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Archive for July, 2014

July 27, 2014

Mixin’ it up

Remember middle school dances? I sure do. Now, I was an eighties baby and those not-so-magical celebrations in the school gymnasium bring back some painful — and by painful I mean, ridiculously hilarious — memories. Girls on one side — “plastered-to-the-wallflowers,” we called them — and boys on the other, the stage was set for…

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Dim sum from the heart

Dining on dim sum is one of my favorite cultural traditions — sitting in a loud, crowded Chinese restaurant, with servers maneuvering food carts in between tables and chairs, while we order baskets and baskets of steamed dumplings, along with other tasty dishes, such as baked manapua, custard tarts and more. At Golden Palace Seafood…

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July 27, 2014

Hy’s Steak House

For the purist carnivores, Hy’s Steak House is an elite destination of choice, made famous for its mouthwatering, award-winning selection of USDA prime beef and kiawe-broiled steaks. Situated within Waikiki Park Heights Hotel, the restaurant traces its roots back to the 1960s, when the original establishment opened in Calgary, Canada. It wasn’t until about a…

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July 27, 2014

Ichiriki thrills the senses with nabe

Enter Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, and tempt your senses. In its chic dining room, you’ll see diners adding premium meats, seafood and vegetables to steaming pots of nabe. The sounds of convivial chatter and dishes clanking indicate a good time. And most importantly, the aroma permeating the air, making your mouth water, lets you know…

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July 27, 2014

Get on the gravy train

Mashed potatoes. Turkey. Loco moco. What’s the point without gravy? Gravy is what transforms a hamburger into a hamburger steak. And what better way to make a homey meal authentic, than to make it from scratch? That’s why Kaimuki eatery Sekiya’s boils its beef stock for hours, to get the most concentrated, full-bodied flavor for…

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July 27, 2014

Two new dishes unveiled this week

Long considered a go-to for Hawaiian food, People’s Cafe is grateful for its many regular customers. And with that, chef and owner Tomas Ventura ensures that there’s always something new to try. Concocting new dishes seems to be almost automatic for Ventura, who says that he’s always inspired to experiment with new cuisine. And no…

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July 27, 2014

Makino Chaya

At Makino Chaya in Westridge Shopping Center, why hold back when you can have it all? New and loyal patrons alike indulge in the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat Japanese seafood buffet, renowned for its endless seafood selections, teppanyaki station, full dessert bar and more. Better yet, the establishment offers separate made-to-order dinner options as well. The menu…

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July 27, 2014

Get your grill on

Nothing says summer quite like the aromatic, smoky char of well-seasoned meat. Such an inviting scene is common at Asahi Grill on Ward Avenue, where locals have been feasting with friends and family for years. “It’s all about cooking with love here,” says manager Victoria Sayno, who has been with the eatery for almost 25…

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July 27, 2014

More Than Just Bread on the Rise

When your job requires you to rise before the sun, a whiff of freshly baked bread straight from the oven is more than enough to snap you out of your groggy state of mind and into reality. Fortunately for Niel Koep, owner and chef of Fendu Boulangerie, 6 a.m. on the dot is the time…

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Seeing Red Velvet

If you tell me that discipline and ultimate resistance are a “piece of cake,” then you’re telling the wrong person. Paying no attention to anything sugar-coated is almost impossible for my sweet tooth (duh!), but tempt me with cake — specifically red velvet — and guess what? You’ve just created a monster. Have you ever…

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