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August 18, 2015

The versatility of tofu

Ask most vegetarians what a common staple of their diet is, and tofu is at the top of the list. Featuring three delicious soy-infused selections, Pho My Lien, a local Aiea eatery, brings good times — and good tastes — to the table this week. Walter James, Pho My Lien’s financial advisor, shares how the…

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A is for Abalone

If you’ve ever seen an abalone shell, you know it is absolutely gorgeous. Often called opal of the sea, with iridescent shades of blue, purple and green, the shells are reminiscent of mother of pearl and are treasured both spiritually and aesthetically in many cultures. In New Zealand, they’re known as paua and are used…

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August 9, 2015

Dine with the fishes at Oceanarium

Almost three years ago, hand-in-hand with a handsome man, I first stepped into an underwater seascape, ate platefuls of king and snow crab while a giant fish swam past me, and watched a mermaid wave while holding a personalized sign. With my red dress and my equally red hair, I felt like Ariel as I…

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August 9, 2015

Southern seafood tradition washes ashore in Kaneohe

Popular in the South and on the East Coast, seafood boils feature a variety of shell-fish and other types of seafood cooked all together in a heaping pot. That sounds like pretty much the best thing ever, right? So why should Hawaii have to miss out? Well, now it doesn’t have to, thanks to Cajun…

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Crazy Good Loco Mocos

Synonymous with comfort, loco mocos are invaluable ingredients in the recipe that makes up our melting pot of local favorites. With ohso-filling piles of rice topped with those consoling hamburger patties, rich brown gravy and a fabulous fried egg, has there ever been a better meal to chow down after a full day at the…

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August 2, 2015 ,

Ka Boom! It’s A Flavor Explosion

Every once in a while, our ordinary dining routines need a nice, big jolt of excitement to keep our taste buds interested. If you’re ready to spice things up at the dinner table, I’ve got just the dish for you. One bite of seafood dynamite and — POW! — your palate is exploding with flavor….

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August 2, 2015

Buffet welcomes patrons to eat what they want, when they want it

Parallel to Pearlridge Mall in the West-ridge Shopping Center rests a buffet-style restaurant bustling with satisfied customers enjoying five-star food, without a five-star price tag. For 11 years, Makino Chaya has been serving quality Japaneseand local-style food, ranging from made-to-order grilled steaks to freshly rolled sushi. Indulge in a grilled-to-order boneless short rib steak at…

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August 2, 2015

80-year-old eatery still watching families grow

It sure has been a hot summer so far. So, if you’re looking for a light and refreshing meal, Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen offers a variety of options to help cool you down. General manager Lynn Ky recommends chilled Hiyashi Somen ($9.45) and cold Zaru Soba ($9.45). “Both are cold dishes, and very popular,” she…

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August 2, 2015

A new style of yakiniku emerges

There are plenty of aspiring restauranteurs who strive to open their very own eateries, but here’s someone who followed a different path: Hajime Saito, the force behind Japanese B.B.Q. Yoshi, actually was asked by an investor to start the culinary venture. The investor had been so impressed with Saito’s work that he wanted him to…

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July 26, 2015

Three courses of true Italian flavor

Experience a taste of Italy in the heart of Waikiki at Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar. Conveniently located on the first floor of Royal Hawaiian Center, Il Lupino has become a favorite for visitors and locals seeking authentic Italian cuisine. Created by famed restaurateur Wolfgang Zwiener and his son Peter Zwiener, the restaurant was…

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