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October 4, 2015

Digging Up Delicious Lemon Grass

One of the culinary world’s most mysterious ingredients, lemon grass is much like an invisible miracle worker — rarely seen, but always putting its magic touch on food with a whimsical stroke of refreshing flavor. The tropical herb is often left out of the final presentation of entrees — as its fibrous stalk is too…

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September 27, 2015

Fired Up About Fried Rice

In many parts of the world, fried rice is regarded as a side dish to supplement one’s meal, but I know I don’t have to tell you that in the hearts and minds of Hawaii’s diners, it’s considered to be just as important as any main dish. With origins in Chinese cuisine, fried rice could…

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September 20, 2015

Egg-Cellent Ways To Take Action

Every week, the Dining Out team and I are fortunate enough to explore Oahu’s culinary gems and share our findings with you, but when it comes to discussing food in Hawaii, there’s much more to the conversation. Hawaii Foodbank reports that one in five islanders are in need of emergency food assistance this year. Those…

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September 13, 2015

The Scoop on Keeping Cool

There is only one way to get through a summer as hot and muggy as this one and still have a morsel of vitality left. I’ll give you a hint: It’s even better than air conditioning and involves frozen desserts — lots and lots of ice-cold treats to soothe your dried-up taste buds. Like many…

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September 6, 2015

Tailgating in Paradise

Football season has officially kicked off, and I’m taking that as my cue to huddle up and map out the most important play for any game viewer: the tailgating spread! Throughout the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you show up to a pregame party with delicious seafood in hand, your fellow sports…

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August 30, 2015

Keeping Up With Kaiseki

When we go out for a traditional meal — be it for a special occasion or otherwise — we’re doing much more than merely satisfying hunger pangs. There’s an intangible, but very special, nourishment that comes from connecting with time-honored cooking techniques and cultural meanings that link us to generations past. I get a strong…

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August 23, 2015

You’re Mine, Minestrone!

At the very first sign of rain, one of the things I instantly love to do is get ahold of my favorite warm and snuggly foods that I can curl up with on the couch and savor with a good movie, as the raindrops fall outside. Mexican hot chocolate? Check! Piping-hot ramen? Check! And in…

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August 18, 2015

A is for Abalone

If you’ve ever seen an abalone shell, you know it is absolutely gorgeous. Often called opal of the sea, with iridescent shades of blue, purple and green, the shells are reminiscent of mother of pearl and are treasured both spiritually and aesthetically in many cultures. In New Zealand, they’re known as paua and are used…

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August 9, 2015

Crazy Good Loco Mocos

Synonymous with comfort, loco mocos are invaluable ingredients in the recipe that makes up our melting pot of local favorites. With ohso-filling piles of rice topped with those consoling hamburger patties, rich brown gravy and a fabulous fried egg, has there ever been a better meal to chow down after a full day at the…

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August 2, 2015

Ka Boom! It’s A Flavor Explosion

Every once in a while, our ordinary dining routines need a nice, big jolt of excitement to keep our taste buds interested. If you’re ready to spice things up at the dinner table, I’ve got just the dish for you. One bite of seafood dynamite and — POW! — your palate is exploding with flavor….

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