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Lite Bites

February 2, 2014

Kiwami’s Oodles of Noodles

With all the recent rain and windy weather, all I’ve been wanting to eat is a warm bowl of ramen. So, I recently visited Kiwami Japanese Ramen, which was previously located in Waikiki Shopping Plaza for a decade, and moved to Keeaumoku Street (across from Wal-mart) last October. The casual, family-friendly “ramen shop” specializes in…

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January 26, 2014

Kobe Keeps the Pupus and Sushi Coming

Kobe Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar is famous for its Teppanyaki cuisine, as well as those sizzling culinary performances by a teppan chef at your table. But for those looking for a place to just hang out and relax with some “lite bites” and drinks, Kobe also has a nice lounge with two large…

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January 19, 2014

Fairwood’s Asian-style Favorites are Pho-tastic

It’s always so exciting to eat at a new place, and while Fairwood Drive Inn and Pho 27 Vietnamese Cuisine has been open in Kaimuki for the past three years, I finally went there for the first time last week. Yes, the restaurant has two names — Fairwood Drive Inn is for the front of…

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January 12, 2014

A Bountiful Breakfast Awaits

As a resident of Kaneohe, I’m personally excited about Zia’s Caffe’s new weekend breakfast menu. Since opening in 2001, the casual family-style Italian restaurant has become a popular place for tasty Italian favorites, including pasta and pizza. “We saw an opportunity,” says owner Don Dymond of the new breakfast offering, which was introduced a few…

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January 5, 2014

A Sandwich for the Soul

Raised in Hawaii, there are a few restaurants still around that I went to as a child and continue to go to as an adult. One of those places is Anna Miller’s in Pearlridge Center, which has become a landmark in Aiea, conveniently located at the corner of Kamehameha Highway and Kaonohi Street. Open 24…

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December 29, 2013

Get in the Mix

One of my favorite places to eat has just added a tea and smoothie menu with a nice selection of freshly made drinks that all sound so good, it’s really hard to choose just one. Inside Asian Mix at 1234 South Beretania St. (in the same complex as Safeway), customers will now find Asian Mix…

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December 22, 2013

Eggs ‘n Things Gives Back to the Philippines

Drop by Eggs ‘n Things for some yummy food while helping the Philippines. From now through Dec. 31, the restaurant is donating 50 percent of proceeds from three special dishes — Jr’s Pork Adobo Fried Rice, Pork Lumpia and Banana Coconut Lumpia Ala Mode — to the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) Relief Fund through Unicef. “We…

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December 15, 2013

Morton’s Delights Palates With Merry Meals

This holiday season, stop in at Morton’s The Steakhouse and treat yourself to a dining experience that is sure to exceed your expectations. Known for its exceptional food quality, attention to detail and first-class service, the premier steakhouse has become a favorite for locals and tourists from around the world. “Hospitality and aloha are extremely…

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December 8, 2013

An Authentic Taste of Korean Fare

For a taste of Korea, and I’m talking about true, authentic flavors, you’ll want to stop in at Seoul Jung in Waikiki Resort Hotel. “We think of ourselves as an educator to not just people in Hawaii and tourists, but to the world, on what real Korean foods are,” says Dante Ku, food and beverage…

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December 1, 2013

It All Boils Down to Good Eats at Cajun King

As a big-time seafood lover, I have to say seafood boils are one of the best creations to ever come out of the kitchen. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water — that heaping pile of shrimp, crab, lobster, clams and any other seafood you desire, cooked with flavorful seasonings and spices, along with…

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