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Bringing Back An Old Favorite

I’ve always been a fan of oldies: When it comes to music, I live for rock from the ’60s and ’70s; if we’re talking about style, I love shopping for vintage clothing and furniture; and as for exploring food, I always aim to seek out the classics, giving a nod to dishes that have been…

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Brunch like you’ve never had it before

Enjoying the element of surprise is the norm at Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, the go-to brunch spot for some Southern-and Latin-inspired cuisine. Rather than blending into its surroundings, the eatery always is striving to offer a unique dining experience — in more ways than one. “Some things you find here, you won’t find anywhere…

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July 17, 2016

Putting creative twists on classic desserts

The dessert masters at Cake Works are always crafting new creations that’ll make your mouth water. Located on South King Street across the street from Hawaiian Humane Society, the local business offers an endless supply of uniquely designed cakes, pastries, cupcakes and many other sweet treats — all produced by the full-service bakery. Chef and…

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July 17, 2016

Growing Up With Shiro’s

The Matsuo family never could have imagined the future success of their saimin business when their first bowl was served back in 1969. Today, Shiro’s Saimin Haven continues to be a staple for multiple generations of Hawaii families. On any given day, you’ll see keiki, parents, grandparents, aun-ties and uncles all gathered around, and their…

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July 17, 2016

Blending Italian, Japanese Flavors

Already popular in Japan, where it has a few locations, Bakery & Table now shares its sought-after fare with Hawaii’s diners at its Honolulu eatery, which opened March 1. It is really more like two eateries in one: Downstairs is a bakery filled with decadent pastries, while upstairs is a full restaurant that serves lunch…

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July 17, 2016

Food And Music In Harmony

Nestled high in the trees of lush Manoa Valley, Treetops restaurant has been a longtime favorite for generations of island families and visitors. Perched 60 feet in the air, with surrounding glass walls and seven private outdoor balconies, the iconic eatery continues to serve tasty local cuisine in a one-of-a-kind setting. There even is a…

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July 10, 2016

A Bento Bonanza

Having worked in fish wholesaling for many years, Sam Seo knows how to pick the freshest ahi. But Seo dreamed of having his own restaurant to share that fresh fish with even more people — a goal he achieved by opening Ahi & Vegetable. Initially, he had one location downtown, but the eatery became so…

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July 10, 2016

Okinawan Fare In The Spotlight

If you’re in the mood for a feel-good dining experience the whole family will enjoy, look no further than Uptown Café. The eatery is owned and operated by three generations of the Toya family, who take pride in serving a variety of Okinawan, Japanese and American foods. Owner Helene Toya opened Uptown Cafe 18 years…

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Something For Everyone

By Ellise Kakazu Fairwood Drive Inn & Pho 27 Cafe truly is a one-stop shop. The two-in-one restaurant offers a mix of Vietnamese, Chinese/Hong Kong and local-style food. Owner Tiffany Ko says she decided to open an eatery that appeals to everyone’s appetite because she understands the stress of rushing to and from different restaurants…

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July 10, 2016

Feeling ‘Dough-Eyed’ Thanks To Bread Pudding

When it comes to satisfying one’s sweet tooth,the classic way to do it is to seek out bread pudding. The sweet seduction of a freshly baked batch is enough to make even low-carbers throw out their diets, and according to some historians, it’s been that way since the 11th century. Surely there’s something special about…

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