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November 16, 2014

On the road to Mandalay

When it comes to admiration and appreciation, British poet Rudyard Kipling was an eloquent and enthusiastic expert. In fact, one of his best-known works of literature entitled Mandalay, lavishes high praise upon this, the last royal capital of Burma. And while, granted, much of the poem focuses on the author being completely smitten — weak-kneed…

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November 16, 2014 ,

Know That Ginger is All I Need

Since I’m open and honest with you, my OYK readers, I’ll fill you in on a little-known secret. I’m a “wannabe” pop star, who sings and dances around the house to my favorite jams at full blast. Embarrassingly enough, I don’t hold back. I’m a total diva (in my head, definitely not in reality). Recently,…

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November 9, 2014

A local-style food truck on the go

Miles Oyasato, co-owner of the popular food truck Kau Kau Grill, has been a longtime veteran of the food industry. He started as a waiter, but followed his passion to become a cook. “I always liked cooking, so I kind of worked my way into the kitchen,” he recalls. Kau Kau Grill opened in 2013….

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November 9, 2014

Cozy bistro beams with fresh, tasty bites

For close to a year now, Honolulu’s culinary scene has been enriched with W Bistro at 1010′s creative blend of fresh cuisine presented in an intimate setting. Husband and wife duo Richard and Judy Weinstein, who own R. Weinstein Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products, opened the restaurant this January in the Medical Arts Building on King…

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November 9, 2014

A hot nabe sensation

While dreary days easily inspire the sentiment to go home and curl up with a good book, Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant invites you to skip the solitude and, instead, gather friends, family or coworkers for a warm, congenial meal around a hot pot. “Nabe is a great food to bring people together,” says Ichiriki partner…

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November 9, 2014

All the world’s at Stage

Who would have ever thought that fashion and food could come together so well? Take traditional classics and incorporate some stylish cues adopted from contemporary Asian American cuisine, and you have the makings of one incredible, edible outfitting of flavor. In fact, at Stage Restaurant, located in Honolulu Design Center, I’d say it’s a perfect…

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The Power of Cauliflower!

I’ve always loved the holidays! The magnetic energy, festive cheer, warmth and love provoke the best kind of happiness this time of year. Yet, with the holidays come the biggest temptation, and somehow I believe I can eat everything in sight without packing on an ounce of weight. I’m demolishing leftover Halloween candy that still…

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November 2, 2014

Blue Water’s bounty of gourmet creations

Step inside the newly renovated Makai Market in Ala Moana Center, and it’s easy to see that Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Market is among the most popular in the busy food court. “We’re one of the top grossing places here,” confirms general manager Marshall Sakaguchi. “We’re also the most sought out by tourists.” Previously…

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November 2, 2014

Feasting on faux poke

Overlooking a gorgeous infinity edge pool, with the glistening waters of Waikiki just beyond, the stunning view at Kai Market truly takes your breath (but thankfully not your appetite) away. Here, executive chef Darren Demaya creates dishes so divine, that patrons practically overflow with enthusiasm when enjoying their meals. Ingeniously ahead of the times would…

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November 2, 2014

Royal Palace enters tasty new chapter

Nestled within Stadium Mall right next to Ice Palace and across the street from Aloha Stadium, Royal Palace Restaurant stands out as an oasis of mouth-watering Chinese fare for kamaaina diners. While the eatery is not new to the area, co-owners Qiaoli Yang and Jinhe Wu recently attained ownership of the establishment and took over…

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