A taste of Hawaii in Inglewood

So there’s a cute little (B.O.) spot located on Crenshaw Blvd. called Retro Girl’s Hawaiian Ice Shack.  I’ve seen it a few times and always wondered what was inside and finally made the stop.  Acknowledging jazz music playing out front on a tiny speaker, I walked in with The Eagle and was blown away with all the color, flavors and energy of the tiny place.

“I never knew this was here!” I literally yelled while entering the shop.  The owner smiled and welcomed us in.  “Oh I love jazz and check out the posters on the building!”

I also kept running my mouth about how amazed I was with all the shaved ice flavors and combinations of which they’re known for.

“Oh wow, you have over 20 flavors!”

There’s a specific taste for everyone from Coconut, Green Apple, Guava to Haupia.  Along with your refreshing shaved ice, she also offers an array of toppings to add to it.  You can find more photos on her Instagram Page for she’s not on Facebook.

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If in the mood for some else, The Retro Girl also offers 36 tropical ice creams flavors, varied fruit juices, banana splits – of which I purchased and additional Hawaiian themed treats.

In addition to her offering a “sweet” taste of Hawaii, I too appreciate her commitment to the community.  There’s patio seating outside and if lucky you can catch a movie playing outdoors on the side of the building – For Free!  I respect her excitement in seeking ways of involving the neighbors.

Well, now you have no excuse to not indulge in the islands of Inglewood.  Now go grab you some ice…shaved ice that is.

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Celebrating Black History Month – Los Angeles Black Owned Businesses (Dessert Guide)

Offering an updated 2018 guide to (B.O.) Bakeries throughout Los Angeles, CA.

27th Street Bakery
2700 South Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA. 90011
323-233-3469

Big Man Bakes
413 S. Main St. @4th
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213-617-9100

Bonnie B Bakery
6344 Topanga canyon Blvd., Suite 1030
Woodland Hills, California
747-226-3497

Cobblers Cakes & Kream
2323 W Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90305
323-455-1224

Cobbler Lady
3854 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323-298-2144

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I bark for the holidays

How is everyone’s holiday going?  For myself, its cool.

Now another love as mentioned from last week is making bark which is a personal tradition I have started within my own home during the holidays.  For those who can’t make it out, I make a point to ship some out to them.  Hope everyone enjoyed their packages!

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Traditions can be fun and of course there are some traditions that seem a little off.  You have regular fun ones and then there are the super superstitious ones.  Nevertheless, as long as they make sense to you that is all that matters. My favorite ones were from my grandmother who always stressed the man had to walk through the home first and making sure to eat fish, black eye peas and something green…and yes I’ve added the bark <chuckle>.

Well, for whatever it is that you choose to do or no longer wish to do, I hope it brings joy to your home as ours does for us.  And as for making bark, which brings me joy, do know there are all kinds you can make.  There’s peppermint, m&m, caramel, dark chocolate and the list goes on and guess what?  There’s a simple recipe down below.

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RECIPE:

Bark

Try melting a package of chocolate chips in a saucepan on low heat with a teaspoon of oil.  Constantly stirring, mix in a 1 cp or as much as you want of candies, pretzels, nuts or whatever you prefer.  Poor evenly onto a cookie sheet lined with either wax paper or foil and refrigerate for about 10 minuets.

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Break then enjoy!