Pop! goes Godiva.
Oh, relax. Before you go running for a door, the fizz, crackle, pop of the chocolatier's newest offering is only on your tongue.
The kid in us never outgrows a love for chocolate, and I can't explain it, but some never quite graduate past the Pop Rocks phase, either. For them -- and there are many based on the way the chocolates have been flying off the shelves -- Godiva simply puts two and two together with white and dark chocolate surrounding creamy, mouth-tingling centers.
The two flavors offered are CranOrange Dark Chocolate Dazzler and White Chocolate Raspberry Sparkler, and both are paired in a retro-designed aquamarine topped box tied with a metallic ribbon, perfect for gift-giving.
A box of 10 sells for $20 at Godiva in Kahala Mall. Call 734-3700 for more information.
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For some downtime after heavy duty Christmas shopping at Ala Moana Center, why not check out the Jazz Minds Art & Cafe, a musical oasis in the middle of Kapiolani Boulevard?
Owner Young Yi is trying her mightiest to create a nice little vibe there. Currently on the schedule is the Noly Pa'a Connection on Fridays; Zanuck Lindsay with the Jazz Purrverts this Saturday; and DeShannon Higa moving his grOOve.imProV.arTiSts free-flow gig from Indigo's Green Room to Jazz Minds for regular Thursday night gigs.
The place is easily located with a big white-and-red-banner in front at 1661 Kapiolani Blvd. Call 945-0800 or visit jazzmindshi.com.
Several events worth seeing:
Neil Sedaka is featuring songs from his new album, "The Miracle of Christmas," in concert at the Hawaii Theatre Friday and Saturday.
Comedian Paul Ogata bids farewell to Hawaii with a one-night "farewell tour" at Pipeline Cafe on Saturday. Cathy Tanaka, Shawn Felipe and Stan Egi will be Ogata's guests.
And if you see one "Nutcracker" this year, Ballet Hawaii's production is the one to see. The cast includes guests from the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and the gorgeous score is provided live by the Honolulu Symphony.