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Veg’n Out

April 5, 2015

A Place To Eat for vegetarians, vegans

Let’s face it. It’s difficult to find hearty vegetarian (or vegan) meal options that fill you up without sacrificing taste or quality ingredients. Owner and chef Willu Diaz noticed this first-hand while dining with his vegetarian/vegan friends. “(They) sometimes have to bring their own food, and it deters them from eating out,” he says. And…

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February 22, 2015

It’s time to go to Gokoku

Although the heavenly harbor view alone would be more than enough to entice Islanders to come running, Gokoku Sushi — a new gourmet sushi spot making its home in Hawaii Kai — also offers fresh and delectable eats as well. “When a first-timer walks in, they always comment on how beautiful the restaurant is, and…

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February 8, 2015

Feeling like one in a million

On Veg’n Out‘s recent visit to Million Restaurant, things got a little turned upside down, as Mike Lee, server and third generation member of the restaurant’s owner family, entertained us with his impressive break dancing skills. His slick moves, paired with the establishment’s equally impressive authentic Korean eats, proved to be a casual dining experience…

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January 25, 2015

All hail the aquatic imaginarium

I can still hear her stern voice ringing in my ears, “Careful now, Miss Miller, you don’t want to let your imagination go getting the better of you, now do you?” Ms. Gray was her name, and she was my elementary school librarian. I was convinced it was her life’s work to ruin my fun,…

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January 18, 2015

A croon-worthy Japanese cafe

The popular Japanese folk song Sakura, Sakura showcases silky-haired chanteuses whose golden voices offer lilting lyrics and hypnotic beats into the air — all eluding to the enchanting nature of the sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom). After listening to its lovely harmony harkening to the coming of Spring and all things fresh and green, it’s no…

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January 11, 2015

Biting the Genki bullet express

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! All the world over, this familiar phrase has become synonymous with rapturous visions of a caped and spandex-clad childhood hero who saves the day. But this week, it’s sushi, not Superman that is receiving our awed attention and applause. But what’s so special about sushi,…

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January 4, 2015

Are you gonna go Mamaya way?

Being the youngest of three siblings growing up, I learned at an early age that compromise and sharing were edicts, not options. I also was taught the tried-and-true lesson of the last-born — that from hand-me-down clothing to twice-used toys, when it came to choices, “first dibs” was a foreign language. Don’t get me wrong,…

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Not just one direction

If variety is the spice of life, then that explains why food from Fairwood Drive-Inn & Hi-Yip Cuisine is chock-full of vitality and flavor. Ever the picture of versatility, the Kaimuki eatery — previously known as Fairwood Drive Inn & Ramen Diner — has been attracting customers with its chameleon-like cuisine for years. And throughout…

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Have a nice day, really

Growing up, nothing was handed to me. I was the daughter of a military father, and the first rule I learned was that if I wanted something, I worked for it. One of my very first jobs as a teenager was as a cashier at a grocery store. I remember ringing people up, one after…

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May the ‘odds’ be ever in your flavor

Veganism. When you say that word to many, it’s as if you’re speaking another language. Although, I assure you, it is English! I think back to many a conversation, especially in those early days of the vegan revolution, when I would mention my chosen way of eating, and I would be met with wide-eyed whispers…

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