Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Really Smart Cookie


It started with a chocolate cookie with candy cane sprinkles.

Then a slice of your friend's “special” cake, a small truffle, and a piece of manju.

Finally you topped it all off with a handful of Chex mix. Well, technically it was two, but since you skipped the peanuts it was really only the equivalent of one. And that last handful you grabbed on the way out of the office? Too small to count.

Now that you’ve resolved to make up for all your holiday eating sins, it’s looking like a tasteless 2011.

www.leichic.comWell, not necessarily.

A chef with 23 years of experience catering to celebrities in New York, and who’s worked in some of Hawaii’s favorite restaurants, is ringing in the New Year with a new downtown spot, just opened last week, for coffee and not-so-sinful treats.

Kate Wagner calls it Not Just Desserts. The French-trained chef of Starpoint Café, Sept. 11 survivor, and Oahu farmers market regular offers decadent baked goods with a few things you’ll never notice are missing: sugar, preservatives, and trans-fats.

www.leichic.comInspired by friends and family members battling diabetes, and her own passion for healthy, wholesome food, Wagner concocts everything from bread pudding to scones, cheesecake, and much more using agave syrup, honey, or fruit juice instead of sugar. She also offers up vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free snacks. And, for times when you do want to splurge, there are traditionally baked treats too, with real sugar and natural ingredients.

To go with it all, she also serves coffee and chocolate from her native Big Island. And if you're one of those who must eat dinner before dessert, Wagner offers a menu of healthy take-out items such as risottos, lasagnas and more. 

So you won’t have to dessert your resolutions after only a week.

Not Just Desserts is located at 110 Marin Lane (makai of King Street in Chinatown, between Nuuanu and Smith streets) in the Hawaii National Bank Building. It's open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check the daily menus posted on Wagner's Facebook page. Call 808.489.3749 or e-mail NotJustDessertsHI@gmail.com.  

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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