Sometimes, the best treats are hidden from view. Sometimes they come with the best stories and the nicest people. Here are five of Kalihi’s gems.
Hidden sweets (17 of 17)
How do I know all this? Samples, baby!
Rylen Sato, a KCC culinary grad, came home from managing restaurants in Las Vegas, looked around at the popcorn market, saw his opening and went nuts with the flavors. So far he's created more than six dozen, including chocolate-covered coffee, a Kalakoa multi-flavored fruity mix, and Holy Ghost, made with the ghost chili pepper, the hottest in the world. Holy Ghost is a best-seller and usually has a waiting list. I try the second hottest, Death by Habanero, and can only manage two.
Everyone here will happily pour you samples of anything you point to, which makes Primo the most fun of Kalihi's hidden sweets. And in case you're wondering, Grumpy Old Men = salt and vinegar, and Haole = white cheddar.