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This Soup Obsession is Real!

A new year always is refreshing. It’s literally 365 blank pages where you can continue to write your own story. I consider myself an outgoing optimist, so when I was hit with laryngitis and a Darth Vader-like voice on the second day of 2015, my promising year seemed to be in shambles. Imagine a self-proclaimed…

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January 11, 2015

China meets Japan at this table

While Chinese and Japanese fare both are frequent favorites among diners in the Islands, it’s not often that you see them both on the same menu. But when Chukaya Sea Dragon Table opened two years ago, that is exactly what it sought to do. “We have a mix of Chinese and Japanese styles,” explains manager…

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January 11, 2015

JJ Bistro expands its reach

JJ Bistro & French Pastry in Kaimuki is expanding near and far. Owner and chef JJ Luangkhot shares with Dining Out that three new locations are opening in Tokyo, Japan, this month, including one in the famous shopping district of Harajuku. In Japan, the restaurants will be called JJ Bistro & Hawaiian Dessert, and operated…

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January 11, 2015

Bowling over the comfort of udon

When the temperature starts to drop and we find ourselves bundling up in sweaters and extra blankets to stay cozy, turning to piping-hot and soul-soothing soups is a nobrainer. But which type of soup should have the coveted role of keeping us warm? For many, there’s no better choice than udon, and no better place…

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January 11, 2015

Biting the Genki bullet express

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! All the world over, this familiar phrase has become synonymous with rapturous visions of a caped and spandex-clad childhood hero who saves the day. But this week, it’s sushi, not Superman that is receiving our awed attention and applause. But what’s so special about sushi,…

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The coolest cuisine

You won’t find boiling pots, blazing ovens or sizzling skillets anywhere near this kitchen. Instead, blenders, food processors and dehydrators do the heavy lifting. Baffling as it may sound, Greens & Vines is a restaurant that doesn’t actually cook anything. As a raw vegan eatery, heating food above 118 degrees is strictly forbidden. The saying,…

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Let’s Hear it for the Ducks!

The aloha spirit will surge across the nation tomorrow, as we cheer on University of Oregon Ducks as they go head-to-head against Ohio State Buckeyes in the college football national championship game in Arlington, Texas. This hotly-contended nail-biter is expected to spike TV ratings, and all hopefully will witness Hawaii’s own Marcus Mariota, star quarterback…

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January 4, 2015

Take your taste buds around the world

When was the last time you saw won ton noodle soup and pizza offered at the same restaurant? At Market City Shopping Center’s Anytime Cafe, these are just some of the wide range of internationally inspired flavors you’ll find on one menu. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Ken and Cindy Wong, the eatery and its variety…

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January 4, 2015

Are you gonna go Mamaya way?

Being the youngest of three siblings growing up, I learned at an early age that compromise and sharing were edicts, not options. I also was taught the tried-and-true lesson of the last-born — that from hand-me-down clothing to twice-used toys, when it came to choices, “first dibs” was a foreign language. Don’t get me wrong,…

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January 4, 2015

Menus tastefully curated

So impressed, I almost say, “Shut up,” to chef de cuisine Jon Matsubara from Hyatt’s Japengo when he describes the dish I am about to photograph. “It’s a loco moco with foie gras,” he says. Somehow, I manage to suppress my exclamation of incredulity combined with elation. “With filet mignon?” I ask. Yes. The Loco…

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