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August 23, 2015

You’re Mine, Minestrone!

At the very first sign of rain, one of the things I instantly love to do is get ahold of my favorite warm and snuggly foods that I can curl up with on the couch and savor with a good movie, as the raindrops fall outside. Mexican hot chocolate? Check! Piping-hot ramen? Check! And in…

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August 18, 2015

A is for Abalone

If you’ve ever seen an abalone shell, you know it is absolutely gorgeous. Often called opal of the sea, with iridescent shades of blue, purple and green, the shells are reminiscent of mother of pearl and are treasured both spiritually and aesthetically in many cultures. In New Zealand, they’re known as paua and are used…

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August 9, 2015

Crazy Good Loco Mocos

Synonymous with comfort, loco mocos are invaluable ingredients in the recipe that makes up our melting pot of local favorites. With ohso-filling piles of rice topped with those consoling hamburger patties, rich brown gravy and a fabulous fried egg, has there ever been a better meal to chow down after a full day at the…

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August 2, 2015

Ka Boom! It’s A Flavor Explosion

Every once in a while, our ordinary dining routines need a nice, big jolt of excitement to keep our taste buds interested. If you’re ready to spice things up at the dinner table, I’ve got just the dish for you. One bite of seafood dynamite and — POW! — your palate is exploding with flavor….

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July 26, 2015

Jolly-Good Fish and Chips

Cheerio, Ono readers! In the past few days, we’ve had a full-blown British invasion here at Dining Out. One of the greatest comfort foods of all time has made its way across the pond and into our tummies, and as Austin Powers would put it, it’s groovy baby, yeah! That’s right, mates, the British are…

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July 19, 2015

Putting a Local Twist on Pork Adobo

As a food writer, I chat with restaurant owners, chefs and fellow foodies quite a bit. I often hear them describing those special comfort foods we all love to wolf down here in the Aloha State as “local-style” dishes. Earlier this week, I got to thinking — what does that really mean, anyway? “Local-style” is…

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July 12, 2015

For the Love of Lychee

In a state that doesn’t define its seasons by snowfall and leaves that change colors, Hawaii’s dwellers turn to other signals to mark each time of year. Winter brings with it boisterous and barreling waves on the North Shore, while summer is all about the fresh fruits that start to ripen and enliven our hot…

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July 5, 2015

Summertime, and the Eatin’ is Easy

One of the best ways to embrace the spirit of the current season is to reflect it with the foods that we eat. This week, I literally am getting seasonal with my dining choices by seeking out lively summer rolls. Here to match the brightness of a sun-kissed July day, these healthy wraps are as…

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June 28, 2015

Cheers to a Star-Spangled Potluck

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for July Fourth to arrive. It will signal the most anticipated event of the summer for many a food-enthusiast: the one-and-only Independence Day barbecue, which will leave us filled to the brim with hot-off-the-grill hamburgers, hot dogs and maybe even some All-American ice cream, if we’re…

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June 21, 2015

Fine Pappardelle Straight from the Kitchen

In Italian, the word pappare means “to gobble up,” an action that we all can relate to in our deepest bouts of hunger. The phrase also is where pappardelle pasta gets its name from, as the Italians must have known that anyone in their right mind would absolutely want to scarf down a bowl of…

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