Breakfast Bread Pudding From The Mauna Kea

bread slices for mk pudding

For as long as I can remember, my family and I have been loyal visitors to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel; so much so, that we’ve come to know the names of the devoted hotel staff, many of whom can prepare our favorite dishes based only on memories from previous visits. I’m not sure if this is something to boast or hide, but it’s impressive and flattering nonetheless. With so much delicious food at the hotel, it’s difficult to designate a favorite, but the mouthwatering breakfast buffet that’s served with a view right out of a postcard might be the winner. I always set out with healthy intentions knowing I’m just hours away from bathing suit attire, but quickly become victim to the fresh bagels and lox, the coconut syrup-drenched waffles, and my ultimate weakness, the breakfast bread pudding with vanilla anglaise. Since it’s never easy saying goodbye at the end of our trips, I asked the chef to graciously share the recipe as a way bring a piece of my favorite place back home with me. I can’t say I don’t miss the picturesque backdrop to go along with it, but this bread pudding is heavenly enough to stand on its own.


1 pound of croissants cut into 1″ pieces (about 8 large croissants)
1/3 cup dark raisins
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 quart milk
3 whole eggs
4 ounces melted butter (1 stick)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Poha jam (*Pineapple jam may be substituted for Poha jam).


1. Mix the eggs with half of the sugar.
2. Add the milk to the egg-sugar mixture.
3. Mix the cinnamon with the rest of the sugar.
4. Add the cinnamon-sugar mixture to the milk mixture.
5. Add the pieces of croissant.
6. Add the melted butter and raisins.
7. Add the Poha Jam. Mix and let sit for one hour in the refrigerator.
8. Pour into a buttered cake pan. Bake at 375 ° F in a water bath for 30-45 minutes, until set.



Guide to L.A.: Favorite Drink Spots

I might be biased, but LA is home to some of the best food I’ve ever had. While I’m pretty open minded when it comes to all things food, I am annoyingly particular with my drink orders, and really appreciate the beauty of a well-crafted cocktail. It’s no secret that tasty ingredients are imperative to a great drink, but a memorable ambiance can be just as crucial in upping the ante. After three years as a resident and lots of (very willing) research, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite places to grab a drink in LA:

(High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin)

1)  High Rooftop Lounge: Situated on the roof of Hotel Erwin in Venice, this has quickly become my favorite go-to for an afternoon in the sun. Equipped with an open-air view of Los Angeles and a beachfront location, this hot spot can get crowded during warmer months, so be sure to take advantage of their online table reservations, especially if you’re with a larger party. It’s completely free and the table is all yours for three hours.


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2) The Penthouse: 18 floors high, The Penthouse features a stunning panoramic view of Los Angeles. Even the elevator ride up is impressive, as you’re greeted with clear glass windows that showcase everything from Malibu to the Hollywood sign – truly one of the best views the westside has to offer.


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3) Bar Chloe: If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, I highly recommend a visit to Bar Chloe. Nestled in downtown Santa Monica, Bar Chloe offers comfy sofas and dim lighting that create an intimate atmosphere best suited for small parties.


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4) The Bungalow: After its grand opening this year, The Bungalow has quickly become one of the most popular lounges in Los Angeles, and with good reason. The beach side location draws you in, and the trendy but cozy interior makes you feel as if you’re in someone’s private beach house. Enjoy a game of ping pong on the beach-side patio, or a drink indoors among cozy couches and fireplaces.  Warning: The line can get very long, so come early!

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5) Spare Room: Tucked away in the heart of Hollywood, the Spare Room is home to one of LA’s most historic hotels; The Roosevelt. With the help of classic cocktails and nostalgic board games, this charming lounge gives off a fun, vintage vibe. Board games are free of charge, but for those looking to splurge, bowling lanes are available for rent by the hour.

*I’m always looking for new places to try, so if you’re familiar with the area, I’d love to hear your recommendations!