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Cupcake Wars and the Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival

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"Aloha Cupcakes"
While attending the 2012 Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival's "Cuisines of the Stars:  A Magical Journey of Food and Culture" I was surprised to find out, I'd be enjoying part of "Cupcake Wars"

Yes, that Cupcake Wars!

With my event ticket, I was ready to eat!

Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina served as venue hosts

See What Jay Eats...

As you enter the festival grounds, (I mean, beach) you can't miss the   Hawai'i Food and Wine Festival / Cupcake Wars show piece
That and the camera crew too...
The festival was set-up on the beach at the Aulani and Ihilani.
Lots of great chefs and incredible food! So many chefs from Southern California  participating at this event, I felt at home.

Now back to the cupcakes...
This is what a thousand cupcakes looks like...

Roasted Pork Cupcake
All of the flavors worked well

My Top Chef "Star" Adventure

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In the Fall of 2011, I was on Maui for 3 days and went to Star Noodle 3 times.  BTW, I never go to the same place that many times, unless it's a client's restaurant and Star Noodle isn't a client.  Each time I went, the wait was longer than the time before, guess I'm not the only one who goes as much as I did.  I do have favorite restaurants on Maui, Star just happens to have one of the most imaginative menus in a casual atmosphere that I enjoy.    
 Not to mention a Star chef...
Photo by Bravo TV's Top Chef Chef Sheldon Simeon "Top Chef Seattle" Finalist and Fan Favorite

Star Noodle
Star Noodle is at the top of the hill in an industrial area in Lahaina.  As you get to the top, look for all of the cars and the crowd of people standing in the parking lot AND you've found it!
Now that this season's "Top Chef Seattle" is over, I'm sure the lines will be even longer...
The magic of this place is the friendly service, the good food, special beverages (l…