I’m an enthusiastic fan of Arancino’s lunch and dinner offerings, especially their spaghetti ai ricci di mare (uni pasta) and spaghetti al nero di seppia (black squid ink pasta). When I’m craving a taste of Italy, Arancino is where I go (in Hawaii). Their Napoli-style Italian food is always on point. Breakfast at Arancino, though…I’ve never tried…until now. It didn’t disappoint.
If you’re looking for more than just flavored milk tea and boba tapioca balls, then it might be time to swing by The Tea Farm Cafe in Moiliili, just across the street from Puck’s Alley and down the road from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. They have a variety of loose leaf teas available and also serve matcha.
I was first introduced to afternoon tea several years ago by one of my friends, Lorie. Along with some of our female co-workers, we would get together to celebrate her birthday with afternoon tea at the Veranda at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.
Earlier this year, Lorie and I had gone for afternoon tea during the hotel’s Golden Jubilee celebration, marking 50 years since the hotel’s opening in 1964. At that time, we noticed that the furniture at the Veranda had changed to furnishings from the Tommy Bahamas line. Gone were the delicate Oriental-inspired dresses worn by the female staff as well.
Having taken over the space of my once favorite southern food joint on the island, Kiss My Grits, I stepped into the Nook Neighborhood Bistro with a bit of resistance. All was forgiven, though, once I took my first bite into those mochi waffles. Oh those mochi waffles. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
I am no novice when it comes to afternoon tea. I like eating freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, little finger sandwiches, and petit fours. To me, afternoon tea is a nice way to pass time with friends while enjoying a leisurely and light fare. And lucky for me, my husband does not mind joining me for afternoon tea.