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February 2, 2016

It’s Game Time

Bright and lively, Ahi & Vegetable is packed with customers on their lunch breaks. The scene is not much different during other times of the day, as patrons always are eager to get their fresh fish and bento fix at the restaurant’s two convenient locations on Dillingham Boulevard and at Fort Street Mall. The Dillingham…

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February 2, 2016

Great Fare, Entertainment

Chic, modern, cozy and fun are the first words that come to mind when describing Odori-ko. Owned by siblings Hiro Takei and Rie Akita, the family has roots in Hawaii’s restaurant business that extend all the way back to when their parents’ first restaurant opened in 1972. The siblings took over and opened Odori-ko at…

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February 2, 2016

High-Quality Confections

Minamoto Kitchoan is a name that resonates throughout the world. Seeing as the word minamoto translates to “the origin of the confectionary,” and kitchoan means “house of prosperity,” the delectable treats are sure to please. With more than 200 locations in Japan alone — and more throughout the world — Hawaii’s very own branch opened…

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February 2, 2016

New year luck abounds at beloved eatery

In celebration of Chinese New Year (which this year is on Feb. 8) The Mandalay in Downtown Honolulu offers special traditional Chinese New Year dishes now through Feb. 15. Available are Jai ($12.95), Braised Pig’s Feet with Fat Choy ($58), Deep Fried Oyster Roll ($18.95), Gau ($6.95 small, $12.95 large) and more. The Chinese like…

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February 2, 2016

Luck Out With These Bites

The Chinese never need an excuse to get together with loved ones, as their rich culture already revolves around family, food and festivities 365 days of the year — 366 days in the case of 2016. But on Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 8 this year, there is no better reason to be with…

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February 2, 2016

Go For Okazu, Local Faves

For a limited time, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen is offering a 10 percent discount for takeout orders from its restaurant menu (excludes okazu). The iconic Kaimuki eatery (located across from Kaimuki High School, next to Market City Shopping Center) celebrated its 80th anniversary last October, and continues to be an Island favorite for its tasty…

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Your Golden Ticket for Chocolate Bliss

Taking inspiration from Roald Dahl’s tale of Willy Wonka and his magical Chocolate Factory, I’m ready to give every chocoholic out there a tour of Honolulu’s most exciting cocoa-filled treats — with some help from the Oompa Loom-pas, of course! It’s a fabulous adventure to go on because chocolate has developed a special significance here…

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Pagoda gets the party started

Nestled within the hustle and bustle of Honolulu is Pagoda Hotel, a classic retreat that has been serving Oahu’s kamaaina and tourists for 51 years. Adjacent to the hotel sits Pagoda Floating Restaurant & Catering, known for its superb local foods presented in a beautiful Japanese-inspired setting. The restaurant continually strives to please its customers…

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January 25, 2016

Seriously Fresh Cuisine

Located in Chinatown on Smith Street sits down town’s most beloved brunch spot — Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop. The eatery, which opened in July 2015, boasts lots of eclectic flavors, especially Southern-style dishes inspired by the travels of owner and executive chef Brian Chan. The eatery got its unique name because everything is made…

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January 25, 2016

Still The One

Famously known as “The House that Fried Chicken Built,” Max’s of Manila offers Filipino cuisine using the same foundation that restaurant creator Maximo Gimenez utilized 70 years ago. Gimenez started the restaurant in Quezon City, Philippines, laying down the groundwork for a successful business with good food and a great dining atmosphere, which the Iwilei…

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