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November 23, 2014

Bar food is grand at Brandy’s

For the past 28 years, Brandy’s Bar & Grill in Aiea has been a popular place to meet for a drink, play darts or pool, and watch sports games aired live on TV. The eatery also is known for its tasty food, including burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and a long list of pupus. “It’s kind…

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November 16, 2014

Wailana brings the ‘wow’ factor

Since its opening almost 50 years ago, Wailana Coffee House continues to be a favorite for locals and visitors from around the world. Conveniently located on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Ena Road, across from Hilton Hawaiian Village, the landmark, family-friendly eatery offers an extensive menu of local-style food and American classics, including…

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November 2, 2014

Blue Water’s bounty of gourmet creations

Step inside the newly renovated Makai Market in Ala Moana Center, and it’s easy to see that Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Market is among the most popular in the busy food court. “We’re one of the top grossing places here,” confirms general manager Marshall Sakaguchi. “We’re also the most sought out by tourists.” Previously…

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October 26, 2014

Memories made at Zia’s

Since its opening in 2001, Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe has been our go-to place for many special occasions. Conveniently located around the corner from our old office, we often celebrated co-workers’ birthdays there, or walked over as a group for its daily lunch specials. A few years ago, we relocated to Kakaako, and Zia’s is…

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October 19, 2014

Rock and roll to the Kozo beat

I’m all about convenience. So, when I’m in need of a quick lunch or dinner, by myself or with my family; I think sushi and bentos. They’re easy to eat, tasty and there’s always something for everyone. One of my go-to places is Kozo Sushi, which has many locations throughout the island, including one near…

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October 12, 2014

Asian Mix boasts diverse taste and flair

When you can pay continuous visits to a restaurant and not get tired of it, you know it’s good. One of the few eateries on that list for me is Asian Mix. I’m there every week, picking up lunch, dinner and my must-have milk tea from its Tea Time counter. Its name, Asian Mix, is…

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October 5, 2014

Sit back, relax and enjoy W Bistro at 1010

My girlfriends and I love going to new, trendy places to eat and catch up. The problem is that we usually end up being the last ones in the restaurant, and feel bad when we realize the wait staff is … well, waiting. So, I love the slogan of the new W Bistro at 1010…

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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 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 14, 2014

Applying the Golden Rule to good eats

In the Bible, the well-known excerpt from Luke 6:31 says, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” At Ahi & Vegetable, owner Sam Seo applies this Golden Rule to his menu, and says he won’t serve food to customers that he wouldn’t eat himself. “If I cannot eat it, I cannot…

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