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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 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 12, 2014

French macarons the ghosts, goblins approve of

As Cake Works chef and owner Abigail Langlas will tell you, one of the most exciting aspects of running a bakery is being able to experiment with flavors and customize the sweetest of treats for seasonal baked goods. And with Halloween right around the corner, Langlas is already putting her spook-tacular ideas to good use….

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October 5, 2014

Where fine wine and fare stay true to form

Tucked away in Market City Shopping Center (bottom level) lies a dining gem that whisks patrons away to the vineyards of Napa Valley and the rolling hills of European countrysides, through elegant Italian and French fare perfectly complemented with an inspiring wine collection. Known as Formaggio Wine Bar, the eatery is adorned with rustic charm,…

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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 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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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 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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August 31, 2014

Nourishing the soul with nabe

In Japanese culture, partaking in the hot pot style of cooking known as nabe is like carving out a bit of one’s day to spend with family and friends while sharing in a single nourishing pot of warmth — the kind of warmth that not only comes from savory broths simmering away, but also from…

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August 24, 2014

Aiea’s ‘Haven’ of local-style comfort

When Franz Shiro Matsuo, known affectionately as “Mistah Saimin,” first opened Shiro’s Saimin Haven in 1969 at Aiea Bowl, to share his wildly delicious comfort foods, Hawaii’s diners instantly took to his creative renditions of saimin and other island favorites. More than 40 years later, the late founder’s legacy lives on, as his family continues…

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