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Author: Rosanna Ha

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Rose started culinary school and cooking in professional kitchens at age 23.  Upon finishing school and an inspiring trip to San Francisco, she decided to pack her things and move to the city that would ultimately be the start of an incredible cooking and lifelong journey. ​For the next 5 years, she trained in some of the most celebrated kitchens in the Bay Area including: - Benu (stagiaire) by Corey Lee, San Francisco - Ad Hoc by Thomas Keller, Yountville, CA - Boulevard by Nancy Oakes, San Francisco - Mourad by Mourad Lahlou, San Francisco In May of 2016 she became the Executive Sous Chef for The Mill House located at Maui Tropical Plantation on Maui, Hawaii.  In these kitchens she developed a background in savory, pastry, baking and bread production. ​An advocate of the slow food movement with a love for strong, bold flavors, fresh produce and rustic cuisine, she believes that food should be comforting and memorable, shared and soulful. Currently, Rose works as a private chef in the Bay Area with a focus on plant based cooking.
Buying Local Maui Produce for All Tastes and Needs

Buying Local Maui Produce for All Tastes and Needs

Maui is home to some of the most beautiful and flavorful produce in the world. With warm temperatures all year around and produce seasons that change very rapidly, one can always find something new and interesting to try. Many families vacation on Maui for extended periods of time or at least long enough to do a little grocery shopping. Here are some tips on where to buy some amazing Maui produce and products when visiting. First and foremost, Costco is definitely…

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Kula Country Farms: Maui Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own Strawberries and More

Kula Country Farms: Maui Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own Strawberries and More

When most people think of Hawaii, warm weather, sandy beaches, bright blue water and sunshine come to mind. Actually, Hawaii possesses almost all climates in the world in just one place. On Maui, the temperature fluctuates depending on the trade winds as well as what side of the island you are on.  The south shore tends to be sunnier and hotter, while the north shore tends to be cooler and windier. Kula, located on the slopes of Haleakala – a…

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Safe Driving in Maui. Tips on How to Safely Navigate Our Beautiful Island

Safe Driving in Maui. Tips on How to Safely Navigate Our Beautiful Island

When driving in any foreign place there are always precautions to take and things to look out for and driving in Maui is not any different.  Though the island is extremely easy to navigate and traffic is rarely an issue, there are more important factors that play into what locals consider safe driving.  Here are a few things to look out for and to be aware of next time you find yourself driving around the island. From personal experience, two…

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Best Coffee in Maui – the Ultimate Guide for Coffee Lovers

Best Coffee in Maui – the Ultimate Guide for Coffee Lovers

For the coffee lovers out there Maui is a great place to find unique cafes that offer Hawaii grown coffee, health conscious food and beautiful island atmosphere. Whether you are seeking out the best coffee in Maui, in need of a relaxing space to work, looking for a quick “pick me up” or a community space to catch up with friends/family, there is a wide range of cafes to visit on all parts of the island. Although every place has…

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Maui Dining, Eat Like a Local

Maui Dining, Eat Like a Local

Dining in Maui can be an adventure as there is definitely a little bit of everything for everyone who is visiting. There are always great restaurants located near the hotels and resorts, but when venturing a little further away from those areas there are some pretty awesome more casual places with food that is familiar but remixed with ingredients, dishes and cooking styles inspired by locals and the cultures of their families.  In this article we explore some favorite “local…

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Maui Tropical Plantation: Center of Maui History & Agriculture

Maui Tropical Plantation: Center of Maui History & Agriculture

Maui Tropical Plantation, situated at the base of Waikapu Valley on Maui, has been a part of the local community for over 30 years.  Open since 1984, many locals remember the plantation as more of a theme park for children or keiki.  There was free admission, tram rides, animals and exhibits based around Hawaiian culture. Maui Tropical Plantation – Family Recreation These days the plantation is still free admission and has become one of the top tourist attractions on Maui. …

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Wayne’s Sushi in Maui: Fresh Off the Boat

Wayne’s Sushi in Maui: Fresh Off the Boat

Update June 2018: We have heard that Wayne moved to Las Vegas. While we deeply regret that Wayne’s Sushi creations are not available on Maui for the time being, we hope that this article may inspire some entrepreneur to learn from Wayne’s success and to open a similar place. Meanwhile, we invite you to check out this Maui Travel Guide – we keep it updated with much useful information for your quick and convenient review. End of update. On a small…

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Buy local. Eat healthy. Innovative farmers in Kula, Maui

Buy local. Eat healthy. Innovative farmers in Kula, Maui

Maui is a great place for farming for a few reasons.  The volcanic soil is rich in minerals, the warm weather allows for year-round production, and the upcountry with its consistent rainfall and sun provides lush conditions that are extremely conducive to farming. Most farms are located on the lower slopes of Haleakala – a dormant volcano – in an area known as Kula. Two amazing Maui farmers located here are Gerry Ross of Kupa’a Farms and Ryan Earehart of Oko’a Farms….

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From Hulopo’e To Lopa Beach: An Eventful Day On the Isle of Lanai

From Hulopo’e To Lopa Beach: An Eventful Day On the Isle of Lanai

Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on this earth. On an island such as Lanai with very little commercial development, one must really take the time to admire nature in all of its untouched glory. There is something so beautiful about being surrounded by vast desert spaces, open oceans, untamed kiawe trees and free roaming animals. For visitors running away from the hustle and bustle of mainland life, Lanai gives a sense of calm and serenity, and introduces…

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