Quick Bites: Il Gelato, Yum Yum Thai, Stage

Mar. 5, 2015 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
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Hope Clement prepares waffle cones at Il Gelato Hawaii on the North Shore. Michelle Ramos / Mramos@staradvertiser.com

Il Gelato Hawaii opens in Haleiwa: Looking for something to cool you off from the heat or perhaps to soothe your tongue after a spicy meal at Cholo’s? Il Gelato Hawaii opened its doors last week on the North Shore, offering an array of flavors. The 16 available ranged from Italian standard fior de latte with berries to sinful Oreo mint and many refreshing, fruity flavors in between. (Flavors will change depending on season and availability.)

The Italian-style dessert shop also offers acai and pitaya bowls, smoothies, sundaes, Belgian waffles and gelato panini. On the liquid side you’ll find floats, milkshakes, Italian sodas, frappes, affogatos, teas and Illy coffee. Sweet and savory crepes are on the horizon.

The cafe is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is next to Cholo’s in the North Shore Marketplace. Call 637-7100.

Il Gelato’s Kahala Mall location recently added Illy coffee, smoothies, and acai and pitaya bowls to its menu, too.

Bargain buster: Looking for something cheap to eat? Yum Yum Thai at 73 S. Pau­ahi St. has one-entree plates for $3, two-entree plates for $4 and three-entree plates for $5. The “every day super special” includes rice and two pieces of chicken for $3. Daily specials also are available.

The eatery, which opened last week, begins service at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and closes when the food runs out.

Desserts to support the Girl Scouts: Farrell’s Hawaii in Pearlridge Center, Ruby’s Diner on Maui and Huggo’s and Lava Lava Beach Club on the Big Island have created desserts based on Thin Mint, Samoa and Taga­long Girl Scout cookies.

The treats: a Not-So-Thin Mint Shake, Tag-along With Me Sundae and Gotta Have Sa-Moa Sundae at Farrell’s; a chocolate mint cookie shake at Ruby’s Diner; Thin Mint chocolate mousse pie at Huggo’s; and a Goodie Jar, comprising vanilla bean-caramel mousse, marshmallow fluff, roasted salted macadamia nuts and butterscotch on a crushed Samoas cookie crust, at Lava Lava Beach Club. The desserts will be available throughout March; a dollar from each sold will be donated to the local Girl Scout troops.

Eat a salad and help the agriculture industry: Top of Wai­kiki has joined the 2015 Localicious Hawai‘i campaign. In March the restaurant will contribute $1 of every house salad sold to Veggie U, Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation’s ag education program. The $12 salad uses produce from Ma‘o and Ho farms. The restaurant is on the 18th floor of the Wai­kiki Business Plaza, 2270 Kala­kaua Ave. For information, call 923-3877 or go to top­of­wai­kiki.com.

Dinner show at Stage: The Hot Club of Hulaville is bringing dinner shows back, starting with “Cafe Americain,” a one-night-only tribute to the Oscar-winning film “Casablanca.”

Participants are encouraged to dress in costume and partake in an evening of Moroccan food while enjoying music and attire from the movie. There also will be prizes.

Cost: $60 (additional $30 with wine pairings). There will be two shows at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Stage Restaurant in the Hono­lulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd. Reserve at 237-5429.

Roy goes to Kauai: If you’re planning a trip to Kauai this weekend, check out Roy Yama­gu­chi’s new Eating House 1849 at The Shops at Kukui­‘ula in Poipu. The restaurant opens Saturday and features contemporary Hawaiian cuisine with roots in Japa­nese, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean and Fili­pino cuisines. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Call 742-5000.
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