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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Aloha Bowls: the prettiest acai bowls in Honolulu

"Isn't acai over?" a friend says. He cites a 2011 New Yorker article on the rise and fall of the acai berry. Perhaps on the Mainland, but certainly not here in Hawaii, where the appetite for acai bowls rages on. Maybe it's because of the surfer culture, maybe it's because we need something frosty but healthier to counterbalance our love affair with shave ice, maybe it's because they're just so damn good.

Especially when they come from the Aloha Bowl truck. 

It's been around since April, but now with a more regular schedule and some added bowls. The truck is Kenny Lum's, bartender at Nobu, which accounts for the aesthetic flair and extra touches. For the Manoa bowl ($8) he blends acai, kale and spinach into its base and tops it with the usual—strawberries, banana, granola—but also adds a sprinkling of hemp seeds. The Ali'i Bowl ($9) is adorned witih a housemade white peach sorbet, yellow peach and frozen raspberry bits (definitely a trick learned from Nobu). And don't forget the Aloha Bowl ($9), topped with housemade haupia sorbet and toasted coconut flakes. They're all as good as they look.

Find @AlohaBowls on Twitter for its locations.

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in Permalink

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Food editor Martha Cheng graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Computer Science and English. She's a former line cook, food truck owner, Peace Corps volunteer and Google techie. Follow her on Twitter @marthacheng.


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