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August 31, 2014

Spreading Aloha with Comfort Food

When Gwen Alejo-Herring, owner of Queen Street Cafe & Grill, opened up shop more than three years ago, she cleverly let her kiawe grill do all the talking. “We constantly had it going to cook our Kiawe Grilled Steak ($8),” says Alejo-Herring. “To this day, that smoky aroma alone brings in so many customers.” Tucked…

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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

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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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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It’s Always Better Made From Scratch

As one of the area’s go-to destinations for lunch and dinner, Honolulu’s Chinatown became an even bigger food mecca last month with the opening of Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, a Southern-inspired brunch bistro. “Since I love to cook and eat breakfast foods, opening a brunch spot felt very natural to me,” says Brian Chan,…

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July 27, 2014

Lili’s, Where Savory Southern and Korean Cuisines Meet

After nearly two decades of visualizing and working hard to bring their labor of love to fruition, Filipo and Hyonsuk Maiava recently turned their dream of owning and operating a restaurant into reality, much to the delight of local diners. The husband-and-wife duo opened Lili’s BBQ last December — appropriately named after Maiava’s mother —…

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July 20, 2014

Ocean Freshness You Can See and Taste

Just like the clean air we breathe and the awe-inspiring views we take in, there is something else we enjoy as residents of the beautiful 50th state: an endless supply of fresh, healthy fish. Home to the one and only Honolulu Fish Auction, it is no wonder why longtime ahi wholesaler Sam Seo decided to…

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July 13, 2014

Authentic Thai Fare Comes to the West Side

Proving that one does not have to travel all the way to town for scrumptious Thai cuisine, the grand opening of Royal Thai Garden in Ewa Beach last Tuesday left many in high spirits. “As one of the only Thai restaurants on this side, our aim is to provide customers with a superior dining experience,”…

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July 6, 2014

Pleasing the Palate with Italian Favorites

Dating back to the times of ancient Rome, Palatino was one of civilization’s most prosperous cities, a place where the rich and powerful lived in brazen luxury. So, when Waikiki’s Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar put out an Italian-inspired burger fit for royalty, its name came easily. Dubbed the “Palatino” Burger ($12 during July…

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June 29, 2014

Sharing is Caring at Ocean Dim Sum

In the fast-paced, competitive world that is today’s business climate, owning a successful restaurant can be a challenge unlike any other. Yet, with the right tools, namely a genuine love of food and desire to share that passion with others, culinary serendipity inevitably results. For Darren and Elaine Li, owners of the newly opened Ocean…

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