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STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Magnolia Bakery closed 13 months after it opened in the Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center. Above, Bobbie Lloyd, chief baking officer at Magnolia Bakery, with orders of French toast (slices of brioche soaked in a sweet egg custard and grilled, with a choice of apple or blueberry compote) front, and a croque madame (grilled ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with Dijonnaise, baked with a bechamel sauce and topped with an egg).

Magnolia eateries at Ala Moana close amid diner dissatisfaction

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Magnolia Bakery closed 13 months after it opened in the Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center. Above, Bobbie Lloyd, chief baking officer at Magnolia Bakery, with orders of French toast (slices of brioche soaked in a sweet egg custard and grilled, with a choice of apple or blueberry compote) front, and a croque madame (grilled ham and Gruyere cheese sandwich with Dijonnaise, baked with a bechamel sauce and topped with an egg).

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm
New York City-based Magnolia Bakery opened in the vaunted Ewa Wing of Ala Moana Center on Nov. 12 amid about 5 tons of hype. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Masi Tunoa, left, with Tiffany Tunoa, RJ Alo and Nina Auelua, dig into plate lunches at Bob’s Bar-B-Que.

Popular barbecue restaurant plans Kaneohe expansion

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Masi Tunoa, left, with Tiffany Tunoa, RJ Alo and Nina Auelua, dig into plate lunches at Bob’s Bar-B-Que.

Updated on  January 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm
The aromatic and hunger-inducing Kapalama institution Bob’s Bar-B-Que is heading to Kaneohe. Read More
ECCO/HARPERCOLLINS
                                Masaharu Morimoto will be at Williams-Sonoma at Ala Moana Center on Christmas Eve for a meet-and-greet and to autograph copies of the book.

Morimoto takes the rules out of Japanese cooking

ECCO/HARPERCOLLINS
                                Masaharu Morimoto will be at Williams-Sonoma at Ala Moana Center on Christmas Eve for a meet-and-greet and to autograph copies of the book.

Updated on  December 22, 2016 at 10:22 am
Chef Masaharu Morimoto suspects that many home cooks don’t attempt Japanese food because of the mystique around the cuisine. Read More
COURTESY SEWELLSHOUSE.CO.UK
                                Team Hawaii’s halibut seared in brown butter and duck fat was served with lobster Tom Yum broth; mashed potatoes flavored with lobster, truffle and duck fat; stone crab ceviche salsa; and lobster chili oil.

Isle chef takes second at World Food Championships

COURTESY SEWELLSHOUSE.CO.UK
                                Team Hawaii’s halibut seared in brown butter and duck fat was served with lobster Tom Yum broth; mashed potatoes flavored with lobster, truffle and duck fat; stone crab ceviche salsa; and lobster chili oil.

Updated on  December 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm
Hawaii chef James Aptakin and his Team Hawaii won the seafood competition at the fifth annual World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala. — bragging rights that came with $15,000. Read More
COURTESY TOWN
                                The creations of former Hawaii chef Bryan Nagao at his Hong Kong restaurant Town have drawn the attention of the Michelin guide for two years in a row.

Michelin lauds kamaaina chef abroad

COURTESY TOWN
                                The creations of former Hawaii chef Bryan Nagao at his Hong Kong restaurant Town have drawn the attention of the Michelin guide for two years in a row.

Updated on  November 30, 2016 at 5:34 am
It’s not every year that a Hawaii-grown chef is mentioned in a regional Michelin guide, but it has happened two years in a row for Bryan Nagao, whose Town restaurant in Hong Kong is cited amid the rarefied ink. Read More
COURTESY PHOTO
                                “We keep growing at this point, and somebody said to me the other day, ‘You’re a celebrity.’ I’m like, ‘Stop it, I make doughnuts,’” said Desiree Parada, the co-owner of Donut Dynamite on Maui

Duo wins ‘Sugar Showdown’ with their doughnut prowess

COURTESY PHOTO
                                “We keep growing at this point, and somebody said to me the other day, ‘You’re a celebrity.’ I’m like, ‘Stop it, I make doughnuts,’” said Desiree Parada, the co-owner of Donut Dynamite on Maui

Updated on  November 25, 2016 at 10:38 am
Donut Dynamite in Wailuku specializes in brioche-style doughnuts, but the timed competition was not conducive to the Paradas making their specialties for the judges. Read More
COURTESY PACIFICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA
                                An arugula and prosciutto pizza is among the choices at Pacifico Pizza Napoletana, coming soon to Kapolei.

