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July 16, 2017

New hot-pot spot offers variety on menu

Tsukada Nojo only opened a few months ago, but it’s quickly becoming a go-to destination for diners looking for delicious Japanese fare made with local ingredients. The modern restaurant boasts a great selection of hot and cold small plates, as well as hot-pot specials. For starters, restaurant general manager Edward Mailoa recommends Chicken Veggie Tacos…

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July 16, 2017

Franchise Finds Home On Islands

Before bringing Ruby Tuesday to Hawaii, Rick Nakashima toured various locations of the restaurant — which offers casual American fare — and he loved it. “I really love the food, and the atmosphere is fun,” he explains. So, Nakashima and his business partner opened the first local Ruby Tuesday in 2004. Now, there are four…

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July 16, 2017

Embrace The Kanak Attack

Nothing quite compares to that feeling of satisfaction that comes from finishing off a plate of comfort food, full tummy and all. Those meals also tend to come along with, as the local saying goes, a full-on “kanak attack!” This is exactly what diners can expect after “grinding” on a packed plate lunch from Kau…

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Chinatown Eatery Offers Escape

A stroll into Little Village Noodle House makes for a nice getaway from the bustle of Chinatown with the restaurant’s simple, easy -going setup. Pair that with the aroma of freshly cooked food and it’s all the feelings and comfort of being in a quaint, little village. This eatery treats customers to feel-good Chinese fare,…

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July 16, 2017

‘Steak’ your claim on this sizzling cuisine

By Stephanie Kim Serving only the finest, custom-aged Midwestern beef since 1965, Ruth’s Chris Steak House knows its cuts of meat, and the newly added T-bone steak is a stunning example of just that. The T-Bone ($70) steak entree joined the menu six months ago after being off it for the last decade, according to…

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July 16, 2017

Experience Spain in wine-pairing dinner

Earlier this year, Heela Mottus, general manager of Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar in Waikiki, enjoyed a rare adventure: an oenophile’s tour of Spain’s vineyards. The spectacular trip included visits to vineyards in Rias Baixas, Rioja, Andalusia and Malaga. But the highlights of Mottus’ tour were the wineries of the legendary Jorge Ordonez, champion…

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July 16, 2017

Offering Up Japan’s Best

Step into J-Shop and it’s like you’ve landed in Japan and walked into a mini-mart stocked with Japanese stationary, magazines, gift items, beauty products and groceries — including snacks, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and even a fish market. The store specializes in importing Japanese products and receives shipments flown in fresh multiple times a…

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July 9, 2017

Mandalay offers rare Hakka-style cuisine

With little in the way of added garnishing or seasoning, Hakka-style Chinese cuisine seems deceptively simple at first glance. But with this particular culinary style, the focus is on texture enhancement and the development of savory flavors. One of the best examples is yán jú ji, or Baked Salt Chicken, a beloved dish from the…

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July 9, 2017

Hot-Pot Eatery Hits The Spot

The phrase “home-sweet-home” typically is associated with a place that has a special soft-spot in one’s heart. At Sweet Home Cafe, diners will feel exactly that after feasting on the restaurant’s heart-warming hot pot, which releases irresistible smells throughout the restaurant — just as it does from a home-cooked meal! Sweet Home offers Taiwanese-style hot…

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July 9, 2017

Korean Barbecue Spot Has It All

For authentic Korean fare that’s good for the “Seoul,” Seoul Garden is the perfect place to satisfy every member of the party. The restaurant is conveniently located on Kapiolani Boulevard, surrounded by Honolulu Convention Center, Ala Moana Center, Ala Moana Beach and several other destinations that make it the perfect place to dine before a…

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