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Veg’n Out

September 21, 2014

Going green is easy

Remember that familiar Kermit the Frog catchphrase, “It’s not easy being green?” Well, after visiting Anytime Cafe and sampling its smorgaasboard of veggie options, I’d respectfully (yet adamantly) have to disagree, having found each and every item quite effortless to enjoy. In fact, the options offered here are both creative and countless, more than catering…

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September 14, 2014

Winner, winner, veggie dinner?

When it comes to winning, Makino Chaya knows what it takes to make the grade. Located in Aiea’s Westridge Shopping Center, this renowned Japanese Seafood establishment has enjoyed the bragging rights of being voted “Hawaii’s Best” in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser polls for the past three years in a row. And by the way things are…

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September 7, 2014

Some like it hot

Conveniently located within the bustling shopping mecca of Ala Moana Center, Iyo Udon is a Japanese eatery known for its unbelievably fresh and tasty udon. Created from 100 percent domestically produced wheat flour, Iyo Udon’s deliciously wholesome noodles are made in-house literally as you are sauntering through the service line selecting your additional ingredients. That’s…

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August 31, 2014

Semantics snafu

When I first moved to Hawaii back in 2006, I wasn’t too hip with the local lingo (I still have nightmares of confusing the Hawaiian saying for brother with female underwear, ya’ll). I’m also painfully clear in my recollection of the very first time I was invited via email to go with some new friends…

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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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