Author: Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

Delicious deals this week

Like the rest of Oahu, we're crossing fingers that lockdown 2.0 will end this week. In the meantime, it's a few more days of takeout only and the deals, they still abound. Here's what we found. Basalt: 10% off $10…

Your guide to pickup and delivery of local snacks and essentials

Maybe you're not comfortable venturing out these days. Maybe you're tired of scrolling through Instacart looking for fresh local produce and snacks. Lucky for you, options for local delivery and pickup are increasing, not just for Island-grown fruits and vegetables but…

Vino's $58 takeout dinner for two is a deal

The pandemic has changed the landscape of dining in Hawaii, giving rise to creative pivots at restaurants that have stayed open. That's why DK Restaurants' Waikiki-based Sansei and DK Steak House have been operating out of Vino Italian Tapas &…

There's AYCE soup, salad and pasta in Moanalua

Olive Garden is famous for its unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks. For the month of July, locals can experience something similar — but with pasta thrown in — for $12.99 at Mangiamo by 604. AYCE soup, salad and pasta is…

Ice cream patrol: Costco has new ice cream sundaes

When Frolic assistant editor Thomas Obungen texted me that the Costco food court now has ice cream sundaes, I practically leapt off my chair. It was like my prayers for respite from the muggy, sweltering heat had been answered. I…

Grilled cheese 2.0: Three crispy, oozy new sandwiches

It turns out that for us, pandemic eating means comfort eating. And by us I mean me and by by comfort eating, I mainly mean grilled cheese.  The quintessential American sandwich never gets old. There's something so soothing and nostalgic…

Kakaako's Bluetree Cafe now serves $5 glasses of wine

Bluetree Cafe is known for its health-conscious coffee drinks and cold-pressed juice cleanses, but when I saw a recent post on Instagram, I had to stop scrolling to make sure my eyes did not deceive me.  A glass of wine for $5? Wait,…

Dine-in and takeout menus for Father's Day 2020

What are you treating Dad to on Father's Day this Sunday? Now that restaurants can welcome diners again, you have your choice to spoil him with both dine-in and takeout specials. Whether you want the ultimate barbecue feast or a…

Kapolei gets a new ramen and izakaya spot

I don't go to Kapolei often but I found myself there twice in the same week for the new Tanaka Ramen and Izakaya.  See also: Our go-to: Ramen Tanaka Ramen is in Kapolei Marketplace, in the former Agu Ramen space on the…

Changes you'll see when you eat at restaurants again

You dove into cooking at home in March, then stepped up the restaurant takeout and deliveries, and even experimented with DIY food kits for hot, fresh food with minimal effort. And now, at last, the day we've been waiting for…

Still at home? Here are fun DIY food & drink kits

Let's face it: We love our beach time, but we're still looking for ways to fill home time. Thanks to some easy DIY kits, we can be our own gourmet chef or mixologist and end up with something fresh and…

These Oahu restaurants are reopening for dine-in

Editor's note: We did our best, but we had to stop updating this list on June 4, the night before Oahu restaurants reopened their dining rooms, when announcements from eateries started coming in too fast for us to keep up.…

Jolene's Market just debuted a fried chicken sandwich

Like many other restaurants, Jolene's Market closed temporarily when Hawaii's stay-at-home order began. But the Chinatown food hall recently reopened for takeout, revealing a new, hugely expanded menu at Da Buttah Lobster. See also: Honolulu's newest lobster roll is in…