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King’s Hawaiian’s Own Restaurant Is Full of Must-Try Island Favorites

Many of us have had the pleasure of biting into the warmth and sweetness of King’s Hawaiian bread. It’s a simple pleasure that never gets old and figures to stand the test of time given its level of fan loyalty and overall deliciousness. Such longevity is a hallmark of King’s Hawaiian, as it originated back in 1950 on the Big Island of Hawaii, founded by baker Robert Taira. Fast forward to 1988 in Torrance, California, when the fist King’s Hawaiian restaurant opened its doors adjacent to the bakery that was established there in 1977.

Stepping inside the King’s Hawaiian restaurant is like walking into Robert Taira’s vision of Big Island warmth brought to you via Hawaiian cuisine favorites and the brand’s signature baked goods and pastries. The vibes are all here, ready to be served up with signature hospitality and enthusiasm.

Diners here are treated to a variety of Hawaiian dishes and trademark King’s Hawaiian goods, whether it be the Luau Platter consisting of taro-wrapped lau lau pork, huli huli chicken, Kalua pork, lomi salmon, and chicken long rice or the beloved and vibrant Paradise Delight Cake, a three layer rainbow chiffon cake filled with whipped cream and topped with guava, passion, and lime fruit glaze.

Other Island favorites like saimin, musubi, and Portuguese sausage are also readily available, treating eager palates to the very essence of Island eats. After a hearty and satisfying meal, make sure to grab that iconic orange bag of sweet bread on the way out to complete the King’s Hawaiian experience.

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Arby’s Unleashes Massive King’s Hawaiian Sandwich Lineup

Arby’s just launched a brand new lineup of King’s Hawaiian sandwiches that combines tall stacks of meat with some serious heat.

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The biggest of their new sandwiches, the Big Kahuna, has a base layer of fried chicken, and then stacks pit smoked ham and smoked brisket between the King’s Hawaiian bread roll. Their flavors then get accentuated with the fire of a pineapple habanero sauce. All of that is then topped off with swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

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Also in the lineup, is the Sweet & Spicy Luau Chicken sandwich, which is like the Big Kahuna but without the brisket.

The third of the new sandwiches is a Smokehouse Brisket sandwich with brisket, smoked gouda, crispy onions, mayo, and barbeque sauce.

Each of these sandwiches is encased by a King’s Hawaiian bun, adding a sweet softness to the massive piles of meat inside.

In keeping with the Hawaiian theme of the new lineup, there’s also an exclusive $6 trip Arby’s is offering to go try them. The daylong trip consists of a flight from LAX to Hawaii, a couple of stops to try the sandwiches in the Aloha State, and then a flight back to LAX that night. Tickets will be available on a special Arby’s website starting on Friday, April 12, at 12 p.m. EST. They’re $6 each and are available on a limited first-come, first-serve basis.

Regardless of whether you go on the trip or not, all of the sandwiches will be available at Arby’s locations nationwide for a limited time.

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McDonald’s Blue Hawaii McFizz May Be The Prettiest Drink On Their Menu

Yet another reason we envy McDonald’s Japan patrons has surfaced in the form of a cool blue soft drink.

PopSugar reports that McDonald’s locations in Japan have added a new beverage called the Blue Hawaii McFizz. Sprite and a bright-blue syrup with a secret splash of apple juice are used to create this multi-colored drink.

The drink is part of McDonald’s Japan’s Loco Moco Summer Menu, designed to pair with the chain’s new Hawaiian-style burgers and spicy chili fries.

Whether it actually tastes good or not, you have to admit that the new beverage is pretty photogenic. At least it can’t be worse than some of Starbucks’ more recent creations.

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This Hawaiian Mushroom Makes Women Orgasm Just By Smelling It

I have good news and bad news. Let’s start with the good news:

Scientists have discovered an orange mushroom in recent Hawaiian lava flows that can induce instantaneous orgasms in women just from the odor it gives off. That’s right, fellas. You can get your girl to bust nuts all over the place just by having her sniff this thing.

This orgasm triggered by fungus, or “fungasm,” is due in part from hormones in the mushroom that are close in similarity to the same ones picked up by our own neurotransmitters. Basically, the smell of this shroom makes the female body think it’s having sex. Imagine walking into a sorority house with your pockets filled with these mushrooms.

