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Max’s of Manila

An Endless Summer of Eggplant

Summer is the perfect time to christen a new grill. Early-evening barbecues are a ritual, and that means hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie skewers are essential parts of alfresco dinners. Once the grill is loaded with charcoal, the burning coals are a sign that the cooking can commence. The savory aroma of home-cooked barbecue fare…

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June 1, 2014

Filipino food never tasted so good

Ask my kids what they want to eat, and they often will answer Filipino food. They are part Filipino (12.5 percent), and go to many Filipino eateries on the island. Their most favorite dish is fried pork, but some places serve it dry, with too much fat or oil, and they leave disappointed and still…

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May 4, 2014

Finding comfort in Max’s famous Filipino soups

Many would agree that there are few things as soothing as a good bowl of soup. Paying homage to one of the world’s most “souped-up” countries, Philippines, Max’s of Manila recently debuted a series of hearty, healthy Filipino stews that hit it big with the locals. “For quite a long time, our customers have been…

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Stew That’s Just Right for You

In times when life is like a whirlwind, complete with highs and lows — truth be told, I stress eat — big time! I know, I know, it’s definitely not the best way to cope with life’s stresses and challenges. But hey, I say, “when life throws you carrots, make a savory stew.” OK, I…

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February 23, 2014

Craving Great Filipino Food

These days, Filipino cooking has become comfort food for me. It’s what I get for dating a half-Filipino guy whose grandmother prepares at least one Filipino dish each Sunday for dinner. Trust me, I’m not complaining. The only downside is having to wait until the weekend for pinakbet, or pancit served at someone’s birthday party….

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January 19, 2014

Take Your Midday Meal to the Max

Whether you’re a die-hard fan of Filipino cuisine or new to Southeast Asian gastronomy, there’s something for you at Max’s of Manila, especially around lunchtime. The sit-down eatery typically hosts happy patrons sharing a feast of assorted dishes heaped with steaming favorites served family-style. From 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, however, lunch specials…

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Wrap Up the Holidays With Sensational Squid

By now, the post-holiday blues have begun to set in and Christmas seems as if it was all a dream. Yet, the gifts strewn around the home and the tree still boasting its majestic glow manage to keep some of that holiday cheer alive and well within me. The holidays have always been a time…

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Spice Up Your Life

When the Spice Girls lit up music charts with their 1997 hit single, “Spice Up Your Life,” who knew their message would have a profound meaning in the realm of good eats? It turns out my favorite pop band growing up was really onto something, as research shows that numerous health benefits stem from nomming…

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October 13, 2013

Max’s Celebrates With Outstanding Offers

Upon launching his own cafe in 1945, Maximo Gimenez could not have envisioned the global reach his food would have nearly seven decades later. Fast forward to present day and diners reap the rewards of the resulting Max’s of Manila, as the restaurant celebrates its 68th anniversary with a special can’t-miss deal. A Stanford University-educated…

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September 22, 2013

Max’s of Manila Sizzles With Sisig

With locations spread out internationally — including two Hawaii locations on Dillingham Boulevard and in Waipahu — Max’s of Manila is known for sharing its traditional Filipino cuisine with the world. General manager Maly San Luis explains that Filipino eats from the central region of the Philippines, where Manila is located, are very accessible to…

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