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March 1, 2015

Oh, happy day

After a long day at work, there’s nothing quite like meeting up with some friends, grabbing a drink and gradually letting go of the day’s worries with each outburst of laughter. Even better is when you add a handful of pupus to the mix, maybe even a light meal, and the total price comes out…

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January 18, 2015

Spice Up Your Life

For those who love to cook, dining out is a luxury that allows one to avoid doing dishes and having to prep the food. For those who are less skilled in the kitchen, eating out can be hard on the wallet if made a habit. However, at Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, both amateur chefs and…

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December 14, 2014 ,

Udon, the New Noodle in Town

Wintertime is the best season to cozy up with a bowl of steamy udon, especially after completing a hectic day of Christmas shopping. While everyone is gushing about ramen this, ramen that, udon is where my true love lies. Sanuki udon, the long, thick, white noodle that is a specialty of the Kagawa region in…

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November 9, 2014

A hot nabe sensation

While dreary days easily inspire the sentiment to go home and curl up with a good book, Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant invites you to skip the solitude and, instead, gather friends, family or coworkers for a warm, congenial meal around a hot pot. “Nabe is a great food to bring people together,” says Ichiriki partner…

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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

Semantics snafu

When I first moved to Hawaii back in 2006, I wasn’t too hip with the local lingo (I still have nightmares of confusing the Hawaiian saying for brother with female underwear, ya’ll). I’m also painfully clear in my recollection of the very first time I was invited via email to go with some new friends…

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July 27, 2014

Ichiriki thrills the senses with nabe

Enter Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant, and tempt your senses. In its chic dining room, you’ll see diners adding premium meats, seafood and vegetables to steaming pots of nabe. The sounds of convivial chatter and dishes clanking indicate a good time. And most importantly, the aroma permeating the air, making your mouth water, lets you know…

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June 22, 2014

Going for a nabe-style dip

Ichiriki is what a nabe restaurant should be — clean, cozy and tasty. The varied menu features a number of appetizers, and the hot pots are filled with flavor and are easily customizable. The menu instructions are simple: Choose a pot, a broth and a set, then start dipping away! A good way to begin…

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May 18, 2014

Now’s the time for nabe wonders

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant is all about choices. “When you come to our restaurant, first you choose a broth, then you choose what you want to cook in the broth,” explains Issei Kazama, who co-owns the restaurant with Riki Kobayashi. Ichiriki specializes in traditional Japanese hot pot dining, including nabe, sukiyaki and shabu shabu. A…

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In Need of a Kim Chee Kick

Tell me, is there a bug going around? Because I feel as if I’m coming down with something. Not good. With no time to be ill, I need a major pick-me-up — something to get me out of this funk and kick me into high gear. With my energy level at almost empty, I talked…

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