Hawaii is blessed with abundant natural resources – especially the edible kind. From fresh fish to fresh vegetables, the islands are teeming with life, both on and off land. So it’s a bit of a head-scratcher that the locavore craze – which has even taken hold in such inhospitable environs as the scorching, drought-prone Austin, Texas – took a while to get going in Hawaii.
That’s Food & Wine magazine’s take, and its editors credit Market Fresh Bistro chef Jeff Pardo as the man who led the charge. From his kitchen in Maui, Pardo has worked tirelessly to create gorgeous, inventive, and, of course, tasty dishes using only the best natural ingredients, the overwhelming majority of which come from Hawaii.
The method to his madness is strongly hinted at in his restaurant’s name: Pardo simply scours a slew of farmer’s markets – including the Makawao Market (3654 Baldwin Avenue) – selects what he needs, and heads back to his digs. These tireless searches and the careful preparations they inspire have garnered Market Fresh Bistro lots of praise. (Food & Wine, for example, named it No. 44 of 100 on its 2010 “Go List.”)
Perhaps the best way to experience this jewel of an eatery is on Thursdays, when Pardo and his team put on a special themed dinner. This week, Pardo, along with his sommelier David Magenheim and sister/”culinary cupid” Olivia Coletti, have created a menu based on a Mediterranean theme.
Every one of these events we’ve attended has been terrific. For more information or to place a reservation for Thursday’s dinner, call 808-572-4877.
We had a wonderful time at Sail Away and I recommended Hawaii Hideaway to dozens of people. You were a delight to work with and I will definitely use you again the next time we rent a home in the islands.
Like a Dream
Bliss doesn’t even describe our experience. It was almost like a dream. We are ready to do this again with Hawaii Hideaways – you guys are the best. Everything was perfect!!!
Outstanding Experience From Beginning to End
It was in an outstanding experience from beginning to end, I would work with Hawaii hideaways again in the future unquestionably. Sunny Madeiros was terrific with her recommendations of everything from leisure activities to restaurants and even equipment rentals.
Coral Gables, FL
Perfect Combination of Elegance and Comfort
First time to Maui (and Hawaii). This is a spectacular setting and the home is a perfect combination of elegance and comfort. I could stay on the lanai all day long and be happy. Of course there’s a ton of fun activities, but it was great to have Gull Cottage as our base to come back to!
Arlington Heights, IL
You’re Going to Want to Stay
Our family spent a splendid week in Kauai in early 2017, basing ourselves out of the Touching Green house. It’s in a great location, has everything you need, and is just lovely. The pictures don’t do it justice. You’re going to want to stay!
We had a wonderful time in Kauai! We remained in awe at the unimaginable beauty, both of the rental home, as well as Kauai itself. It will be a treasured memory for life. I hope we can come back and make more memories.