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Archive for June, 2013

Sweets That Sing Songs of Sicily

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine in the heart of Waikiki serves up southern Sicilian dishes that are out of this world — specifically inspired by the village of Taormina in Sicily. The menu is inspired by executive chef Hiroyuki Mimura’s four-year culinary adventure in Sicily. While there, he studied under master chef Luca Pecorini, who taught Mimura…

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June 30, 2013

Colorful Thai Curries Spice Things Up

Carole Thirakoun brings more than 30 years of culinary experience and mastery of Thai cuisine to the table as the owner of Thai Valley Cuisine, which has served as “Hawaii Kai’s Neighborhood Thai Restaurant” for 20 years at the entrance to Kalama Valley. Thirakoun has developed a loyal following, in great part due to her…

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June 30, 2013

This Time, Think Inside the Box

Did you know the clinical term for “funny bone” is the olecranon? Random factoids aside: make no bones about it, Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering’s following is anything but trivial. If the line of restaurant fanatics and their rave reviews don’t convince you, then try the food yourself. As a one-stop box with an assortment of…

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June 30, 2013

A Sea of Starters at Ocean House

Restaurants can be much like television shows. The best programs make no distinction between the stars and the secondary characters, blending both to create stronger and more entertaining story lines. Restaurants can be the same way. At lesser eateries, appetizers are simple snacks, secondary players to the main course. Yet, the ones that do it…

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June 30, 2013

Party Trays Perfect for Summer Potlucks

When Ho Ho Chinese Cuisine director of sales Armando Bauzon describes what the restaurant can offer to customers, the appeal is obvious: “It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet, and you don’t have to spend that much.” Ho Ho serves up traditional Cantonese-style cuisine at its buffet and also offers dim sum, party trays and select a la…

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June 30, 2013

Whole New World of Cuisines

As your one-stop shop for shopping and dining, McCully Shopping Center has embraced Hawaii’s multitude of cultures and island flair since its opening in August 1986. Within this 35,290-square-foot outdoor complex, kamaaina and visitors from around the world can have it all right at their fingertips, thanks to the many restaurants, specialty shops and retail…

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Dig In Solo or Together

If you are anything like me, as much as you enjoy ordering family-style with friends and family, sometimes the preferred method is to order for one and pig-out to your heart’s content. Of course, it might also get a little lonely. Luckily, in addition to having set meals for more sociable moments, Canton Seafood Restaurant…

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June 30, 2013

Kissaten Coffee Bar

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: SUMMER TOMATO SALAD ($8) Kiss away the hunger pains at Kissaten Coffee Bar, a contemporary establishment that always has its doors open to patrons for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Conveniently located on Piikoi Street, Kissaten prides itself on classic comfort food with a gourmet twist,…

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June 30, 2013

Tony Roma’s Finds Its Long-lost Artist

In 1989, when Waimalu Elementary School fifth-grader Jillian Tamashiro found out she had won the Tony Roma’s art contest, there was only one way the unsuspecting winner could aptly describe her emotions. “I felt like a little rock star,” says Tamashiro. Initially hesitant to the idea of applying, she received encouragement from her mother, who…

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June 30, 2013

Smoke Signals Point to Soul Food

As I pull up to Molly’s BBQ and Seafood in Wahiawa, the wafting aroma of barbecue wood has my mouth watering before I even step inside. Formerly known as Molly’s Smokehouse, the restaurant has changed its name and expanded its offerings, but still serves up its famous delicious smoked meat and barbecue favorites, including beef…

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