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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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November 2, 2014

Happy days are here to stay

It’s no wonder people come from all over the island to feast at Happy Days Chinese Restaurant. Though the interior is spacious, what’s contained inside the Kaimuki eatery’s walls is a cozy retreat filled with smiling customers, chopsticks in hand, digging into plates heaped with tasty, traditional Hong Kong-style eats. While owner Lisa Lum confesses…

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November 2, 2014

Newly inspired dishes on the horizon

Known for its pancakes, crepes, and, of course, its eggs, Eggs ‘n Things has been pleasing palates since 1974. Even with such a legacy, the restaurant has hit its stride in the last few months. In March, it opened a fourth location in Guam. Plus, a number of new items recently have hit the menu….

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‘Tis the Season for Casseroles

Now that it’s November, the countdown to the holidays officially has begun. Are we feeling festive yet? ‘Tis the season for casseroles. There’s something so delightful about baking assorted ingredients together in a dish. As the oven’s heat works its magic, everything merges beautifully, and you’re left with a crispy, golden top and decadently moist…

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October 26, 2014

A burning desire for spicy ramen

Mention the promise of free food and some people will do anything to get it, even if there is a catch. In the case of Sanji Ramen’s Hellfire Ramen Challenge, the catch is a very spicy one. Where does Hellfire Ramen’s spice level fall on a scale of one to 10? “It’s a 20 or…

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October 26, 2014

Memories made at Zia’s

Since its opening in 2001, Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe has been our go-to place for many special occasions. Conveniently located around the corner from our old office, we often celebrated co-workers’ birthdays there, or walked over as a group for its daily lunch specials. A few years ago, we relocated to Kakaako, and Zia’s is…

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October 26, 2014

The New Eagle has landed

Behold, the beautiful and versatile salad. From farm-fresh mixed greens to those of fancy fruits, and ones with noodles to those laden with creams — even some with Southern-style fried things — salads are a rare breed of cuisine quite chameleon-like in character. The sweet-toothed among us are sure to sprint toward the fruit salads…

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