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Erika Engle has worked in Hawaii media since 1979. She writes “TheBuzz” column and additional stories about the restaurant and broader food service industries for "Crave" in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

She was named 2008 Small Business Journalist of the Year, City and County of Honolulu, by the U.S. Small Business Administration (Hawaii).

Prior to her newspaper days, Engle worked in radio and television.

 

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                                The Street is the creation of award-winning chef Michael Mina (pictured at center, wearing two lei), whose Mina Group also owns Stripsteak in the complex.

The Street food hall opens in International Market Place

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                                The Street is the creation of award-winning chef Michael Mina (pictured at center, wearing two lei), whose Mina Group also owns Stripsteak in the complex.

Updated on  May 20, 2017 at 9:20 pm
Four food and drink concepts in The Street, a social hall with 12 new-to-Hawaii, chef-driven storefronts in the International Market Place, opened after a Hawaiian blessing Friday. Read More
COURTESY HONBUSHIN INTERNATIONAL CENTER
                                The annual Daikon Festival in Mililani draws enthusiasts of all ages, who are invited to harvest the sturdy root vegetable, which is popular in Japanese and othercuisines. Brady and Elliott show off their harvest.

At its root the Daikon Festival is all about gratitude

COURTESY HONBUSHIN INTERNATIONAL CENTER
                                The annual Daikon Festival in Mililani draws enthusiasts of all ages, who are invited to harvest the sturdy root vegetable, which is popular in Japanese and othercuisines. Brady and Elliott show off their harvest.

Updated on  May 20, 2017 at 12:26 am
The Honbushin International Center in Mililani offers families the opportunity to harvest their own vegetable and sample different dishes. Read More
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                                Zak Barry, left, Matthew Hong and Luke Untermann, co-owners of Banan, serve up some of their frozen treats at theirUniversity Avenue shop. Banan is expanding with a third location in Royal Hawaiian Center.

Banan stoked to land spot on Waikiki Beach

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                                Zak Barry, left, Matthew Hong and Luke Untermann, co-owners of Banan, serve up some of their frozen treats at theirUniversity Avenue shop. Banan is expanding with a third location in Royal Hawaiian Center.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm
The founders of Banan next month will open a third location for their unique frozen treats at none other than the Royal Hawaiian Center. Read More
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                                The EARL sandwich shop serves up creations such as avocado toast, buttered ciabatta bread topped with avocado, crushed red pepper, lemon zest and extra- virgin olive oil; and the French dip with striploin, roasted garlic mayonnaise, fennel-onion marmalade, havarti cheese and chimichurri sauce.

EARL serves up serious sandwiches

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                                The EARL sandwich shop serves up creations such as avocado toast, buttered ciabatta bread topped with avocado, crushed red pepper, lemon zest and extra- virgin olive oil; and the French dip with striploin, roasted garlic mayonnaise, fennel-onion marmalade, havarti cheese and chimichurri sauce.

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm
The serious craft sandwich experience is what EARL seeks to give customers at its small Kaimuki space. Read More
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                                Cafe Laufer founder Cyrus Goo, left, and longtime employee Melvin Avecilla.

Cafe founder passing the torch

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                                Cafe Laufer founder Cyrus Goo, left, and longtime employee Melvin Avecilla.

Updated on  May 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm
Cafe Laufer founder Cyrus Goo is giving longtime employee Melvin Avecilla a once-in-a-lifetime gift: ownership of the restaurant. Read More
COURTESY HAWAI‘I CONVENTION CENTER
                                Among the delectable offerings at the inaugural Sunset Mele Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday will be adobo-marinated pork shoulder with vegetables.

Mother’s Day brunch debuts at Hawai‘i Convention Center

COURTESY HAWAI‘I CONVENTION CENTER
                                Among the delectable offerings at the inaugural Sunset Mele Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday will be adobo-marinated pork shoulder with vegetables.

