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Kaimuki eatery boasts local grinds

The more, the merrier. That’s exactly what guests can look forward to at Fairwood Drive-Inn & Ramen Diner, where selections from two menus are definitely better than one. Little known fact to some, may be the recent merger between Fairwood Drive-Inn and Pho 27. Owner Tiffany Ko recognized a need in the Kaimuki area for…

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July 20, 2014

Celebrate Fresco’s second birthday with its tasty, new menu

Fresco Italian Restaurant is turning two, and to celebrate, it has cooked up a three-course menu. The Happy Second Anniversary Three-Course Special ($55, plus tax and gratuity) begins with Zuppa Di Porri, a chilled potato leek soup with Maui onions, garlic, Yukon gold potatoes and chicken stock, topped with créme fraiche. Bruschettam, generously topped with…

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July 20, 2014

Up your cool factor with Korean eats

This past week has been quite a scorcher, hasn’t it? When the sun is blazing and mugginess prevails, I know it’s ever so tempting to use any morsel of energy you have left to practically lunge toward the closest shave ice shop. But would you be willing to take my advice, albeit a tad unconventional,…

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July 20, 2014

A hot pot full of love and flavor

One of my favorite childhood memories is eating hot pot with my family at home. My mom would have all the ingredients plated separately, and we would cook it in an electric hot pot at the table. There would be sliced chicken and beef, shrimp, fish balls, tofu, mushrooms and vegetables, along with some dipping…

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It’s a family affair

North Carolina born and bred, I was raised in a region very similar to Hawaii in its love and affinity for family everything. With family reunions, family photos and especially family-style dining, you could say that the fondness for all da kine kin reaches across all borders — all the way from the dairy farms…

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Oh, Sweet Thing! Bread Pudding is My Everything

My sweet tooth is a blessing and a curse, and the very cause of much internal conflict. However, I’ve slowly come to accept that when it comes to me and sugar, restraint almost is non-existent — nothing stands in my way. My dentist sure does love me … and oh, how I love those therapeutic…

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Doubling up on delicious fare

From the comfort-inducing plate lunches we pack up for the beach, to gourmet Pacific Rim meals we treat ourselves to on special occasions, it’s safe to say that fusion-filled fare is all around us here in the Islands. Even so, I’d be willing to bet you’ve never had a mouthwatering mélange quite like the ones…

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July 13, 2014

Spice up your lunch break at Kissaten

The typical work lunch hour, at least for me, consists of spending five minutes heating up some sort of pre-packaged frozen entrée, 10 to 15 minutes mindlessly shoving said entrée into my mouth and the last 45 minutes having food envy over Facebook friends posting pictures of delicious lunches out. But, what if someone told…

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July 13, 2014

Giving back in delicious ways

There’s something so comforting about walking into Kenny’s Restaurant that speaks volumes about the food you are about to experience. After all, at the end of the day, what’s most important is the memories created over good old comfort food. For more than 40 years, this Kalihi eatery has entranced and delighted generations of patrons,…

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One step ahead with innovative culinary specials

Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant keeps up with the times, making sure to never bore its customers, as the eatery consistently presents the palate with something new. In fact, each month, the restaurant introduces a new set of specials. The fine-dining Chinese restaurant is inspired by Hong Kong’s metropolis and innovative cuisine. Jade Dynasty’s chefs even…

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