|Enjoying my little treat on gorgeous Waikiki Beach|
So let's break it down:
Okinawan: where this pretty little potato is from. For the geography-challenged, Okinawa is one of Japan's southern prefectures (ok, I may have looked that up. I was going to say "somewhere in south Japan" but that sounded a bit vague).
Sweet Potato: Okinawan sweet potato is my FAVORITE kind of sweet potato, not just for it's lovely sweetness, but for it's wildly different color--a beautiful deep purple hue.
|Poor little guys, I wanted to take them all home.|
You can probably see that by combining two of my favorite foods--Okinawan sweet potato and Haupia--we're already off to a really good start. Add a sweet and crunchy graham cracker crust and POW: a delectable dessert, courtesy of a fabulous mix of cultures (Japanese + Hawaiian + American).
|Don't be fooled by the simple sign--just go inside.|
You can thank me later.
A few of my Hawaii friends told me that the next time I visited, I had to stop at the Diamond Head Bakery, located near the zoo. Luckily, we were able to stop by on my last day to not only try a few lovely desserts, but also meet up with my friends Adrene and Bart from LA.
|Hanging out in front of The Moana, my favorite hotel in Waikiki|
And a few hours later, I was on a plane back to New York. Gorgeous, warm, sunny New York.