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Dim sum from the heart

Dining on dim sum is one of my favorite cultural traditions — sitting in a loud, crowded Chinese restaurant, with servers maneuvering food carts in between tables and chairs, while we order baskets and baskets of steamed dumplings, along with other tasty dishes, such as baked manapua, custard tarts and more. At Golden Palace Seafood…

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July 20, 2014

A hot pot full of love and flavor

One of my favorite childhood memories is eating hot pot with my family at home. My mom would have all the ingredients plated separately, and we would cook it in an electric hot pot at the table. There would be sliced chicken and beef, shrimp, fish balls, tofu, mushrooms and vegetables, along with some dipping…

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July 13, 2014

A celebration of mangoes

Calling all mango lovers! Mangoes at the Moana returns Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa in Waikiki. The sixth annual event, held in partnership with Makaha Mangoes, invites locals and visitors to a full day of mango fun, including a mango recipe contest, the…

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July 6, 2014

Pagoda keeps it nice and local

A few years ago, Pagoda Floating Restaurant expanded its hours and started offering sit-down service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, giving kamaaina and visitors even more reason to visit this landmark restaurant, known for its dinner and Sunday brunch buffets that have been a family-favorite, local tradition for the past 50 years. On the menu…

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June 29, 2014

Hy’s flies high with happy hour specials

Hy’s Steak House is one of those sure bet restaurants where you know the food, service and setting will all add up to an exceptional evening to remember. Known for its top-quality USDA prime steaks broiled over Hawaiian kiawe wood, Hy’s also offers a long list of tasty appetizers, specialty salads, fresh seafood, desserts and…

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The MAC daddy of comfort food

Since its opening 7 years ago, Mac 24/7 in Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel has become known for its tasty comfort foods, such as its No. 1 selling Mac Aloha Hawaiian combo plate, Chicken Fried Steak, Hawaiian Boneless Short Ribs, 7 Cheese White Mac & Cheese, and, of course, its famous pancakes. But for those looking…

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June 15, 2014

Mamma mia! Now this is a delicious little bite of Italy

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar in Waikiki may be located in the heart of Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiiian Center, but somehow while sitting in the restaurant’s courtyard I felt as if I had escaped into a little Italian fantasy. Created by famed New York restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener and son Peter, Il Lupino has…

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Turning the big 5-0 in bourbon, barbecue style

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, The Kahala Hotel & Resort kicks off the summer with monthly beachside affairs starting with Blues, Bourbon and BBQ, happening Friday, June 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Priced at $50 per person ($30 for children ages 6 to 12), guests will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet-style menu created especially…

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June 1, 2014

Filipino food never tasted so good

Ask my kids what they want to eat, and they often will answer Filipino food. They are part Filipino (12.5 percent), and go to many Filipino eateries on the island. Their most favorite dish is fried pork, but some places serve it dry, with too much fat or oil, and they leave disappointed and still…

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May 25, 2014

Asahi debuts new dishes for patrons

If you’re craving local home-style comfort food, but don’t have the time or energy to cook it yourself, Asahi Grill on Ward Avenue is the place to go. The locally owned and operated ohana-style restaurant is casual and family-friendly. Known for its mix of local and Japanese fare, the menu is constantly expanding, giving customers…

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