & Fish Cake with roasted red pepper aioli,
kalamansi soy butter sauce, and jasmine rice

Dinner at Bistro Manila Maui in Kahului was a birthday present for beau Joe from his son several weeks ago, and we're still raving about the food.

The restaurant has been around for only a few months, but I predict a long life for this eatery!

The low-key sign outside is easy to miss, and the non-descript swinging doors give no clue as to what awaits the discriminating diner inside. ... Excellent food in an inviting atmosphere.

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Check out the amazing, complex dishes and the low prices!

The appetizers and entrees

More entrees and the desserts and drinks

Ah, yes, the dessert. We had to help Joe eat his surprise birthday cake, of course. The pronouncement? ONO!

Two grandchildren (and I) helped Joe eat this yummy Chocolate Cassava Bibinka,
with chocolate sauce, blueberries, and mango mochi ice cream

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After dinner, even though the little restaurant had filled up by then, owner Cecille Piros came over to chat, and she even agreed to a photo with Joe.

Owner Cecille Piros graciously agreed to take a photo with Joe

Cecille says that her hotel-trained chef prepares meals that anyone will enjoy. Filipino, but "more modern", she noted.

Thumbs way up for the splendid 'modern' Filipino food, the warm ambience, the hotel-caliber presentation, and the affordable prices at Bistro Manila Maui!

We'll be baa-ack!
Bistro Manila on Urbanspoon


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P. S. Here are two great reviews of Bistro Manila Maui:

Sit-down ambiance, Filipino fare at Bistro Manila - Maui News, June 23, 2011
Eat Me: Bistro Manila Maui in Kahului - Maui Now, September 6, 2011

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Bistro Manila Maui
230 Hana Highway, Kahului
Hours: 10:30 am - 8:30 pm - Mon-Sat
Ph. 871-6934