3:00pm…this time, it’s not just my stomach that’s hankering for a snack, but also my mom’s! So we go to Times and Saint Germain in Kahala
Options are seemingly endless. And even after spending a summer as the bakery girl at their Ala Moana location, subjected to cruel management and poor pay, I am still effortlessly drawn to the baked glories of this Japanese bakery.
The raisin sticks look a bit silly in wrapped in the bags. But here’s a tip: it’s the first thing baked in the day, so come early if you want them hot, and if you’re really lucky, you might get them before the bags are all tied up (cause there’s still steam coming out). I used to split a bag with my grandpa on the way to school, and who wouldn’t want to start the day with a warm raisin stick??
Or an Ensamada, a massive buttery round crowned with sweetened whipped butter…There’s enough egg yolks in here to bring up your cholesterol a dozen notches or so, but there’s no better way to do so!
But alas, it was the green tea mushi pan I called my own, a little steamed sponge cake (still warm!) It’s one of the few pastries on the island that don’t skimp on the matcha, and man, this baby is sooo soft and light, but goes all creamy in your mouth!
And my mom! You wouldn’t believe this lady. None of the baked good would satisfy her at the moment, so she wandered to the other section of the market, where Times was doing their Monday Steak Dinners. But instead of getting a plate lunch, she told the guy she only wanted steak. And apparently, what my mom wants, she gets. So at promptly 3:00pm yesterday, it was my mom and I in her car, eating steak and steamed matcha cakes. Nothing like mother-daughter bonding!