When my family staycationed at the Royal Hawaiian Resort
last year, we were treated to the most delicious "Only at The Royal" signature pink haupia cake. I am convinced that Executive Pastry Chef Carolyn Portuondo is the reason why it is so amazing. Chef Portuondo has extensive patisserie experience and also owned her own retail bakery in Las Vegas. Her cakes and pastry skills have earned her numerous accolades as well as features in prominent magazines.
Earlier this month, The Royal Hawaiian Resort celebrated its 90th Anniversary with the grand opening of the Royal Hawaiian Bakery - the first of its kind in any hotel on island. The bakery is located on the resort's Coconut Lanai and is open daily from 7am to 4pm and offers a variety of baked goods as well as drinks and prepackaged items that would make perfect gifts.
When my daughter and I dropped by the bakery, we were disappointed to find out they were sold out of the Royal Hawaiian signature pink snowballs (the pink haupia cake mentioned earlier). Well, I was disappointed. She quickly pointed out that both the chocolate croissant and the custard brioche braid would make fine substitutions. Still sad, I agreed and picked up a scone and the cinnamon kougin amann.
The pastries were delicious! My daughter's favorite was the custard brioche. She didn't stop raving about it. I liked the texture of the scone, but my favorite was the cinnamon kouign amann. My husband thought it was the best in town!
I look forward to returning and getting my hands on one of those snowballs or I may just have to order a custom-created cake by Chef Portuondo. Mother's Day is coming up, after all!
|A variety of delicious pastries await!|
|Prepackaged goodies make the perfect gift or souvenir!|