A Little About Me!

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My name is Angie, and I live in Kihei, Maui with my wonderful boyfriend, Anthony. By day I run a photography studio and a small non-profit theatre company. On the side, I love dining at local restaurants, trying new cocktails, cooking at home, mixing my own drinks, and blogging about local restaurants, food in general, and my own cooking and recipes.

I am not a food critic, a chef, or a professional food writer. I am simply a local actress, paper crafter, home cook, and frequent restaurant patron who loves to eat, drink, and write about it. I also support local businesses and restaurants by featuring them on my Dining on Maui blog and social media feeds.

A Little More About Me

My favorite food? I am a sentimental fool, and I have to say that spaghetti marinara is my absolute favorite. I grew up with an Italian stepmother, so Italian food is my first love in food – the bread, the herbs, the noodles, the sauces… oh, the flavors. I have fond memories of standing in Nonni’s kitchen at about 7 or 8 years-old and taking in the aroma of rosemary, garlic, and onions. To this day, these are my three favorite things to cook with.  If you dine at my home, chances are, these are the scents that will greet you when you walk in the door.  (Seriously, if you want to impress a date, be sure you are lightly sautéing some rosemary, garlic, and onion in some good olive oil just before your date arrives, and he or she will smell that heavenly aroma and think you are a culinary genius… trust me, IT WORKS!)  And because I am already with my lifetime guy, I can risk giving away this little secret.

Pasta MarinaraOver the years, I have perfected my own basil, garlic, and onion marinara sauce and have combined it with a puttanesca-style sauce with capers, red pepper flakes, and kalamata olives. With a splash of red wine, and a small dash of my secret ingredient (I will never tell), the result is a spicy and savory treat that leaves me reaching for bread to sop up the rest of the sauce. Mmmm…’

My favorite drink? On the mainland, I drank red wine and dirty martinis. Over here in the high humidity of Hawaii, I switched to the light and fruity tropical mai tai. The best I’ve ever had? The Monkeypod Mai Tai at Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea.

Monkeypod Mai Tai with old lahaina light rum, maui dark rum, lime, mac-nut orgeat, orange curacao, honey-lilkoi foam

Monkeypod Mai Tai with old lahaina light rum, maui dark rum, lime, mac-nut orgeat, orange curacao, honey-lilkoi foam

The drink packs such a punch! I love, love, love, love LOVE it!  It is almost double the rum in most mai tais, and all of the juices they use are fresh. The best part – the bartender tops it with a honey lilikoi foam. Oh, it is dreamy!

Feel free to check out my other blogs:

www.diningonmaui.com

www.craftawaymaui.com (This one is still very, very, and oh so very under construction.)

Cheers!

Me and Anthony at Monkeypod with Dad during his Thanksgiving visit.

Me and Anthony at Monkeypod with Dad during his Thanksgiving visit.