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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…

Introducing Cat Chat

People have asked me, “Why don’t you do TV?”And my answer is always the same: “I don’t own a hairbrush.”That’s partly true — the other part being that I never felt I fit into the traditional TV mold. I don’t sit…

ASK DR. DISH: Male shortage

Question: A September 6 post … highlighted the growing acceptance and pride among small breasted women (and much of the public at large) that small is beautiful, too.Well, Dr. Dish, I’ll be blunt: I’m a mature man who’s hung like…

Dear ‘Hawaii Five-0’ writers

Dear “Hawaii Five-0” writers,We feel your pain.It’s hard enough making the show interesting, figuring out creative plot lines and ways to get Grace Park to wear next to nothing in every episode. We get it.But we didn’t realize writing in…

Here’s a secret: don’t bathe

My entire life I’ve been told — sometimes forced — to take a bath.It’s something we, as Americans, do every day — Hawaii folks prefer evenings to mornings — as part of our personal hygiene ritual. We shower, we brush our teeth,…

FUUD: Rainbow Dine-In & Take-Out in Waikiki

Years ago, Rainbow Drive-In, the popular plate lunch spot on Kapahulu Avenue, opened Rainbow Drive-In Express on Coral Street in Kakaako, serving its specialties such as loco moco and chicken cutlet to the downtown crowd.But it turned out to be…

ASK DR. DISH: Buy an iPad?

Question: An easy one for ya: should I buy an iPad or what? The more I see them around, the more I want one. But is this just Apple trying to suck me in and steal my money? You have…

McRib returns to happy fans

It’s back.After a 16-year hiatus, the beloved McRib sandwich, a cult favorite on the McDonald’s menu, returned yesterday to all 14,000 locations nationwide for six weeks.The McRib — not the healthiest option at the fast-food chain with 26 grams of fat…

How annoying is product placement?

It’s not a recent phenomenon.Product placement has been around for decades, gaining popularity in the ’80s with movies such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” which prominently featured Reese’s Pieces.These days two-thirds of advertisers employ what’s called “branded entertainment” — or product…

‘Long hair not appropriate for grown-ups’

The New York Times published an essay by writer Dominique Browning last week that begged the question, “Why can’t middle-aged women have long hair?”Especially long gray hair.It got me thinking about middle-aged (or older) women I knew and, hmm, she…

FUUD: Chef Mavro on King Street

The last time I ate at Chef Mavro on the corner of King and McCully streets was several years ago — well before the high-end restaurant received national accolades like the AAA Five Diamond Award or the designation of Top…

Scare my costume off

I’ve never been a big horror movie fan.Sure, I’ve seen the classics such as “The Exorcist,” “Psycho” and “Scream.” But I probably only saw 20 percent of each film, my head usually ducked into my lap and my fingers jammed…

ASK DR. DISH: Love those jerks

Question: I am living proof that nice guys finish last. My girlfriend of six months dumped me and went back to her abusive ex-boyfriend, a guy that cheated on her and made her feel bad about herself all the time.…

Ho, brah, I stay local now

This Saturday I helped at a journalism workshop for high school students, where they had to participate in actual press conferences and write stories or blogs afterward.One of the press conferences featured a University of Hawaii-Manoa film student who has…

Flush with frustration

The other day I was walking into the public bathroom at Ala Moana Center and immediately went into that usual internal debate:Which stall should I take? Is anyone in this one? Why don’t people flush toilets?I was about to take…

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…

Love traveling, hate flying

It’s no surprise that most folks hate flying.I mean, what’s to like? You’re stuck in cramped quarters, virtually rubbing elbows with strangers without enough room to pass your neighbor to get to the bathroom, which is smaller than most closets…

‘H50’ no reality show

A cell phone works hundreds of feet under water — and in a submarine, no less.An entrance stamp from a nightclub is readable by black light on a dead woman’s wrist.And “Heroes” star Masi Oka is a medical examiner named Max…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Last days in London

It’s hard to believe this nine-day, whirlwind tour of France and England is about to end.It feels like we’ve been here for weeks — considering all the things we packed into this relatively short time — but it also feels…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Hello, London

It’s easy to get lost in London.And not just because every street corner is marked with a different sign or because a lot of places aren’t even marked at all — but because there’s so much to look at, so…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Au revoir, Paris

It’s hard to believe it’s been just 36 hours in Paris.In a way, it feels like we’ve only just arrived. But then again, seeing how much we were able to cram into a day-and-a-half, it almost feels like we’ve been…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Paris

I had heard so much about Paris — good and bad — I actually didn’t know what to expect.People have said it’s dirty, it’s romantic, it’s expensive, the people are rude. Some have touted its vibrant cultural and art offerings;…

DISH DOES EUROPE: Leaving Avignon

I’ll be honest. I didn’t know much about Avignon, France until I got here.And even now, I don’t feel like I truly understand the city’s place in European history.Here’s all I know: the small city about three hours south of…