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October 23, 2016

Slurp It Up

Despite our warm climate, we have a strong culture of soup here in the Islands. And with an abundance of cultures that make up our local community, we sure do love our saimin, ramen, pho, miso soup, tripe stew — and don’t even get me started on oxtail soup! There’s comfort in the cultural familiarity…

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October 16, 2016

Got My Eyes On Eggplant

Happy Sunday, Ono readers! Like many of you, I can hardly believe it’s already the middle of October and we are officially in what I like to call “pumpkin-spice season.” As we start to snuggle up with those seasonal lattes, we’ll also need a menu of cozy fare filled with hearty ingredients to help us…

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October 9, 2016

Beggin’ for Brisket

You really do learn something new every day. I was reminded of the old adage this past week while swooning over tender slabs of beef brisket at some local dining spots. It wasn’t until I started asking the chefs about how they perfect the melt-in-your-mouth beef that I learned it actually starts out as a…

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October 2, 2016

When Flavor is only Skin Deep

As a child of the ’90s, I grew up watching and loving the sitcom “Friends.” I still catch the reruns now and then, and recently rewatched one of my favorite episodes: “The One with Unagi,” when Ross urges Rachel and Phoebe to master the Japanese concept of awareness when practicing self-defense — a skill he…

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September 25, 2016

Some Like It Hot

It makes us sweat and leaves us feeling like a fire-breathing dragon. Worst of all, it literally pains us to eat it. Yet for some reason, we just keep going back to spicy food. Those who avoid the heat think that us heat-seekers of the world are certifiably insane for tolerating the physical effects, and…

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September 18, 2016

A-List Abalone

For today’s conscious consumers, there’s more to enjoying good food than simply reveling in delicious flavors. There’s also the added satisfaction that comes from eating high-quality meat, seafood and produce sourced responsibly from sustainable and ethical operations. And if those products happen to come from a local vendor — you’ve really hit the jackpot! Kona…

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September 9, 2016

Spice Up Your Life

Many of us will come together today by taking the time to reflect on the Sept. 11 attacks. Amid the complex thoughts and emotions the event’s anniversary spurs, one of the things I am reminded of during this time is what I am grateful for as an American. Near the top of that list is…

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September 4, 2016

Crustacean Cravings

If you’re cruising through the North Shore with your windows down, you’ll probably catch a faint whiff of garlic swirling through the air, just as you drive past the row of shrimp trucks lining the street in Kahuku. The mesmerizing aroma is reminiscent of our favorite crustacean to devour here on Oahu, which we love…

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August 28, 2016

Great Food In The Palm Of My Hand

Though we’re constantly surrounded by endless stretches of palm trees swaying in the breeze of our island home, we don’t usually associate them with our diets beyond the oh-so-classic coconut. But palm trees also give us fresh, healthy stocks of heart of palm, which often are found chopped up in refreshing summer salads. How do…

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August 21, 2016

I Only Have Eyes For Uni

Growing up, my experiences with sea urchin revolved around swimming in the ocean and trying to avoid stepping on those beautiful, long black and pink prongs of wana that poke out of every nook and cranny of the reef. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to see those spiky creatures in…

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