Posts Tagged 'Sweets'



Yogurtland

I’ve been wanting to try Yogurtland forever. I love this concept of a self-serve frozen yogurt shop with a loaded topping bar, all priced by weight. At 39 cents an ounce, you can get as little as you want, and as many flavors and toppings as you want. It’s perfect for people like me who like to try a little bit of a lot of things.

They have a wide selection of yogurt flavors to choose from. Sample cups are available upon request so you can try the different flavors before committing.

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The topping bar is AWESOME, loaded with every topping you can think of (except for my favorite whipped cream), with a strong focus on fresh fruits like blueberries, strawberries, kiwifruit, mango, and lychee. You could actually make a lovely fruit cup out of the spread.

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I was about to take a photo of the second half of the topping bar when an employee approached me and said “Excuuuse me, you’re not allowed to take pictures in this area”. Why not? Is it because it’s such a mind-blowingly simple business model that’s so easily replicable and they’re afraid that if not kept top secret, competitors will pop up all over? Psst…  somebody should break it to them that it’s a little too late for that…

But anyway, here’s my hubby’s cup: orange creamsicle yogurt with mochi, strawberry yogurt with cookie dough bites, and chocolate yogurt with Reese’s peanut butter cups.

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Here’s my cup: classic tart yogurt with strawberries and kiwi, mango yogurt with fresh mango, and NY cheesecake yogurt with rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips and a lychee. I was trying to make three mini parfaits in the same cup.

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I’m happy to have finally made my yogurtland debut – it was a blast. $5.46 for the yogurt,  but the fun is priceless!

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Yogurtland
UH Manoa location
1810 University Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
808.951.4444
Daily 10:00a-10:00p

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Liliha Bakery Coco Puffs

You can’t talk famous local snacks without talking about coco puffs from Liliha Bakery. Who here hasn’t indulged in one of these sinful treats? A box of these puffs have long been an island favorite as a gift for the office, to bring to a potluck, or to bribe someone for a favor.

Liliha Bakery - Coco Puff ($1.25) and Green Tea Puff ($1.25)

Liliha Bakery - Coco Puff ($1.20) and Green Tea Puff ($1.25)

We recieved these lovely Coco Puffs ($1.20) and Green Tea Puffs ($1.25) at the office today. I prefer the classic coco puff, with its buttery chantilly frosting and chocolate filling. A warning for anyone expecting a regular cream puff: these are much sweeter and heavier.

Liliha Bakery
515 N. Kuakini Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
808.531.1651
24 Hours from Tuesdays 6:00a – Sundays 8:00p
Closed Mondays

Pumpkin Crunch from The Wedding Cafe

The Wedding Cafe - Pumpkin Crunch

The Wedding Cafe - Pumpkin Crunch

Our friends over at The Wedding Cafe brought over some of their signature Pumpkin Crunch to the office! Meet their pumpkin crunch, from top to bottom: whipped topping sprinkled with pumpkin spice, pumpkin filling, and a buttery walnut crunch crust. My favorite part is the crunch at the bottom, which is almost like caramel walnut brittle but with just enough flour to make it a crust. It’s a more FABULOUS version of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

You can get it for $4.50 at The Wedding Cafe located in Ward Warehouse.

Cupcakes from Hokulani Bake Shop

More food porn for you sweet tooths…

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Guittard Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting (in front) and Guittard Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (in back), $2.25 each.

Hokulani Bake Shop
Restaurant Row
500 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 4-B

Honolulu, HI 96813
808.587.7098

Happy Administrative Assistants’ Day!

Props to all of you administrative assistants for all that you do!  

My boss brought pastries from Safeway to celebrate. It’s not easy being sugar free in our office!

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We also took our 2 administrative assistants out to lunch at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse; review to follow.

Afternoon Tea at Halekulani

Instead of going to lunch today, my coworkers and I decided to treat ourselves to Afternoon Tea at Halekulani. Just for fun. One of the best things about working in Waikiki is the variety of dining options within walking distance.

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I LOVE afternoon tea, but it can be  a little tricky. Do I have a big breakfast and skip lunch? Or do I have a light lunch? Will I be hungry again for dinner? (As mentioned previously, in my family our lives revolve around our meals. We’re a little overly concerned about when and what our next meal will be). I finally decided on a hearty breakfast and also brought a snack with me to munch on during the work day.

Afternoon tea was fabulous. It’s served daily from 3:00-5:30pm in a little area called the Veranda at Halekulani, where you can relax in plush armchairs overlooking the grassy courtyard. Tea is $26.00 per person and includes “a properly brewed pot of tea”, assorted tea sandwiches, scones, and pastries. I went with a caffeine-free Pineapple Coconut Rooibos with Mango tea, my coworker had Earl Grey, and my other coworker had Orange Pekoe, served with lemon, honey, and cream.

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First course is the assorted tea sandwiches. They’re so tiny and delicate (translation: if my husband had a plate of these put in front of him, his reaction would be outrage). Clockwise from top: Chicken and Apricot on Raisin Bread, Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini and Olive Tapenade on Focaccia, Lobster and Crab on Baguette, and Smoked Salmon on Pumpernickel.

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Next were the Blackberry Scones with Devonshire Cream, Lemon Curd and Raspberry Preserves. Three words: TO DIE FOR. Devonshire cream basically  tastes like heavy cream in solid form – note to self: must add this to my grocery list – and Halekulani makes their own wonderful, creamy, tangy lemon curd. We all agreed we could eat a dozen of these scones, nothing else, and go home happy.

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But then the pastry cart was rolled out, from which you get to select three. I selected the Fresh Berry Tart, Mini Cream Puff, and Chocolate Cupcake as  I thought to myself “if I begged, would they give me all five?”. But then I remembered I’ve been very bad these past few days with my sugar ban.

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I so enjoyed tea today that I was inspired to go experience afternoon tea at some other renowned hotels next: The Veranda at the Kahala Hotel and Resort ($28.00) and the Veranda at the Westin Moana Surfrider ($32.50). Can you believe the coincidence that all three locations are called the Veranda!?

Halekulani
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Complimentary validated valet and self-parking)
808.923.2311

Cakes from Saint Germain

Today my co-worker brought us cakes for my boss’s birthday. She walked 15 minutes from our office to the Saint Germain on Kuhio Avenue and 15 minutes back during her lunch break! The cakes are $2.85 each.

Saint Germain - Mocha Cake

Saint Germain - Mocha Cake

Saint Germain - Blueberry Cheesecake

Saint Germain - Blueberry Cheesecake

If there’s anything worth temporarily lifting my ban on sugar for, it’s strawberry shortcake, I decided.

Saint Germain - Strawberry Shortcake

Saint Germain - Strawberry Shortcake

There’s nothing I love in this world more than cake, especially strawberry shortcake, wedding cake, and birthday cake. I’ve been known to buy birthday cakes at Safeway for myself (note: it was not my birthday).


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