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April 13, 2014 , ,

The Acai Berry Beauty Secret Revealed

We all like to believe that, like a fine wine, we get better with age. While that may be true for a lucky few, my mother taught me well, advising me to take precautionary measures against aging while I’m still young. That means daily sunscreen application is a must, in addition to utilizing a day…

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March 23, 2014 , ,

U, Me and Ume

There’s an old remark that goes, “If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?” All sarcasm aside, if that statement was relevant to me and food, together we would create the ultimate union. My love for most foods runs deep, but I must admit that I’ve been known to have some pretty…

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March 2, 2014

A Refreshing Burst of Flavors

For nearly a year now, Sushi YuZu has brightened Ko Olina’s blossoming dining scene with a contemporary take on Japanese fare. Known for its effort to use local and organic ingredients whenever possible, the restaurant boasts healthy, colorful and bursting flavors — just like the yuzu citrus fruit itself, which the eatery is named after….

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February 2, 2014

YuZu Puts a Lot of ‘Yum’ into Sweets

For more than two years, YuZu in Ala Moana Hotel, has entertained tourists and locals alike with its festive, comfy interior and a menu bursting with color and flavor. Many dishes on the menu feature the iconic yuzu flavor, and fans of the fruit will be happy to know that this alluring item is incorporated…

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January 5, 2014

A Healthy Approach to Traditional Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

Squeeze some zest into the new year at YuZu in Ala Moana Hotel. Husband-and-wife-team Isamu and Moco Kubota are veterans in the culinary realm, and together they decided to implement a healthier approach to authentic Japanese cuisine. Initially, the Kubotas’ main goal was to incorporate yuzu, or Japanese citrus fruit, into a variety of dishes….

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Come Fry With Me

When comfort food cravings hit, I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of foodie who goes for savory snacks nine times out of 10. Yes, Spam musubis, pizza and guacamole are right up my alley. And during those instances when I’m dying for one of my favorite salty pleasures of all time, I’ll…

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Let’s Rock ‘n’ Sushi Roll!

Happy Sunday, Ono aficionados! I know you all will join me in my excitement over this week’s foodie find — specialty sushi rolls. After all, as many locals would agree, sushi is solidified in our diets from an early age here in the Islands. Plus, we’re so spoiled with an abundance of some of the…

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October 13, 2013


A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: SPICY SUKIYAKI BEEF UDON ($13.95) When Isamu Kubota and his wife, Moco, opened Yuzu in 2011, they used Moco’s healthy lifestyle as the inspiration for their unique style of Japanese cuisine. The produce is always organic and, when possible, the restaurant utilizes healthier alternatives — soy bean…

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September 15, 2013 , ,

A Yakitori Yum Fest!

During the last week of summer, it’s only fitting to bid the season farewell with a bang. Last-minute barbecues in the backyard, one last jump in the pool on a scorching-hot day and one final full-on tan session … Yes, please! Soak it all in because it won’t be long before the cooler days of…

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September 1, 2013

Japanese-style Dining Just Got Better at YuZu

YuZu Ala Moana has been open since November 2011, but I recently got to try it for the first time, and let’s just say that I really wish I visited sooner. Hidden in the lower back corner of the Ala Moana Hotel lobby, YuZu is one of those hole-in-the-wall eateries that you don’t just stumble…

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