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August 24, 2014

A satisfying story for ‘Hardy’ appetites

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved reading. My parents say I would disappear for entire days into our vast back yard with “just a book to keep me company.” But what they didn’t know is that I wasn’t with “just a book,” I was with characters, making my way through an endless…

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August 17, 2014

Hungry like the wolf

Dangerous. Untamed. Terrifying. These are the first words that usually come to mind when the term “wolf” is heard. Yet, luckily for Honolulu diners, there is a new (and much more welcome) wolf in town. Delicious, decadent and most definitely a delight you run to, and not away from, “Il Lupino” (translated literally as “Little…

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August 10, 2014

Meatless gourmet eats

Ballroom dancing was big where I grew up, and its discipline (the years it takes to master the moves and skills to sway across that dance floor), its beauty and its grace is something that I have always admired. No stranger to hosting nightly events showcasing similar dedication, mastery of skill and grand artistry, is…

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August 3, 2014

Phonomenal fare

Where one comes from weighs heavily on the kind of cuisine that is cooked in the kitchen. I definitely know this, hailing from the South, where “fried” is the first name of any properly christened plate. But lucky for us health-fanatics, eateries such as Pho My Lien exist to dial-the-butter-back. A local Honolulu eatery, inspired…

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July 27, 2014

Mixin’ it up

Remember middle school dances? I sure do. Now, I was an eighties baby and those not-so-magical celebrations in the school gymnasium bring back some painful — and by painful I mean, ridiculously hilarious — memories. Girls on one side — “plastered-to-the-wallflowers,” we called them — and boys on the other, the stage was set for…

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It’s a family affair

North Carolina born and bred, I was raised in a region very similar to Hawaii in its love and affinity for family everything. With family reunions, family photos and especially family-style dining, you could say that the fondness for all da kine kin reaches across all borders — all the way from the dairy farms…

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At the Kobe, Kobe cabana

Known for specializing in teppanyaki or hibachi cooking, Kobe Steakhouse is a surprising dichotomy of deliciousness. For while the preparation technique of each meal is traditional — you can always count on its quality and taste staying consistent — one ingredient that is constantly changing is the charismatic nature of each chef who serves you….

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July 6, 2014

Chef Chai in the sky

Back in graduate school, my favorite course was English Literature, and one of the plays we studied that especially captured my heart was A Midsummer Night’s Dream by none other than good ole’ Bill Shakespeare. Perhaps I fancied it so much because of the quick British wit and ballsy, no-holds-barred humor that lined its pages…

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June 29, 2014

‘Roll’ with the punches

There’s a saying in life that is often offered by those optimistically inclined. When times get tough and all seems to overwhelm, the positive Pollyannas among us pipe up with a jolly “Just roll with the punches!” cliché. Now, most of the time, I take this advice good-naturedly to heart and welcome their pithy positivity….

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June 22, 2014

Who wants to be a Millionaire?

There is such a fascination these days with amassing money and wealth. Think about it, from TV shows to workshop how-to’s, the burning quest on everyone’s mind seems to fixate around one sole mission: attaining millions. Although it may seem like an unreachable goal to most, what if I told you that having millions was…

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