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December 29, 2020

Dipped by Doreen

Thanks to @melissa808, I got my hands on some cute confections by @dippedbydoreen!

I've made chocolate-covered OREOs and pretzel rods myself, but they have never turned out this adorable and festive!

And they taste so yummy!

I favored the OREOs, but if you love a sweet and salty combo, you'll love the caramel-wrapped pretzels.  

And who could resist a dipped Rice Krispies treat?

I can't wait to see what else she makes throughout the new year.  They would make such cute party favors or treats for classrooms.

They really do make great gifts (thank you Melissa!) 

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December 14, 2020

New Wellness-Focused Organic Herbal Tea Blends from Tea Chest Hawaii

The pandemic has caused a lot of businesses to pivot, and Tea Chest Hawaii is no different. Prior to the pandemic, the company was mostly supplying hotels, restaurants, and airlines. Fortunately, despite those industries having to drastically reduce operations or shut down, Tea Chest Hawaii's online ordering became an essential source of business.

Based on consumer feedback, they produced new teas focused on wellness - perfect for the challenging times that we are currently facing.

The MANA Tea - for Immunity is made from organic cinnamon, black tea, hibiscus, peppermint, spearmint, and locally-grown moringa and mamaki.

I loved this tea. It smelled and tasted amazing, I drank it hot, but I imagine it would be lovely as a refreshing iced tea. This vibrant tea is the ideal way to start your day, and I love that the ingredients help to give my immunity a boost, especially during this crazy time.

The `OLENA Tea - for Inflammation is caffeine-free. The tea consists of turmeric (`olena is turmeric in Hawaiian), organic ginger, black pepper, and organic lemongrass, as well as locally-grown moringa and mamaki.

The turmeric and ginger flavors are quite prevalent, but the tea is still very smooth.

There's nothing like a soothing cup of Tea Chest Hawaii's new wellness teas to start your day or help you wind down from a busy one.  

Visit https://teachest.com/ for more information.  

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October 8, 2020

Favorite Hawaii-Made Cookies

I love cookies, and although there are many, many, many awesome cookie spots and bakers I have yet to try, here are my top 10 favorite made-in-Hawaii cookie businesses. 


Mrs. Barry's Kona Cookies

Mark's Place

Cookie Corner

No Ka `Oi Cookie Company

Made by @aliyoko

Betty's Best

Honolulu Cookie Company

Maui Cookie Lab

Waialua Bakery

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September 9, 2020

No Ka `Oi Cookie Company

Nat gifted me with a surprise delivery of No Ka `Oi Cookie Company goodies!  They offer free delivery with a $20 purchase, and I was spoiled with all of this:

Leia Cookies, Coconut Butter Mochi, Blueberry Streusel Muffin, Mini Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, Summer S'mores Cookie Bar, Monster Brownie, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies

Nat had actually bought me some of No Ka `Oi Cookie Company's bars before, and I had also bought some at Farmers Markets in the past, so I'm no stranger to the sweet treats.

The Mini Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies were my fave.  I think I ate most of the bite-sized cookies myself!  My youngest absolutely loved the brownie!

Such a great spread of treats - thank you, Nat!

Follow No Ka `Oi Cookie on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/nokaoicookie/ to find out their offering!

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September 7, 2020

Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn

One of the most popular ways of eating popcorn in Hawaii is hurricane-style - with butter, kaki mochi, and furikake.  I remember as a kid going to a cart outside our local grocery store to buy bags of the addicting popcorn.

Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn eventually began selling their kits of microwave popcorn, butter, kaki mochi (mochi crunch), and furikake, along with a large plastic bag, so people could start making their own hurricane popcorn at home.

I had no idea that there are different flavors!

There is Typhoon (Sour Cream / Chives / Nori), Li Hing Hurricane, and Kim Chee Hurricane.

