Aloha Foodland – Ala Moana Center

  And then there were only seven.  Seven original stores left at Ala Moana Center after Foodland.  At 5:00 PM on Saturday, 12/13/14 – Ala Moana Foodland closed its doors for good.  Although not in the same location in the mall, Foodland was there since the mall opened in 1959.   I remember when Foodland used to be located on the street level, makai side, in the center of the mall.  There were two... read more

Cakes and Pies, Oh My…

Earlier this month on the Need Help Finding Bakery Owners – Shan’s Bakery, we touched upon – in the comments – how Chantilly cake was a Hawaii thing.  I quoted Wikipedia’s definition:   The Chantilly cake is a delicacy in Hawaiʻi, dating back to the 1950s. Usually, Chantilly cakes are chocolate cakes with a Chantilly frosting, which is essentially the coconut frosting from a... read more

Thursday 3 – SKT Favorites

We’re talking SKT (Small Kid Time) Favorites.  You know the drill – answer the Thursday 3 questions.  Don’t hesitate to answer them more than once as sometimes our memories are jogged later on after reading other people’s replies.  And as always, additional comments/stories/confessions are encouraged.   So here we go:   What was your favorite SKT toy? What was your favorite SKT... read more

Do You Remember… Mom & Pop Bakeries

As I mentioned in my last post – mom & pop bakeries are getting harder and harder to find.  And as they go, so do the family recipes and specialty items – like custard danishes.   Growing up in Kailua, we had 2 main bakeries: Jean’s Bakery and Craig’s Bakery.  Ironically, they were located within a quarter mile of each other.   Jean’s Bakery (1951)   Craig’s Bakery... read more

Your Special Day

Woo Hoo! – I’m Fifty Two! Yep, today is my birthday.  But it wasn’t always on the 21st.  Huh? Many of you probably heard this story before, but for the newer readers, I’ll share this story with you. See, my birthday used to be on July 20th.  Or so I was told.  That is until I turned 15 and went to get my driver’s permit.  I submitted my form and the lady behind the counter... read more