Chef JJ built himself an empire out of sugar, complete with chocolate pyramids covered in cocoa powder. He wanted to bring all things European to Hawaii, so he founded JJ Bistro & French Pastry, where he crafts delectable desserts and a menu of entrees fusing French influence with local ingredients. His baked lamb wellington features crisp bell pepper within a shelf of flaky pastry, and his seafood brioche combines the daily catch with shiitake mushrooms and black-pepper sauce. In addition to the aforementioned chocolate pyramids, he crafts key-lime tarts, chocolate-banana confit, and black-currant cassis in individual servings. He just uses bigger mixing bowls to create the same mouthwatering cakes for birthdays or weddings.
Despite the general European flair, the chef can't resist showing off local cuisine in all its glory with his daily specials of fresh-caught seafood. The mini seafood menu features shrimp, mussels, crab, and lobster, cooked to order and bedecked in one of four sauces, such as garlic butter or J'Jun sauce, Chef JJ's blend of Cajun spices with seldom-used contractions.
Green Tea Hawaii's supplements expedite the process of losing weight. The company’s flagship item, a nutrient-rich powdered drink, dissolves into water and becomes a slenderizing cocktail of green-tea antioxidants, natural caffeine, and amino acids. Each serving of the fruit-flavored drink boosts metabolism and unlocks the ability to smell colors. Green coffee bean extract and Montagna coffee also deliver a natural dose of caffeine, and raspberry ketones increase the body's ability to burn fat via fruit compounds. Various other powdered drinks soak into the body and replenish vital nutrients.
Rudolph and Me crafts custom ornaments to get customers in the holiday season. Many ornaments depict holiday scenes such as wreathes and penguins bundled up in winter gear, while others cater especially to Hawaii with seascapes, cruise ships, and holiday ukuleles. Rudolph and Me can personalize ornaments with special messages such as a family member’s name, or recognitions of milestones such as marriages and first days of school.
Award-winnng chef Philippe Padovani brings his culinary acuity to Padovani's Chocolates, a gourmet chocolatier that has prepared natural handmade chocolates for luminaries such as former president Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama. Surprise a loved one with a gold box containing four pieces of raspberry-ganache or passion-fruit chocolates ($9.85) or fill a nine-piece red box ($24.95) with blueberry ganache, cherry brandy, or any other offering from the shop's 40 chocolate flavors. Other dark and tongue-coating treats include aromatic Hawaiian Kona-blend coffee, grown and roasted in Hawaii ($15.08), and 40% milk-chocolate bars ($9), which prefer to be dipped in Kona coffee 100% of the time.
Since 1986, Dave's Ice Cream has been quenching sweltering tongues with southern Pacific and traditional ice-cream flavors, as well as silencing grousing stomachs with snacks for island-inspired noshing. Situated in the oceanside Ala Moana Center, Dave's Ice Cream crowns bald cones with powerful amalgamations of rock salt and heavy cream ($3.75/single scoop) in flavors such as green tea, lichee sherbet, Poha (Big Island gooseberry, subject to availability), or coconut-and-chocolate macadamia nut, as well as more institutional flavors, such as mint chocolate chip, rocky road, and bachelor's degree crunch.