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Join the Raw Vegan Gourmet Movement

Until only recently has America put down the super-sized fries and extra-large colas, and slowly begun to embrace “clean eating.” Even a decade ago, the terms “raw” and “vegan” would raise eyebrows in a society drowned in meat, preservatives and artificial flavors. How times have changed. Today, there’s a smorgasbord of trendy eateries across the…

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October 19, 2014

Vibrant Vietnamese Favorites from the Homeland

Delve into the exotic essence of Saigon at Pho My Lien Vietnamese Restaurant. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Tommy Dang and Lien Bui, this Aiea eatery abounds with authentic Vietnamese favorites. All restaurant creations are derived from Bui’s family recipes. Dining Out recently paid a visit to Pho My Lien and caught up with…

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October 12, 2014

Celebrating 69 Years of Max’s Famous Fried Chicken

FOR MAXIMO GIMENEZ, an unrivaled recipe for chicken is all it took to take his modest Philippines cafe and turn it into the modern-day restaurant chain Max’s of Manila, which over the years has become a worldly empire for exceptional Filipino dining. With approximately 130 establishments in the Philippines alone, Max’s has rapidly spread its…

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October 5, 2014

Join Mac 24/7′s Dining Revolution

Let’s go back to the year 2007, when Hawaii’s dining adventure would turn over a whole new leaf with the opening of MAC 24/7 Bar & Restaurant in Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. The restaurant has received international acclaim, as its popular Mac-Daddy Pancake Challenge was featured on the hit TV series, Man vs. Food. Executive…

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September 28, 2014

Chinese Cuisine Gets Fancy

In 2006, husband-and-wife team Linda and Larry Chan opened the doors to The Mandalay in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Years prior, the couple owned Eastern Garden, and with decades of experience in the restaurant industry, they saw promise in the Alakea Street locale. Following a $1 million renovation, The Mandalay was open for business….

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September 21, 2014

Hung Won has its Ducks in a Row

Does the name Hung Won Seafood Restaurant ring a bell? It should if Cantonese-style cuisine intrigues your senses in any way. Although the Kaimuki restaurant, located between 8th and 9th avenues, has been a mainstay on Oahu’s dining scene for years, this March, Hung Won gained new ownership when Kevin Li and his uncles Guan…

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September 14, 2014

Pagoda Enters a New Era of Dining

Through 50 years of serving the community and visitors alike, Pagoda Floating Restaurant represents a local icon known for its fusion of stellar cuisine and unforgettable oasis-like ambience. Surrounded by koi ponds, lush gardens and cascading waterfalls, Pagoda offers up a wide range of Asian-, American- and Hawaiian-influenced local-style comfort food enveloped by a tranquil,…

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September 7, 2014

Nabe for a Happy Soul

For Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant owner Issei Kazama, the vibe at this 8-year-old restaurant is easy-going, lively and fun. “It’s as if you’ve stepped foot into the living room at a friend’s house party. We want our guests to feel like they’re at home.” Kazama and Riki Kobayashi opened the Piikoi establishment in an effort…

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August 31, 2014

Autumn Evenings of Eternal Bliss

With summer’s heat dwindling and the beckoning of fall upon us, The Kahala Hotel and Resort celebrates with enchanting culinary soirees starting in September. This five-star, award-winning resort invites guests to delve into the lap of luxury with its plush amenities, world-class views and premier customer service. For the ultimate dining enthusiast, The Kahala Hotel…

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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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