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Archive for December, 2013

December 29, 2013

Heaven in a Bun

Ask friends and family about a great place to get manapua and Island Manapua is sure to be on the short list of recommendations. For more than 30 years, the Gulick Avenue restaurant has been serving these pork-filled buns and other Chinese menu items to countless Kalihi families. And as more restaurants opened, the demand…

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December 29, 2013

Makino Chaya

Limitless. An idea so appealing (much like the food that accompanies it) is made possible by Makino Chaya this new year. Because in a world that is constantly providing guidelines, restrictions and imposing limitations, having the freedom to take as much as you want is music to everyone’s ears. At Makino Chaya, patrons can partake…

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December 29, 2013

These Desserts “Rise” to the Top

Beautiful, contemporary decor perfectly matches the Euro-Island cuisine that adorns the menu at 3660 on the Rise. Local ingredients highlight many of the dishes, and the desserts are no different. The Mile High Waialae Pie ($8.50), the restaurant’s most popular dessert, features Haagen Dazs vanilla and coffee ice cream with macadamia nut brittle. “The ingredients…

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December 29, 2013

Fendu’s Collection of Guilt-free Food Items

With a tantalizing array of pastries and desserts, as well as hot food items including sandwiches and pizza, Fendu Boulangerie prepares everything in what owner and chef Niel Koep explains is the European style. “That means we don’t load things with a lot of sugar,” he says. “We’re not adding any chemicals to anything. The…

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December 29, 2013

Sugary Confections, Gluten-free Options

There are some people in life who think dessert can only be eaten at the end of a meal. I respectfully disagree. My sweet tooth — and yours — should be satisfied any time it beckons. Suffice to say, it’s been a life-long challenge of self-restraint. So, it’s nice to discover a bakery that offers…

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The Garden of Eatin’

Calling all veggie lovers. Join me on a voyage as we travel to the Far East — in search of the ultimate plant-lover’s paradise. We will journey to a garden filled with choice vegetables, earthy herbs and savory spices. Come along as we uncover this urban utopia — so impressive it was given the name…

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December 29, 2013

Hoku’s

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: BUTTER POACHED WHOLE MAINE LOBSTER ($65) The stars are aligned and an unforgettable fine-dining experience awaits patrons at Hoku’s, located at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Dinner crowds soak in the elegant and classy atmosphere nightly, as Hoku’s chef Jeremy Shigekane takes charge in the kitchen preparing…

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December 29, 2013

Falling for Grilled Barbecue Goodness

If you’re on your way to Ala Moana Center for some retail therapy or happen to be running last minute errands before New Year’s Eve, be sure to stop by Kau Kau Grill on Kapiolani Boulevard, one of Honolulu’s newest food trucks. You can’t miss the vehicle’s distinct white facade adorned with endless love notes…

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December 29, 2013

Get in the Mix

One of my favorite places to eat has just added a tea and smoothie menu with a nice selection of freshly made drinks that all sound so good, it’s really hard to choose just one. Inside Asian Mix at 1234 South Beretania St. (in the same complex as Safeway), customers will now find Asian Mix…

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December 29, 2013

Authenticity for the Palate, Italian-Style

Although Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar is ostensibly Italian, its owner Wolfgang Zwiener and his son Peter Zwiener, the restaurant’s managing partner and president, are, in fact, German. Regarded as highly respected restaurateurs — both nationally and internationally — together they prove that the best cuisine spans cultural boundaries. As the pioneer Italian restaurant…

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