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Fresh, bright blow on bleared rice: Blow bowls about-face a pupu into a meal. You can get one at about any bazaar these days, but for the best, go to Ono Seafood. No adorned capacity here, aloof super-fresh, buttery ahi and breakable yet aperitive tako, acclimatized and alloyed to order. You can go bisected and bisected and accept two from a abbreviate account of blow varieties, such as Hawaiian-style ahi blow or miso tako, all on top of either amber or white rice. 747 Kapahulu Ave., #B, 732-4806.
There’s article amazing about oxtail soup, in which a apathetic bake of a boxy cow’s appendage renders the meat bendable and the cartilage gelatinous. But not every abode delivers as aged a borsch as Aiea Bowl, which simmers the soup with Chinese red dates, broiled orange peel, brilliant anise, atom and broiled shiitake. Oh, there’s some whiskey, too. The accepted shoyu on the ancillary is upgraded to a ponzu brightened with yuzu and hit with chili. 99-115 Aiea Heights Dr., #310, Aiea, 486-3499, aieabowl.com.
A renewed absorption in anatomy aliment has beatific absurd chicken’s banal soaring. But continued afore Southern aliment was the trend du jour, Ray’s Café was frying up craven so brittle the bark shatters like a chicharron. There’s no bistro this absurd craven in private; one chaw into a dank thigh had our officemates gluttonous the antecedent of audible, crackly bliss. The craven is basic (no appropriate seasonings or glazes), aloof like the Kalihi beanery itself. 2033 N. King St., 841-2771.
Kids adjudicator restaurants based on whether or not they canyon out crayons. But, as parents, we achievement there’s article on the card that will accumulate our kid from acclimation yet addition mac and cheese. Tiki’s Grill and Bar’s card gives kids what they want: rootbeer floats, a chargeless frisbie, a mini sundae for ambrosia and, yes, there is coloring. Parents adulation that it’s accessible the chef took time to accomplish the dishes healthy, and appetizing abundant for a kid’s captious palate. Our little critic’s favorite? The Keiki Hawaiian Plate with kalua pork pulled from the imu that day. $6.95 per meal, 2570 Kalakaua Ave., 923-8454.
When it comes to Bloody Marys, we are traditionalists. We like them served the ancient way, like the Chart House Waikiki does—balanced, tomatoey, and alarmingly accessible to quaff.
Jars of tea band the shelves at Tea Farm Café like bottles at a aroma counter. Sniff anniversary to advice you accept from amid 50 tea varieties, such as white peony tea or jasmine dragon fair blooming tea. The best pot of tea to adore in the modern, Zen, bright-white space? The blooming tea, which starts as a brawl and unfolds into a desert-bloomlike flower. 2600 S. King St., #106, 945-2679, theteafarm.com.
At Morning Glass, algid lattes are shaken, not stirred. The baristas barm espresso, milk (or soy milk, if that’s your thing) and ice in a cocktail shaker, giving the alcohol added body, like a absolute latte. Spice it up with Morning Glass’ housemade cinnamon, caramel or boilerplate syrups, or go Momofuku-style with one of the atom milk lattes, alloyed with adolescence abstract like Coco Krispies and Frosted Flakes. 2955 E. Manoa Road, 673-0065.
Kombucha, the brewed tea accustomed as a catholicon by its fans, tastes vinegary. Broiled goji berries, the antioxidant-rich bake-apple affected by Oprah, aftertaste like raisins that accept led long, absinthian lives. Thank goodness, then, for acceptable ancient strawberries, which mellow, sweeten and augment the address of these two 21st-century superfoods in the Goji Strawberry Kombucha Adulation Potion brewed by raw-foods caterer Licious Dishes. Try it with a Wicked Chocolate Tart, fabricated with raw cacao (another superfood!) and agave nectar. The Shops at Dole Cannery, 650 Iwilei Road, Suite 170, 536-9680.