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Chocolate Cafe at MW Restaurant

Chocolate Cafe? Say no more, you had me at chocolate.

This inaugural pop-up event by Hawaii’s culinary power couple, Chefs Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka, attracted a crowd of chocolate lovers who started lining up about half an hour before their opening. The featured ingredient of the month was presented in sweet and savory dishes, in different stages of its life cycle, from pulp to pudding.

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Room Service: Late Night Hot Chocolate and “S’mores” at the Lodge at Koele

After having a wonderful dinner at Nobu at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, we decided to catch the complementary Four Seasons shuttle back to the Lodge at Koele. It was a chilly November night. What better way to enjoy the rest of the evening than with late night hot chocolate, in the the Lodge’s Great Hall, next to the fireplace.

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Stage Restaurant: Reimagined and Reinvigorated

It’s been a while since I last dined at the trendy Stage Restaurant. When they first opened in 2007 at the Honolulu Design Center, Jon Matsubara was executive chef and George W. Bush was president of the United States. Seven years later, Chef Matsubara is now the man at Japengo and George W. Bush is painting somewhere in a barn in Texas. Former executive sous chef, Ron de Guzman, moved into the executive chef position and revamped the menu. The restaurant decor also received a facelift. Artwork of fanciful genetilia no longer dominate the walls. Now they’ve got Louis Vuitton lips.

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Arancino at The Kahala, Modern Italian Fine Dining

There are 3 Arancino restaurants on Oahu. Arancino at The Kahala serves modern, innovative Italian cuisine. You won’t be going there to eat spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna. Think more sophisticated dishes such as uni pasta and wagyu beef bolognese.

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Mariposa: Laid-Back Lunch Time Luxe With Delectable Fare

Mariposa, Neiman Marcus’ signature restaurant, has been serving its chic food in Hawaii for some time now. And I have admit, it is one of my favorite places to have lunch when I’m looking to be spoiled just a tad bit. Golden popovers, chicken consommé, elegant decor, and friendly service is all part of the Mariposa experience. I can’t pinpoint it, but the restaurant has this old Hawaii vibe about it. Maybe it’s the open-air balcony seating that overlooks Ala Moana beach. Needless to say, ladies love to dine at Mariposa. It’s not uncommon to see older local ladies dressed in intricate muumuu’s, as well as the younger, business crowd with their hip Bottega Veneta bags. Laid back elegance and luxury, and sophisticated food, is what makes Mariposa a lunch time dining experience not to be missed.