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Archive for February, 2011

February 27 - March 5, 2011

All in the Familia

When Sergio Arellano was younger, his mother gave him some advice that made a lasting impression on the young chef. “She said, ‘You can go to the best chef’s school in the world, but if you don’t have it here,’” Arellano says, pointing at his mouth, “‘then you don’t have it at all.’” Born in…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

A Harmonious Blend of Great Food, Music

While most restaurants use music as an accessory to their menu options, Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef on the Beach is all about showcasing award-winning, live Hawaiian music. So important is quality live, local music to the eatery that Kani Ka Pila offers up a rotation of top-notch performers in its relaxing…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry

JJ Luangkhot, the award-winning executive chef and owner of JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry, has been tempting Hawaii’s foodies with exquisite European desserts and pastries for decades. With 45 dessert items, ranging from the renowned Chocolate Pyramid, Red Velvet Cake and Chocolate Fruit Basket, to Chocolate Lilikoi and Banana Haupia, how could life be any…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

Savoring the Soups at Saigon House

Mandy Nguyen, owner of Saigon House, is taking pho to the next level. According to Nguyen, her goal is to present diners with the most authentic Vietnamese cuisine possible at the South King Street restaurant. “In the mid-’80s, my mom owned a Ba-Le restaurant at Fort Street Mall and ran it for many years,” she…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

A Scrumptious Shrimp Dish

The combination dish of walnuts and shrimp is a relatively easy item to find throughout China. Traditionally, the dish was simply prepared, with plain shrimp, either steamed or fried, mixed with walnuts, mayonnaise and sometimes thick milk. As Chinese cuisine made its way to the U.S. and restaurants began to flourish, however, each eatery began…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

Z Best Specials at Zpizza

Zpizza has been featuring a health-conscious menu since it opened the doors to its Ward Centre restaurant in 2008. Since then, a second location in Kailua (151 Hekili St.) has been unveiled and has been serving up the finest in Southern Californian-Italian cuisine to customers. Zpizza traces its roots back to Laguna Beach, Calif., and…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

Paesano’s Pleasing Portabellas

When those hunger pangs hit, it’s hard to beat Italian food for stomach-satisfying, flavor-filled satisfaction. But those who choose not to eat meat sometimes crave something more substantial than just pasta primavera or Caesar salad — something hearty you can really sink your teeth into. Paesano Ristorante Italiano chef Jerry Quach has one succulent word…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

Golden Palace

Craving dim sum, but don’t want to make a dent in your pocket? Head on over to Golden Palace Seafood on North King Street for some of the cheapest, but delicious dim sum in town. With 45 dim sum selections to choose from, Golden Palace also serves up generous helpings of authentic Chinese cuisine. Open…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

Bibimbap

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 cups steamed white rice 1 carrot, juliennes 2 cups cooked bean sprouts, blanch for a minute in hot water, then season with little sesame oil salt 4 cups spinach, or choi sum, sauteed in a little sesame or peanut oil and seasoned with salt 8 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced and sauteed…

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February 27 - March 5, 2011

Here’s to Sam’s Dishes, Coming Beer Garden

Slated to open in late summer 2011 right next door to Sam Choy’s BLC is Aloha Beer Garden, which will showcase the ales and beers brewed fresh on-site by master brewmaster David Campbell.

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