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April 13, 2014

Let Them Eat Wedding Cake

In the world of patisserie, nothing is as highly regarded as one’s wedding cake. Often planned months in advance, the sugary confection has come a long way in recent years. With wedding season upon us, famed pastry shop Cake Works invites all to bring their best and brightest ideas for a sweet collaboration of a…

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April 6, 2014

Getting a Mouthful of Fresh Poke, Donburi

When Mamaya opened its second location at Pearl Kai Shopping Center, a fitting follow-up to the eatery’s widely successful Shirokiya location at Ala Moana Center, diners everywhere breathed a sigh of relief knowing they now could answer the daunting question, “What should we eat for lunch today?” Comprised of fresh, made-to-order Japanese fare, Mamaya’s menu…

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March 30, 2014

Makino Chaya

As if Makino Chaya’s all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets, complete with everything from king crab legs to teppanyaki-style steak, were not deals in and of themselves, the eatery now features a special happy hour menu available every Monday-Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. Priced at $19.98 per person, the happy hour menu features an array…

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March 23, 2014

Wine, Cheese Join Forces at Du Vin

While wine and cheese are no strangers to discerning diners, Brasserie Du Vin takes the palatable pairing to the next level with Wine-Cheese-Wine combinations. Situated in downtown Honolulu across from the historic Hawaii Theater, Brasserie Du Vin serves up a casual, rustic environment modeled after the inviting cafes and bistros found throughout the French countryside….

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March 16, 2014

Cooked By the People for the People

Simply put, People’s Cafe is dedicated to its customers. “I can’t remember the last time I took a vacation or even had a day off,” says Thomas Ventura, co-owner and chef of People’s Cafe. Under normal circumstances, such a statement might evoke feelings of resentment or sympathy, but for Ventura, it warrants bragging rights. That…

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March 9, 2014

Saimin Burger Craze Lives on

As it continues growing to keep up with customer demand, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue now features a hybrid menu item that has caught the attention of diners around the Pacific Rim. The ever-expanding restaurant chain has blossomed throughout its nearly 40 year history to include approximately 60 Hawaii franchises, restaurants in multiple states along the West…

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March 2, 2014

Hail to the Chef

Once culinary wizard Chai Chaowasaree was named executive chef for Hawaiian Airlines, it became apropos to ask the following: “Where in the world is Chef Chai?” When he’s not jetting to one of Hawaiian Airline’s 26 kitchens around the globe, Chaowasaree can be found perfecting his iconic island-fusion cuisine at the aptly named Chef Chai…

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December 15, 2013

King of the Sea

One of my best (or worst?) dating memories was when my boyfriend in college took me out for my first lobster. What I expected to be a super fancy meal at a five-star restaurant turned into something else entirely. Allow me to paint the scene: We dine, I am smitten, and as my beau takes…

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December 8, 2013

Not Your Basic Barbecue

Carolina born and bred, and practically raised at rib joints, this gal knows about some barbecue. Yessir, where I come from BBQ isn’t just a style of cooking — it’s a whole darn subculture in itself, where rivalries rage and owners get fierce over those fire pits, ya’ll! Needless to say, the bar was set…

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December 1, 2013

‘Good-Good’ in Any Language

It all started when I was just 13. I fell in love — utter, insatiable, longing love. And this, my friend, was a fancying that far surpassed infatuation. I had fallen for France — and all things French — especially the “bonbons” (or as we like to say down South, the “sweet thangs”). Yep, there’s…

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