It looks like a McDonald’s promotion for Shrek 3 doesn’t it? But nonono, this is from Ala Moana’s La Palme D’Or! It’s their matcha parfait ($3.50), and the ideal, light, Honolulu summertime dessert. Alternating layers of matcha and plain whipped cream, vanilla sponge cake and crushed up macarons, man was it good! It was so hard not to smile and feel all cheerful just looking at this dessert, such happy carefree shades of pastel green and creamy white! They really skimped out on the macarons though, I think there was barely one tiny green matcha macaron, hidden near the bottom. Nonetheless, I took great joy in sinking in my spoon, attempting to get dashes of the two creams, buttery soft cake and macaron crunch into one bite.
The hazelnut chocolate roll was far more beautiful to stare at, but it just didn’t have the vibrant spunk of the matcha parfait. A simple, mildly flavored chocolate sponge with hazelnut cream rolled in and dots of toasted hazeulnut halves covering the surface. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the chocolate or hazelnut cream, save for the fact that it was just plain boring, another take on the classic nutella chocolate/hazelnut combo. The toasted hazelnuts themselves were easily my favorite part of the dessert, and I could not help but be slightly letdown by the overall lack of creativity in the roll.
La Palme D’Or
Ala Moana Center Mall Level Mauka
1450 Ala Moana Blvd #2240F
Honolulu, HI 96814
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).