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April 20, 2014

This Epic is Poetry

One of the first things I was ever taught by my favorite college professor — a lesson I will never forget — was the weight and power of words. Potent and poised for impact, one single word has the capacity to tell an entire story, paint a complete picture — even change the whole world….

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Come On Get Happy

Remember Happy Days, that beloved television sitcom from the 1970′s? You know, The Fonz with his “Aaaaeeeyyy!” and every episode neatly tied up in a perfect (and musically encapsulated) ending? It nightly filled living rooms with a warm and fuzzy, feel-good version of life — one we all looked forward to coming home to. Well,…

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April 6, 2014

It’s Off the Hook!

When I hear “seafood,” my mind immediately slides to slow summers on the lake with Granddaddy — buyin’ bait at the corner market, castin’ out lines and reelin’ ‘em in — catfish that is. Always catfish. We’d take them to the local seafood restaurant (dubbed “fish camps” in the South) and hawk ‘em to the…

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Order’s Up in this House!

Way back in 1974, with just one suitcase in hand, $100 to their names and a determined dream, a young couple journeyed from China to Honolulu — and what was born from that humble beginning has grown into a now healthy and thriving Oahu eatery. After diligently saving for 10 years, Kenneth and Jennifer Chan…

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March 23, 2014

Kit n Fixins’

I have the fondest childhood memories of Sunday afternoons in the South. Every “Lawd’s day” you would find me, my sisters, every female cousin and my mother all huddled in Nana’s kitchen — intently observing every move she made in hopes that we could one day emulate her culinary magic. And boy did you have…

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A Golden Opportunity

Growing up, my Nana was my very best friend. Every Monday through Friday, the minute the school bell rung for dismissal, bystanders would witness a flash of rainbow tassels and the blurred streak of my ten-speed Schwinn as I peeled out of the parking lot — to Grandmother’s house I’d go! And without fail, like…

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March 9, 2014

Bring Out Yer Bread Fendu Boulangerie Style

Brave Knights of the Round Table! Come and join me, On a culinary quest to Fendu Boulangerie! “Run away!” from the mediocre, “Run away!” from the rest, Join me at Fendu, for a taste of the best. From fresh baked bread to soups and desserts, You’ll be thankful you have arms, to reach for them…

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March 2, 2014

Mean Grills

Remember middle school? That emotion-riddled era of tween-age angst? Where every day just around noon the playground morphed into the adolescent equivalent of a full-on war of words, WWF Smackdown style? Yeah. Me too. One of my favorite “cut-downs” from those recess days was the infamous, “Girrrrrrl, why you gotta be all up in my…

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February 23, 2014

There’s a New B.I.G. in Town

“Biggie, Biggie, Biggie can’t you see, sometimes your words just hypnotize me…” the catchy chorus from the Notorious B.I.G. song wafts across the radio as I enter the doors of Big City Diner in Pearlridge East. But at this “Big” eatery, it’s not the words but the food that places patrons in a tastebud-teasing trance….

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February 16, 2014

A YogurStory-book Tale

Now here’s a story I heard tell, about an enchanted land where delicious things dwell. ‘Tis a magical place where boys and girls too, can eat dessert for breakfast, or whatever they choose! A world of wonders made by one man — a guy with great vision, and one heck of a plan. He decided,…

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