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April 19, 2015

Inferno’s fires up irresistible pizza

With a large brick oven stocked with kiawe wood, which results in a sweet, smoky aroma, Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza has ignited Hawaii’s hunger for quality pizza pies. Each pizza at Inferno’s is hand-crafted and prepared with the finest, freshest ingredients, and baked to crispy perfection at 800 degrees in the distinctive dome-shaped oven dubbed…

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April 19, 2015

Mama Bui’s home recipes live on

Pho My Lien in Aiea’s Westridge Shopping Center is a popular dining destination made famous be-cause of its commitment to quality, quantity and affordability. As a result, the Vietnamese restaurant serves some 200 bowls of pho a day. But what truly makes Pho My Lien special, is the husband-and-wife culinary team of Tommy (My) Dang…

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April 19, 2015

Takoyaki Yama-chan

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL: Regular Takoyaki ($4.50-$9.80) The sound of drums ring out as a display of colorfully round edibles cook on a hot iron griddle. Each savory pancake-like morsel is turned over in a split-second under fast and skilled hands — a treat for the eyes as well as the stomach….

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April 19, 2015

East Meets West at Chao Phya Thai

For generations, Mama Toy’s Chao Phya Thai restaurant in Kaneohe’s Windward City Shopping Center has dished out authentic and timeless Thai cuisine. In the last few months, Chao Phya Thai has had quite the makeover, while still retaining its from-scratch recipes, which patrons regularly seek out. With its new Thai Tapas Cafe outdoor seating area,…

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April 12, 2015

Cajun King

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Combination #1 ($48) The lobster makes its way from Boston into the combo meal, sitting atop a heaping pile of crawfish, or “mini lobsters,” as they often are called. Tucked away in Windward City Shopping Center, a seafood oasis awaits, serving diners with endless choices of the…

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April 12, 2015

Nothing says saimin quite like Shiro’s

For nearly 50 years, Shiro’s has continually set and surpassed the standard for all things saimin. Since serving up its first piping-hot bowl of saimin in 1969, Shiro’s Saimin Haven has become a mainstay for multiple generations of Hawaii families. Shiro’s features convenient locations in Aiea at Waimalu Shopping Center. While many who live around…

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April 12, 2015

Chef Chai Explores the Depths of Culinary Creativity

There’s a certain atmosphere at Chef Chai, which sets the tone for what’s ahead. The ambiance at Chef Chai, located at Pacifica Honolulu on Kapiolani Boulevard, is one that’s elegant yet comfortable and convivial. And under owner and chef Chai Chaowasaree’s discerning eye, there is no detail that goes unnoticed. It’s Chaowasaree, for instance, who…

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Less is more at JJ Bistro

Today’s restaurants have quite the challenge: be tasty, healthy and Instagram-worthy. Since everyone with an appetite is calling themselves a “#foodie,” chefs sometimes compromise affordable prices and flavors to commodify presentation. An experienced chef, however, knows that taste and quality should always come first. On Waialae Avenue, Praseuth “JJ” Luangkhot, owner and chef of JJ…

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April 5, 2015

Asian Mix

A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Tofu Homestyle ($9.50 regular price, $6.95 special price available through April 11) Situated on the bottom floor of Safeway on South Beretania Street, Asian Mix offers a wide variety of Asian and local fare to diners, including Japanese-style bentos and ramen, Chinese-style roasted meats and Taiwanese-influenced milk…

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April 5, 2015

Great Meals Built by GRYLT

As they prepare to welcome a new addition to their family, Allen and Mayu Farinas, husband-and-wife team and owners of GRYLT, also have bolstered their restaurant ohana, much to the delight of Windward residents. The Farinas are expecting the birth of their daughter in the coming weeks, but are focused on serving up “good food…

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