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The Scoop On This New Sweet Spot

It used to be that you could only get the Asian-inspired and tropical flavors of Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats in cartons at the grocery store. But that changed last year when the popular brand began opening retail shops, starting with its first location in Waipahu, followed by a second one in Las Vegas and…

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June 19, 2016

Got Hot-Pot Cravings?

When Cosme Rivera and wife Violeta retired, they decided to open a restaurant serving their favorite food: hot pot. They were regular customers at Hot Pot Heaven in McCully, and opened a franchise of the popular eatery in Aiea, specializing in Thaiand Vietnamese-style hot pot. “My dad worked in construction and my mom was working…

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Meals planned with Dad, families in mind

For a culture that’s built around family, the Chinese have developed aspects to accommodate for large gatherings, especially when it involves food. Large, round tables adorn Chinese restaurants in order to fit families of any size, strategically situating everyone within reach of the delicious fare. Often a spinning Lazy Susan is seen transporting a plate…

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June 19, 2016

Authenticity At Its Best

With 95 percent of its products imported from Japan, J-Shop is the perfect place for anyone craving authentic Japanese flavors. The Makiki grocery store houses many high-quality ingredients and food items you can’t get anywhere else on Oahu. As soon as you walk into the Young Street store, the best in Japanese goodies can be…

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June 19, 2016

A taste of Europe in the heart of Kailua

By Ellise Kakazu Many are seeking adventure or have the urge to try something new during the summer, and Bella Bistro is a great place to start. The quaint eatery gives visitors a chance to experience contemporary Mediterranean cuisine without having to leave the island. Bella Bistro provides “a European feel in Kailua,” chef and…

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June 19, 2016

Family-friendly, senior specials heat up

Kids and seniors alike can take advantage of special discounts at modern Japanese restaurant Odoriko. According to president Hiro Takei, Kids Bentos are usually $9.95 (ages 10 years and under), but during Family Sundays, they’re available for $5. “In every bento, you get potato wedges, gyoza pot-stickers, arabiki sausage and a rice ball (onigiri),” he…

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A Good Catch

You’ve probably heard the saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but Dining Out says you often can judge an eatery by its crowd. At Canton Seafood Restaurant, it’s easy to tell that the savory Cantonese cuisine is authentic because you’ll find many Chinese customers, both local and visitors, enjoying the traditional…

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June 12, 2016

A Manoa Gem

You may have seen Treetops Restaurant while making your way to Manoa Falls Trail, or maybe you attended a special event there a while back. But if it’s been a while since your last visit to the iconic Manoa establishment, you’ll find a fresh, updated space — thanks to recent renovations and some internal changes….

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My Newest Flame: Oysters Rockefeller

When the silky, creamy texture of oysters comes together with butter, herbs and sauces, we all have something to be thankful for — and that’s exactly why I’m all fired up about Oysters Rockefeller. This baked treasure certainly is the most posh way to enjoy the protein-rich seafood. You may think the dish is called…

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Families can enjoy good food, big portions

When you hear that meatloaf is on the menu, an image of dense, compacted squares of meat usually come to mind. However, upon feasting your eyes on MAC 24/7 Bar & Restaurant’s version — crafted under the expert hands of executive chef James Aptakin — all previous bouts with the classic dish go out the…

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