Kelli Shiroma Braiotta

Digital Marketing Specialist

Kelli Shiroma Braiotta joined the Frolic Hawai‘i team as a freelance writer in 2016 and came on board full-time the following year. She now oversees digital marketing content for HONOLULU and covers Hawai‘i’s food scene for Frolic—a path that started with journalism degrees from Biola University (print journalism) and the University of Southern California (digital journalism) and wound through jobs as an AutoZone copywriter and church communications director. An unabashed fan of brunch, cheesy dishes and dessert, Kelli also loves working out, travel and all things Disney. You can keep up with her adventures on Instagram @kellishiromabraiotta.

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Ice cream taco face-off

Taco Tuesdays usually mean extra deals and long lines at your favorite Mexican place. But now, they have added significance: ice cream tacos. There are only a few places on the island that serve ice cream tacos, but which one’s…

Spicy ahi poke: Watch how a local pro does it

Poke has always been a local phenomenon — and now it’s gone national. Whatever you have to say about mainland-style poke with cauliflower, nuts, sunflower seeds, zucchini noodles, corn (I’ll stop here), that’s not what this post is about. This…

Droolworthy: Cast Iron Skillet S'mores at Harbor Pier 38

When the server at Harbor Restaurant recommends the Cast Iron Skillet S’mores, I have to think. A cast iron skillet smothered in marshmallows? Is that a good thing? The Cast Iron Skillet S’mores is one of Harbor’s top-selling desserts at…

A New Mexican Spot in Wahiawa is Worth the Drive

  A foodie friend sends me a screenshot of Barrio Café’s Instagram. “Look — potential fish taco spot,” she texts. I click on Barrio’s account and see not only promising-looking tacos, but also churro French toast.   I text back…

Try these crazy taiyaki snacks from Yoloha Cafe

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been drooling over all the recent taiyaki posts on Instagram. Places like Taiyaki NYC are famous for their IG-worthy taiyaki ice cream. Here’s my taiyaki pic, from Yoloha Cafe in Waipahu: For…

Hooray for a new andagi and bento shop

Andagi tends to be hit or miss. The best I’ve ever had was a black sesame version in the Okinawan motherland last summer. The random kiosk we came across on International Street nailed their fried balls of goodness — perfectly…

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day! Are you ready for this?

Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, because for millions like me, the quintessential American sandwich just never gets old.But there’s always room for variety, so in that spirit here’s a version that’s unconventional, over the top and … well,…

Just opened at Ward: Scratch Kitchen & Meatery

The wait is over. Well, for the most part. Scratch Kitchen & Meatery, the new sister restaurant of Chinatown’s Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop, soft-opens at Ward Villages’ South Shore Market today, April 10. What’s different? Unlike Chinatown, which starts…

Weird name, good grub: Grubus food truck

When I first heard of Grubus, I thought it sounded like some kind of disease. But after eating at this food truck, I’ll be darned. If Grubus is some kind of epidemic, I’ve caught the bug. Grubus — get it?…

Hidden gems: The pastries at Bakery & Table

The minute I step into Bakery & Table for brunch, it’s sensory overload. Jewel-like baked goods, the aroma of fresh bread: I immediately forget about the brunch menu and head straight for the pastries. The vast assortment of pastries is…

Our Top 5: Peanut butter treats

Peanut butter is my all-time favorite spread. I don’t really need a special day to honor it, but National Peanut Butter Day gives me an excuse to indulge in some extra pb. Chunky or creamy, room temp or ice-cold: Here…

Hidden gem: The Sugar Hut

Who knew that I would find some of the best macaron ice cream sandwiches of my life in Waianae. My first taste of The Sugar Hut was actually at the Moanalua High School craft fair, where they were selling macarons…

Droolworthy: Fried Oreo ice cream sundae

My friend and I were enjoying some of the many creative rolls at Aiea’s Sushi Spot when I noticed “fried Oreos” on the menu. At a sushi spot. An order gets you five fried fritters for $5.95, but you can…

Fat Kid Friday: Churro waffles

– Concept and title by Brandon Lee – Video by Sho Niimura Fat Kid Friday is a video series spotlighting exuberant dishes across Oahu. Crazy, ginormous or over-the-top luxe, these are the broke-the-mouth dishes we push across the table and…

Droolworthy: Santa’s milk and cookies pancakes

At Pancakes and Waffles, the honey butter chicken and waffles is my go-to. But when I saw this on their Instagram feed, my usual order flew out the window. Santa’s Milk and Cookies Pancakes ($8.95) is available until January. This…

