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COURTESY CROPSTICKS CO.
                                A chopstick rest breaks off the bottom of a pair of Cropsticks, made of sustainable bamboo.

New take on ancient utensil

COURTESY CROPSTICKS CO.
                                A chopstick rest breaks off the bottom of a pair of Cropsticks, made of sustainable bamboo.

Updated on  March 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm
Cropsticks are disposable bamboo chopsticks with a built-in, break-off rest conceived by Moanalua High School graduate Mylen Yamamoto while on a flight to Asia in 2015. Read More
GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Roberto Viernes’ 2015 Fil pinot noir is made by Chapter 24 Vineyards on the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Master sommelier introduces own pinot noir label

GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Roberto Viernes’ 2015 Fil pinot noir is made by Chapter 24 Vineyards on the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Updated on  March 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm
Master sommelier Roberto Viernes has launched his own wine label, Fil, French for “thread.” Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / OCT. 22
                                Kenji Chiba of Chibakiya in Tokyo participated in a ramen chefs’ battle at last year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

Festival breaks record with $394,000

STAR-ADVERTISER / OCT. 22
                                Kenji Chiba of Chibakiya in Tokyo participated in a ramen chefs’ battle at last year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 4:30 pm
The accounting has been done on the proceeds of last year’s Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, and the results were announced Tuesday: A record $394,000 was raised for 14 local charities. Read More
COURTESY SWEET CREAMS ICE CREAM ROLLS
                                Strawberry Shortcake topped with Fruity Pebbles is one of the choices at Sweet Creams. Bowls of rolled ice cream are $5 and $7; 50 cents more for up to three added toppings.

Icy Thai street treat rolls into diners’ hearts

COURTESY SWEET CREAMS ICE CREAM ROLLS
                                Strawberry Shortcake topped with Fruity Pebbles is one of the choices at Sweet Creams. Bowls of rolled ice cream are $5 and $7; 50 cents more for up to three added toppings.

Updated on  February 21, 2017 at 9:56 pm
If ice cream and a jelly roll had a baby, it would be rolled ice cream, a frozen treat that originated on the streets of Thailand and has been making its way across the U.S. for about two years. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Find these packages of delight in Chinatown and at Don Quijote locations, where an 8-ounce bag goes for $3.99. (It’s best to call ahead to be sure they’re in stock.)

Candy emboldens flavor of tamarind

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Find these packages of delight in Chinatown and at Don Quijote locations, where an 8-ounce bag goes for $3.99. (It’s best to call ahead to be sure they’re in stock.)

Updated on  February 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm
A favorite of many tamarind fans is a Thai hard candy made with tamarind extract, distributed in Hawaii under the Enjoy label. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Wilton’s Easy Layers! Heart Cake kit is scaled to make a five-layer cake with one boxed cake mix.

Love comes in layers

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Wilton’s Easy Layers! Heart Cake kit is scaled to make a five-layer cake with one boxed cake mix.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm
An easy layer cake is within reach using Wilton’s heart-shaped silicon molds, which can be used to microwave or bake a personal-size cake. Read More
 
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Moon cakes shaped like pigs are among new items at Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery in Chinatown.

Chinatown finds

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Moon cakes shaped like pigs are among new items at Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery in Chinatown.

Updated on  January 25, 2017 at 4:11 pm
If you’re tired of seeing roosters this Chinese New Year season, look for the pig at Sing Cheong Yuan Bakery. Read More
 
COURTESY MAHINA & SUN’S
                                Mahina & Sun’s Presidential Martini is based on the drink President Obama ordered there.

Obama’s drink order spawns signature quaff

COURTESY MAHINA & SUN’S
                                Mahina & Sun’s Presidential Martini is based on the drink President Obama ordered there.

Updated on  January 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm
A president of the United States tends to leave an indelible impression on a restaurant, and so it was with Mahina & Sun’s,where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dined Dec. 29. Read More
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mug Cakes cook up in the microwave. They come in chocolate and vanilla with dark chocolate bits.

Grab a box of cookies and support a Scout

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mug Cakes cook up in the microwave. They come in chocolate and vanilla with dark chocolate bits.

Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 1:47 pm
Just when you thought you’d survived the temptations of the holidays, in comes a new one: Girl Scout cookies. Read More
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Island Lava’s newest Baker’s Brittle flavor — Java Lava — is shown here with pieces nibbled into a replica of the Hawaiian Islands.

Cookie thins line adds Java Lava flavor

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Island Lava’s newest Baker’s Brittle flavor — Java Lava — is shown here with pieces nibbled into a replica of the Hawaiian Islands.

Updated on  January 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm
Fans of the popular Island Lava Baker’s Brittle — cookie thins with a chiplike crispiness — will no doubt find room in their hearts for yet another flavor in the line: Java Lava. Read More
COURTESY OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD
                                An Outstanding in the Field dinner at Kualoa Ranch takes advantage of the dramatic setting.

Meals reconnect diners with farms

COURTESY OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD
                                An Outstanding in the Field dinner at Kualoa Ranch takes advantage of the dramatic setting.

Updated on  December 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm
Calling itself “the roving restaurant without walls,” Outstanding in the Field returns to the isles next month for the fifth year to hold several farm-to-table meals literally at the source: the farms themselves. Read More
COURTESY HALEKULANI
                                Homemade Lasagnette is quickly becoming the signature dish of the new Orchids menu. It incorporates fresh sheets of pasta with Kahuku prawns, scallops and avocado.

New chef, new direction at Halekulani’s Orchids

COURTESY HALEKULANI
                                Homemade Lasagnette is quickly becoming the signature dish of the new Orchids menu. It incorporates fresh sheets of pasta with Kahuku prawns, scallops and avocado.

Updated on  December 20, 2016 at 5:38 pm
It’s been only two months since chef Christian Testa walked in the door as the new chef at Orchids in the Halekulani, but he’s already revamped the menu, moving it from contemporary seafood to Mediterranean in theme. Read More
COURTESY RYAN YAMAMOTO/MIDDLE MANAGEMENT
                                On the menu at the new Senia: A BBQ Beet Salad with cucumber, crushed avocado and a sunflower, grain and seed mix.

Long-awaited Senia opens today downtown

COURTESY RYAN YAMAMOTO/MIDDLE MANAGEMENT
                                On the menu at the new Senia: A BBQ Beet Salad with cucumber, crushed avocado and a sunflower, grain and seed mix.

Updated on  December 14, 2016 at 11:03 am
Ladies and gentlemen, the time has finally come: Senia, perhaps the most anticipated restaurant of the year, opens today in Chinatown. Read More
GEORGE F. LEE GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A beef and reindeer hot dog is a holiday special at Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kakaako.

Class covers mixing and tasting tea

GEORGE F. LEE GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A beef and reindeer hot dog is a holiday special at Hank’s Haute Dogs in Kakaako.

Updated on  December 6, 2016 at 5:54 pm
Learn the art of blending tea by making your own mix at a workshop Monday at Island Bungalow Hawaii in Kailua. Read More
COURTESY BRAVO
                                Maui chef Sheldon Simeon is back on “Top Chef.”

Maui chef ready for second shot at top

COURTESY BRAVO
                                Maui chef Sheldon Simeon is back on “Top Chef.”

Updated on  December 1, 2016 at 10:17 am
“‘Top Chef’ has changed my life dramatically,” said Sheldon Simeon upon his return to the television competition. Read More
COURTESY BAKER’S HEART
                                Baker’s Heart Oatmeal-Flax Cookies are made with quinoa as well as golden flax seeds, chocolate chips and cranberries. The cookies can be made gluten-free, using Baker’s Heart’s own breadfruit flour, for an extra charge.

Cookies with heart (and soul)

COURTESY BAKER’S HEART
                                Baker’s Heart Oatmeal-Flax Cookies are made with quinoa as well as golden flax seeds, chocolate chips and cranberries. The cookies can be made gluten-free, using Baker’s Heart’s own breadfruit flour, for an extra charge.

Updated on  November 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm
At Baker’s Heart, cookies and biscotti are points on the path to self-sufficiency. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / MARCH 15
                                Chef Adam Tabura, second from left, works with culinary students at Leeward Community College during a photo shoot for his cookbook, “A Filipino Kitchen.”

Tabura brothers in spotlight

STAR-ADVERTISER / MARCH 15
                                Chef Adam Tabura, second from left, works with culinary students at Leeward Community College during a photo shoot for his cookbook, “A Filipino Kitchen.”

Updated on  November 15, 2016 at 6:14 pm
Brothers Adam and Lanai Tabura will sign copies of their cookbooks at Barnes & Noble at Ala Moana Center as the holidayshopping season kicks off. Read More
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Restaurant Week makes great meals affordable

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Updated on  November 11, 2016 at 11:54 am
Restaurant Week Hawaii is the breakout week for foodies on a budget — when more than 60 top Oahu restaurants present menus at special prices. Read More
COURTESY MILTON HEE
                                Milton Hee’s pastry photo illustrates the finer points of capturing food on camera.

Give it your best shot

COURTESY MILTON HEE
                                Milton Hee’s pastry photo illustrates the finer points of capturing food on camera.

Updated on  November 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm
The Eyes of Hawaii Photography Club is opening its Nov. 12 workshop at Wahiawa Botanical Gardens to anyone in search of advice on the topic of food photography. Read More

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