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Old Favorite: Cafe Sistina, Honolulu

We dropped by Cafe Sistina, where we hadn't eaten in some time. Still good after all these years. Italian food, Honolulu.

With Aloha: Plenty food and $150,000 for Japanese hospital

With Aloha Japan fundraiser was a smash success, food from 24 restaurants, bars, bands, and best: $150,000 for Japan.

Tomorrow Night: With Aloha Japan Benefit. Food! Drinks! Entertainment!

Great restaurants, great drinks, three stages of entertainment, all for $50, every penny of which goes to Japan. Saturday, Apr. 9, 5-9 pm, Pagoda Hotel.

Hole in Wall, Mexican: Tacos Ricos Taqueria, Kapahulu

It's hardly an imposing place, but what until you taste the carnitas and barbacoa at Tacos Ricos, a little slice of Cali-Mex on Kapahulu Avenue.

Food Network's Anne Burrell to headline Hawaii Wine & Food Festival, May 20-21, Ko Olina

Anne Burrell, star of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and co-host of Worst Cooks in America, is headed to Hawaii in May to cook at the Hawaii Wine & Food Festival.

Coming Attractions: SALT, a new restaurant from 12th Avenue Grill

Kevin Hanney is quietly at work on SALT, a new "kitchen and tasting bar" in old C&C Pasta space, Kaimuki. Opening next month.

Hawaii's Kai Vodka wins double gold—with its new sochu.

Kai Vodka just won double gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for two of its new products—both flavored sochu.

Beer Cocktails?! Singha Beer's Full Moon Party, Waikiki Edition, Apr. 7 & 9

Thailand's Singha Beer brings a Full Moon Party to Honolulu, with music, dancing, food--and beer cocktails?! Waikiki Edition, Apr. 7 & 9.

Japanese food! Sake! Taste of Marukai, Apr. 7

Would you pay $85 or $95 for a party at a grocery store? If you love crab legs, sashimi and sake, maybe you would for Taste of Marukai, Honolulu.

With Aloha: A Benefit for Tohoku Hospital, Sendai (Japan), Apr. 9, Pagoda Hotel

Two dozen Honolulu restaurants will participate in a April 9th benefit to send aid directly to a hospital in the region of Japan hardest hit by the earthquake and tsunami.

Three Top Chefs in a benefit for Japan, Halekulani, Apr. 21

Nobu Matsuhisa, Yuji Wakiya and Vikram Garg cook up "FOR JAPAN: Culinary Artists for the Japan Relief Effort,” Halekulani, Apr. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

We Were There: Grand Scotch Tour, Willows

The Grand Scotch Tour at the Willows last Friday was a bigger success than the Hawaiian Scottish Association anticipated: more people, more Scotches.

Napa chef Cindy Pawlcyn to cook at Kahala Hotel, Apr. 22-23

The Kahala Hotel and Resort's next Food and Wine Classic weekend features Napa Chef (and longtime locavore) Cindy Pawlcyn. Two days, three events.

Morimoto Waikiki raises more than $100,000 for Japan Relief, with a single party

Iron Chef Masuhara Morimoto flew to Japan after the earthquake. Unable to be any help there, he flew back and put together a successful Hawaii fundraiser in five days.

Nico's at Pier 38 gets new and bigger space. Finally!

Nico's, the dauntingly popular restaurant at Honolulu's Pier 38, is getting a new, larger location, still on the pier.

Honolulu Coffee Co.'s Pete Licata wins regional barista competition

Pete Licata of Honolulu Coffee Co. just topped baristas from seven Western states in regional Barista competition with Hawaii grown coffees. On to the nationals.

Blue Tomato Dinner, Alan Wong's, Honolulu, Mar. 23 (Video)

This Wednesday, Alan Wong presents a six-course dinner from his new cookbook, The Blue Tomato. Plus video. Alan Wong's, Honolulu.

Tasting: The Grand Scotch Tour 2011, Willows, March 25

Can't afford to get to Scotland this year to tour the distilleries? The next best thing, The Grand Scotch Tour, will be at the Willows in Honolulu next week. 20 different Scotches, food.

St. Patrick's Day Dining: 12th Avenue Grill and other Honolulu spots

Not everyone thinks of St. Patrick's Day as an eating holiday, but some Honolulu restaurants are getting their corned beef on, even though it's not really Irish. 12th Avenue Grill, The Kahala, the Willows, Apartment3 and of course Murphy's Bar & Grill.

The Cocktail Handbook, Hawaii Cocktails with Amie Fujiwara and Jesse Greenleaf

Veteran bartenders Fujiwara and Greenleaf have compiled 80 Island-style drink recipes in their new Cocktail Handbook, complete with video on how to make one of their drinks.

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