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A New Year in Full Bloom

When observing Hawaii’s culturally diverse restaurant scene, Royal Garden in Ala Moana Hotel ranks high on the list of Chinese eateries serving the most authentic Hong Kong-style cuisine, bar none. The food really is authentic. In China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday of the year. Many businesses close throughout…

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January 18, 2015

Roll the Dice and Win

When Hawaii’s choice for the best family dining partners with island residents’ favorite way to get to Las Vegas, local diners are sure to exclaim “Winner, winner, Zippy’s dinner!” For nearly 50 years, local diners have come to rely on Zippy’s for great tasting cuisine at affordable prices, ever since founders Charlie and Francis Higa…

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A Prosperous Feast for a New Year

Situated in Ala Moana Center’s Hookipa Terrace, Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant pushes the envelope with its signature five-star Chinese-style dining. From the grandiose 8,000-square-foot dining area with rich mahogany walls to the embellished crystal chandeliers and superior staff, you can bet it plans to ring in Chinese New Year in style. According to the Chinese…

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January 4, 2015

Tony Roma’s an All-American Classic

We live in a diverse food culture that’s expanding and transforming at the drop of a dime. Keeping up with the latest trends and “flavors of the week” can be a challenge, and amid the comings and goings of pop-up restaurants and hipster eateries, Tony Roma’s brings classic simplicity to the table. An all-American, family-friendly…

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December 28, 2014

A Waiter Works His Way to the Top

For Wolfgang Zwiener, his love affair with food is a committed one. Transforming and ever-growing, it stands strong, evolving and perpetuating with the times. Now a full-time New Yorker and legendary owner of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Zwiener, a German native, arrived in the Big Apple in 1960 — with possessions in hand and a completed three-year…

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December 21, 2014

‘The Little Wolf’ of Italian Fare

Wolfgang Zwiener is living proof that a love for food has no boundaries. In 1960, the dashing young lad moved to New York City from his hometown of Bremen, Germany, unsure of what the future would hold. The only certainty was that he would connect with his aunt and uncle, and perhaps take over their…

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December 14, 2014

The Gift of Giving Comfort Food

HOT OFF A SUCCESSFUL THANKSGIVING, the holiday rush doesn’t stop for Zippy’s Restaurants. Since 1966, “Hawaii’s restaurant of choice” has proven time and time again that it indeed is the go-to place for comforting island favorites. Now, with multiple establishments across the state and a vastly large staff of employees, it’s crazy to think that…

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December 7, 2014

Making Christmas Merry

Every December, Chai Chaowasaree spends his workday making sure everything from the atmosphere to the food is perfect at his namesake restaurant Chef Chai, located on the ground level of Pacifica Honolulu on Kapiolani Boulevard. Enter the 4,100-square-foot establishment, and along with Swarovski crystal pendants, glass bubbles and chandeliers, you’ll be greeted by a giant…

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November 30, 2014

Home Cooking for the Holidays

So just what makes Shiro’s Saimin Haven a household name? Perhaps it’s the restaurant’s philosophy “to serve not too skimpy, plenty tasty homestyle cooking that is priced right for guests near and far.” According to restaurant manager Bryce Fujimoto, the restaurant strives to take care of the community, but treat out of town guests with…

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November 23, 2014

Adding a Sweet Touch to the Holidays

With the countdown to Thanksgiving Day now in the single digits, you are one of two things: cool as a cucumber or running around like a chicken without a head, scrambling to finalize last-minute Turkey Day details. Come Nov. 27, you will stuff yourself silly with turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes — the works —…

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