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October 21, 2012

Where’s the Beef? Right Here

Beef! It’s what’s for dinner, lunch or any other time of the day — if you’re able to enjoy it the way Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar prepares its Tagliata dish. Pupu-style dishes are a big thing here at home, so, of course, cutting and slicing, picking and choosing our choice piece of meat…

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October 14, 2012

There’s More to M Than Meets the Eye

Creating a new standard in entertainment and dining, M Nightclub goes beyond music and mingling. “We’d like people to understand that M is more than just a nightclub. You can come here for dinners. We’re more of an eatery during the week,” says general manager Dan Punch, who worked here when it was formerly Ocean…

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October 7, 2012

Slurpin’ Soba

Although Violet’s Grill has been a family-owned restaurant for more than 60 years, there’s now a slight alteration to the eatery’s name. Now known as New Violet’s Grill in Kapalama Shopping Center, the name-change coincides with a return to family roots, with an emphasis on Okinawan specialties and cuisine. The restaurant’s first order of business…

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September 30, 2012

‘Shrooms Crowning Moments

You may be familiar with the taste and flavor of common mushrooms, such as shiitake, reishi or the typical white mushroom. These ‘shrooms are year round delicacies, which add nutritional and health benefits to many dishes. Yet, each autumn, usually from September through November, the matsutake mushroom finds its place in many restaurants. The matsutake…

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September 23, 2012

Here’s to Health, Refreshing Pizza

Nine times out of 10 a meal that involves pizza is going to be good, but it doesn’t always have to be a greasy, oily mess. Founded in Laguna Beach, Calif., Zpizza was created and crafted with not only taste, but health in mind. “We serve healthier pizza for all those who are health conscious,”…

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September 16, 2012

Belting Out Superb Sushi

By Jaimie Kim With its interactive “kaiten” sushi (sushi served on a belt) and bright decor, Genki Sushi’s friendly atmosphere is an ideal setting for anyone looking to have fun and enjoy an unpretentious bite of sushi. “We want our customers to come in and have a good time,” says David Moon, director of purchasing….

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September 9, 2012

Beyond the Bean

Kissaten is a mile beyond the coffee shop norm. I’ve never seen a menu this diverse and with so many options at Starbucks or Coffee Bean, that’s for sure. Its sleek, modern decor is motivating and energizing, as local artwork hangs from bright orange walls. Open since December 2010, Kissaten has morphed into a dynamic…

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September 2, 2012

Wheat This!

It’s time to dive into the healthy and nutrient-rich pool of buckwheat or soba noodles. It has been a common dish in Japan for centuries, and is recently beginning to rise in popularity in the U.S. both for its great taste and welcome addition to a healthy diet. With texture and composite similarities to spaghetti,…

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It’s a Nice Day for Fabulous Flavors

Where to go for lunch? A pretty common question that sometimes can take longer then you would expect in deciding. Obviously, for many (and I mean many), the answer is Nice Day Chinese Seafood Restaurant. On a daily basis, Nice Day, located in Liliha Square Shopping Center is packed with hungry guests from construction workers,…

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August 19, 2012

Dinner With a Prince

In 1977, Keo Sananikone, owner of Keo’s Thai Cuisine invited a prince to his newly established restaurant. This prince has been dining at Keo’s for more than three decades and is a hit with each guest. No, I’m not talking about any of Thailand’s royalty, but of Sananikone’s Evil Jungle Prince, a dish he created,…

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