So far, of the 3 flavors, I tried the Kim Chee Hurricane, since I like spicy.  The kim chee seasoning did give a nice kick to the popcorn, so if you like spicy as well, you'll love this variety.  

Hawaiian Hurricane Popcorn offers free shipping for purchases over $50 - send someone a taste of the islands!
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September 3, 2020

Traveling Plum

The first time I met Chef Rob Ramshur was at Lineage, and at the end of a fabulous dinner with friends, he shared some of his Fig Mui. I went back a few months later, and was treated to even more of Chef Rob's Mui!

His passion for preserving fruits led to the Traveling Plum in Maui, where he creates muis, or crackseed candy, from local fruit and natural ingredients.  He uses zero preservatives.

He turns Pineapple, Indonesian Guava Peel, and Pink Guava Peel into mouth-watering muis that are a combination of sweet, sour, and salty in each bite.

The pineapple mui was my favorite, and it really was like eating candy to me - I couldn't stop eating it!  The guava peel muis were a bit on the saltier side, but I still enjoyed it, as it reminded me of how I used to love eating li hing mui just because of how salty it was.

If you grew up eating crackseed as a kid, these muis are very nostalgic.  I didn't eat wet muis growing up, but I'm now a fan. 

Follow Traveling Plum on Instagram to find out when Chef Rob's new creations go live for ordering, because they sell out fast!  

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August 21, 2020

Island Popper

I've been ordering a lot of Hawaii-made goodies online, and one of my recent purchases was Island Popper Popcorn.

I decided to buy the Mix & Match of 4 8-oz bags, and I selected one each of Kauai, Maui, Big Island, and Oahu mixes.

The Kauai Mix was my fave - furikake + cheese!  It was so addicting, I had to restrain myself from eating the entire bag in one sitting.

The Big Island Mix consisted of furikake, butter, and caramel; Oahu included furikake and butter, and the Maui Mix was a cheddar and caramel mix.  The Maui Mix was my second fave - I loved the sweet and savory combo!

Visit https://www.islandpopper.com/ to order!

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December 5, 2019

Yummy Gummies Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: Complimentary product was received for review purposes.

In Hawaii, lemon peel / li hing gummies are quite popular, and I was fortunate to try locally-made Yummy Gummies, which combines gummies with li hing powder, lemon peel, and dried cherries

They are addicting!

I love li hing gummies as is, but the addition of the lemon peel and dried cherries give this snack a nice texture and tartness.

I almost ate the entire bag by myself...in one sitting!

Hawaii Mom Blog has teamed up with Yummy Gummies for a giveaway!  Visit Hawaii Mom Blog on Instagram to enter!
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March 9, 2017

Teapresso Bar Kaimuki

I was in the Kaimuki area running errands during my lunch break, and I needed a bubble drink to quench my thirst. I decided to check out Teapresso Bar on Waialae Avenue since I had never visited this location before (I have visited their other locations in Downtown, Ala Moana, and Keeaumoku).

Teapresso Bar uses premium grade teas, non-powder flavoring, and every drink is brewed-to-order, which means it takes them a little longer to make the drinks than at other places, but the the freshness is worth the wait.

Customize your drink, or choose from one of their signature drinks.  If you aren't sure of what to order, choose one from their Top 5:

Or try a sample...

My go-to here is the almond milk tea, which is made with roasted oolong tea and almond flavoring.

Limited parking is available on the ewa side of the building.

Breaking news: they just opened another location inside Island Country Markets in Koolina!

Follow them on Instagram: @teapressobarhawaii.

Teapresso Bar - Kaimuki
3220 Waialae Avenue
(808) 892-1378
Hours: Monday - Sunday 7:30 am - 10:30 pm

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February 21, 2017

Makai Bowls

Disclosure: complimentary product was provided for review purposes

Acai bowls have been in the trend for years, and for good reason. Not only are they very Instagram-friendly (look at all those bright colors!), but they're delicious, sweet, and full of nutrients. Acai (pronounced "ah-sigh-ee") bowls are made of a smoothie-like blend of acai berries, which are rich of antioxidants and nutrients that help prevent arthritis, inflammation, and other ailments, and are usually topped with more nutritious foods such as bananas, blueberries, strawberries, etc.