Kaneohe wood-fired pizzeria expanding to Kapolei

COURTESY PACIFICO PIZZA NAPOLETANA
                                An arugula and prosciutto pizza is among the choices at Pacifico Pizza Napoletana, coming soon to Kapolei.

Updated on  November 17, 2016 at 9:39 am
Pacifico Pizza Napoletana will open its second location in Kapolei during Thanksgiving week, giving area residents a taste of the four different pizza styles that Kaneohe residents have been scarfing down for years. Read More
 
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Chuck Furuya: “You can be the best sommelier, or at mixology, or at ‘cheffing,’ but all those skills are learned over time from many different people,” the master sommelier says.

Master sommelier will share his tips at esteemed seminar

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Chuck Furuya: “You can be the best sommelier, or at mixology, or at ‘cheffing,’ but all those skills are learned over time from many different people,” the master sommelier says.

Updated on  November 11, 2016 at 7:30 am
It is rare to go to Vino and not see Chuck Furuya working the room, engaging with guests, often telling jokes or making puns that are either really funny or so corny you can’t help but bust out laughing. Read More
COURTESY SHAKA TEA
                                Shaka Tea is sold at some 150 local stores statewide for $4 or less per bottle.

Shaka Tea maker will speak at major trade show

COURTESY SHAKA TEA
                                Shaka Tea is sold at some 150 local stores statewide for $4 or less per bottle.

Updated on  November 2, 2016 at 11:12 am
In less than six months, Bella Hughes has gone from product launch to delivering the keynote speech at a national nutrition industry conference — and she is willing to share how she got there, to encourage others. Read More
 
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Shigeru Kikuchi: “Hopefully this restaurant is going to be one of the major spots at Ala Moana,” the local district manager for WDI International said of GEN Korean BBQ House, opening early next year.

WDI International expanding portfolio of local restaurants

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Shigeru Kikuchi: “Hopefully this restaurant is going to be one of the major spots at Ala Moana,” the local district manager for WDI International said of GEN Korean BBQ House, opening early next year.

Updated on  October 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm
The recent local explosion in restaurants is far from over, with newcomers including Tim Ho Wan, GEN Korean BBQ House and Osteria Apetito soon to openunder WDI International’s Hawaii office. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 29,2014
                                Chef Lee Anne Wong

Wong ready to share real deal with poke-hungry New York

STAR-ADVERTISER / MAY 29,2014
                                Chef Lee Anne Wong

Updated on  October 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Chef Lee Anne Wong’s work as consultant for a new poke restaurant will be revealed Monday in New York. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Marie Lau, the owner of Hokulani Bake Shop, is using her marketing degree to expand the business.

‘Cupcake Wars’-winning shop ready to grow with new owner

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Marie Lau, the owner of Hokulani Bake Shop, is using her marketing degree to expand the business.

Updated on  October 7, 2016 at 1:28 pm
Hokulani Bake Shop is under new management and has a new website, but bakes the same cookies, wedding cakes, and most importantly, the artisanal cupcakes that won the company a “Cupcake Wars” competition on Food Network in 2012. Read More
COURTESY DARRIN AUGER
                                Minerva Gonzalez holds a 15-pound soursop found by her boyfriend, Darrin Auger.

Fruit grown on Garden Island may be biggest soursop ever

COURTESY DARRIN AUGER
                                Minerva Gonzalez holds a 15-pound soursop found by her boyfriend, Darrin Auger.

