There are few things in life more welcomed on a lazy Friday afternoon than an oversized blueberry cream cheese scone from Diamond Head Market. Especially when you’ve just had your wisdom teeth taken out! I was lounging around the living room this afternoon, after a lunch of scrambled eggs with feta and a strawberry smoothie when my mom walked in the door, just having come back from a lunch of her own.
“Kathy! Scones!” she announced, knowing I would immediately leap up from whatever laziness I was indulging in (painkillers for wisdom teeth make you awfully tired). Leap up I did, and in reward I encountered one of my favorite sights in the world: a filled bakery box. Her good friend had just given her not one, but a lovely half dozen of Diamond Head Market’s famous scones, speckled with the most joyful shades of fresh blueberries. I’ve heard plenty about these scones, but never had a chance to eat one myself…until now.
These scones are gigantic as far as scones go, and they’re a wonderful sight to see. It would be difficult to not smile upon encountering a freshly baked scone, and practically impossible upon seeing a good six of them all lined up neatly in a picture perfect box. I picked the first on the right to call my own and immediately broke off a piece, it’s substantially lighter than most scones with a crumb more akin to cake than biscuit. The dough itself is buttery moist and richly speckled with blueberries and dabbles of cream cheese chunks. But the best part is the crumbly crisp edge. Whereas the majority of scones have straight edges that simply cut off, these mound off in a dome shape, with sugar sprinkled all over the surface. This way, you get a myriad of textures running from the cut of a soft, near creamy center to the crunchy brown shell and bits of crispy edges with the occasional nibble of sugar crystals. It’s a scone to be coveted, and enjoyed on afternoons with your drink of choice, though I found a glass of iced matcha to be particularly refreshing. Painkillers didn’t do my teeth any good, but this scone sure healed anything that may have been broken!
Diamond Head Market & Grill
3158 Monsarrat Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Established in 2005, International Tea Day brings awareness to the tea workers’ contributions to the tea world and their working conditions. It has been observed annually on December 15. However, starting in 2020 it will take place on May 21. But, how exactly should one recognize it? Well, if you’re a business owner I would steer away from using this day as just another marketing opportunity. As someone in the marketing industry, I wanted to offer some other options that businesses, tea related or not, can take into consideration if they would like to honour International Tea Day.
I’ve been updating a spreadsheet on pu’erh prices on release for the past few years in order to get an idea of tea being offered to western consumers and any possible trends. The well-known popular narrative is that fresh pu’erh prices have gone up and this certainly seems true in the data. Last year the prices looked about the same as the previous year. And when and how much the price has gone up depends on how we look at this and there’s a handful of different ways to look at the data and options available (I do three here).