Mac Nut Pancakes, Brownie (with Walnuts), and Taro Rolls…Could I Survive on Flour, Butter & Sugar?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 11comments No tags Permalink 0

Mom and I drove to Kailua for some early morning errands this morning, and decided we should have breakfast. Breakfast options in Kailua are aplenty and it was difficult to decide between Cinnamon’s, Moke’s and Boots & Kimo. However, Moke’s was closed, and we were just at Cinnamon’s last week, so Boots & Kimo it was!

We got in just past 7am, and lucky for us there was no line. But time we were leaving, there was already a 15 minute wait for tables. On a Tuesday morning nonetheless! Ordering is simple here. Because I always get the same thing.

Mac nut pancakes! I know the picture looks kind of creepy. And even gross I bet. But, you know, sometimes pictures are deceiving. Such is the case with these pancakes. I went with the short stack today cause I’m meeting someone for lunch in a few hours. But whether you get the pancakes in a short or tall stack, you must get them smooooothered in the warm mac nut sauce. This ‘sauce’ is really nothing more than a rich anglaise in all its egg yolk rich glory, dotted with ground mac nuts. Pancakes at Boots & Kimo are of the spongy sort (for crispy pancakes go to Jack’s in Aina Hina, and for crappy pancakes go to the IHOP in Waikiki), which is a good thing in this case, because you want spongy pancakes to soak up all this glory that will send you to straight to a sugar coma. Maple syrup is unnecessary. Butter on the side for those who dare.

After filling up on a morning sugar high (some people get sugar comas, apparently I get sugar highs), what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Why, we haven’t had dessert yet! So I whip out my handy notebook filled with notes and addresses of restaurants/bakeries/food, etc, you get the idea. At the same time, mom takes out her newly purchased map book from Costco. Put the two together, and in less than 5 minutes we find ourselves in front of Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop. Talk about teamwork!

It’s our first visit here, so we browse around a bit. Half of the shop is taken up by small tables and chairs. It seems they do a wide selection of coffee, tea, and Italian sodas. These seats are mostly occupied by people having breakfast of pastries and coffee on their own.

Turn around and you’ll find two long bakery cases filled with tons of pastries! Exciting! There’s so much to see! Brownies, berry flips, bread pudding, butter rolls, blueberry wheat muffins, and even an “Anti-Gravity Cake” on the bottom left corner…

This Rocky Road Brownie Cupcake was interesting…but I thought it was too sweet for a 9am treat.

I had my heart set on the brownie from the start. Hah! You thought I was going to get the bread pudding, didn’t you? Well I was. But. The bread pudding didn’t look so awesome. I like super custardy bread pudding. Not super solid hard ones. However the brownie looked downright decadent. And I it was less sweet than the brownie cupcake above, right? Hehe :)

We also got a pack of whole wheat pita bread for dad, cause he wasn’t able to join us for breakfast this morning…kind of like a consolidation prize? Well it’s about 11am right now, and I haven’t had either the brownie or pita yet, so I can’t give you any feedback on those items. But unless the brownie fails me miserably, it looks to be a super fudgey creature with lots of walnuts!

Ooohhh! Wait! While we’re on the subject of baked goods, I was Costco this past weekend and bought a package of the Mauna Kea taro rolls.

They come 12 to pack for $5.99. It’s not a super good deal, but you’ll never know if it’s worth it until you try right?

Soft and plush, like Ani’s sweet bread, only not as sweet with a strong taro taste. These really do melt in your mouth! Just pull of a small piece, let it sit on your tongue, and in a few second, viola…it just melts away. Okay. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but it is as if thet do melt away! At least you get an idea of how soft it is! If you’re going to get taro rolls don’t get the ones they sell at Sam’s Club cause they use artificial taro powder/color…or something that’s not real taro…which defeats the whole purpose of eating taro rolls!

