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  • Get Your Fill of Spam in Waikiki

    Spam jam waikiki cansTomorrow, some 20,000 people are expected to crowd Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki on Oahu between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m. for—of all things—SpamJam. (Officially, Waikiki SpamJam.) Yes, we’re talking about the canned, spiced ham here. Read More
  • Pancakes Hawaii-Style

    I missed National Pancake Day yesterday and, for some reason, I feel like I missed out on something. Pancakes—particularly pancakes topped with bananas and macadamia nuts—are steeped in the food culture of Hawaii. Especially topped with coconut syrup. Read More
  • It's Malasada Tuesday in Hawaii

    During Hawaii’s plantation days, in one last hoorah—so the story goes—the Portuguese community cleaned out all the butter and sugar from their cupboards and made big batches of a yeast-based dough, from which golf-ball-sized chunks were then deep-fried in oil and dipped in sugar. They shared these doughnut-like confections with everyone—neighbors, friends and family.

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  • Otto Cake

    Though tiny in size, this landmark Chinatown cheesecake shop has made a big impression on locals with its selection of both traditional (think raspberry, chocolate, and a plain that's anything but) and unusual seasonal varieties. Depending upon the time of year you might find peppermint, mango, pineapple, or even bacon and maple varities. Otto makes his specialty cakes to take away or to enjoy with homemade strawberry ginger lemonade in his tiny café. www.ottocake.com.

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  • Lucky Belly

    This edgy urban eatery attracts a hip local crowd by serving familiar noodle dishes with a modern twist. Try the Belly Bowl with smoked bacon, sausage, and pork belly in a savory broth loaded with noodles. At dinner, the pupu menu features unexpected delicacies like steak tartar with quail eggs or spicy shishito peppers. The service here is unpretentious and attentive, and you can also order your food to go. Arrive by 11:30 if you want a table for lunch; this place quickly fills up with the downtown crowd.

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