These refreshing and nutritious bowls can be found at many smoothie and health-conscious cafes around Oahu, but there's one particular one on the windward side of Oahu that has captured my heart, and my appetite - Makai Bowls in Kailua.

Makai Bowls is a small food truck owned and operated by Kaulu. It's been almost a year since Kaulu decided to turn his passion for acai bowls into a business, and over the past year, he's been hard at work perfecting his version of the acai bowl.

He works out of this small green food truck located in the same parking lot as Agnes' Portuguese Bake Shop off of Ho'olai Street in Kailua. You can't miss his lime green truck.

It's a one-man operation, and Kaulu makes everything by hand, made-to-order. 

There are two items on the menu: the Aloha Bowl, which is his famous acai bowl, and the Mana Bowl, which is a blend of peanut butter and bananas.  All bowls are topped with granola, banana, strawberries, blueberries and honey. Coconut and bee pollen are also available.

The Aloha Bowl is his best seller, and for good reason - it's delicious! Kaulu's acai blend is sweet, thick, and not watered down like at some other places.  He does not skimp on the toppings either.

Aloha Bowl

Check out this highly-nutritious spoonful of antioxidants.....

I also sampled the Mana bowl.  If you love peanut butter as much as I do, you'll love this bowl. The base is made mostly of frozen bananas and peanut butter, so it's ultra-rich and thick.   It doesn't have the nutritional punch that the Aloha Bowl has, but it's certainly high in protein.

Mana Bowl

Makai Bowls initially started out at Sandy Beach, and many people do not realize that he has since moved to Kailua (Yelp has yet to update his business page), so come check him out next to Portuguese Bake Shop and look for the green food truck!

46 Ho'olai Street (next to Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop)
Kailua, HI
Instagram: @makaibowlshawaii
Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Accepts Cash or Credit Cards

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December 14, 2016

Now Open: Breadshop

Christopher Sy's highly anticipated craft bakery Breadshop is now open!

You can find it on the corner of 8th and Waialae Avenues in the Finance Factors Kaimuki Center. Breadshop itself is on the 8th avenue side of the building. Free parking is available in the lot behind the building (enter on 8th avenue).

Breadshop is a small walk-up shop that sells artisan bread.  There are no seats or areas to coffice or study.  It's just a shop where you can find true artisan bread, which is a rarity in Hawaii.

Bread is made fresh daily, by hand, with only a handful of ingredients.  Since it's preservative-free, you need to slice and freeze whatever you don't consume in one or two days.

Today (opening day), they offered two types of bread - country and city, at $8.50 per loaf. The country bread has whole wheat flour and rye flour, which I'm not a big fan of, so I opted for 2 loaves of city bread.  All loaves are tastefully wrapped in paper in true artisan fashion.  

 Hours are currently Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. 

3408 Waialae Avenue

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December 6, 2016

Dave's Ice Cream Parlor at Teddy's Bigger Burgers (Kapiolani)

Ah, Dave's ice cream. I have a lot of fond memories of Dave's ice cream from my childhood.  My parents used to treat us to Dave's ice cream way back when they were located in Sears Ala Moana and on Kapahulu Avenue, next to Tokkuri Tei.  Unfortunately neither of those locations are open anymore, but I can still get my favorite locally made ice cream at Teddy's Bigger Burger on Kapiolani Blvd. where the old Kapiolani Theater used to be.  

One of their most popular flavors is green tea. It also happens to be my favorite flavor at Dave's.

