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Archive for February, 2016

February 29, 2016

Girls rule at Cake Works

In many traditional Japanese homes, dolls are displayed on a tiered platform lined with red felt for Hina-matsuri, or Girls’ Day and/or Dolls’ Day. Originating in Japan, the annual celebration is held to honor girls, as well as to wish them good fortune. Elaborate dolls and props only make up a small portion of this…

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February 29, 2016

Catering To Your Cravings

Hung Won Seafood Restaurant has expanded its menu greatly — an additional 82 dishes to be exact. Located in the heart of Kaimuki at 3434 Waialae Ave., the Chinese restaurant serves authentic Cantonese-style cuisine, as well as about two dozen spicy dishes and many local favorites. Restaurant manager Janice Ouyang explains that many of the…

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February 29, 2016 ,

Staying On Top Of Great Cuisine

When going out to eat, regardless of the type of cuisine we are craving, there is one ingredient we all seek: quality. But as many of us know, seeing through clever marketing tricks and behind-the-scenes shortcuts some restaurants employ can be tricky, and at times we’re left wondering: Am I really getting my money’s worth?…

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February 23, 2016

Hot Pot Heaven

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Thai ($9.99) and Mushroom ($10.99) broths with appetizing accompaniments Aiea town recently has become even more hot pot-friendly. After debuting a little more than two weeks ago, the second Hot Pot Heaven location at Pearl Kai Shopping Center already is satisfying hungry customers. Once frequent visitors to…

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February 23, 2016

Newest location sees lines out the door

After Mamaya first gained popularity at Ala Moana Center’s Shirokiya Japanese department store and food court, and later at its Pearl City location, Mama-Ya Bishop Street Café eventually came to fruition. Mama-Ya has been in business for nearly a year and continues to cater to an out-the-door line of customers each weekday during lunch. Serving…

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February 23, 2016

Enjoy the ultimate nabe experience

Pots of boiling broth await you at Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, not to mention an abundance of yummy ingredients ready to be plunged into the aromatic soups, of which there are countless flavors to choose from. For the ultimate hot-pot experience, try Kobe Beef Chanko ($28.95). All chanko meals come with an assortment of veggies…

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Delicious Fare Makes Every Day A ʻNice’ One

By adding fresh, new menu items to its extensive list of local favorites, Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant dazzles diners with tasty cuisine served in an inviting, relaxed atmosphere. Case in point, the restaurant’s culinary team recently introduced Curry Chicken ($10.95), a delicious and colorful concoction composed of chicken, bell peppers, onions, carrots and potatoes….

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February 23, 2016

Elevate Your Next Meal

Dining way up high in the sky is possible at Treetops Restaurant. Located near Manoa Falls Trail, the eatery is perched on the upper level of Paradise Park’s main building. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat after a fun hike and even has enough space to host your next party or…

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February 23, 2016

Uncover a hidden gem of Japanese dining

Izakaya Restaurant Ko is hidden along Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki, and if you’ve never dined there before, you’ve most likely driven past it a thousand times without realizing the great experience you’ve been missing. Previously known as Restaurant & Bar Ko, the eatery assumed new ownership last October. According to general manager Nakajima Takaaki, the…

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February 23, 2016

Authentic Japanese Flavors Arrive In Honolulu

For most people in the importing business, price is a key factor when determining which products to ship from point A to B. Industry veteran Hideyoshi Takasawa is known to break away from the norm, however, holding on to a different set of priorities when choosing which edible goods to bring from Japan to sell…

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