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August 10, 2014

Kozo Sushi offers a taste of aloha

Kozo Sushi Hawaii provides local residents with the same great tastes that have enabled it to become one of the most popular takeout sushi establishments in Japan. The eatery was created as a way to provide the best of both worlds to sushi lovers — quality cuisine served in a casual atmosphere. As soon as…

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Avocado Aficionado

Cravings. This thing called cravings seems to have taken over my life. I eat in hope of feeling satisfied. My tummy is content for a minute, and then sooner or later, another craving strikes — and it strikes hard! Oh, the agony! One day this week, I consumed a banana, Pop Tarts (strawberry-flavored with sprinkles,…

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August 3, 2014

Canton holds seafood in high ‘e-steam’

The specialists at Canton Seafood Restaurant know a thing or two when it comes to cooking protein of the aquatic persuasion. That’s why they employ a specialized steam oven for the task. The 3,000 year-old method of steaming lends itself well to preparing delicate seafood. It prevents over-cooking and burning, requires no oil and keeps…

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August 3, 2014

Phonomenal fare

Where one comes from weighs heavily on the kind of cuisine that is cooked in the kitchen. I definitely know this, hailing from the South, where “fried” is the first name of any properly christened plate. But lucky for us health-fanatics, eateries such as Pho My Lien exist to dial-the-butter-back. A local Honolulu eatery, inspired…

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August 3, 2014

Grab-and-go bowls of udon

For me, the opening of Iyo Udon in Ala Moana Center is a dream come true. First of all, I love udon noodles. Secondly, its self-serve cafeteria-style dining is perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle. Plus, the noodles are made fresh daily, taste authentic and are cooked just right — not too soft or too hard….

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August 3, 2014

Kau Kau food truck is the rage

Kau Kau Grill, the outstanding food truck that can be found at three locations around Honolulu, has been drawing rave reviews since it opened for business in April 2013. Particular favorites vary with the individual diner, from its cheeseburgers, which some have deemed “the best ever,” to the baby back ribs that always rise to…

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August 3, 2014

Full moons mean magical meals at Chef Chai

Full moons just got even more magical. Chef Chai now offers monthly full moon concerts with Robert Cazimero and Halau Na Kamalei, complete with a five-course meal ($75 per person). “We want to support Hawaiian music,” says chef Chai Chaowasaree, “and Robert Cazimero is such a legend.” And the menu? Well, that’s pretty legendary, too….

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Fancy Fries

I must have been a saint in my past life, because who gets to take time out of their work week gorging on french fries? Me! These glorious golden strips of potato have turned me into a certified french-fry junkie. My entire life thus far seems to be one big french-fry frenzy. This week was…

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July 27, 2014

Mixin’ it up

Remember middle school dances? I sure do. Now, I was an eighties baby and those not-so-magical celebrations in the school gymnasium bring back some painful — and by painful I mean, ridiculously hilarious — memories. Girls on one side — “plastered-to-the-wallflowers,” we called them — and boys on the other, the stage was set for…

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Dim sum from the heart

Dining on dim sum is one of my favorite cultural traditions — sitting in a loud, crowded Chinese restaurant, with servers maneuvering food carts in between tables and chairs, while we order baskets and baskets of steamed dumplings, along with other tasty dishes, such as baked manapua, custard tarts and more. At Golden Palace Seafood…

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