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Food & Dining

Your guide to food, restaurants, wine and dining in Hawaii.

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Ratings And The Benefits Of Wine Notes
I write notes all the time. But what is their worth? Are wine notes a thing of the past? Strange for me to even pose...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // When It Comes To Poke, Just Say Noh
Raymond Noh, CEO of Noh Foods and a good friend, joined us in the kitchen for some fun along with some of his many products....

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // The Iron Chef’s Awesome Ahi Pizza
Congratulations to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto on the fourth anniversary of Morimoto Waikiki! General manager Chad Yang began his career with Morimoto Waikiki in 2011,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Tracking The Provenance Of Wines
Provenance is an important word in the world of wine, and not just for the wines in collectors’ and investors’ circles. It is something that...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // A Great Time With A Trailblazing TV Chef
Titus Chan is one of the first chefs ever to be on TV, and I haven’t heard or seen him since I was a young...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Peppers Star In Zia’s Zesty Bruschetta
Sheela Junk was born and raised on the Windward side of Oahu, and she really enjoys her job as service manager at Zia’s Cafe in...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Want Refreshing Yet Dry? Think Pink
Dry rosé’s popularity is still on the rise. Any top restaurant will have at least one dry rosé by the glass, and many have more...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // At The Next Party, Let Them Eat Cake
Who doesn’t like cake? Who doesn’t like sweets? Morris Wise and Chris Spinosa are some good guys to have as your friends, especially when you’re...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // An Eggs-tra Easy Gluten-free Quiche
The folks at Volcano Village are especially grateful for being spared from the worst of Tropical Storm Iselle, but they want everyone to remember that...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // An Exceptional Food And Wine Experience
Last week I wrote about Hawaii Food and Wine Festival. This week I’m doing it again. But this is the real story; last week was...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Mahealani Mixes It Up
Former KITV 4 anchor Mahealani Richardson has been a friend of mine for a long time, and we had to get her in the kitchen...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // A Fast, Fresh And Fruity Chicken Salad
Aiea resident Dr. James Choy has a simple philosophy that carries over to his dental practice: “Be, then do.” With his kind and compassionate nature,...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Tasting The Best Australia Has To Offer
If anyone asks you about Australian wine, what do you think of? Do you think of the ubiquitous Kangaroo-labeled bottle? Do you instantly think of...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // The Cookie Man Is In The Kitchen
Most know him as Famous Amos or The Cookie Man. I am not only a cookie fanatic, but a fan of Wally Amos. We make...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Best Festival
Which is the best wine festival in Hawaii? That would be, in my opinion, Hawaii Food and Wine Festival. Now in its fourth year, it...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Tangy Feta Adds Zest To Salad
Married couple and business partners Holly Hadsell El Hajji and Moumen El Hajji grew up in separate cultures on different continents, but have been in...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // A Savory Shrimp Fave From Ruth’s Chris
Jay Kaneshiro’s first position at Ruth’s Chris Steak House was busboy. Today, he is vice president of Desert Island Restaurants in Hawaii, overseeing operations for...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Aunty Bea Keeps It Traditional
Aunty Bea Rodrigues visited the kitchen with some green bananas and a spunky personality. The former Miss Puerto Rico, born and raised in Hawaii, knows...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Fine Art Of Blending Wines
Like the artist who blends colors to create masterful pieces, so do winemakers blend in order to reach the highest pinnacle of their product. The...

Lanai Tabura
Cooking Hawaiian Style // Sari Sari — Shaken, Not Stirred
Richard Butuyan is part of the Filipino food empire Elena’s in Waipahu. I’ve been going to the family establishment for more than 20 years, and...


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