Do the Hula, Have Some Pancakes

Why not go Hawaiian at your next brunch with a menu of taro pancakes, guava and coconut syrups, organic honey and Kona coffee? The fluffy pancakes can be whipped up in minutes; just add water and egg. Serve them with slices of fresh mango and the syrups for a tropical touch.

Taro pancake mix, 20-ounce bag, $5.25; guava or coconut syrup, 10-ounce bottle, $6.50; organic white honey, 8-ounce jar, $14.50; and Kona coffee, 4-ounce box, $13.95, and 8-ounce box, $27.95, from Aloha Island Coffee Co., 153 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (866) 552-5642.

Just Bowl Me Over

This is not just any plain old white bowl--it has beautiful magnolias inside. It would be a nice addition to your china cabinet, or use it as part of a buffet table--either filled with food or with with water and floating candles. It also would make a good wedding gift.

10-and 111/4-inch magnolia bowls, $29.95 each, from Sur La Table stores, or online at

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