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Take your time, I’ll wait. Really let your mind paint that picture, and enjoy it while you can. Because here comes the bad news:

The orange mushroom smells orgasmic to women and literally caused nearly half of the volunteers for the study to climax. Unfortunately, it smells like week old horse shit to men. In the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, the discoverers of the orange fungus, John C. Holliday and Noah Soule, concluded that all the male test subjects were repulsed by the fetid smell.

So if you’re bad in bed and need a little bit of help, go find these mushrooms and hide a bunch of them under your bed. Then grab a clothes pin for yourself. Thank me later.

Photo Credit: Deviant Art 

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Hawaii Is Officially The First State To Ban Plastic Bags In Grocery Stores

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Hawaii has officially banned plastic bags in grocery stores. The City and County of Honolulu announced Wednesday that it will be enforcing a ban prohibiting the distribution of plastic bags in supermarket checkout lanes, reports the Huffington Post. Because Oahu was the last island in the state to enforce the ban, Hawaii will no longer offer them to customers.

Stores in various counties across the nation have gradually been removing plastic bags from checkout. Instead, they encourage patrons to bring reusable bags for their groceries.

Since plastic isn’t biodegradable, it’s a leading contributor to ocean patches that eventually form into garbage islands. By using a reusable bag, we limit the negative impact plastic bags have on the environment.

 

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The Most Successful Panda Express in the World Makes Over $4 Million a Year

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Bet you never thought franchising a Panda Express would actually be the key to multi-millionaire status, huh.  But there’s serious gold hiding in that orange chicken (the chain sold 39 millions pounds of the chicken last year).

Panda Express began more than 30 years ago in California. It’s exploded across the nation, even opening up 12 stores (to be expanded to 40) in Hawaii.

The chain recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in Hawaii, hosting a party at its newest location in Moanalua. However, this is more than just a celebration of a nation’s obsession with chicken.  That’s because the first Panda Express in Hawaii located at the Ala Moana Center (a big tourist attraction) food court in Honolulu rakes in about $4 million dollars a year. It’s the highest revenue of any Panda Express anywhere else in the world.

Something to think about next time one of their employees hands you a sample on a toothpick.

H/T Star Bulletin

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View Yelp’s 100 Most Popular Restaurants, You’ll Be Surprised What Tiny Shack Tops the List

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Say what you will about Yelp (psst: here and here), there’s no denying that the review site has become our go-to source for opinions on local eats. Now, the company has released its own ranking of the top 100 places to “try-before-you-die” based on information gathered from millions of users.

Using a technique incorporating the Wilson Score, their engineers were able to compile a list that took into account both star ratings and number of reviews to determine which spots are the most popular on Yelp. The establishments that made the list range from those hefty $$$$ spots to cheap eats, including the famed Le Bernardin at #45 and a cart with reindeer, elk and rattlesnake hot dogs in Denver .

However, the restaurant that tops the list? Da Poke Shack, a petite joint hidden within a condominium complex located in Kona, Hawaii. Yelpers deemed the place the Holy Grail of poke, giving it a strong rating of five stars from 615 reviews total. The bowls run about $8 each and come with a hearty amount of almost impossibly fresh Ahi tuna, as illustrated by this photo. For an extra $7, you can add garlic edamame and a cold can of Hawaiian beer.

Needless to say, try to stop by next time you’re on the big island.

Peek Yelp’s full “Top 100 Places to Eat in the US” below:

