At the Koko Marina Foodland, managers seemed to have borrowed an old Realtor's pre-boom trick of making a home seem warm and inviting with a baked greeting.
The sweet buttery smell of Japan's famous Beard Papa cream puffs starts working its magic immediately. Even if you only wanted to pick up fresh fruit, you'll be led by your nose straight to the window where Beard Papa pushers pump fresh custard into the unique puffs.
Bite in and you'll feel the difference in a double crust of a soft choux inner layer, and a crunchy exterior, as long as you polish them off in less than two hours. How hard is that?
The original vanilla filling is offered daily, at $1.50 per puff or $8.50 for six. Premium (chocolate, green tea, etc.) fillings cost more, at $1.65 each, or $9.50 for six. Until they can get more pumps, only one premium flavor is offered daily.
Look for them from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Foodland Koko Marina (7192 Kalanianaole Highway) and Food Pantry Waikiki (2370 Kuhio Ave.).
John sez ...
In 14 years of reviewing local theater for the paper, I've rarely come across shows that I'd recommend seeing twice. Manoa Valley Theatre's production of "Flaming Idiots" is one of those rarities. Unlike most of the highly touted comedies I've seen local theater groups do over the years, "Idiots" is actually funny. Crisp one-liners, sight gags, light slapstick, and split-second timing make this contemporary sitcom-style show appealing. The absence of toilet humor and gratuitous foul language is another plus. "Idiots" continues with performances through Sunday. If I didn't have a full schedule of new events to cover, you might see me in the audience.
Like many people, I will spend this weekend enjoying the company of my family. This is the first time in a while I've been able to sit down and celebrate Thanksgiving on the actual holiday with my immediate family, as we've lived on opposite sides of the country for the past few years, so I plan on embracing every moment.
While we will spend a lot of time relaxing, and maybe take in a movie together, my mother and I will work off some Thanksgiving calories by hitting a few bargain sales at the malls and attending a craft fair or two. I also plan on calling and writing family members and good friends who live far away.