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New Waikiki hot spot lures thousands

August 31st, 2016

The redeveloped International Market Place opened in Waikiki this week with thousands of kamaaina and visitors checking out the long-awaited event. All photos by Erika Engle. Naturally there were speeches by elected officials and executives with the center’s developer, Michigan-based Taubman Centers Inc. What the crowd was eagerly anticipating, was the doors of about halfREAD MORE

5 foods Montreal

August 28th, 2016

From the delicacy of foie gras to the hot mess that is poutine, this town can eat. Favorite foods here are as cosmopolitan as the population, reflecting an amalgam of immigrant heritages. It’s — hey! — a melting pot. I imagine that the loco moco would be quite happy here. I spent just a few days in Montreal, and make noREAD MORE

SALT eateries prep for prime time

July 29th, 2016

At some 8,000 square feet, Moku Kitchen by Peter Merriman will be the largest tenant in Kakaako’s SALT development when the restaurant opens in October. Executive Chef Todd Constantino and General Manager Mason Hundhausen, as well as a number of other employees, will be making the trek from Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko Olina to openREAD MORE

Only one Hawaii restaurant among the nation's most-scenic

July 27th, 2016

According to diners who use, Mama’s Fish House in Paia, Maui, is the only restaurant in Hawaii that deserves to be listed among the 100 most-scenic U.S. restaurants. released its annual list today, compiled from some five million reviews submitted by what OpenTable calls verified users of the site. The reviews covered moreREAD MORE

Super-fresh salad

July 27th, 2016

Farm-to-table freshness? So yesterday. Farm-on-the-table freshness is what you get with a Snip and Serve Salad, as served by chef Elmer Guzman at a dinner last week. Manoa lettuce from Mari’s Garden was brought to the table as whole heads, roots still attached, in pots of water. Clusters of Okinawan spinach also filled the pots, adding splashes of purple. AccompanyingREAD MORE

Luxury cars, luxury food

July 25th, 2016

On the one hand you have your exotic automobiles — a Lamborghini here, a Maserati there. On the other, some fine Italian food and wine. The twain shall meet at Velocity Honolulu, a high-concept retail-restaurant venture in the soon-to-open Symphony Honolulu condominium tower. Now, that term — retail-restaurant — might not seem all that revolutionary, until you realizeREAD MORE

Chef Mavro named one of top 40 restaurants in U.S.

July 23rd, 2016

Chef Mavro restaurant in Honolulu was the sole Hawaii representative on the 2016 top 40 U.S. restaurant list assembled by Gayot, an international restaurant, hotel and travel guide. The restaurant menu, crafted by owner/chef George Mavrothalassitis and chef de cuisine Jonathan Mizukami, “features the finest ingredients Hawaii has to offer, but also supplements them withREAD MORE

Michelin-starred chef hits local food truck scene

July 20th, 2016

To give local people a small taste of what they can expect at STRIPSTEAK by Michael Mina at the International Market Place in August, free Maui onion cheeseburger sliders; BBQ pork spare ribs & charred Mexican street corn; chilled shrimp & onaga bowls, and samples of coconut milk horchata and chef-made “Hawaiian Punch” are beingREAD MORE

Jimbo's 2.0 menu

July 19th, 2016

With udon made fresh daily, Jimbo’s has long been a go-to venue to get a consistently delicious, well-made meal. Its menu of hot and cold udon, donburi, curry, tonkatsu, tempura, gyoza and combo meals offer numerous routes for regulars to sate their hunger and a variety of means to draw in new customers. Yet this year, owners JimREAD MORE

Mango love

July 17th, 2016

The lobby, courtyard and verandas at the Moana Surfrider were packed Saturday with devotees of Hawaii’s favorite summer fruit. Mangoes at the Moana drew hundreds to taste mango many ways. A crowd favorite was MW restaurant pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka’s mango shave ice with tapioca and sorbet, served with two mini cocktails. The dish won the Mango Throwdown,READ MORE

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