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Did this: Dessert Fantasy

Two hours, 54 desserts, an all-you-can-eat rampage. I did what I could

Posted November 5, 2012 by Mari Taketa

It happened yesterday, the yearly homage to sugar, in the form of Dessert Fantasy 2012: 54 desserts from 42 bakeries and restaurants across the island, available for unlimited sampling in as much quantity as you could physically tolerate for two hours.

You could have had all this for $25 (plus $5 validated parking and another $5 for a take-home box at the end), had you known about this annual benefit for United Cerebral Palsy, either because you’re a veteran dessert fiend or because you read about it here in our monthly Foodscene. If not, take heart, there’ll be another one next November.

For reasons involving balanced diets and such, I didn’t plan to go, but I couldn’t get the visions of tarts and mousses and dark creamy fudge out of my head. And so at the last minute, with a half-hour to spare, I tore into Waikiki and into the Grand Ballroom of the Pacific Beach Hotel.

Which explains why some of the desserts in these photos have no captions: I have no idea who made them. I took them purely as food porn. I do apologize to the hard-working kitchen staffs who labored over their creation. And then when the take-out boxes came out and the free-for-all began, I put away my camera, joined the frenzy and stuffed my take-out box until it wouldn’t close.

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Dessert Fantasy

Who wouldn't be happy? All-you-can-eat desserts from 42 kitchens for $25? Just remember to fill up on fiber first: It'll slow the absorption of glucose into your bloodstream.

Participating kitchens: 3660 on the Rise • Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop • The Alley at Aiea Bowl • Ani’s Bake Shop • Bale Restaurants & La Tour Bakehouse • Big City Diner • Blu Water Grill • Bubbie’s Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts • Cafe Julia @ YWCA • Cafe Laufer • Cake Connection Hawaii • Cake Envy • Cake Works • Centerplate at Paradise Cove Luau • C.H.E.F.S. Hawaii • Ching Cakes & Confections • Chocolate with a Mission • Cinnamon’s Restaurant • Cold Stone Creamery • The Cookie Corner • Cupcake & Things Hawaii • Dave & Buster’s • Eight Point Distributors Mikawaya • First Hawaiian Chocolate • Gros Bonnet Culinary Academy • Haili’s Hawaiian Food • Haleiwa Joe’s at Haiku • Hansen Distribution Group • Hawaiian Host • Hokulani Bake Shop • Island Princess Candies • JJ Bistro & French Pastry • J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa • Lappert’s Hawaii • Mocha Java Cafe • Nisshodo • Ono Pops • Pacific Beach Hotel • Patisserie • Regal Bakery • Ted’s Bakery • Tropilicious Ice Cream & Sorbet • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa


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  1. Melissa808
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Oh mari mari mari mari mari…….sigh LOL

  2. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 8:40 am

    EO:  What about some pies?  Them’s my favorite dessert!

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    @Melissa808 i know, NOW what am i gonna do w/ that overflowing box of sugar in my fridge

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    @Annoddah_Dave there were pies, but they were ordinary pies being served out of the tin, not beautiful ;(

  5. lihinggirl
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    *drool* major food porn!

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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