1. Da Poke Shack, Kailua-Kona, HI
2. Paseo, Seattle, WA
3. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Kansas City, KS
4. The Cinnamon Snail, New York, NY
5. Porto’s Bakery, Burbank, CA
6. Dametra Cafe, Carmel by the Sea, CA
7. Alinea, Chicago, IL
8. Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX
9. Gary Danko, San Francisco, CA
10. Joe’s Falafel, Los Angeles, CA
11. Sushi Izakaya Gaku, Honolulu, HI
12. Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs, Denver, CO
13. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, San Diego, CA
14. Coop’s West Texas Barbeque, Lemon Grove, CA
15. Tacos El Gordo, Chula Vista, CA
16. Cheese Board Pizza, Berkeley, CA
17. Ricky’s Fish Tacos, Los Angeles, CA
18. Ono Seafood, Honolulu, HI
19. Bogart’s Smoke House, Saint Louis, MO
20. Bakery Nouveau, Seattle, WA
21. Baguette Cafe, Las Vegas, NV
22. Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY
23. T-Deli, San Diego, CA
24. Built to Grill, Portland, OR
25. Alforon, San Diego, CA
26. Daniel, New York, NY
27. Hot Doug’s, Chicago, IL
28. Sal, Kris, & Charlie’s Deli, Astoria, NY
29. Blues City Deli, Saint Louis, MO
30. The Kitchen Restaurant, Sacramento, CA
31. Cream Pan, Tustin, CA
32. Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Somerville, MA
33. Café Besalu, Seattle, WA
34. The French Laundry, Yountville, CA
35. Turf N’ Surf Po Boy, Austin, TX
36. Café Rolle, Sacramento, CA
37. Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse, Downers Grove, IL
38. Yoshino Japanese Deli, Carlsbad, CA
39. Opal Thai Food, Haleiwa, HI
40. Lou’s Cafe, San Francisco, CA
41. Marukame Udon, Honolulu, HI
42. Monell’s Dining & Catering, Nashville, TN
43. Roxie Food Center, San Francisco, CA
44. Graham Avenue Meats And Deli, Brooklyn, NY
45. Le Bernardin, New York, NY
46. El Chato Taco Truck, Los Angeles, CA
47. Mr. Gyros, Seattle, WA
48. The Waffle Window, Portland, OR
49. Per Se, New York, NY
50. Geste Shrimp Truck, Kahului, HI
51. Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights, Cypress, CA
52. Sushi Ota, San Diego, CA
53. Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco, CA
54. Sweet Potato Stall, Santa Clara, CA
55. Gramercy Tavern, New York, NY
56. Peter’s Kettle Corn, Oakland, CA
57. Johnny Pacific, Winnetka, CA
58. El Chilango, Arlington, VA
59. Ike’s Place, San Francisco, CA
60. Fishermen’s Grill, Portland, ME
61. Sabroso! Mexican Grill, Garden Grove, CA
62. District Wine, Long Beach, CA
63. Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, Houston, TX
64. Bludso’s BBQ, Compton, CA
65. Tiki Juice Bar, Anaheim, CA
66. Wally’s Cafe, Emeryville, CA
67. Vinh Loi Tofu, Reseda, CA
68. Mama D’s Italian Kitchen, Newport Beach, CA
69. Los Andes Restaurant, Providence, RI
70. Little Luca Sandwich Shop & Deli, South San Francisco, CA
71. Pho 95, Denver, CO
72. Garbo’s Grill, Key West, FL
73. Ono Tacos, Lahaina, HI
74. Mattern Sausage & Deli, Orange, CA
75. The Market Grill, Monrovia, CA
76. Urasawa, Beverly Hills, CA
77. Dat Cajun Guy, Haleiwa, HI
78. Los Agaves, Santa Barbara, CA
79. Outlaws Cafe, Van Nuys, CA
80. Gus’s World Famous Hot & Spicy Chicken, Memphis, TN
81. Short Leash Dogs Food Truck, Phoenix, AZ
82. Pono Market, Kapaa, HI
83. Wafels & Dinges, New York, NY
84. Bell Street Farm, Los Alamos, CA
85. Uchiko, Austin, TX
86. Little Deli & Pizzeria, Austin, TX
87. Kokkari Estiatorio, San Francisco, CA
88. Kang Hodong Baekjeong, Los Angeles, CA
89. Komi, Washington, DC
90. Stuff I Eat, Inglewood, CA
91. Taste of Ethiopia, Pflugerville, TX
92. Hy Mart Sandwiches, North Hollywood, CA
93. The Codmother Fish and Chips, San Francisco, CA
94. Mastro’s Steakhouse, Beverly Hills, CA
95. Sushi Sasabune, Honolulu, HI
96. Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
97. Postino Arcadia, Phoenix, AZ
98. Pappy’s Smokehouse, Saint Louis, MO
99. Uchi, Austin, TX
100. Zia Gourmet Pizza, San Diego, CA

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Gordon Ramsay Lost 30 Pounds to Compete In Ironman Triathlon [5 PHOTOS]

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Chef Gordon Ramsay is best known for being the merciless host of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen and for his restaurants that stretch from the UK to the US. However, Ramsay recently steered away from food indulgence and competed in what some call the world’s most difficult race — the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

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In order to get into competition shape, Ramsay trained every morning at 4:30am and changed his diet to include cleaner and more protein-rich meals and excluded dairy, which is a difficult challenge in itself for a chef. He ended up losing 30 pounds, although Ramsay thinks he looks like “a bloody piece of asparagus!” Asparagus don’t have six packs like dem, chef.

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The triathlon consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, all of which Ramsay completed in about 14 hours. Impressive is an understatement, and I think we can all agree Gordon Ramsay did good.

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