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Ali Carte

March 1, 2015

Oh, happy day

After a long day at work, there’s nothing quite like meeting up with some friends, grabbing a drink and gradually letting go of the day’s worries with each outburst of laughter. Even better is when you add a handful of pupus to the mix, maybe even a light meal, and the total price comes out…

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February 22, 2015

Getting fresh with Zia’s

Italian cuisine accomplishes something that most other types of food could only attempt to replicate. It’s marked by very simple recipes — often containing just a handful of ingredients — that manage to deliver incredibly rich and layered flavors. The trick to all this lies in bringing these recipes to life with quality that comes…

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An exciting new venture for Chef Chai

For decades, chef Chai Chaowasaree has slow cooked his reputation within the Islands’ restaurant industry to perfection, maintaining his roles as one of today’s most prominent figures in Hawaii Regional Cuisine as well as the executive chef for Hawaiian Airlines, among a long list of career accomplishments. In 2013, Chaowasaree opened Chef Chai on Kapiolani…

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February 1, 2015

A big ‘bravo’ to brunch

In recent years, one of the fastest-growing trends in Honolulu’s dining scene has been brunch, and a central restaurant in that movement has been YogurStory. What started out as a soft-serve yogurt cafe in 2010 quickly gained attention as the place to go for coffee, sweets and a host of unique brunch items such as…

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January 25, 2015

Can you feel the love at Wailana?

As the ever-inspirational Mahatma Gandhi once shared, “Where there is love, there is life.” Sometimes we need a little reminder to turn on our “love receptors” and actually tune in to the endless manifestations of love that surround us every day. And if ever our sentimental signals are down, we always can count on Valentine’s…

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January 18, 2015

It’s time to go to Gokoku

When looking out over Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai, with its glistening turquoise water sitting at the foot of the Koolau’s vast expanses, the view is nothing short of breathtaking. It’s only appropriate, then, to enjoy a meal that’s just as inspiring while taking in the area’s natural beauty. Opened just last month, Gokoku Sushi…

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January 11, 2015

Bowling over the comfort of udon

When the temperature starts to drop and we find ourselves bundling up in sweaters and extra blankets to stay cozy, turning to piping-hot and soul-soothing soups is a nobrainer. But which type of soup should have the coveted role of keeping us warm? For many, there’s no better choice than udon, and no better place…

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January 4, 2015

Take your taste buds around the world

When was the last time you saw won ton noodle soup and pizza offered at the same restaurant? At Market City Shopping Center’s Anytime Cafe, these are just some of the wide range of internationally inspired flavors you’ll find on one menu. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Ken and Cindy Wong, the eatery and its variety…

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December 28, 2014

A new year means new and improved dishes

For many of us, each new year symbolizes the chance to start anew in one form or another. On a recent visit to Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Ali Carte discovered that the same mentality holds true within the restaurant industry, as the eatery is preparing to turn over a new leaf in 2015, complete with a…

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December 21, 2014

A feast for the senses

When it comes to Korean yakiniku dining, we can all relate to the temptation of those bewitching savory, sweet and spicy aromas that flow into the air from table-top grills sizzling away with fresh meats. One whiff, and you’ve got a craving to satisfy! Am I right? At Seoul Garden Yakiniku, one of Honolulu’s most…

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