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December 4, 2016

To Crepe Or To Pancake? That Is The Question

If you venture to Paris, you’ll find on virtually every street corner a mesmerizing crepe stand luring you closer with the spellbinding aroma of a classic French treat griddle-cooked on the spot and oozing with warm Nutella and the like. Truly, what could be better? Unless, of course, thicker, spongier, syrup-drenched American pancakes strike your…

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November 27, 2016

Nothing Short Of Wonderful Short Ribs

Happy Sunday, my fellow foodies! I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving filled with family, love, gratitude and last, but certainly not least, a delicious gobble-fest of epic proportions. Now that I know all of us have found some extra space in our tummies to accommodate holiday feasting — and I salute you for…

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November 20, 2016

My Main Squeeze

About a month ago, my coworker brought in a basket overflowing with fresh calamansi from her mom’s tree in Wahiawa, and ever since I’ve been on a diehard, Vitamin C-charged citrus kick, dipping into much more than my fair share of the juicy little gems. It’s so easy to become obsessed with all things citrus,…

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November 13, 2016

Scrumptious Flavors Take Root

As the staple of the traditional Hawaiian diet, kalo, or taro, is synonymous with the Islands, and loved not only for its rich texture, nourishment, versatility and hint of sweet and sour flavors, but also for its deeply rooted cultural significance. In addition to scooping up poi alongside your favorite Hawaiian foods or enjoying the…

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November 6, 2016

Let’s Head South, Y’all

We all hit that point in the day, month or year when we feel like we could really use a vacation. In fact, you’re probably feeling that way right about now for a myriad of reasons. But when planning an actual trip just isn’t plausible, don’t forget that you can always take your taste buds…

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October 28, 2016

Are You A True Chocoholic?

In the delightful world of desserts, there are those who like a sugary treat every once in a while, those who have a major sweet tooth and then a whole separate category reserved for the most ferocious dessert seekers of them all — chocoholics. If you are not crazy about chocolate, chances are you know…

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October 23, 2016

Slurp It Up

Despite our warm climate, we have a strong culture of soup here in the Islands. And with an abundance of cultures that make up our local community, we sure do love our saimin, ramen, pho, miso soup, tripe stew — and don’t even get me started on oxtail soup! There’s comfort in the cultural familiarity…

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October 16, 2016

Got My Eyes On Eggplant

Happy Sunday, Ono readers! Like many of you, I can hardly believe it’s already the middle of October and we are officially in what I like to call “pumpkin-spice season.” As we start to snuggle up with those seasonal lattes, we’ll also need a menu of cozy fare filled with hearty ingredients to help us…

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October 9, 2016

Beggin’ for Brisket

You really do learn something new every day. I was reminded of the old adage this past week while swooning over tender slabs of beef brisket at some local dining spots. It wasn’t until I started asking the chefs about how they perfect the melt-in-your-mouth beef that I learned it actually starts out as a…

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October 2, 2016

When Flavor is only Skin Deep

As a child of the ’90s, I grew up watching and loving the sitcom “Friends.” I still catch the reruns now and then, and recently rewatched one of my favorite episodes: “The One with Unagi,” when Ross urges Rachel and Phoebe to master the Japanese concept of awareness when practicing self-defense — a skill he…

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