Boots & Kimo

131 Hekili St

Kailua, HI 96734-2866

Phone: (808) 263-7929

Agnes’ Portuguese Bakery

46 Ho’olai Street

Kailua, Hawaii 96734

(808) 262-5367

  • K & S
    November 30, -0001

    Wow! mac nut sauce over pancakes, yum! I’ve tried the brownies from Agnes’ yum! Hope you like them too.

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    Hi cathy, Wow…now that is some breakfast…looks yums :)Next time you go to Angnes Bake shop be sure to try their malassadas…they are wonderful.happy eating

  • mama penguin
    August 22, 2007

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about the macnut pancakes over at Boots & Kimo. We tried going there a few years back but the line was so flipping long. Gotta try it the next time we fly back to the islands.

  • anonymous
    August 22, 2007

    Personally, I enjoy my pancakes smothered with a gallon of maple syrup or whatever the condiment avaiable. I’m mean pancake might as well be the side dish to the sauce on my plate.Malasadas with high speed internet acess?? Never heard of that before. Astute of you to include the website of the reviewed restaurant. Anyways, I did click the link.And what about the pancakes at IHOP in Waikiki, LOL. Was that bad, huh?

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 22, 2007

    Hey Kat!I just ate the brownie, and you’re right, it’s super awesome! really decadent, maybe even too fudgey, but I love all how theres tons of chopped walnuts! :)Hey Anon!Ooo, I wanted to! Next time I’ll have to go before I have breakfast, so that I can really enjoy the malassada! :)Hey Mama Penguin!The line is usually ridiculously long, but good thing we got there super early today! It was well worth waking up about three hours earlier than I’m used to, hehe :)Hey Ron!I like my pancakes smooooothered too! Only I prefer it smooothered with a ton of butter instead of maple syrup. The IHOP pancakes? BAH! small and pale babies…So expensive too!

  • rowena
    August 22, 2007

    Hee hee…now that’s what I miss about eating local-style. You’ve got all these neat little places to choose from that you need a notebook to keep them at your fingertips at a moment’s notice! I just loved reading that part…how you make me miss home so much!I loved all the pics on Agnes…looks GREAT! Of course that Anti-Gravity cake…hmmm…does that mean if you eat a piece all of a sudden you’re swank with a body of a 20-yr. old? Now I think a lot of women would go for that!! :-)

  • J. Lo
    August 22, 2007

    btw – earlier dinner works. just let me know when you can make it! (i’m not a very busy person.) i must be going crazy. even my MOM knew about the shirokiya pancake thing you were talking about. she was like, “you have no idea what that is? are you kidding me?” and i was trying to explain that it WASN’T the sandwich-style and she was like, “no no, i know that – it’s one piece.”

  • cheesywee
    August 23, 2007

    one picture with the bakery and displayed breads/cakes shows “antigravity cake” hahah i’m curious to know what that is ..sounds yummy though!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 23, 2007

    Hey Rowena!I love my notebook! Each notebook usually lasts me about a year, then it gets all filled up with food related notes and jotting. The notebook goes with me everywhere…like a grownup security blanket I guess, hehe :) As for the anti-gravity cake, I fear names may be deceiving…one would probably end up with a potbelly instead of a body of a 20 year old! :)Justin!Mmm, Gazen was super good tonight! Esp the sukui tofu…we shoulda ordered three of them! hopefully i’ll get the pancake before i’m gone…otherwise i’ll be sad :( see you tomorrow! :)Hey Cheesywee!I was curious about that cake too! Almost tempted to buy it…but I knew no one else in the family would eat it, and yesh, I’d probably polish it off myself and then feel really gross, heehee! :)

  • Chubbypanda
    August 25, 2007

    It looks like a UFO… =D

  • anonymous
    September 8, 2007

    Kathy,We just returned from vacation in Lanikai — and had the malasadas from Agnes’s several times…very ono…sometimes I like them better than Leonard’s!! I am having Hawaii withdrawal, good thing I loaded up on shortbread cookies, mac nut coffee, nuts and syrup to last me a few months at least! Yum – I like your blog!

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