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At the Kobe, Kobe cabana

Known for specializing in teppanyaki or hibachi cooking, Kobe Steakhouse is a surprising dichotomy of deliciousness. For while the preparation technique of each meal is traditional — you can always count on its quality and taste staying consistent — one ingredient that is constantly changing is the charismatic nature of each chef who serves you….

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July 13, 2014

A celebration of mangoes

Calling all mango lovers! Mangoes at the Moana returns Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa in Waikiki. The sixth annual event, held in partnership with Makaha Mangoes, invites locals and visitors to a full day of mango fun, including a mango recipe contest, the…

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July 13, 2014

Genki’s sensational sweets

Genki Sushi has been a staple establishment in Hawaii, and has made it its mission to bring sushi within reach of everyone. And it’s not only sushi that’s in demand — patrons are grabbing for desserts, too! It’s a sweet deal, as Genki employee Kristine Corpuz arrives at the restaurant bright and early each day…

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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

Taking time out for Italian

Cooking Italian food isn’t about reinventing the wheel. Rather, it’s about using high-quality ingredients and a light touch. Nothing is over-the-top fancy, and unencumbered ingredients shine. Raised by a step-father from Florence, Zia’s Caffe owner Don Dymond understands Italian cuisine. It is in his casual bistro-style eatery where he recreates the flavors of his youth….

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Escape to a world of Chinese fare

If you haven’t done so already, it’s worthwhile to join the throngs of patrons dining at Seafood Village. Located in Hyatt Regency Waikiki on Kalakaua Avenue, the eatery exemplifies the thrill of Oahu’s resort hub, with personable service, an ornate ambiance and a dynamic menu of Chinese fare. It’s no surprise the convenient locale has…

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Finger food from land and sea

Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood has moved from its popular Kapahulu food truck location to a spot in Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market Food Court. The fare remains delicious as ever, which has led to an increase in clientele. Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood features quality ingredients incorporated into made-to-order dishes. The seafood is utmost…

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July 6, 2014

Japengo keeps things ‘fresh’ with new program

Hyatt Regency Waikiki’s chic eatery, Japengo, takes pride in its exceptional regional cuisine. The restaurant recently announced that it will be a participant in Hawaii Fresh, a program to be launched this August by Hyatt hotels across Hawaii. For the program, Japengo composed a new appetizer menu, complete with cocktail pairings (one appetizer and one…

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July 6, 2014

Zooming in on YuZu’s flavors

I love the sprightly citrus fruit known as yuzu. At restaurants, I make it a point to try any items on the menu that incorporate its flavors. From all outward appearances, yuzu resembles a wrinkled relative of an orange. Its flavor is a medley of familiar citrus notes that will tickle your tongue just enough…

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July 6, 2014

Chef Chai in the sky

Back in graduate school, my favorite course was English Literature, and one of the plays we studied that especially captured my heart was A Midsummer Night’s Dream by none other than good ole’ Bill Shakespeare. Perhaps I fancied it so much because of the quick British wit and ballsy, no-holds-barred humor that lined its pages…

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