Upon entering Agnes' Portuguese Bake Shop, you’ll find yourself surrounded by glass cases of sweet pastries, shelves full of bread loaves and rolls, and wicker baskets loaded with small cakes. Back in the kitchen, chefs cook up fresh Portuguese donuts—malassadas—to-order, adorning each batch with a dusting of cane sugar. They also bake up decadent wedding cakes in flavors such as traditional vanilla cream and tropical lilikoi, each topped with buttercream frosting infused with ingredients such as raspberry or royal rum.
With Flavor of Hawaii Culinary Adventures, tourists and locals can experience the culture and unique flavors of Hawaii at the same time. Its walking tour explores a variety of restaurants in Kailua or Waikiki, allowing diners to sample different dishes and interact with an award-winning chef. While walking between restaurants, tour-takers can savor the flavors of dishes such as fried rice, malasadas, haupia-glazed bread pudding, and fresh ahi poke.
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.
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.