Other flavors on hand today were: cookie dough, blueberry, mint chip, pumpkin, cookies and cream, kona coffee, banana, haupia, rocky road, butter pecan, caramel mac, chocolate chip cookie dough, lemon custard, mango ice cream, pink cotton candy, rainbow sherbert, strawberry, strawberry cheesecake, ube, and vanilla.  

At $2.99 for a single scoop, it's the best deal in town for ice cream that is made from scratch and made locally on the island.  

Also on the menu are sundaes, banana splits, banan royales, halo halo, hand-packed pints, shakes and malts.  

When you do come here for ice cream, your first instinct would lead you directly to the ice cream parlor, which is fine since you probably want to see what flavors are available.  However, to get your ice cream, you must first pay for it at the registers to the left of the ice cream parlor (where people place their orders for their burgers).  Then show your receipt to the person behind the ice cream counter and tell them your desired flavors/options.

Dave's Ice Cream at Teddy's Bigger Burgers (Kapiolani)
1646 Kapiolani Blvd.
(808) 951-0000

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May 27, 2016

Baker Dudes at Pearlridge Farmers' Market

During a recent visit to the Pearlridge Farmers' Market, we picked up some goodies from Baker Dudes.

Baker Dudes offers a variety of breads, pastries, scones, and cookies.

I picked up a few things for a friend, and let my kids pick out a cookie flavor they could all agree upon.
Lilikoi Bread

Orange Zest Dark Chocolate Scones and Chocolate Coconut Scones

Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

I bought the Lilikoi Bread and Scones for a friend's family, and honestly - I was very tempted to keep the bread and one pack of scones for myself! Everything looked so yummy!

But I did resist temptation, and instead took a bite out of the cookies that my sons picked out. A pack of three humongous cookies were $6 (as were the bread and each pack of scones).

The cookies were surprisingly soft and chewy - just the way I like them!

Next time I go to Pearlridge Farmers Market and visit the Baker Dudes, I'll be smarter next time and buy some Lilikoi Bread and Scones for myself as well.

Click here for more information on the Pearlridge Farmers Market.

Click here for more information on Baker Dudes.

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May 16, 2016

Hawaiian Chip Company

One of my favorite snacks made locally on Oahu are sweet potato and taro chips from Hawaiian Chip Company.  They use locally grown sweet potato and taro, canola oil (which has zero trans fats), and their chips are preservative free.  

You will see them in packages at many stores island-wide (e.g. Costco, Longs, Times, Wholesale Unlimited), but did you know you can get FRESH, made-to-order sweet potato and taro chips at their store and manufacturing plant in Kalihi?  

Made-to-order chips are available Monday-Saturday.  Choose between taro only, sweet potato only, or a combo.  Bags are $6 or you can get a box for $15 (best value).  

Since chips are made to order, there is some waiting time involved, since the potatoes and taro are sliced and cooked when you place your order.  But they have little bags of sample chips so that you can sample the different seasonings while you wait.

Seasonings?  Yes!  Once your chips are ready, head over to the seasoning bar and season away.  There are 10 different seasonings to choose from, and you can add as much or little as you like, and can combine flavors to your liking.

sugar, salt, nori

kiawe bbq, zesty garlic, bacon salt
kilauea fire spicy
cajun, cinnamon sugar, adobo
In addition to buying chips made-to-order, you can also buy their chips seasoned and pre-packaged (great for omiyage). 

Hawaiian Chip Company is also known for their BBQ sauces that are great for marinating chicken, pork, beef, and fish. If you're not sure which one to buy, sample them first....

Then select the ones you like

They also have salad dressings..

BBQ sauce in half gallon and gallon sizes...

reusable bags, and even chip clips with their logo on it.

If you need something to cool you down, try one of their ice cream sandwiches for only $5.

Don't forget to ask for a stamp card. Fill it up and enjoy $5 off on your next visit.

Hawaiian Chip Company
1928 Republican Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Phone: (808) 845-9868 
Fax: (808) 848-7848 
Email: info@hawaiianchipcompany.com
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
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