Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Amuse-bouche: From one island to another. . .Malasadas!

amuse-bouche: def: \a-'myuz bush\ [Fr. amuse the mouth] 1: a small bite before the meal begins

I am leaving tomorrow on a bit of a mini-vacation to Honolulu and plan on eating hot, fresh Malasadas at Leonard’s Bakery while there. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this tasty treat, they are yet another cultural adaptation of sinfully delicious yet simple fried dough. Originally from the Portuguese Azores islands, this version is said to have been brought to the Hawaii by Portuguese laborers who worked on plantations in the late 1900s. Now, they are a local staple and Leonard’s offers a wide assortment of malasadas ranging from the classic, sugar-dusted recipe to exotic varieties filled with guava and chocolate.

Is your bouche amused yet? If so, I have done my job! Look for a full report on this and other tasty bites from Oahu sometime next week.

Until then, Aloha!

A “Local Flavor” in San Francisco:
For a taste of Hawaii (and many other destinations) right here in SF, visit Pomelo on Church for their Makena: banana-stuffed mascarpone brioche french toast with roasted macadamias and warm coconut syrup. Yum!


  1. we need to bring malasadas to the main land! let's do it girl. have fun!

  2. jesus that french toast sounds good...when i get back to cali we need to have a breakfast date!