Our Top 5: Leeward brunch spots

Townies have tons of choices when it comes to brunch. Living in Moanalua, though, I have the best of both worlds — it doesn’t take me long to get to town, and the west side is at my fingertips. Kapolei’s…

Droolworthy: Brekkie Stack at the nook

Nookies may frequent this joint for the eggs bennies and mochiko chicken and waffles. But my go-to isn’t your traditional breakfast fare. The epitome of sweet-meets-savory, the Brekkie Stack makes it difficult for me to get anything else. Two billowy…

Our Top 5: Pumpkin spice treats that aren’t latte

Thank goodness for the Alley. Their pumpkin crunch square is not only one of Honolulu’s iconic desserts, it’s also waiting for me in the dessert case all year round. Not so with five of the six pumpkin spice treats on…

Our Top 5: Fried rice

I’m a local girl who doesn’t love white rice. At breakfast I’ll order roasted potatoes or hash browns any day before choosing white rice as my side dish. But there’s one big, fat exception — fried rice. All bets are…

Fat Kid Friday: The mega sushi-rito

– Concept and title by Brandon Lee – Video by Sho Niimura Fat Kid Friday is a video series spotlighting exuberant dishes across Oahu. Crazy, ginormous or over-the-top luxe, these are the broke-the-mouth dishes we push across the table and…

Hidden gem: Makoto Sushi

When it comes to the edible attractions of Aiea Shopping Center, most people go for The Alley at Aiea Bowl or the soft serve at Samurai. But I’m there for Makoto Sushi, a hidden gem directly across from McDonald’s in…

Fat Kid Friday: The $65 Ultimate Loco Moco

– Concept and title by Brandon Lee – Video by Sho Niimura Fat Kid Friday is a video series spotlighting exuberant dishes across Oahu. Crazy, ginormous or over-the-top luxe, these are the broke-the-mouth finds we push across the table and…

Our Top 5: Chocolate desserts

I’ll never forget the first time I read about Bruce Bogtrotter and the ginormous chocolate cake he was forced to eat in Roald Dahl’s “Matilda.” To me that scene wasn’t memorable so much because of Bruce’s punishment, which was to…

Hidden gem: Guava Smoked

I first visited Guava Smoked when I was craving fried rice. Now, my problem is getting past the fried rice and ordering other menu items, that’s how much I like that fried rice. But Guava Smoked has plenty of other…

Fat Kid Friday: Pocho wraps and Emochi balls

Fat Kid Friday is a video series spotlighting exuberant dishes across Oahu. Crazy, ginormous or over-the-top luxe, these are the broke-the-mouth dishes we push across the table and tell our friends, “Try this. TRY IT.” We didn’t know what to…

Our hood: Aiea

I didn’t grow up in Aiea, per se, but right next door in Pearl City, which meant my childhood overlapped both. My brother and I got haircuts at Head Arts, I have fond memories of ballet and jazz lessons at the…

Our Top 5: Ice cream sandwiches

When it’s muggy and hot, ice cream becomes a need, not a want. Recently I rounded up a squad of fellow dessert fiends and we hit up Volcano Shakes to indulge in the over-the-top St. Helen’s Cookie Blast, which featured…

Hidden gem: Rise and Shine Cafe

Since my first visit, this unassuming spot in Mililani’s Gateway Center has skyrocketed to the No. 2 spot on my list of go-to breakfast places … right after Scratch Kitchen and Bake Shop. When I was on a Rise and…

Kahai Street Kitchen just moved to Moiliili

Kahai Street Kitchen, a favorite gourmet plate lunch spot that used to be three minutes from my workplace in Kalihi, just moved across town to Moiliili. The name is the same — it’s still Kahai Street Kitchen — but what…

Weekend adventure: 30 hours in Okinawa

I’m 75 percent Okinawan, but I’d never been to the motherland. So when my full-Okinawan grandma wanted to make one last pilgrimage with my family before traveling became too hard for her, I jumped at the chance. Okinawa turned out…

Our hood: Pearl City

Our hood is a series spotlighting the neighborhoods the Frolic team calls home. Here are favorite places and eats in Kelli Shiroma’s Pearl City. Of all the houses my family has lived in, my favorite is still the one in…

Something new: Button Up Cafe

Alright, disclaimer: Button Up Café isn’t exactly new, it’s new-ish. It opened in Pearl City in February in one of the small plazas off of Kam Highway. With delectable entrees, the cozy eatery can fill up with weekend brunch crowds…

Something new: Kono’s Honolulu

During my time living in San Diego, I had more than my fair share of succulent pulled pork. Now that I’m back in Hawaii, the cravings kick in from time to time. Friends would rave to me about their feasts at…