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January 25, 2015

Can you feel the love at Wailana?

As the ever-inspirational Mahatma Gandhi once shared, “Where there is love, there is life.” Sometimes we need a little reminder to turn on our “love receptors” and actually tune in to the endless manifestations of love that surround us every day. And if ever our sentimental signals are down, we always can count on Valentine’s…

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January 25, 2015

All hail the aquatic imaginarium

I can still hear her stern voice ringing in my ears, “Careful now, Miss Miller, you don’t want to let your imagination go getting the better of you, now do you?” Ms. Gray was her name, and she was my elementary school librarian. I was convinced it was her life’s work to ruin my fun,…

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January 25, 2015

L&L plate lunches available to the masses

These days, with L&L Hawaiian Barbecue locales conveniently located throughout the island, the eatery has become a go-to for many when it comes to plate lunches. “We are so ubiquitous — we’re everywhere,” says L&L marketing director Brandon Dela Cruz. “You can get a plate lunch from L&L within 20 minutes from any part of…

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January 25, 2015

Savor significantly good sisig

Spicy, salty and a little tangy, sisig hits all the right notes when it comes to snacking. The chopped and seasoned protein is just right for noshing, pint in hand. But, it’s not only for the beer drinkers. At beloved Filipino eatery Max’s of Manila, the popular Kapampangan dish is served in more ways than…

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Loco for Loco Moco

It’s nearing the end of January, and while I applaud those who still are sticking with their New Year’s resolutions of following an exercise regiment and making healthier food choices, let’s face it: Sometimes it’s fun to be rebellious, break the rules and forget about counting calories, especially when it’s all for the love of…

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January 18, 2015

A French-style bakery for the senses

Since its opening in 2009, Fendu Boulangerie in Manoa Marketplace has become a favorite neighborhood bakery with many familiar faces stopping in daily for its fresh breads, sandwiches, desserts and more. Sitting outside during a recent visit, I caught myself taking a deep breath in every time the door opened, just to get a whiff…

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January 18, 2015

It’s time to go to Gokoku

When looking out over Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai, with its glistening turquoise water sitting at the foot of the Koolau’s vast expanses, the view is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s only appropriate, then, to enjoy a meal that’s just as inspiring while taking in the area’s natural beauty. Opened just last month, Gokoku Sushi…

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January 18, 2015

Shrimp to savor

As a signature staple offered at almost every Chinese restaurant, honey walnut shrimp is pretty ubiquitous. But if you haven’t tried the version at Little Village Noodle House in Chinatown, you’re missing out. “Honey Walnut Shrimp is a must-have dish here,”says restaurant owner and general manager David Chang. “We use quality shrimp — when you…

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January 18, 2015

A croon-worthy Japanese cafe

The popular Japanese folk song Sakura, Sakura showcases silky-haired chanteuses whose golden voices offer lilting lyrics and hypnotic beats into the air — all eluding to the enchanting nature of the sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom). After listening to its lovely harmony harkening to the coming of Spring and all things fresh and green, it’s no…

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January 18, 2015

Flavors from A to Zia’s

Whenever you’re dining at Zia’s Caffe, Steaming Clams with Italian Sausage ($14) is an appetizer best shared. Who can resist the aromas of garlic, the tender Cedar Sole clams flown in fresh from Cedar Key, Fla., morsels of Italian sausage and a side of grilled bread slathered with garlic basil butter? Your table will make…

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