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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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NEW YORK
A trend among restaurants that I can really get behind is unpretentious, casual spaces that become the backdrop for sophisticated and highly conceptualized dishes.

That’s clearly what’s happening at High Street on Hudson, a nine-month-old restaurant in the West Village that’s opened all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the outside, […]

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NEW YORK
The story: The Starr Restaurant Group, which has brought splashy restaurants to Manhattan like Morimoto and Buddakan, opened Upland on Park Avenue South, featuring a menu designed by California native Chef Justin Smillie, who first got attention as executive chef at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.

Why I went: While vacationing in New […]

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