Updated on  September 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm
It’s hard to imagine something growing on a tree that weighs as much as a 3-month-old baby, but a soursop fruit weighing 15.39 pounds was harvested on Kauai this month by Darrin Auger. Read More
COURTESY JEROME BOCUSE
                                Jerome Bocuse, left, with his son Paul and father Paul.

Partnership a boon for young chefs

COURTESY JEROME BOCUSE
                                Jerome Bocuse, left, with his son Paul and father Paul.

Updated on  September 20, 2016 at 5:05 pm
Hawaii’s young chefs will have a better chance of career-building through a new partnership between the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival and the Ment’or BKB Foundation. Read More
ERIKA ENGLE / EENGLE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Fabric-covered lampshades have replaced stained-glass fixtures at the Old Spaghetti Factory.

Fabric shades pop up at Spaghetti Factory

ERIKA ENGLE / EENGLE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Fabric-covered lampshades have replaced stained-glass fixtures at the Old Spaghetti Factory.

Updated on  September 13, 2016 at 6:05 pm
It was alarming recently to see funky-looking, fabric-covered lampshades with dangling fringe in place of the usual Tiffany glass fixtures at Old Spaghetti Factory. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Chef Keoni Chang and Foodland Super Market Ltd. CEO Jenai Wall.

Ala Moana hosts Foodland Farms

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Chef Keoni Chang and Foodland Super Market Ltd. CEO Jenai Wall.

Updated on  August 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm
Foodland returns to Ala Moana Center today with its Foodland Farms concept featuring tons of ready-to-eat meals and made-to-order treats, as well as services exclusive to the new location. Read More
COURTESY FOOD NETWORK
                                Team Lei-Away Leidies — Carey Ofahengaue, left, Autumn Prescott and Summer Prescott — is one of the challengers on Season 7 of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”

Local trio hits the road in their bid to win ‘The Great Food Truck Race’

COURTESY FOOD NETWORK
                                Team Lei-Away Leidies — Carey Ofahengaue, left, Autumn Prescott and Summer Prescott — is one of the challengers on Season 7 of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”

Updated on  August 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm
A trio of Hawaii women got a rarefied opportunity to appear on “The Great Food Truck Race” on Food Network as part of a family-themed competition, and the show premieres Sunday. Read More
COURTESY KAM FAMILY
                                Raymond and Alicia Kam in the 1940s.

Gala to honor new Hall of Famers

COURTESY KAM FAMILY
                                Raymond and Alicia Kam in the 1940s.

Updated on  August 16, 2016 at 7:17 pm
The Hawai‘i Restaurant Association is marking the 10th anniversary of its Hall of Fame inductions with a new group of honorees who have dedicated their professional lives to the growth, quality and image of Hawaii’s restaurant and food service industry. Read More
COURTESY MONA WOOD-SWORD
                                Coming soon: TR Fire Grill, serving Southern favorites with a modern twist. The restaurant opens in September.

TR Grill to fire up Southern favorites at Waikiki location

COURTESY MONA WOOD-SWORD
                                Coming soon: TR Fire Grill, serving Southern favorites with a modern twist. The restaurant opens in September.

Updated on  July 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm
Hawaii will be home to the second TR Fire Grill in the U.S., opened by a veteran isle restaurant group in the new Hilton Garden Inn at 2330 Kuhio Ave. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Nikolaos and Jennifer Loben­dahn present dishes from the menu at their new Over Easy restaurant in Kailua — two plates of Potato N’ Eggs, Kalua Pig Hash, center, and a side order of their own sausage, far right.

Over Easy is product of couple’s dedication

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Nikolaos and Jennifer Loben­dahn present dishes from the menu at their new Over Easy restaurant in Kailua — two plates of Potato N’ Eggs, Kalua Pig Hash, center, and a side order of their own sausage, far right.

Updated on  July 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm
The dishes served at Kailua’s new Over Easy breakfast and brunch spot are unique, though people lining up to try the new venue might not realize how unique until they are seated. Read More

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