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THE FORTNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Kulu Kulu Cake to Begin Christmas Cake and Osechi Cake Pre-order (Honolulu, HI)— Kulu Kulu Cake has established itself as the go-to pastry shop for “Japanese” cakes and desserts, including seasonal treats that have become popular enough to warrant a pre-order. This year, the Japanese Christmas Cakes à la Kulu Kulu Cake are each topped with holiday decorations and a chocolate sign that says “Merry Christmas.” The cakes will come in six variations including, 1. Strawberry Shortcake, limited to 200 orders The Signature Japanese Christmas Cake and is priced at $38 (6”), $48 (7”), and $56 (8”). 2. Chocolate Cake, limited to 100 orders Another fan […]
SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING TULLE: Bridal Boutique MAGNOLIA WHITE to Carry Alexandra Grecco Dresses (Honolulu, HI)— Stepping in to the MAGNOLIA WHITE bridal boutique is like stepping in to a dream closet: romantic décor, plush seating for family and friends get a front row view, and best of all, a single fitting room for ultimate privacy (and no awkward “who wore it better?” moments with other brides). The small but carefully curated selection of dresses at MAGNOLIA WHITE has proven to be the bridal boutique meeting a demand for an upscale, exclusive and fashion-forward bridal shop in Hawaii. Opened in early 2016, the European couture and ready-to-wear designers and collections featured […]
MISO DELICIOUS: Kona Abalone Now Serving $2 Miso Soup (Honolulu, HI)— The Kona Abalone store located in Ala Moana Center’s Makai Market food court is offering the ultimate gourmand treat—$2 abalone miso soup. Abalone is considered a prized delicacy in Asian cultures and a growing number of Western restaurants. But those that still need convincing to try the meaty, yet buttery Kona Abalone should know that the nutritional value of the Hawaii-grown marine gastropod molluscs is impressive. High in lean protein, abalone is an excellent source of vitamin B1, B2, B12, zinc, iron, arginine, and taurine. The new Kona Abalone miso soup is the perfect all-weather tonic to fight off seasonal […]
HAPPY FIRSTS: Hakubundo Celebrates Its First Anniversary at Ward Centre (Honolulu, HI)— Hakubundo first opened its doors in Hawaii in 1910 and became the go-to store for Japanese imports such as ceramic plates, traditional Ichimatsu dolls, and other goods. In 2015—105 years and several owners later—Hakubundo opened its newest location at Ward Centre with a renewed image while sticking to its roots. Under parent company, Japan Publications Trading Co., Ltd., a distributor of Japanese exports on a global scale, Hakubundo has once again become the go-to shop for pertinent and trending products easily accessible to the local community, far different from the offering that your grandparents grew up. The new […]
A Cornucopia of Gourmet Delight: 53 By The Sea Releases Thanksgiving Menu (Honolulu, HI)— In a blink of an eye, the holiday season has come upon us and with it, plans for Thanksgiving. This year, plan a night out with the family and enjoy 53 By The Sea’s exclusive Thanksgiving five-course menu. Titillating the senses with a visually stunning gourmand presentation by Executive Chef Hikaru Ide, the meal will begin with a Foie Gras Parfait éclair and move on to an indulgent salad of Goat Cheese, truffle celery root, beets and walnuts. The third course is a creamy yet satisfying Kabocha Pumpkin Soup which is then followed by a Roasted Turkey […]
BUY LIKE AN INSIDER: Kona Abalone Now Offering Industry Rates at Ala Moana Store (Honolulu, HI)— Visit the Saturday Farmer’s Market at Kapiolani Community College (KCC), and you’ll see a line at the Kona Abalone stall; the smoky, savory scent of freshly grilled abalone is too alluring to pass up. You’ll see first-time visitors and regulars lining up for the abalone and perhaps walk away with a few live abalone to cook on their own. As everyone gears up for the holiday season, many are starting to think through their menu options for Thanksgiving and holiday parties. With a well-loved delicacy like Kona-grown abalone, it’s easier than you think to […]