Hawai’i: A Little Tea Party…

Monday, January 3, 2011 7comments No tags Permalink 0

Tuesday afternoon. Honolulu, Hawai’i.

[photo from Steph’s Flickr]

My intention was to have a small tea party for six (that’s all the dining table seats!), but it wound up being more of a little lunch get together as opposed to proper afternoon tea.

[photo from Steph’s Flickr]

But really, with good friends and good food, the subject of tea versus lunch doesn’t matter much.

Kelly picked me up in the morning and we stopped at Sconees in Kaimuki for…

Lilikoi Bars. A buttery shortbread base, baked lilikoi custard/curd. Tart and sweet. These are actually two big bars we cut into bite-sized pieces.

We wanted to get scones, but were side tracked by everything else like the warm banana bread and cornbread, and don’t forget the…

Cheese Pockets. They have five different fillings so we just got a mix of everything: Lemon, Blueberry, Strawberry, Apple and Lilikoi. The cream cheese is incorporated into the dough, similar to rugelach, only these are much more butter-rich.

Next we drove to Manoa for Andy’s Sandwiches. Sounds familiar? It should if you’ve remember this post. Andy’s is my go-to sandwich spot in Hawai’i. Exactly what you’d expect and picture a neighborhood sandwich shop to be.

Low prices, sandwiches made to order, friendly people, always delicious (and also really good muffins!). We ordered six sandwiches, I don’t remember the exact combination, but they included a mix of:

– roast beef

– avocado

– ahi spread

– turkey

– lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and onions

– and of course, a sprinkle of Andy’s extra secret spice mix ;)

Darien came with a mix of teas and chocolate cookies, and then Steph had a sweet something from Kaneohe Bakery

Pumpkin Custard Pie! Wonderfully wobbly, eggy and so fresh!

Marie brought Manapuas from Royal Kitchen…we split them all in half, and I scored a Char Siu and Chicken Curry. Boy, I miss having easy access to Manapuas…put that on list of things we take for granted in Hawai’i! An hour before everyone arrived I realized there was only ONE tea pot at home – thank you to Alicia for bringing an extra…otherwise I’d have served juice or something heheh.

Cheers to a good week!


1117 12th Avenue

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96816

(808) 734-4024

Andy’s Sandwiches & Smoothies

2904 East Manoa Road

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96822

(808) 988-6161

Kaneohe Bakery

45-1026 Kamehameha Highway

Kaneohe, Hawai’i 96744

(808) 247-0474

Royal Kitchen

100 N Beretania Street

Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817

(808) 524-4461

  • K and S
    January 4, 2011

    awesome foodie gathering!

  • [email protected]
    January 4, 2011

    Looks like a fun, and delicious, tea party.

  • Cassandra
    January 4, 2011

    Wow! Everything looks yum! You know, I think I saw you and your family waiting in line at Sweet Home Cafe a few weeks ago! I told my husband, "Hey, that's the girl that has the food blog that I read!". He called me a dork. ;)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 4, 2011

    Thanks Kat and Lisa!Cassandra – ahhh you should have said 'hi'! That was me…we got there pretty early and still had to wait in line for 45 minutes…man is that place busy. It was our first time there, and the whole family enjoyed the dinner. Now if only they'd expand to a bigger space…

  • anonymous
    January 5, 2011

    As much as I love your Hawaii post, it gets me a tad bit upset that we don't have any of these treats available in NYC! What a dilemma.

  • anonymous
    January 5, 2011

    Your tea party reminds me of my childhood 'pretend game' with my cousins. At last, everyond has grown up. Some started families. Btw, just saw you on Unique Eats. You're very photogenic and articulate. :) Good work! What's your favorite doughnut anyway? :P

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 5, 2011

    Hi Christine!Hahah, me too!! I wish I could just pick up Honolulu and transport it closer to NYC! :)Hi Kim!Super thank you! :) Its hard to pick just one doughnut, but Doughnut Plant, Donut Pub, and the bombolonis from Sullivan Street Bakery are my go-to spots for doughnuts!

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