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Food & Dining

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

Jo McGarry
Table Talk // The Fruits Of A Chef’s Tasting Vacation
Keith Endo is in the kitchen at Vino Italian Restaurant, opening a package of Iberico ham and marveling at the creaminess of the fat surrounding...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Knowledge Can Improve A Wine’s Taste
This is a story of the chicken and the egg. Which came first? Which one is more important? I pondered this conundrum after a benefit...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Paul Ajifu
General Manager, Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel and Resort Where were you born and raised? I was born in San Diego and came to Kailua...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Exploring Some New Vegas Eateries
Classic American pub fare kicked up to another level is Chef Michael Mina’s new offering, Pub 1842, at the MGM Grand Hotel. This casual tavern...

Jo McGarry
Table Talk // The Secret To The Best Thanksgiving
I’ve found, over the years, that people fall into entirely different culinary camps when it comes to Thanksgiving. There are perfectionists, or those who at...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Ben Fong
Owner/chef, Sumo Ramen Restaurant, Kaneohe Where were you born and raised? Canton, China. Have you always worked in the restaurant industry? Yes, I started my...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // A Taste Of What’s New In Vegas
Vegas – what can you say except excess and plenty of it! This week and next, I am sharing some fabulous new restaurants in Las...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // The Most Hedonistic Time Of The Year
Oooh yeah! Thanksgiving is here and, as you may know, it is my favorite holiday of the year. I think it is the most hedonistic...

Jo McGarry
Table Talk // Great Baking At Fendu In Manoa
‘Tis the season for eating and drinking, so put away the leftover Halloween candy and start planning your holiday dining. If you’re going to gain...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // ‘Tis The Season For Leah’s Latkes
For Honolulu’s Leah Bernstein, this is one of her favorite times of the year. As president of the record label Mountain Apple Company, it’s also...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // John Iha
Executive Chef, Hiroshi Restaurant. What started your love of cooking? Like most people I grew up with good local food being cooked at home. But...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Mixed Message: Phones At Wine Dinners
So I am hosting a wine dinner at one of our local Italian restaurants, and between courses I notice that almost everyone is tapping away...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Forget The Golf Clubs — Grab A Fork
It’s worth a trip to Kapolei Golf Course just to eat at the restaurant! It is a feast for the eyes as well as the...

Jo McGarry
Table Talk // Joining The Fight Against Hunger
The smiles on the faces of Gerald Shintaku (Kraft Foods Hawaii) and Polly Kauahi (Hawaii Foodbank) at the Nov. 4 Kraft Check-Out Hunger kickoff this...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // Next Generation Of Master Sommeliers
I think the wine service in Hawaii just got better over the past three days. Yes, almost overnight, the knowledge, service standards and abilities of...

Jo McGarry
Food & Beverage Focus // Jason Takemura
Where were you born and raised? Here in Hawaii. I went to the Mainland for culinary school and then worked my way back to the...

Jo McGarry
Table Talk // Holiday Stress? Try Turkey Dinner To Go
Once you’ve brought the leftover Halloween candy to the office and disposed of the pumpkin seeds you meant to oven-dry but didn’t, it’s time to...

Roberto Viernes
Vino Sense // A Sommelier’s Brewing Love Of Beer
My wife noticed that I have been drinking more beer lately. I know that the name of this column is Vino Sense and that I...

Diana Helfand
Heart-y Chef // Producing A Nutrition Powerhouse
David Farmer’s professional career combines the law and the arts. He’s been an actor, director and producer for the past 40 years, and appeared in...

Jo McGarry
Table Talk // Applause-worthy Fare On Stage Menu
For an eatery viewed as slightly “different” when it first opened, Stage Restaurant has dealt its critics the best revenge – a successful wine bar,...


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