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sweet peeks: let them eat cupcakes

even with a shiny new camera, capturing delicious dishes to share with you remains an ever elusive goal. shyness combined with forgetfulness means i tend to hesitate about disturbing other diners to document a meal or space out and dig in before realizing that a before picture would be much more photogenic than an untidy plate.

luckily, let them eat cupcakes still had just enough dobash and guava baked treats on display for a quick snapshot during my first visit earlier this year. whipping up cupcake editions of these bake shop classics have been on my "to do" list for far too long so when the chance popped up to wander about chinatown on a wednesday when LTEC offers two of my favorite desserts in petite portions, i coaxed my cupcake-resistant mister inside with promises of a sweet surprise.

with so many rave reviews since the cupcakerie's opening (plan b for the founders when the honolulu advertiser stopped the presses last year), i am happy to report that the dobash and guava cupcakes which beckoned me were definitely worth the wait. both flavors were nicely balanced combining a moist crumb, just enough sweetness, and a dollop of decadent dobash frosting and a filling of guava goodness which transported us back to small kid time. we somehow resisted placing a second order but let them eat cupcakes officially wins my vote for most 'ono cupcake on the island.

since the space is quite cozy, i asked permission to photograph the interior so you could spy the menu board (which has since been redesigned) and the complimentary sprinkles bar.

a handful of flavors are offered everyday with a rotation of LTEC favorites and one-of-a-kind creations sprinkled in throughout the week (other flavors which may tempt you include red velvet, maple bacon & li hing mango). and, if you have a moment, a few tables tucked inside the pleasant storefront invite you to savor your selections which are are cheerily served on pretty china.

since the cupcakes are baked in small batches, do pop in as early as possible to avoid the disappointment of finding a closed sign hanging on the door as the shop is known to close early once the last cupcake has sold. you are also welcome to ring ahead and place an order for pickup.

and a tip for parents: keiki cakes party packages can also be booked if you are on the lookout for a delightful hands-on diversion to entertain the little ones.

peek the daily menu before you make your way to chinatown:

  • where: 35 south beretania street, chinatown (just around the corner from j.j. dolan's)
  • shop hours: tue to fri, 8a to 4p & sat, 10a to 2p
  • fyi: custom & mini cupcakes are available by request

p.s. let them eat cupcakes bakes up first friday-only flavors when they keep the doors open 'til 9p. click over to the official facebook page for a sneak peek.


island crush: koa sunnies

once upon a time, i cracked open my birthday piggy bank to splurge on a pair of iconic wayfarers.

these are much nicer.

kicks hawaii gathered up koa remnants from local woodworkers and island tree farms to be upcycled into stylish sunglasses by shwood, a portland maker who crafted 200 limited edition pairs of its canby design to celebrate the honolulu shop's tenth anniversary.

the love & aloha etched inside the frame (font by sig zane!) is an especially sweet reminder of home.

$180 in-store + online.

p.s. peek the manufacturing process which is made in the usa from frame to finish here.


shop peek: hound & quail

sometime in the spring, happy news arrived that mark and travis from [area], which shuttered in 2009, had rebooted their mini design mart as hound & quail, a curated shopette stocked with vintage furnishings, whimsical curiosities, and elusive goodness not typically found in hawaii.

while i have yet to step inside, a few clicks around the website uncovered the most fabulous fare from card catalogs rescued from the library and old timey typewriters to touristy shell trophies and decorative letters. it's like the vintage section of etsy without the worry of shipping!

more lovely discoveries after the jump.

the proprietors' day jobs limit in-store browsing time so do preview the current inventory online and contact h&q to inquire about purchasing your favorite find.

p.s. mark your calendar for h&q's next monthly market on sun, sep 18th!


morning crush: hot club of hulaville

. . . i'm pau by hot club of hulaville . . .

the swingy melodies by hot club of hulaville never fail to brighten my day so i was thrilled when the honolulu quintet's django would go! scooped up a hoku for jazz album of the year this weekend.

hooray for gypsy jazz!

the perfect remedy if your tuesday has a case of the mondays after the long holiday weekend.

$15 online + $9.99 itunes.


new peeks: roberta oaks spring 2011


nothing says old school hawaii like a palaka print so i am thrilled to see designer roberta oaks pay an homage to the iconic pattern in her new line for the fellas. retro styled floral prints also make an appearance in this hipster update on the aloha shirt, but kama'aina will always embrace the palaka which is a sweet reminder of plantation days gone by before big box stores arrived and mom & pop shops like arakawas closed their doors forever. 

a handful of m's styles are made in snazzy vintage fabrics and, as such, limited in number with the remaining looks cut from a breezy cotton/linen blend from japan. springtime also brings new loveliness for the ladies with updates on old favorites and demure additions in pretty pastels and chipper polka dots perfect for sunday brunch and skipping about town with your sweetie.

boys day

how cute would it be to spot a couple styled in coordinating ro outfits?

if the new looks make you happy, just know there are only two days remaining to save 20% off all the newest goodness in the online shop:

  • secret code: easter
  • expires: sat, apr 23rd

or, starting tomorrow, hop over to roberta's studio to scoop up spring loveliness just in time for easter weekend: