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PORTLAND, Ore.
Last weekend during my Feast Portland adventure in this Pacific Northwest culinary capital, I squeezed in visits to a few notable dining destinations in the city.

One thing I appreciate about Portland that I’ve learned in my last few visits is that this city loves to explore a lot of global flavors. […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
Put a fork in me because I’m done.

Wait, on second thought, don’t poke me. I may just burst from all the food I’ve been eating the last four days at Feast Portland, the massive food festival here in the wildly weird and quirky city in the Pacific Northwest.

This is my […]

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HONOLULU
When talking about food in Honolulu, you can’t get away from references to The Pig and The Lady, a popular pop-up that started five years ago. People mention its farmers market stand, or the new casual spot that opened in Ward Village. Either way, you have to somehow try a piggy dish when […]

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HONOLULU
When visiting my Mom in Honolulu, dim sum is her go-to lunch option. But many of her favorite dim sum restaurants in Hawaii haven’t really changed since I last visited, and in some ways the quality may have gone down a notch at a couple of spots.

So when my brother suggested checking […]

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HONOLULU
The common refrain my friends and family heard while I was visiting is “Hawaii hasn’t really changed that much.”

Things move slowly here, and that also means things don’t change much, which could be a good thing because the islands are exactly how I remembered. But it also means there aren’t as many […]

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Travel: Eating Around Maui

On June 4, 2017 By

LAHAINA, Maui, Hawaii
For my Hawaii vacation, I took a side trip to Maui, one of the Neighbor Islands of Hawaii and probably the most popular destinations for tourists. It had been a long time since I visited this island, known as the Valley Isle because of its huge green peaks and valleys that […]

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HONOLULU
The story: Mahina & Sun’s is the fourth restaurant from local celebrity chef Ed Kenney, who first brought his farm-to-table style of cooking to Honolulu with his Town restaurant. His latest is a fun, hip casual spot inside the boutique Surfjack Hotel (known for its “Wish You Were Here” Instragram-worthy pool).

Why I […]

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HONOLULU
My gripe about Hawaii’s dining scene is that it doesn’t change very much. So I stayed away for nearly three years and now that I’m in town, I’m playing catch up. First up is one of the island’s most highly touted new openings: Senia.

On a […]

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A Review of Davenport in Portland

On November 30, 2016 By

PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Opened three years ago, Davenport represents the trend of chefs focused on local, seasonal ingredients cooked in casual, homey settings. Chef/Co-owner Kevin Gibson, who once cooked at Castagna and then a pop-up at a sandwich counter, changes the menu to showcase the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest.

Why I went: […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
During this Thanksgiving weekend, I flew up to Portland for a quick holiday weekend to visit my sisters. But even though we had a big Thanksgiving dinner (we celebrated on Friday since I flew in late Thursday), I convinced my sister we needed to try the new Afuri ramen restaurant in Portland’s […]

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After my full week in New York, I spent a long weekend in Chicago and had just as much fun dining on the culinary scene in this exciting city.

I’ve traveled to Chicago a few times over the last few years, and every time I visit I see a growth in the culinary scene, not […]

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Believe it or not, I still have things to say about my eating vacation to New York last month.

Admittedly, I couldn’t go to half the places on my wish list for this city. But I covered a lot of ground in the nine days in Manhattan (with a few diversions to Brooklyn and Queens), […]

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CHICAGO
The man behind the Chicago dining scene is Chef Grant Achatz, the former French Laundry chef who made his name with his fine-dining, three-Michelin-star restaurant Alinea.

Over the years, Achatz — with his innovative molecular gastronomical creations — has transformed the way people dined, where the food is more theater than sustenance. While gaining near cult status with Alinea, […]

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CHICAGO
When visiting Chicago, some of the more interesting food can be found in the neighborhoods outside the downtown loop, a bit of a ride on the L train.

For example, when looking for Sunday brunch with my Chicago friends Angel and Bob, we ventured out to the Logan Square neighborhood to visit Jam […]

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