Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Sweet Is On

You've mastered the malasadas. You've sampled the shave ice. You've checked off the cocoa puffs. And while you'd never desert your favorite local desserts, you'd love to tempt your tastebuds with a few new treats. So venture a little off the eaten path with these off-beat sweets.

Lei ChicFlower Power
Japan’s famed cherry blossom season may be over, but you can keep the celebration going with a sakura mochi ice cream treat from Bubbies. The delectable bite-sized morsels consist of a quarter ounce of creamy vanilla ice cream wrapped in a soft, pounded rice shell, made using actual cherry blossoms. As for the mochi’s flavor, think less floral and more delicate cherries. Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream, 1010 University Ave., 808.949.8984. For more info and other locations, click here.

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Memory Lane
Your favorite small-kid-time sandwich gets all grown up with The Alley Restaurant’s scrumptious PB&J scone. Unlike the dry, rock-hard British versions, this fresh-baked biscuit is ultra-moist and contains yummy bits of smooth n’ creamy peanut butter and sweet grape jelly, and comes topped with a light sugar frosting. The Alley Restaurant at Aiea Bowl, 99-115 ‘Aiea Heights Dr., 808.486.3499. For more info, visit www.aieabowl.com.

Lei ChicSugar Mama
City Café gives traditional shave ice a Taiwanese twist by replacing the standard artificial rainbow flavorings with subtly sweet brown sugar syrup. And alongside local favorites like mochi balls, condensed milk and azuki beans, they offer up a ton of less expected yet equally delicious topping options like almond tofu, taro and grass jelly. City Café, 1518-F Makaloa St., Honolulu, 808.398.7598.

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Cake Boss
You love buttery, crunchy apple streusel. You love rich, velvety cheesecake. Get the best of both worlds with Cake Envy’s apple streusel cheesecake—a decadent apple-flavored cheesecake filled with fresh apples and cinnamon, and topped with crumbly, brown sugar cinnamon streusel, all baked on a cinnamon graham cracker crust. Cake Envy, special orders only, 808.366.8307. For more info, visit www.cakeenvy.net.


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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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