Updated on  May 11, 2017 at 11:50 pm
The Hawai‘i Convention Center’s inaugural Sunset Mele Mother’s Day Brunch will be a special experience. Read More
COURTESY TRACY ORILLO-DONOVAN
                                Josh, left, Jackie and Jim Donovan, and Tracy Orillo-Donovan, together in March.

A mother’s love endures in a trove of tasty memories

COURTESY TRACY ORILLO-DONOVAN
                                Josh, left, Jackie and Jim Donovan, and Tracy Orillo-Donovan, together in March.

Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 5:58 pm
This is the time of year we think about doing nice things for our mothers, but this story is about an enduring gift that a mother prepared for her family. Read More
COURTESY KAN ZAMAN
                                Shakshouka, or eggs poached in tomato sauce, is served at Kan Zaman, now with two locations, in Chinatown and Kaimuki.

Mediterranean restaurant expands across town

COURTESY KAN ZAMAN
                                Shakshouka, or eggs poached in tomato sauce, is served at Kan Zaman, now with two locations, in Chinatown and Kaimuki.

Updated on  May 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm
Moroccan and Lebanese food have been added to Kaimuki’s vibrant food scene now that Kan Zaman has expanded to a second location. Read More
COURTESY NANAKULI HIGH AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
                                Entertainment will be provided through the night, including Samoan performances, Tahitian dances, hula by the May Day court and music by the band Kamaha‘o.

Enjoy food and music galore at Nanakuli event

COURTESY NANAKULI HIGH AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
                                Entertainment will be provided through the night, including Samoan performances, Tahitian dances, hula by the May Day court and music by the band Kamaha‘o.

Updated on  May 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm
Those of us who fondly remember May Day ceremonies of past years, with all their pageantry, can once again be a part of the flowers, fun and food at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. Read More
COURTESY KEVIN LEE
                                A turnip cake with roasted ti leaf consomme will be on the tasting menu when Pai Honolulu opens next month at Harbor Court.

Pai aims to uplift, inspire with innovative approach

COURTESY KEVIN LEE
                                A turnip cake with roasted ti leaf consomme will be on the tasting menu when Pai Honolulu opens next month at Harbor Court.

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm
Kevin Lee, sous-chef at Dovetail restaurant in New York when it was awarded its first Michelin star, opens his own Honolulu restaurant in a little more than a month. Read More
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                                The Kanaka Nui plate from Waiahole Poi Factory is loaded with laulau, kalua pork, chicken long rice, luau leaf, lomisalmon, haupia and poi. For dessert: a kulolo-haupia ice cream, Sweet Lady of Waiahole.

North Shore snapshot: Waiahole Poi Factory

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                                The Kanaka Nui plate from Waiahole Poi Factory is loaded with laulau, kalua pork, chicken long rice, luau leaf, lomisalmon, haupia and poi. For dessert: a kulolo-haupia ice cream, Sweet Lady of Waiahole.

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm
Waiahole Poi Factory is a Windward Coast institution, family owned and operated since 1971. Read More
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                                Bins of tako poke and lomi salmon are ready for purchase at Kahuku Superette.

North Shore snapshot: Kahuku Superette

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                                Bins of tako poke and lomi salmon are ready for purchase at Kahuku Superette.

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm
Kahuku Superette makes a bold claim on a banner on the rustic storefront: Home of the Original Poke Bowl. Read More
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                                HI-BBQ co-owners Cove Pontin and Kate Neville named their most popular plate the 18 & Over.

Duo’s barbecue biz is smokin’ in Kahuku

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                                HI-BBQ co-owners Cove Pontin and Kate Neville named their most popular plate the 18 & Over.

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 5:50 pm
The huge red, white and blue HI-BBQ truck on the mauka side of Kamehameha Highway in Kahuku stands out mightily amid the verdant scenery, serving a variety of meats cooked low-and-slow in a smoker. Read More
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                                Almira Ah You — the “Tita” of new food trucks at the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hukilau Marketplace — holds fried poke and poke nachos from the Sam Choy & Tita’s Seafood & Poke Truck. Behind her, chef Missy Stankovich passes a plate to chef/cashier Cyrus Horomona.

