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JJ’s Bistro & French Pastry

Little Bundles Of Joy

We all know what happens when any baby enters the room: Everyone gathers around the newborn with googly eyes, singing praises in their best baby voice and gushing over the little one’s cuteness. Well, I love adorable wee ones as much as the next person, but I admit the bundles of joy that I get…

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JJ Bistro & French Pastry

A closer look at this week’s house special: MANILA CLAM ($15.95) Got a craving for delec-table French food? How about Asian fusion? Luckily, at JJ Bistro & French Pastry, there’s no need to choose. Located right on Waialae Avenue, this Kaimuki eatery welcomes patrons to indulge in its signature French-Laotian cuisine. Within the eatery’s unique…

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Delicious Daydreams

Sometimes it stems out of procrastination, other times it comes on from sheer hunger, but we can all relate to that moment in the day — oftentimes a wonderful escape — when we stop what we’re doing and start daydreaming about what we’re going to have for lunch and dinner, letting those cravings sink deep…

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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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