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May 18, 2015

Say YES to Sukiyaki

Synonymous with comfort food, sukiyaki is a dish that’s absolutely worth getting to know. The popular form of simmering nabe may be traditionally enjoyed during winter months, but here I am — in the middle of May, clad in a tank top and all — craving this Japanese stunner as if it were the last…

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May 10, 2015

Let’s Hear it for Sizzling Platters

Hisssssss … crackle … spark! If food could sing, without a doubt its theme song would be the loud sizzle that ignites from fiery hot plates served at our favorite restaurants. That’s right, we’ve all had those moments when we’re waiting for our food to arrive — and suddenly, heads turn and gasps are sounded…

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May 6, 2015

There’s no match for Matcha

Of all the diverse options of green tea that exist, there’s one variety that leaves the others trailing in the dust. With its bracing earthy flavors and numerous health benefits, matcha stands in a class of its own, brimming with potent antioxidants, detoxifiers and metabolism boosters. And, of course, there’s its wildly bright green —…

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April 27, 2015

Broke da Mout’ Hawaiian Plates

No matter where in the world life takes me, I’ll always be a local girl at heart. Though I’ve been to many exotic places around the world, Hawaii is my home. The Islands are a very special place, one that’s immersed in the aloha spirit and a culture centered on ohana. And the food? Especially…

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April 19, 2015

Pigging Out on Kalua Pork

What represents Hawaii’s carnivorous culture more than kalua pork? Nothing. That’s right, kalua pork, which primarily is unique to the Islands, is spreading across the nation as a must-have source of protein. The word “kalua” is a Hawaiian word that refers to cooking in an underground oven or imu. Traditionally, a whole pig seasoned with…

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April 12, 2015

Getting to the Heart of Artichoke

‘Tis the season for artichokes! From March through May, artichokes are believed to be at their peak in terms of freshness and abundance. Having grown up with this good stuff since I was a kid, I can’t help but love it. For as long as I can remember, my mother would steam it to perfection,…

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April 5, 2015

For the Marshmallow Minion

Happy Easter! No matter how you choose to spend this special day, it’s definitely a sign that spring has sprung! For the avid food enthusiasts who have been saving their appetites for Easter brunch, today is the day to splurge. Remnants of colored dye are present on the fingers of keiki (and keiki at heart)…

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March 29, 2015

Eat Cheesecake, and Swoon!

Few things tempt me more than a luscious slice of heaven: cheese-cake. Hands down, this sinful dessert always sends surges of goodness to my palate. The crust must be of perfect consistency, texture and taste (crumbly, but still intact), and the interior should be dense and cool, boasting an assertive flavor. Although varieties of cheesecake…

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March 23, 2015

The Pinnacle of Poke Bowls

I’m on a poke binge. Just the mere thought of Hawaiian-seasoned raw tuna makes my mouth water. And since I’ve grown up with this stuff, it’s safe to say that poke is my go-to food memory that always brings me back to memories of my ohana. Whether eaten solo or with rice, poke is delicious;…

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March 15, 2015

Potstickers Worth a Pot of Gold

Let me dish to you, my OYK readers, about one food in particular: one that I rely on in times of sickness and health, times of ultimate hunger, and when in need of comfort and warmth. Right now, I have a case of congestion and the sniffles, and nothing beats the blues and kills hunger…

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