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March 8, 2015

Dishing up Chinese-Cajun fusion

With tables covered in butcher paper and an entire paper towel roll available to patrons, Cajun King is just the place to stuff yourself silly with Louisiana-inspired seafood. Take a look around the Kaneohe locale, and you’ll see just that: customers rolling up their sleeves and prying out every last morsel from bountiful one-pot seafood…

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Top-notch roast pork, pupu party platters for the win

If you ever wondered what happened to the landmark Kwok’s Chop Suey in Kaimuki, it’s still there. Well, sort of. It’s now known as Hung Won Seafood Restaurant, renamed by the Lee family who took over the restaurant in the mid 1990s and eventually sold it in 2013. The establishment changed ownership once more before…

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March 8, 2015

The luck of the Irish at Wailana

Like many holidays that originated with religious significance, St. Patrick’s Day has been appropriated to be a celebration of less pious things. Namely, in this case, beer. But let’s not forget that there also is a lot of great food associated with this holiday — and you can get a sampling of it at Wailana…

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March 8, 2015

Whatcha want to eat

We’ve all had that conversation at some point or other with our significant others when trying to pick a place to eat. It goes something like this: “Whatcha fillin’ like tonight?” “I don’t know, whatcha fillin’ like?” “I don’t know, you pick a place.” “No, you choose one.” Thankfully, these lovers’ quarrels are being squashed…

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Angels Sing for These Seafood Medleys

Lately I’ve been in a bit of a rut. Every now and then, I fall into a vicious cycle of keeping myself extremely busy and not wanting to sleep (even though it’s clear that I need to). Practically having hit empty on my personal energy meter, the effects are hitting me hard — living life…

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March 1, 2015

Coupe de foie gras

You’re off to a good start no matter which appetizer you choose at 3660 On the Rise, a restaurant renowned for its Pacific Rim cuisine. This week, the amiable chef de cuisine Lydell Leong filled me in on how the restaurant’s passion for combining Asian and European ingredients, and preparations translates into exquisite eats. Let’s…

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March 1, 2015

Oh, happy day

After a long day at work, there’s nothing quite like meeting up with some friends, grabbing a drink and gradually letting go of the day’s worries with each outburst of laughter. Even better is when you add a handful of pupus to the mix, maybe even a light meal, and the total price comes out…

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March 1, 2015

The choice is yours at Camellia Buffet

For the past 28 years, Camellia Buffet has been a popular place for all-you-can-eat yakiniku-style favorites. Its large dining room and separate private room (that seats 24 to 30 people) makes it a great choice for family gatherings or parties. Locally owned and operated by sister and brother June Ha and Kenji Kim, Camellia Buffet…

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Unique Hong Kong-style eats exposed

Golden Palace Seafood Restaurant opens its doors at 7 each morning, often to a line of people who already are waiting outside. These dedicated diners — many of whom work in nearby offices downtown — come to get a dim sum breakfast, as well as to pick up lunch for later. Golden Palace serves up…

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March 1, 2015 ,

A Heavenly Take on Hamakua Mushrooms

Neither fruit, vegetable nor plant, mushrooms are a delicious type of fungus. Please, don’t be put off by that “fungus among us” notion though, because mushrooms deserve all the attention, for obvious reasons. The health benefits of this fungus are substantial, as they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins. I always have been obsessed with mushrooms,…

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