Food trucks make a splash at Hukilau Marketplace

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                                Almira Ah You — the “Tita” of new food trucks at the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hukilau Marketplace — holds fried poke and poke nachos from the Sam Choy & Tita’s Seafood & Poke Truck. Behind her, chef Missy Stankovich passes a plate to chef/cashier Cyrus Horomona.

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 6:12 pm
Sam Choy’s famed poke, Tita’s Grill’s deeply flavored local favorites, thick, buttery Polynesian toast and more are featured at new food trucks in Hukilau Marketplace, open to the public at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Read More

Hawaii native wins Beard Award

A former Hawaii resident snagged a James Beard Award today, though no Hawaii restaurants or chefs were among thefinalists. Read More
Updated on  May 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm
COURTESY MARY, STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH AND SCHOOLS
                                The theme of this year’s East Honolulu Food Festival is disco.

Sounds of the ’70s to whet appetites at annual food fest

COURTESY MARY, STAR OF THE SEA CHURCH AND SCHOOLS
                                The theme of this year’s East Honolulu Food Festival is disco.

Updated on  April 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm
The disco era — a fond memory for many islanders of a certain age, whether they be Macho Men or Dancing Queens — will be revived at this year’s East Honolulu Food Festival, at least for a few hours. Read More
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                                New vegan items at ‘Umeke Market include a taco salad, left, kalo curry and Aina Stew.

‘Umeke switches over to vegan menu

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                                New vegan items at ‘Umeke Market include a taco salad, left, kalo curry and Aina Stew.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm
A go-to business for natural and organic food downtown has gone vegan with a new owner, a new chef and organic kalo (taro) as one of its key ingredients. Read More
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                                Chef David Varley on Friday described an appliance to be installed at the salad counter at The Street.

The Street set to open in June

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                                Chef David Varley on Friday described an appliance to be installed at the salad counter at The Street.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm
Diners will get a preview of “The Street, a Michael Mina Social House” when three of the venues open May 19. Read More
COURTESY ‘IOLANI SCHOOL
                                The Kinders BBQ Ribs booth slathers its meaty ribs in organic barbecue sauce. This year the booth also will offer a wagyu cocktail sausage and marinated huli chicken.

‘Iolani Fair offers games, rides and a variety of flavorful fare

COURTESY ‘IOLANI SCHOOL
                                The Kinders BBQ Ribs booth slathers its meaty ribs in organic barbecue sauce. This year the booth also will offer a wagyu cocktail sausage and marinated huli chicken.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 5:26 pm
Whether you eat to live or live to eat, carnivals and fairs generally provide the goods. This weekend’s “Road Trip USA”-themed ‘Iolani Fair definitely fits the bill, with more than 50 food choices, from hot dogs to chef-made dishes in a gourmet tent. Read More
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                                The Malafrozada, a malasada-flavored ice cream, is made with fresh pastries from Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery.

Malasadas make creamy, icy treat

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                                The Malafrozada, a malasada-flavored ice cream, is made with fresh pastries from Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm
Malasada-flavored ice cream has become a reality at Pipeline Bakeshop & Creamery at 3632 Waialae Ave. Malafrozada debuted officially Easter Sunday. Read More
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                                Crab fried rice and beef lemongrass soup are specialties of Broken Rice, a Vietnamese Bistro.

Enjoy full flavors of ‘broken’ specialty

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                                Crab fried rice and beef lemongrass soup are specialties of Broken Rice, a Vietnamese Bistro.

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm
Classic Vietnamese flavors and contemporary sensibilities combine in flavorful pho, beef, pork and chicken dishes at Broken Rice, which officially opened in Kaimuki on March 1. Read More