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Archive for February, 2014

February 23, 2014

There’s a New B.I.G. in Town

“Biggie, Biggie, Biggie can’t you see, sometimes your words just hypnotize me…” the catchy chorus from the Notorious B.I.G. song wafts across the radio as I enter the doors of Big City Diner in Pearlridge East. But at this “Big” eatery, it’s not the words but the food that places patrons in a tastebud-teasing trance….

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February 23, 2014

Seoul Garden Yakiniku

Gather your loved ones together and come to the garden — Seoul Garden Yakiniku, that is! Enjoy tasty, authentic Korean barbecue cooked right before your eyes. Each course includes a bowl of rice, choice of soup and seven banchan, so you will have your fill and then some from this garden of edible delights. And…

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February 23, 2014

Wine and Dine in Fashion at Ever-cozy Formaggio

Niraj Maskey was a regular at Formaggio Wine Bar in Honolulu and loved the restaurant so much that when its (former) owners decided to sell it about a year and a half ago, he took it under his wing. Since then, Maskey has made a few changes to the menu, but has kept much of…

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February 23, 2014

Five Star’s Sweet Bliss

High-quality dining hits its peak at Five Star International Buffet, conveniently located in Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian Center. Take a seat and enjoy a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere while feasting on a buffet designed for royalty. While the restaurant’s lunch and dinner buffets are impressive in their own rights, the dessert buffet is the perfect way…

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February 23, 2014

Local Faves with a New Twist

Growing up, when Jason Takemura’s family had a special occasion to celebrate, Pagoda Floating Restaurant was their go-to spot. In 2010, When Takemura took over as executive chef and partner of the restaurant, he sought to bring it back to its roots, serving local-style favorites from his youth. Serving up what he calls “local comfort…

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February 23, 2014

Craving Great Filipino Food

These days, Filipino cooking has become comfort food for me. It’s what I get for dating a half-Filipino guy whose grandmother prepares at least one Filipino dish each Sunday for dinner. Trust me, I’m not complaining. The only downside is having to wait until the weekend for pinakbet, or pancit served at someone’s birthday party….

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February 23, 2014

Cake Works

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM CAKE: ($18 FOR 6-INCH, $30 FOR 8-INCH, $4 PER SLICE) You can have your cake and eat it too at Cake Works, an award-winning patisserie that offers specialty cakes, cupcakes, French-style macarons and more. Chef and owner Abigail Langlas has always had an…

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February 23, 2014

Busting Out the Barbecued Goods

When it comes to the flavorful, saucy realm of barbecued fare, styles vary across the board. Journey to North Carolina and you’ll taste mouthwatering pulled pork enlivened with vinegar-based barbecue sauce. Meanwhile, a visit to Tennessee will prompt a slathering of sweet sauce spiked with a splash of whiskey over your ribs. Luckily, you don’t…

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February 23, 2014

Fare Making Mouths Water

For years, The Mandalay on Alakea Street has been a go to place for large groups looking to enjoy tasty Cantonese cuisine. But while the restaurant is large enough to accommodate 320 people, it’s also comfortable enough for an intimate date or a small family dinner. What more can one ask for? The expansive menu…

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February 23, 2014

A Picture-perfect Dining Experience

In photography it’s called the decisive moment — that fraction of a second when the photographer squeezes the shutter and captures magic. Right then, a photograph is born. For a hungry person, stumbling into a restaurant in the midst of a full-on hypoglycemic stupor, arriving at the decisive moment of what to eat while goggling…

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