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Eat Local Tuesdays

I’m as much for eating local as anyone, but in truth I don’t contribute all that much to our food security. Often what stops me is my wallet. So when Foodland invited me to check out the samples at their…

FUUD: Mama Pho in Aina Haina

Finally. We have pho. A few of us living in East Honolulu have been waiting waiting waiting for Mama Pho to open in the Aina Haina Shopping Center. To the point where we’d pass by the shopping center just to…

Eating frenzy on Kauai

We didn’t have much time. Only on Kauai for two days — and working most of our waking hours — we wanted to see and do and eat as much as we could in a 48-hour span. It’s amazing how…

FUUD: Bernini Honolulu

I had heard about it and I always think about trying it whenever I drive past. So when my girlfriend invited me to dinner at Bernini Honolulu, a new contemporary Italian restaurant that opened in April near Ala Moana Center,…

Cat Chat 24: Mavro’s summer menu

Change can be a good thing. And that’s definitely the case at the award-winning restaurant Chef Mavro, which recently unveiled both a new chef de cuisine and a new summer menu. Back in May, chef/owner George Mavrothalassitis (@chefmavro) hired Paul…

FUUD: Home Bar & Grill

My friends and I have spent a lot of time Kanpai Bar & Grill. A lot. So much, in fact, we even knew the shifts of the servers. So when some of the staff left Kanpai to work in the…

FUUD: Stanley’s Chicken Market on Ward

There’s nothing like chicken right off the grill. And I particularly love the local-style huli-huli chicken, which you hardly see around anymore. While some places — like Koala Moa on Nimitz Highway — offer a variation of the trademarked chicken, nothing…

Iconic Hawaii eateries

Well, who knew Monday’s blog would be such a talker! But then again, I shouldn’t be surprised. Hawaii has changed so much over the past few decades, it’s easy to find something to miss. Longs Drugs Stores are now owned…

FUUD: Cafe Sistina on King Street

Who would have thought a meat lasagna and ragu bolognese would have been our last meals? It almost was, had that 8.9-magnitude earthquake off Honshu, Japan generated a destructive tsunami that hit our Islands. (Luckily, it wasn’t too bad. Surges…

FUUD: Azul at Ko Olina

If you think there’s no place to eat on Oahu’s West Side, 1) you haven’t been there lately and 2) you certainly haven’t been to Azul at the Ihilani. This award-winning signature restaurant on the property of JW Marriott’s luxurious…

FUUD: Zia’s Caffe in Kaneohe

There’s something about that drive through the Likelike tunnel over to Kaneohe that makes me hungry. Maybe it’s the stunning views of the Koolau Mountains and Kaneohe Bay from the highway. Maybe it’s that feeling of leaving Honolulu’s crowded urban…

FUUD: Sorabol the best Korean eats?

I love Korean food. You name it, I’ll probably eat it. And it’s not because I watch Korean dramas. (I don’t.) And it’s not because I love spicy foods. (I do, but my stomach doesn’t.) It’s the big, robust, no-shame…

FUUD: Waioli Tea Room in Manoa

Every year my family goes out to dinner on Christmas Eve. And we like to try new restaurants, though with some restrictions, like, “not in Waikiki” and “not going to make my parents take out a second mortgage on the…

FUUD: Shogunai Tacos

Matt Duffy waited a little too long. He had been working on a unique taco truck — loosely based on the Korean taco trucks popular in L.A. and something Hawaii hadn’t seen — but within a year, several new ones opened…

FUUD: Your favorite pho

The other day I had lunch with HAWAII Magazine editor Derek Paiva and the acclaimed food critic (and Scorpio) John Heckathorn. They took me to their favorite Vietnamese restaurant that they said served the best pho around. I love pho.…

FUUD: Pablo’s Cantina in Ward Centre

It’s not every day you come across an Irish-themed pub that serves Mexican food. But that’s exactly what Pablo McGinty’s is, a pub-slash-cantina that’s popular on the Mainland. Too bad that’s not what opened last month in the space vacated…

FUUD: Tsukuneya Robata Grill near UH

I remember when Tsukuneya Robata Grill opened in the spot on the corner of University Avenue and Dole Street vacated by Players Sports Bar (and before that, Pizza Hut). And I remember, after eating my first meal there, “This isn’t…

FUUD: Bruno’s Forno in Chinatown

The one thing I miss about working in downtown is the lunch scene. There are so many restaurants, coffee shops and takeout spots to choose from, serving everything from sushi to vegetarian curry. So when I get a chance to…