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November 23, 2014

Go ahead and start with Scratch

Every now and then, a new restaurant pops up that everyone seems to be talking about — the latest of which surely is Scratch Kitchen and Bake Shop. Opened just a few months ago, Scratch has attracted quite a bit of buzz — and understandably so. For starters, owner and chef Brian Chan is the…

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November 23, 2014

Cajun-style seafood makes a splash

When Cajun King opened in Aiea’s Waimalu Shopping Center last year, the Cajun-inspired seafood boil eatery ignited the neighborhood with its refreshing way to enjoy seafood. In addition to the family-friendly fun the restaurant offers by way of bibs, gloves, hands-on dining and a roaring-good time, Cajun King has been welcomed by patrons in the…

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November 23, 2014

Eating between the lines

Growing up, my mom was a master gardener. Our Southern lawn gently sloped into sectioned-off gardens, each filled with aromatic herbs, wholesome veggies, fish ponds, fountains and, my favorite, two camellia bushes (one white and one red). A true bookworm with such an imagination, I remember I used to play in this enclosed garden, pretending…

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November 23, 2014

Bar food is grand at Brandy’s

For the past 28 years, Brandy’s Bar & Grill in Aiea has been a popular place to meet for a drink, play darts or pool, and watch sports games aired live on TV. The eatery also is known for its tasty food, including burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and a long list of pupus. “It’s kind…

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November 23, 2014

Comfort food never goes out of style

Lined with picture windows and filled with melodies of Hawaiian slack-key guitar and vintage aloha prints, Kenny’s Restaurant is a place for reveling in nostalgia. The eatery owes its success and position as a community fixture to the preservation of the comforts of yesteryear — not only through hospitable service, but also through plates laden…

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November 23, 2014 ,

I’m Talkin’ Tiramisu

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, because to be honest, I’m pretty sure you couldn’t care less about this intro. Why read when you could be stuffing your face with tiramisu? Legit tiramisu, at that! It’s all or nothing, right? And being that Italy is an absolute favorite travel destination of mine, I…

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November 16, 2014

Crab legs! You’re it!

If your ideal meal involves stuffing yourself silly with seafood, then Makino Chaya is the place for you. With reasonable prices for lunch (Monday to Friday $12.98, Saturday and Sunday $19.98) and dinner (Monday to Thursday $28.98, Friday to Sunday $30.98), and even an early-bird special (Monday to Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m., not including holidays…

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November 16, 2014

Falling into fall fare

With fall in full swing, who doesn’t love getting a little festive? One of the best ways to do that is with fall flavor-infused food, and Fendu Boulangerie has you covered. At the European-style bakery in Manoa Marketplace, Fuji Apple Danish ($2.35), which is available all year, is one of the most popular items during…

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November 16, 2014

Revamped bakery heats up just in time for Thanksgiving

Doesn’t it seem that fresh sweets made from scratch at family-run bakeries always seem to taste better than their store-bought counterparts? There’s undoubtedly something to those generations of love and dedication that are kneaded into each piece of dough, and baked into each piece of cake that result in incomparably delicious goods. Such is the…

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November 16, 2014

Wailana brings the ‘wow’ factor

Since its opening almost 50 years ago, Wailana Coffee House continues to be a favorite for locals and visitors from around the world. Conveniently located on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ena Road, across from Hilton Hawaiian Village, the landmark, family-friendly eatery offers an extensive menu of local-style food and American classics, including…

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