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The best Neighbor Island bakeries


Born and raised on Oahu to a family who loves to eat sweets, I’ve been to my share of bakeries on the island.

I have memories of going to Manoa Bakery as a kid for stick donuts, one of my dad’s favorites, and Valley High Bakery in Kalihi Valley for butter rolls.

I remember the long johns at 9th Avenue Bakery and the giant glazed donuts from Kimuraya Bakery, both in Kaimuki.

While those bakeries have been long closed — and sorely missed — that hasn’t stopped me from trying every bakery that’s popped up since then.

In fact, visiting bakeries could be listed as one of my favorite pastimes, along with surfing and hiking with my dogs.

But as much as I travel to the Neighbor Islands, I haven’t been to too many bake shops there. And I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m always there on assignment or to visit family and never really have time to explore the neighborhood bakeries. Sure, I’ve been to the most famous ones — like Komoda Bakery on Maui (above) and Punaluu Bake Shop in Naalehu on the Big Island. But that’s about it.

So I’m throwing this out there: where are the best bakeries on the other islands? And what should I order the next time I’m there?

This is good to know!

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FUUD: Pipi’s Burgers in Moiliili

My boss and I were just driving around, running errands, when we decided to pull into McCully Shopping Center to find something to eat.

I wasn’t thinking about burgers — until I saw a new burger shop had opened this summer in the spot vacated by the Banana Leaf Pasta Cafe.

Pipi’s Burgers, which opened in July, has that cool vibe, with a beach-inspired decor, island music blaring over speakers and surf videos playing on a flat screen mounted in the dining room.

Burgers here are made with seasoned premium Angus beef, made-to-order and topped with interesting marinades and ingredients like panko, shredded daikon and wasabi mayonnaise.

At least that’s what we were told.

So we decided to see for ourselves.

Here’s what our lunch looked like:

Pipi's Burgers

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Pipi means beef in Hawaiian, but this burger joint serves more than just gourmet Angus beef burgers. The menu features a salmon burger, a garden burger and a French dip.

Pipi’s Burgers, McCully Shopping Center, 1960 Kapiolani Blvd. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: (808) 946-4747

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Your best advice for a happy marriage

Ever since getting married a month ago, people — even complete strangers — have offered their best advice for a happy marriage.

I’ve heard everything from keep separate bank accounts to keep your last name. The most frequently doled-out advice, of course, has been this: “Happy wife, happy life.” Hmm. I’d have to agree. (smile)

I browsed a few websites recently, looking for some interesting tips. One woman told her daughter to take golf lessons so she could hit the course with her husband. Another said plan “My Turn” nights with the remote control so both the husband and wife could watch what they wanted on TV. (I say get separate TVs!)

I like this one: “Before I said ‘I do,’ my mom (who’s been married to my dad for 55 years) told me to take out a piece of paper and write down the top three things that bugged me about my husband-to-be. Then she told me to forget the things on that list and forgive him for not being flawless. Once you make a commitment this big, she explained, you can’t let petty things get in the way. In our eight years of marriage, my husband and I have had two kids, tackled cross-country moves and started two businesses — and so far, so great.”

If only I could narrow that list down to three…

(Just kidding.)

What’s the best advice you’ve received?

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Yes, I’m still a Toth

It’s the first question most people have asked me since I tied the knot:

“What’s your last name now?”

Truth be told, I had no plans of changing my last name. And it’s not because of an identity issue or because I prefer my last name to my husband’s. (In fact, I actually dig the name Taira.)

I didn’t change my last name because I’m lazy.

Until you’re married, you don’t realize how humbug changing your last name can be. You have to change it on everything, from your Social Security card to your voter registration.

It’s not easy — and I didn’t feel like tracking down every bank account, every magazine subscription, every doctor’s office that needed my new name.

To put this into perspective, here are some of the things that need notification, some of which can take up to six weeks to process:

• Social Security card
• Driver’s license
• All bank accounts
• Documents at your job, including payroll
• Credit card companies
• Insurance companies (auto, home, life)
• Utility companies (such as electric, cable, Internet)
• Schools and alumni associations
• Doctors’ offices
• Post office box
• Voter registration office
• Investment account providers
• Attorney and accountants
• Passport office
• Email and social media accounts

The list goes on and on and on.

Sure, you don’t have to update everyone with your new last name. I mean, your hairstylist and massage therapist don’t need it. But you’d be surprised how tedious the process is to notify all the important ones — banks, credit cards companies, Social Security Administration — about the change.

Honestly, I’d rather spend my time surfing and walking my dogs than chasing after this. It’s all about perspective!

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Weekend Dish: Shoyu chicken in a slow cooker

OK, this isn’t the best photo of my shoyu chicken. But it’s all I had — and it’s gotta do for now.

I promised some of my Instagram friends — follow me @catherinetoth — that I’d post the recipe for a shoyu chicken dish I made for Derek on his first night back in the Islands.

I’ve made shoyu chicken — a popular local dish consisting of chicken in soy sauce with garlic, ginger and other ingredients — in an oven and in a pressure cooker. But my favorite method is in a Crock-Pot, or slow cooker. The chicken is so much more flavorful and fork-tender; you can’t beat it!

Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!

Shoyu chicken
Using a slow cooker


8 chicken thighs
1 large onion, sliced
1/2 cup salad oil
1/2 cup shoyu (I used Aloha Shoyu)
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup Yoshida’s Original Gourmet Sauce (optional)
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2-2/3 teaspoon grated ginger (to taste)
Water, if needed


Plug in slow cooker

Place chicken and sliced onions into slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Add mixture to the chicken and onions. Do NOT add pepper until AFTER the stew has cooked. Cook for about four to six hours.

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