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The ideal dim sum playground

Food is often defined by flavor, but let’s not forget about texture. Crumbly, velvety, or gooey, food is meant to be felt as much as tasted. With its myriad of shapes, preparation and ingredients, Chinese dim sum is an ideal playground to explore food’s tactile nature, and Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant has a few new…

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Asian-sensational Pancakes

You rise, they shine — “they,” as in pancakes, if there is any question about it. Now, we all know about my love affair with pancakes. Let me remind you about my epic MAC 24/7 pancake challenge experience. I mean, you have to love your hotcakes to even attempt to demolish four pounds of them…

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October 5, 2014

YuZu’s veggie treasures to go

Aptly named after the delicious Japanese citrus fruit, the cuisine at YuZu brings a similar refreshing and light taste to the table. The owners of this eclectic establishment, husband-and-wife team Isamu and Motoko (Moco) Kubota, are no strangers to the fine-dining scene, as the duo have previously owned other eateries, as well as YuZu’s sister…

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October 5, 2014

Where fine wine and fare stay true to form

Tucked away in Market City Shopping Center (bottom level) lies a dining gem that whisks patrons away to the vineyards of Napa Valley and the rolling hills of European countrysides, through elegant Italian and French fare perfectly complemented with an inspiring wine collection. Known as Formaggio Wine Bar, the eatery is adorned with rustic charm,…

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October 5, 2014

Healthy eating for the ‘grill’ of it

After hitting the gym, the surf or the park, chances are you’ve worked up quite an appetite for something healthy, delicious and available in a flash. But it can be hard to find this trio of qualities, especially in fast food. Thankfully, the husband-and-wife team behind GRYLT, Allen and Mayu Farinas, have the solution. (And…

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October 5, 2014

Sit back, relax and enjoy W Bistro at 1010

My girlfriends and I love going to new, trendy places to eat and catch up. The problem is that we usually end up being the last ones in the restaurant, and feel bad when we realize the wait staff is … well, waiting. So, I love the slogan of the new W Bistro at 1010…

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October 5, 2014

Artistic, innovative fare defines Kaimuki bistro

While JJ Bistro & French Pastry is widely known for its decadent desserts, stopping there would be remiss. The Kaimuki eatery, which offers a mix of Asian and European fare, also has a full menu showcasing salad, pizza, pasta, pad thai, fish and more. Popular items include Lobster Cheese Ravioli ($14.95), which features ravioli stuffed…

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Cool down with the lowdown on cold noodles

Is there an attractive way to slurp up noods (noodles)? If so, my inquiring mind would love to know. All my life, I’ve been a complete sucker for noodles — ramen, pho, chow mein, pasta, pad Thai, somen and soba — you name it! And to be honest, in this recent, disgustingly humid and hot…

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September 28, 2014

Getting fresh in Waikiki

Growing up, whenever I — or either of my sisters — would “sass” my Nana, she’d promptly remind us just how little leniency she has for Southern ladies who don’t mind their manners. I seem to recall her exact words being something along the lines of, “Now Andrea Elizabeth Miller (the name reserved exclusively for…

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September 28, 2014

Revised menu unveiled

When the local establishment of the nationally iconic Bob’s Big Boy restaurant was forced to close due to a fire, the employees simply didn’t want to accept it. So, a few of them banded together and have opened a new restaurant with a new name: Bob’s Big Bear Diner. The new eatery, located in Waipahu…

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