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June 14, 2015

Don’t sacrifice tasty food this bikini season

We all want to eat what tastes good, and if it’s also healthy, then that’s simply a plus. At Ahi & Vegetable, owner Sam Seo and his team are doing just that, producing foods that not only please the taste buds, but that are good for the body, too. With summer here and diners now…

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June 14, 2015

More savory than ever

Restaurateur Linda Chan has been serving Chinese eats in the Islands for years — before opening The Mandalay nearly a decade ago, she had owned Eastern Garden restaurant since the early ’90s. So she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to food trends. “As time has changed, people expect more in Chinese food,”…

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June 14, 2015 ,

Getting a ‘Man-Handle’ on Seafood Boils

Have you ever seen that episode of “Seinfeld” where Jerry dates a woman with large, masculine hands who everyone on the show calls Man Hands? It’s a great one, and if you haven’t seen it, there’s one scene in which Man Hands grabs hold of a lobster tail at a restaurant, crushing the shell to…

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June 7, 2015

New buffet spot draws in crowds

Crab House Makino has opened in Waikiki, offering an endless assortment of all-you-can-eat buffet favorites, including crab and prime rib. There are about 15 food items for lunch and more than 20 for dinner, including a sushi bar, poke bar, noodle bar and tempura bar. Guests also will find a variety of seafood dishes, such…

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June 7, 2015

June specials serve up seafood, hot pots

Raymond Chau, the former owner of Won Kee and a string of other eateries, is back. Just a couple months ago, he opened the doors to his latest venture, Ray’s BYOB Kitchen. The Chinese restaurant has a menu that’s stocked with noodles, fish, vegetable stir-fries and dim sum. “Whatever you like, we have something on…

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June 7, 2015

Meals that make you ‘merry go round’ at Genki

Walking into Genki Sushi, one is met with a literal whirlwind of eye-teasing temptations. The first thing customers catch a glimpse of when gliding through the glass doors of this happening sushi spot is a conveyor belt packed to the hilt with yummy looking Japanese cuisine — each item whirring by, just begging to be…

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The Key to My Heart

They’re petite, yellow-green and pack quite a citrusy punch. I’m not talking about the regular limes you find in grocery stores; what I’m bringing to your attention are the citrus-fruit world’s juicy little jewels known as key limes — commonly found in the Florida Keys — because we have them to thank for one of…

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May 31, 2015

Spreading the love with Korean classics, local favorites

Soonkil Chung celebrates 33 years of marriage to his wife, Chungae, in June, and proudly admits she’s an “awesome cook.” Well, last November Chungae opened Sadie’s BBQ Inn in Pearl City, giving everyone a chance to taste her amazing recipes. “She’s good at cooking everything, not just Korean food,” says Soonkil. “That’s one of the…

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May 31, 2015

Steak house upholds ‘Hy’ standards

Things have remained consistant at Hy’s Steak House. For 38 years, the Waikiki eatery has been serving healthy portions of premier steak and seafood to generations of local and visiting customers. It’s that commitment to high standards that makes Hy’s an outstanding dining experience. What to chose is a matter of preference and familiarity. But…

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Climbing the ranks of fine dining

Just five years ago, David Lukela was working his way up the ranks in the science field. As a lab tech at Hawaii Center for AIDS, he spent his days doing medical research and soon was promoted to lab supervisor. But he yearned for something more and, on a whim, enrolled in culinary classes at…

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