The concept of omiyage—bringing home gifts and souvenirs to friends and family after any trip or vacation—is deeply rooted in local Hawai'i tradition. We like our gifts to be of the edible variety, and that's what we give back in return. See ten of our picks in the slideshow!
Pastry Chef Ross Alaimo has been with the Mauna Kea for over two decades and is known for creating noteworthy sweets that place a quiet but ever present emphasis on the numerous local fruits and ingredients unique to Hawaii.
Joël Robuchon has restaurants spread across the world, but only in Taipei and Hong Kong does he operate Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon, a sleek tea salon where dainty bites and a proper afternoon tea service is on the menu. Here are the sweets you shouldn't miss.
An edible tour through Taipei, with everything from stinky tofu to lunch bargains at Robouchon.
Light years from malasadas, shave ice, and all the sweets that are often associated with Hawaii, is Fendu Boulangerie. Tucked away in the residential neighborhood of Manoa Valley, it's one of the few places on the island that specializes in European-style breads, pastries, and sweets.
Last summer Fernanda Capobianco (wife of pastry chef François Payard) opened the first retail location of Vegan Divas, bringing a glamorous spin to the world of vegan bakeries with sweets that taste more decadent than healthy. Here are her picks on what to eat.
Hong Kong dim sum in New York? For real. From now until July 7th, you can find some of Hong Kong's best dim sum at the Mandarin Oriental New York.
Tea Wing carries a select range of Japanese teas (the owner personally goes to source in Japan each harvest), and matcha is their signature product. I visited the Tea Wing headquarters for a taste, and their offerings were easily best matcha I've tasted in US.
In Honolulu, if you're looking for sweets, you'll probably hear mention of La Palme D'Or. It's hidden on the back side of Ala Moana Shopping Center and is one of the best patisseries in town. Here's what you should eat there this summer.
The Ritz-Carlton Montréal closed for a four-year gut renovation and when they reopened last summer, they did so with Daniel Boulud's second location of Maison Boulud—the first is in Beijing—attached to the hotel. Pastry Chef David Jubin, formerly of Michel Bras and Le Louis XV in Monaco, heads the sweets department where desserts are simultaneously whimsical and decadent with plenty of nods to the region.
After six years of writing about a sweet a day in New York, it's time for me to say farewell to the Sugar Rush beat. Looking back are the journey, here are ten of the sweets I'll never forget.
Sleep early tonight and wake up early tomorrow. That way you can visit Dough and get a Cafe Au Lait ($2.50), fresh from the fryer and cooled just enough to apply that layer of creamy coffee icing.
Sometimes you just want a classic soufflé, plain and simple. To satisfy these cravings I've been alternating between Minetta Tavern, DBGB, and Bouchon Bakery Café.
Dessert Club Chikalicious first put Sticky Toffee Pudding ($7.95) on the menu December 2011. It was a loose interpretation of the famous dessert, single-serving rounds complete with crème anglaise. But now it's been revised!
Get all three components in one bite for maximum satisfaction; that dense and creamy chocolate ganache is no slouch.
This updated list includes long-time favorite spots like Liquiteria, Jus, and LifeThyme Market, but we also made room for some hip newcomers like The Butcher's Daughter and Melvin's Juice Box. And we're not just talking a cup full of mushed berries and yogurt here: these days, smoothies are made with everything from whole coconuts and cacao nibs to ginger and dates to watermelon to cilantro.
If you're a fan of bread pudding, this should be at the top of your must-try list. Bread and Butter Pudding ($10) is a classic on the dessert menu at Annisa.
It's basically a cheesecake, said the woman next to me. She was right. The Baked Lemon Ricotta is sold by the pound ($13.99/lb) at Murray's Cheese.
Dean & Deluca recently took a bulk of their bakery production in-house (though you can still get goodies from places like Lady M, Balthazar, and Amy's Bread). The house sweets are hit and miss, but stay close to slices of custardy cherry clafoutis ($5), white chocolate cookies, and cupcakes, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Salt of the Earth Bakery offers a range of baked goods including brownies and mud pies, but cookies are their strongest item.
We love the sweets at Bouchon Bakery, but today we're bypassing the bakery and heading straight to the sit-down Café.
The "Smores" ($8) at Recette should be taken in loose, playful terms.
The best doughnuts are the ones fresh from the fryer. At Terroir they come in the form of Apple Cider Doughnut Holes ($5). These single bite cake doughnuts are drenched with a slow oozing cider caramel.
This week we eat oatmeal pie, sandwiches, pickles, candy, Chinese food, pastries, and more. And for the first time we've got a little bonus video for you, featuring the little birthday celebration we held today for editor Erin Zimmer!
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