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JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry

Your Golden Ticket for Chocolate Bliss

Taking inspiration from Roald Dahl’s tale of Willy Wonka and his magical Chocolate Factory, I’m ready to give every chocoholic out there a tour of Honolulu’s most exciting cocoa-filled treats — with some help from the Oompa Loom-pas, of course! It’s a fabulous adventure to go on because chocolate has developed a special significance here…

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January 5, 2016

Ring In The New Year All Month Long

JJ Bistro & French Pastry invites customers to celebrate 2016 with delicious dishes and significant savings. The restaurant — known for its French, Laotian and fusion cuisine — is offering a New Year’s Special for the entire month of January, according to owner and chef Praseuth “JJ” Luangkhot. “I want to make a good deal…

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Trying – And Loving – Escargot

With Christmas in sight, the time of year for celebratory feasts is upon us, presenting the perfect opportunity to try a delicacy reserved for special occasions — something like escargot. Now, if you’ve never tried this snail specialty before, I know what you’re thinking, and trust me, I was reluctant to order it at first…

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November 1, 2015

Showing Gratitude for a JJ-style Feast

This Thanksgiving, don’t stress about cooking a turkey. Instead, experience JJ Bistro & French Pastry’s extravagant, four-course Thanksgiving meal. The restaurant — known for its French, Laotian and fusion cuisine — has been open on Thanksgiving Day for the past decade, but the four-course menu changes every year, according to owner and chef Praseuth “JJ”…

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September 27, 2015

East Meets West

Since opening in 1999, JJ Bistro & French Pastry in Kaimuki has become a neighborhood favorite for its unique menu of French and Laotian flavors. The restaurant also is known for its exquisite signature desserts, including the famous Chocolate Pyramid. Chef and owner JJ Luangkhot, who is originally from Laos, moved to Hawaii in 1995…

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August 18, 2015

Turning passion into French-Laotian fare

When asked what time he gets in every morning, Preseuth “JJ” W. Luangkhot — chef and owner of JJ Bistro & French Pastry — replies with a laugh, “I never sleep; I live here.” He goes on to explain, “If you love doing something, love creating, you don’t see it as work; it’s not a…

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Summertime, and the Eatin’ is Easy

One of the best ways to embrace the spirit of the current season is to reflect it with the foods that we eat. This week, I literally am getting seasonal with my dining choices by seeking out lively summer rolls. Here to match the brightness of a sun-kissed July day, these healthy wraps are as…

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How Sweet it is to Dine at JJ’s

Just a few months ago, JJ Luangkhot celebrated a very special birthday of sorts. The grand occasion was not for him, one of his friends or even a family member. Instead, it was a milestone marker for another very meaningful part of his life — JJ Bistro & French Pastry, his Kaimuki restaurant that’s embarking…

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There’s no match for Matcha

Of all the diverse options of green tea that exist, there’s one variety that leaves the others trailing in the dust. With its bracing earthy flavors and numerous health benefits, matcha stands in a class of its own, brimming with potent antioxidants, detoxifiers and metabolism boosters. And, of course, there’s its wildly bright green —…

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Less is more at JJ Bistro

Today’s restaurants have quite the challenge: be tasty, healthy and Instagram-worthy. Since everyone with an appetite is calling themselves a “#foodie,” chefs sometimes compromise affordable prices and flavors to commodify presentation. An experienced chef, however, knows that taste and quality should always come first. On Waialae Avenue, Praseuth “JJ” Luangkhot, owner and chef of JJ…

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