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August 13, 2017

Let’s Go On A Gourmet Getaway

For many of us, dining out offers the chance to escape the norm by lux uriating in fine flavors we don’t see — or taste, rather — every day. When done right, a lovely meal paired with great service can make us feel as though we’ve taken a mini vacation from our daily responsibilities. For…

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August 6, 2017

All Aboard for a Tasty Cool Down

Summer is a most splendid time of year, filled with fun in the sun and a lightness we can all appreciate. It’s also a time when Hawaii’s blazing-hot sunshine feels stronger than ever, urging us to escape the heat within the cool confines of the nearest shave ice shop. On those ultra-fiery days, like the…

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July 30, 2017

Beggin’ For Butterfish

Soft pieces of white fish ooze with oily succulence, as a sweet miso glaze caramelizes each bite. Across Hawaii’s scene of Japanese and contemporary restaurants, many a patron can be found digging into these tender morsels of misoyaki butterfish, their chopsticks navigating around tiny bones to get to the prized, buttery meat. Misoyaki butterfish always…

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July 23, 2017

Falling For Lilikoi

The term “leaving a sour taste in one’s mouth” usually describes something undesirable, but the tangy zing of fresh lilikoi is here to turn that definition upside down. Nature hit it out of the park when creating the sweetly sour goodness of passion fruit, and though there are many varieties of this ripe, tropical masterpiece…

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July 16, 2017

Cheers To Chirashi

When we think of sushi, images of classic nigiri with pristine slices of raw fish resting over precise mounds of vinegar-infused rice come to mind, as do thoughts of perfectly crafted maki rolls. In actuality, though, sushi comes in many shapes and sizes, and some forms are more unique — and full of surprises —…

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July 9, 2017

Saying ‘Ciao!’ To An Italian Treat

What’s just as creamy as ice cream but won’t melt before you can take the last bite? I’ll give you a hint: It has a slightly gelatinous texture that’s reminiscent of haupia, but it’s even more luxurious, to the tune of a slice of rich cheesecake. If you guessed panna cotta, then you know what…

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July 2, 2017

Playing With Fire

They say playing with fire is dangerous, but when it comes to eating flavor-packed food, that certainly isn’t the case. Spicy foods have so much to offer, from exciting our taste buds to making our bodies happy — and, believe it or not, they are the best remedy for this scorching-hot weather. That’s right, that…

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June 25, 2017

Linking Up With Lap Cheong

In a recent hunger-inducing conversation with fellow foodie and Dining Out contributor Lynsey Beth Futa, she perfectly described lap cheong to me as “the Chinese version of bacon.” I couldn’t have said it better myself, considering the sweet-and-savory sausage, like bacon, is found in countless recipes — combined with fish, meat, veggies, rice, you name…

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June 18, 2017

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

When I talk to friends and family members who like to cook for their loved ones, many of them tell me that chicken dishes are on their regular rotation of home-cooked meals. In fact, many of us eat chicken in one preparation or another all the time. Yet when it comes to dining out, it…

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June 11, 2017

Basking In Bisque

Warm, creamy and sumptuous to the tongue, bisques have everything we need for instant satisfaction. A little goes a long way with these rich, thick soups, which are said to have originated in 17th century Europe. Historically a shellfish-based soup — cooked with the aromatic shells themselves — early bisques offered a way to squeeze…

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