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August 24, 2014

A Local Bake Shop is in it for the Long Haul

The “M word” strikes again. Moderation: The avoidance of extremes. For a food enthusiast who wants to eat anything and everything, is that the answer to all of life’s daunting questions? If so, then that pesky “M word” is easier said than done, especially if your sweet tooth is a feisty one. And this is…

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August 24, 2014

Te Moana Nui: An Unrivaled Luau Experience

While Pacific Beach Hotel’s Oceanarium restaurant has wowed multiple generations of diners for the last 35 years, a new dinner show experience at the property has quickly caught fire as Waikiki’s hottest indoor stage production. In March, Pacific Beach Hotel introduced a must-see dinner production dubbed Te Moana Nui: Tales of the Pacific. Through a…

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Lung Fung Hits the Spot

Sometimes there is nothing a tasty spread of Chinese food can’t fix. This holds especially true in the case of Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant, one of East Oahu’s most celebrated Chinese eateries, in operation for more than 30 years. Decked out in floor-to-ceiling Chinese decor, including a lavish array of Oriental wall fans and eye-catching…

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August 17, 2014

GRYLT: What’s Good for You

Healthy fast food: a pairing like oil and water. The irony, right? Well, think again. We’ve reached a day and age of no surprises, a time in which anything goes and one innovative idea supersedes the next. For Allen and Mayu Farinas, owners of GRYLT, it was time to breathe new life into an industry…

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August 17, 2014

Island-style Dining in a House That’s a Home

The “green flash” serves as a coveted phenomenon only seen for a brief moment during an unadulterated sunset. As waves lap gently along the white, sandy beach below and light ocean breezes wisp through the open air, plantation-style atmosphere, customers truly feel at home at Ocean House. And, yes, as vice president and general manager…

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August 17, 2014

Spice Up Your Life

It is no secret that here in Hawaii we love a bowl of good ramen. So, when Sanji Ramen opened last May, food enthusiasts and fellow restaurateurs alike enthusiastically came to show their support and try some of the eatery’s palate-pleasing favorites. Not surprisingly, since its debut, one of Sanji’s most popular menu items has…

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August 10, 2014

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Forget everything you thought you knew about wine, bars and European cuisine because Formaggio Wine Bar changes all that. The restaurant’s cozy and intimate vibe is respected by many, and holds the reputation as a prime spot for winers and diners in pursuit of a chic but low-key eatery that’s perfect for ladies’ night out…

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August 10, 2014

Home Cooking Just Like Mom’s

Home-cooked meals often conjure up memories of mom in the kitchen preparing fragrant and flavorful dishes that her family waits anxiously to enjoy. Mamaya, a name that means “mother’s house,” strives to offer that same freshly prepared goodness via a vast array of tasty bentos and musubi crafted from quality ingredients. Mamaya’s bento selections also…

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Sprouting Up Bountiful Raw, Vegan Cuisine

When her husband suffered a heart attack two days after Thanksgiving in 2003, Sylvia Thompson heeded the “wake-up call” and embarked on a journey with a course set for upgrading to a healthier lifestyle. More than a decade later, Thompson has turned her appreciation for raw vegan cuisine into a successful restaurant concept dubbed Greens…

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August 3, 2014

Say Yes to YuZu

Ask any legitimate restaurateur: they’ll tell you innovation is a critical component to ensure longevity in today’s ever-expanding, highly competitive restaurant industry. At Sushi YuZu Ko Olina, owners Isamu and Moco Kubota have attuned themselves to this mentality. This West Side establishment is the sister restaurant of YuZu in Ala Moana Hotel. Having expanded its…

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