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September 28, 2014

Getting fresh in Waikiki

Growing up, whenever I — or either of my sisters — would “sass” my Nana, she’d promptly remind us just how little leniency she has for Southern ladies who don’t mind their manners. I seem to recall her exact words being something along the lines of, “Now Andrea Elizabeth Miller (the name reserved exclusively for…

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September 28, 2014

Revised menu unveiled

When the local establishment of the nationally iconic Bob’s Big Boy restaurant was forced to close due to a fire, the employees simply didn’t want to accept it. So, a few of them banded together and have opened a new restaurant with a new name: Bob’s Big Bear Diner. The new eatery, located in Waipahu…

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September 28, 2014

Raging seafood that’s quite a catch

If I could, I would eat crab every day. There’s just no other food that compares (except for maybe lobster) to that sweet, tender and juicy meat. My favorite part is to break open the pinchers, and then dip the meat in garlic butter sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Since 2012,…

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September 28, 2014

Introducing new dinner favorites

Since 1974, Eggs ‘n Things has been synonymous with mouthwatering breakfasts here in the Islands. Currently home to two locations in Waikiki and one at Ala Moana Center on Piikoi Street, the mainstay is known for its blissful array of pancakes, crepes, loco mocos and yes, even eggs! In addition to satisfying breakfast cravings all…

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September 28, 2014

A dinner menu that’s happily ever after

Let’s start with dessert first this time, because it’s hard to ignore a purple pancake. YogurStory’s Ube Pancakes ($12) are uber purple. They are so eye-poppingly purple they deserve to be marveled at. Violet syrup enriched with ube (a Filipino yam) and coconut milk enrobes the fluffy cakes and forms bright pools. You’ll want to…

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Krazy for Kale

Living the good life sometimes comes back to haunt you. Darn! Recently, my visits to the gym have been nonexistent; instead, a few relaxing swimming sessions in my pool every week have sufficed. I spend my evenings in bed watching movies on LMN (Lifetime Movie Network) and relishing scoops of rocky road ice cream decked…

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September 21, 2014

Kobe steals the show with teppan-style dining, sushi

For more than four decades, Kobe Japanese Steak House in Waikiki has been a local favorite for special occasions or simply a nice evening out with family, friends or a special someone. Well, I’ve just found another reason for you to head to Kobe. The restaurant currently is running a Hot Deals Hawaii promotion, where…

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September 21, 2014

Even steak gets better with age

Why complicate things? Food doesn’t have to be complex to be delicious, especially when it consists of fine ingredients. Such is the sentiment of restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener. His steakhouses from Manhattan to Tokyo pay tribute to the simple things in life — salt, pepper, olive oil, some butter, fresh vegetables and proteins — coming together…

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September 21, 2014

What’s hot on the ramen scene

In the past few years, it seems that ramen has become to foodies what model-of-the-moment Hansel was to fashion mogul Mugatu in the movie Zoolander — “So hot right now.” Not only does the Japanese noodle soup literally warm things up with a steaming broth filled with comforting noodles, meats and vegetables, but it also…

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September 21, 2014

Going green is easy

Remember that familiar Kermit the Frog catchphrase, “It’s not easy being green?” Well, after visiting Anytime Cafe and sampling its smorgaasboard of veggie options, I’d respectfully (yet adamantly) have to disagree, having found each and every item quite effortless to enjoy. In fact, the options offered here are both creative and countless, more than catering…

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