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 Businesses (Dinner Guide)

I Know, I know It’s Dinner!  

TOTALLY against my food rules, BUT…just this once.

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

(Upscale)

Pips on La Brea
1356 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles
323-954-7477

Post and Beam
3767 Santa Rosalia Dr., Los Angeles
323-299-5599

Hal’s Bar & Grill
1349 Abbott Kinney, Los Angeles
310-396-3105

Xen Lounge
10628 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
818-505-3513

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Celebrating Black History Month – Los Angeles Black Businesses (Breakfast Guide)

Offering an updated 2018 guide to (B.O.) Breakfast & Brunch spots throughout Los Angeles, CA.

Adassa’s Breakfast Cafe
4305 Degnan Blvd
 – Ste 103
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Cafe Buna
3105 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey
310-823-2430

Denny’s
3740 S. Crenshaw Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-298-5498

Flavor Table, The
2812 W. Florence Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
323-751-6000

Jack’s Family Kitchen
3965 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90062
323-296-5215

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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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Sweet Cupcakes

Sweet Red Peach is a local (B.O. & F.O.) bakery in Inglewood, CA.  I’ve tried them a few times.  What I appreciate besides their “about us/start-up story” are their variety of items from cakes, cupcakes to cobblers.  If I had to critique anything it would be their frosting tend to be a bit too sweet instead of flavorful, which leads me to wiping half of it off.  Besides that, the customer service is always great, good prices, friendly and again enough selection to pick from.sweet red peach.jpg

 

Out of this playful bunch my favorite was the chocolate with chocolate and caramel topping featured to the left.  I’m not into nuts so I flicked them off <chuckle>, but still was a joy to have.

 

Sometimes I want to dive in and copy things that I’ve come across or purchased, but other times, I have no time.  Therefor, below I listed a quick box version of this cupcake.

 

 

 

RECIPE:

Box Chocolate Cupcakes

1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
1 box of chocolate fudge instant pudding mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream (optional)

  • Mix all the above ingredients
  • Line 2 cupcake pans with cupcake liners
  • Fill each liner with about 1/4 cup of cake batter.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until done
  • Remove from oven, and set aside to cool off.
  • Using homemade or store bought frosting, pipe your topping onto your cupcake.
  • Drizzle chocolate along the top, break off pieces of caramel to insert and then sprinkle with chopped nuts

Tip:

Consider using a 1M tip if piping.

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Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) ***
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) ***
Taste **
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