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September 14, 2014

Bread that deserves a standing ‘dough-vation’

Anyway you slice it, nothing beats a crusty loaf of artisan bread fresh from a European-style bakery, especially a rustic sour dough. With a chewy crust, dense interior and rich taste, Miche Bread ($5.85) from Fendu Boulangerie is just that. Though bread is usually cast in a supporting role — as a vehicle for sandwich…

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Nice Day’s the name of the game

It is often said that names match the personalities they accompany. Case in point: Cruella De Vil wasn’t exactly an admirable Disney character, was she? Well recently, I got to thinking that the same “rule” applies to restaurant names, as those bright, shiny signs hanging above the entrances can tell us a lot about the…

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September 14, 2014

Applying the Golden Rule to good eats

In the Bible, the well-known excerpt from Luke 6:31 says, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” At Ahi & Vegetable, owner Sam Seo applies this Golden Rule to his menu, and says he won’t serve food to customers that he wouldn’t eat himself. “If I cannot eat it, I cannot…

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September 14, 2014

Zia’s burst of culinary creativity

When creating its Italian cuisine, Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe adds a little local flair. “It’s Italian food, but we use fresh, local ingredients,” explains chef Jesse Kila. Much of its produce — including its tomatoes and greens, for example — hail from local farms. The tomatoes come from Hamakua Farms, while the basil is from…

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September 14, 2014

Winner, winner, veggie dinner?

When it comes to winning, Makino Chaya knows what it takes to make the grade. Located in Aiea’s Westridge Shopping Center, this renowned Japanese Seafood establishment has enjoyed the bragging rights of being voted “Hawaii’s Best” in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser polls for the past three years in a row. And by the way things are…

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September 14, 2014 ,

Osso Buco, oh so nice!

Obviously, my job revolves around food, so if I were to disclose an essential fact about myself, here it is: I’m as carnivorous as a carnivore gets. Sorry, vegetarians, I’m a sucker for meat. I’d take a hearty slab of ribeye or tomahawk over fish or chicken (I’d have to think twice about fried chicken,…

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September 7, 2014

Some like it hot

Conveniently located within the bustling shopping mecca of Ala Moana Center, Iyo Udon is a Japanese eatery known for its unbelievably fresh and tasty udon. Created from 100 percent domestically produced wheat flour, Iyo Udon’s deliciously wholesome noodles are made in-house literally as you are sauntering through the service line selecting your additional ingredients. That’s…

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September 7, 2014

Oh, what a catch!

Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood opened its latest venue in Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court April 1. And this eatery is no stranger to the Islands. You may recognize Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood from its Kapahulu and International Marketplace locations. Now, fans of the establishment can have their old favorites and partake…

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September 7, 2014

Getting on the good side of ribs’ master shredders

Finger-licking backyard-barbecue style grinds await at Kau Kau Grill. The traveling food truck is just the spot to fire up your appetite for proteins so tender there’s no need for a knife. Dig a fork into the truck’s signature ribs and you’ll see: the meat easily shreds into saucy chunks. But who needs utensils? Eating…

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September 7, 2014

Max’s cooks up something special

Ask any restaurant manager about the importance of serving specials on the menu, and they’ll probably tell you that those limited-time offers, weekly favorites and brand-new bites can be just as valuable as the signature dishes themselves. Not only do specials give chefs the opportunity to try out exciting new creations, each with the potential…

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