Can’t beat local snacks from Hawai’i. Mom and Dad brought us – among many goodies, a container of mini-chocolate chip shortbreads from Honolulu Cookie Company from their recent visit. These shortbreads are popular for omiyage – a Japanese tradition of souvenir gifts, but they’re equally good as a gift to yourself. Chocolate Chip is the default flavor, but if I had to pick a favorite flavor it would be the Kona Coffee or Lilikoi Mango (even better when dipped in dark chocolate). You gotta love the fact that they’re pineapple-shaped, it is almost too charming.
To drink, Thé du Hammam from Le Palais de Thés, a fruity blend of Chinese green tea and roses, orange flower water and dates. Do all these flavors combined sound familiar? It’s the same scents used in the Turkish steam bath. Cue the candles. A part of me has fingers crossed for pouring rain and thunderstorms so we can stay in all day with cookies and tea, and softly light the room with candles. Sugar, the Sucre Carré is from Chambre de Sucre. Can you believe these are all handmade in Japan? Beautiful and also a thoughtful option for omiyage.