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October 26, 2014

A burning desire for spicy ramen

Mention the promise of free food and some people will do anything to get it, even if there is a catch. In the case of Sanji Ramen’s Hellfire Ramen Challenge, the catch is a very spicy one. Where does Hellfire Ramen’s spice level fall on a scale of one to 10? “It’s a 20 or…

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October 26, 2014

Memories made at Zia’s

Since its opening in 2001, Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe has been our go-to place for many special occasions. Conveniently located around the corner from our old office, we often celebrated co-workers’ birthdays there, or walked over as a group for its daily lunch specials. A few years ago, we relocated to Kakaako, and Zia’s is…

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October 26, 2014

The New Eagle has landed

Behold, the beautiful and versatile salad. From farm-fresh mixed greens to those of fancy fruits, and ones with noodles to those laden with creams — even some with Southern-style fried things — salads are a rare breed of cuisine quite chameleon-like in character. The sweet-toothed among us are sure to sprint toward the fruit salads…

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October 26, 2014

Chinese fare, Japanese concepts

Ten years ago, Atsushi Fukuda moved to Hawaii from Tokyo, Japan, and began serving both traditional and local-style okazu and bentos out of his popular Usagiya booth at Shirokiya’s food court. While he has loved living in the Islands, over the years Fukuda found himself craving a taste of his favorite chukuya, or Chinese restaurants,…

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October 26, 2014

Delivering the best

Other than its delicious offerings, Romano’s Macaroni Grill also takes extreme pride in offering excellent service to its patrons. “We want to make sure that we take care of our guests, and they come back for more,” says executive chef Nawai Kekoolani. “I have a family, so when we go out to eat, I want…

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Shake, Shake, Shake it Off!

Thank goodness I’m not lactose intolerant. Not having the liberty to enjoy all the ice cream and milkshakes in the world would simply crush my being. But before this thought saddens me even more, let’s get right to the point. Simply put, dairy is my friend, and there’s nothing stopping me from indulging in as…

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October 19, 2014

Kamaaina-friendly hotel hosts festive holiday specials

For nearly 25 years, the endlessly elegant Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club has stood tall at Honolulu’s grand entrance into Waikiki, welcoming visitors to Oahu just footsteps away from Ala Wai Harbor, Ala Moana Center and Ala Moana Beach Park. Adding to the hotel’s ideal location, its expansive range of affordably priced yet…

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October 19, 2014

Get up in this grill

In one of his songs, Jimmy Buffet sings, “I was hungry and went out for a bite.” Anyone with an empty stomach should heed his words. And Camellia Buffet, the all-you-can-eat Korean yakiniku restaurant tucked off McCully, is just that haven for the hungry. The buffet certainly boasts a multitude of ingredients. There is a…

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October 19, 2014

Stoked for sashimi

Any visit to Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is already a delicious experience, with its ocean views and luxurious decor, but add to that a mouth-watering meal from its resident fine-dining restaurant Japengo, and you have the makings of a truly magical memory. Award-winning chef de cuisine Jon Matsubara has taken his extensive…

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October 19, 2014

Rock and roll to the Kozo beat

I’m all about convenience. So, when I’m in need of a quick lunch or dinner, by myself or with my family; I think sushi and bentos. They’re easy to eat, tasty and there’s always something for everyone. One of my go-to places is Kozo Sushi, which has many locations throughout the island, including one near…

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