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Fendu Boulangerie

July 27, 2014

More Than Just Bread on the Rise

When your job requires you to rise before the sun, a whiff of freshly baked bread straight from the oven is more than enough to snap you out of your groggy state of mind and into reality. Fortunately for Niel Koep, owner and chef of Fendu Boulangerie, 6 a.m. on the dot is the time…

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Lucky in Love With Lilikoi

For first-timers to Hawaii, a land of paradise, they experience a rush and a thrill inconceivable to a local girl like myself, born and raised in the Islands. It’s a somewhat incomprehensible thought that when visitors gush over the sweet aroma of the air and pristine views of the Pacific Ocean, I’ll never experience it…

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Get Flaky With Pot Pie

It’s OK to flake on dinner — under one condition. “Flake” must refer to the crispy, golden flakiness of a pillowy pot pie. Deemed a longstanding American classic, pot pies are hot, hot, hot: steaming with an irresistible aroma that awakens pangs of hunger from within. And the best home cooking always comes with a…

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June 8, 2014

Fendu Boulangerie

At Fendu Boulangerie, everything traces back to freshly baked bread right out of the oven. The renowned bake shop opened its doors for business in 2009. Five years later, owner and chef Niel Koep couldn’t be happier. Fendu Boulangerie has an avid following of patrons who love the tasty European-style confections, including pastries, oven-baked pizzas,…

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Apple of my Eye

A is for apple, a fruit that holds prestige for being a so-called “superfruit.” Regardless of the type, apples are said to keep the doctor away and are the perfect addition to any weight-loss routine; thanks to their surplus of vitamins, minerals and fiber, not to mention the fact that apples are low in calories,…

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April 6, 2014

Fendu Boulangerie

TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: VALRHONA CHOCOLATE DOME ($5.75) Fendu Boulangerie in Manoa Marketplace breaks the mold when it comes to sweet nothings. Owner and chef Niel Koep opened this top-tier bakery in March 2009 determined to offer quality baked goods and sinfully delicious desserts to his patrons. Fast-forward to today,…

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March 9, 2014

Bring Out Yer Bread Fendu Boulangerie Style

Brave Knights of the Round Table! Come and join me, On a culinary quest to Fendu Boulangerie! “Run away!” from the mediocre, “Run away!” from the rest, Join me at Fendu, for a taste of the best. From fresh baked bread to soups and desserts, You’ll be thankful you have arms, to reach for them…

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February 2, 2014

Warmth You Can Taste

With an inundation of chilly days in the Islands over the last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself facing a recurring scenario: My sweater’s on, I know I shouldn’t be complaining because Mainland winters are much more frosty, but the truth is, I’m still cold! Yes, even kamaaina need to warm up this time of…

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December 29, 2013

Fendu’s Collection of Guilt-free Food Items

With a tantalizing array of pastries and desserts, as well as hot food items including sandwiches and pizza, Fendu Boulangerie prepares everything in what owner and chef Niel Koep explains is the European style. “That means we don’t load things with a lot of sugar,” he says. “We’re not adding any chemicals to anything. The…

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November 10, 2013

Heaven-sent Goodness

Upon entering Fendu Boulangerie, a specialty European-style bakery tucked in the heart of Manoa Marketplace, the doorbell jingle jangles cheerily, welcoming me into owner Niel Koep’s inner sanctum of sweets and savories. There is something happening here — you can sense it, smell it, taste it. And this something — an aroma that entices me…

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