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July 27, 2014

Seeing Red Velvet

If you tell me that discipline and ultimate resistance are a “piece of cake,” then you’re telling the wrong person. Paying no attention to anything sugar-coated is almost impossible for my sweet tooth (duh!), but tempt me with cake — specifically red velvet — and guess what? You’ve just created a monster. Have you ever…

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July 20, 2014

Oh, Sweet Thing! Bread Pudding is My Everything

My sweet tooth is a blessing and a curse, and the very cause of much internal conflict. However, I’ve slowly come to accept that when it comes to me and sugar, restraint almost is non-existent — nothing stands in my way. My dentist sure does love me … and oh, how I love those therapeutic…

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July 13, 2014

An Endless Summer of Eggplant

Summer is the perfect time to christen a new grill. Early-evening barbecues are a ritual, and that means hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie skewers are essential parts of alfresco dinners. Once the grill is loaded with charcoal, the burning coals are a sign that the cooking can commence. The savory aroma of home-cooked barbecue fare…

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July 6, 2014

Getting Savvy with Samplers

You know those times when an impromptu, simple “catch-up” dinner with friends somehow morphs into a massive production that takes the entire day to plan? Arianna is vegetarian, Ryan loves steak, Jess had a late lunch yet still wants to join in the fun … and you? All you’re asking for is to enjoy a…

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June 29, 2014

Lucky in Love With Lilikoi

For first-timers to Hawaii, a land of paradise, they experience a rush and a thrill inconceivable to a local girl like myself, born and raised in the Islands. It’s a somewhat incomprehensible thought that when visitors gush over the sweet aroma of the air and pristine views of the Pacific Ocean, I’ll never experience it…

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June 22, 2014

Tempting Tofu for All

Less is more. This statement holds a universal meaning applicable in all facets of life, but obviously, I’m applying this popular belief to the subject of food (No need to act surprised.); more specifically, tofu, a source of protein I was born to love. Ever since I can remember, I was drawn to the creamy,…

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June 15, 2014

Get Flaky With Pot Pie

It’s OK to flake on dinner — under one condition. “Flake” must refer to the crispy, golden flakiness of a pillowy pot pie. Deemed a longstanding American classic, pot pies are hot, hot, hot: steaming with an irresistible aroma that awakens pangs of hunger from within. And the best home cooking always comes with a…

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June 8, 2014

‘Summer’s Thanksgiving’ Calls for Pipikaula

The onset of summer (just two weeks away, mind you) means hotter temps, sun-kissed tans, memorable vacations or staycations (for those lucky ones!) and any excuse to throw a social gathering centered around food, food, food … and more food. So, who’s down for a fun-filled beach barbecue? I affectionately deem this full-on feast “Summer’s…

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June 1, 2014

Roly-Poly Ravioli!

Trips to the East Coast result in a blur of excitement, as well as more than enough food comas that could easily lead to a month-long period of hibernation. This is what happens each time I reunite with my Dad’s side of the family. You have to understand, my relatives trace their roots back to…

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May 25, 2014

Pile on the Pancakes, Please!

Happy Sunday, Ono addicts! Wow, what a week it’s been! As editor of Dining Out, I give my heart, soul and stomach to this publication. It’s a pleasure each week to bring you some of the best eats the island has to offer, while also sharing my experiences with you — which, this week, means…

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