I am celiac and diabetic and like to go here for great gluten free, sugar free, low carb snacks. They are well stocked with yummy goodies that I cannot eat elsewhere and it is so nice to have an occasional treat.
However, their products are not always good. Last year, I ordered a pie from them for Christmas dinner, and paid dearly to get the GF/SF version. They required me to pay in advance, and so I had no recourse when I went to pick up the pie on Christmas Eve, and was given a product that was burned on the outside and raw on the inside. It was so yucky that even the children in our house refused to eat it. They offered no apology, and no refund.
I still like to go there for a quick treat, but will never trust them again with an important job.
The Evergreen Vitamin Cottage is a great all around grocery store, with a wonderful, friendly and helpful staff. It is well stocked and well managed, and I seldom buy groceries from the larger supermarket chains. The prices are reasonable for an organic food store.
My only criticism is that they sometimes run out of food before the week is over; however, they do extremely well for the size of store they are. I think they deserved more square feet of retail space, considering the volume of business they do. But Evergreen seems to be seen as an outlying area, and the corporate management only allowed a small space for them. They do the best they can with the resources they have, but sometimes it is not enough. Too bad.
Honestly, this place doesn't look like much from the outside, but in this case, it is best not to judge a book by it's cover.
The prices were affordable (which on Maui is rare), and the food was first rate. The staff was friendly and helpful and were willing to go way out of their way to accommodate my food allergies; they were even willing to cook gluten free pasta that I brought in from the outside.
One thing that I really enjoyed about Big Wave was that it is located in a less busy area of Kihei, and so it is not as overcrowded and noisy as other, more expensive restaurants on the island. The relaxing atmosphere, reasonable prices and good service were a welcome change.
Maybe I just went there on an off day, but I was not pleased with this restaurant/bakery. I am gluten intolerant along with various food allergies, and was willing to drive more than an hour to find a place that catered to my needs. I was so disappointed!
First, all the food was gluten free, as advertised, but I could not find out much more about the food. Since I am allergic to several things, my doctor had me on an elimination diet and I could not eat dairy, and soy, as well as gluten, I needed to see an ingredient list to help me decide what items I would be able to purchase. My granddaughter is also allergic to peanuts, so I also have to be careful about that. Very few of the prepackaged items had ingredient info on the package, and the ones that did always listed items that I could not purchase. The restaurant menu was even worse. The person working behind the counter gave me a blank look when I asked her for other ingredient information. The few products that listed ingredients were frightening!
To my dismay, most of the food here seems to be prepared to minimal standards with NO concern for health other than lack of gluten. All the prepackaged cookies that had listed ingredients were made with soy flour, hydrogenated oils, and many had powdered milk, peanuts, etc. The soy, especially was kind of surprising, because it is so common for gluten intolerant people to also be allergic to soy. My experience has been that soy is a cheap substitute for wheat in gluten free products, and is not necessary, since wonderful baked goods can be made without it.
I looked in vain for a single thing there that I could be sure was free of contaminants. I looked and looked for ingredient lists and could find very few. The employees were not knowledgeable about food sensitivities, and worse, they were unfriendly and unwilling to try to help me get the answers I was looking for.
I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS ESTABLISHMENT ONLY EXISTS TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE GLUTEN INTOLERANT COMMUNITY, AND THEREFORE IS NOT CONCERNED WITH OTHER FOOD ALLERGIES. I DID NOT EXPECT THEM TO SELL FOODS WITH NO ALLERGENS AT ALL, BUT DID EXPECT THEM TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE, HELPFUL, AND INFORMATIVE. I think that any food vendor that caters to the needs of a single population of food sensitive customers, should at least realize that these customers might have other health concerns that need to be addressed and might need to see an ingredient list before buying. I actually was under the impression that food vendors were required by law to provide ingredient lists when asked, but I guess I was wrong. I have had better luck getting this kind of info from conventional restaurants and bakeries, and couldn't believe how unwilling Deby's was to provide this common information; let alone provide food that is free of other common allergens.
I have many food intolerances, but very seldom leave a place without finding a single thing I can eat! Most places are happy to provide a list of ingredients and have a staff that will help me eliminate foods that I cannot consume. Not here, though. When I asked for help, the employee gave me a dim look and said, "I don't know".
I left Deby's still hungry and very frustrated because I had driven more than an hour to find this place, but when I finally arrived, I could not eat anything there with confidence. I have never gone back. And honestly, now that most food vendors are becoming more and more conscious of special needs customers, I am discovering a small list of establishments that are fine for me, and find that I really don't need Deby's.
I like coffee, but most brands make me jittery and sick. This place sells coffee that is smooth, and mild on my nervous system. I love the taste and feel like it is healthier for me than your average "cup o' joe". Barbara (the owner) is friendly and helpful, and I feel it is worthwhile to go here, even if there is no drive thru, and you have to go inside for your daily "fix".
A side note: The iced coffees here are made using a "cold toddy brewing system" that is superior to the traditional method of coffee brewing. Try it!
I have traveled all over the world, and have only found coffee as good as this in one other place. I just wouldn't go anywhere else for my coffee.
I recently ate at Abruscis for the first time and thought I had stumbled into paradise! I am gluten intolerant, and have gotten used to restaurants that limit their gluten free alternatives to a dry piece of chicken and a salad with no dressing (for an additional fee, of course). I have actually eaten at a restaurant that charged extra to bring me a hamburger without the bun!
It has been so long since I enjoyed an evening out, and it was wonderful to be able to order from a full menu and receive food that was prepared with as much care as if I were a "normal" customer. My meal was delicious and satisfying, and I look forward to a return trip. Soup! Pasta! Bread! Yummy!
The atmosphere was pleasing and the service was great. I have nothing but praise for this establishment.