Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SPAM MUSUBI: Hawaiian Super Snack

For generations, Spam has been a part of the Hawaiian diet. From Spam and eggs at breakfast to Spam burgers for lunch, Spam is seemingly everywhere on The Aloha State.

One of the more interesting uses of Spam can be found in Spam musubi. Found at gas stations throughout Hawaii, Spam musubi is a tasty confluence of western and eastern culinary cultures. This local snack treat is filling and budget friendly and consists of a slice of grilled Spam placed on a block of piping hot sushi rice and wrapped in nori (dried seaweed).

We found one at a Minit Stop in Paia, Maui. The saltiness of the seaweed and the Spam paired beautifully with the delicate rice flavor. We loved this island food product and wish it were available at mainland gas stations and convenience stores.

Spam musubi is not only delicious but nutritious as well. With protein packed Spam, vitamin rich seaweed and nourishing rice, it's the perfect super snack!

Monday, May 25, 2015



Happy Memorial Day, folks! Not every festive dish needs to be heavy, meaty or fatty. Here's a refreshing vintage salad idea to get your guests gabbin.' With this imaginative, light and wholesome Garden Salad Loaf, you'll be serving veggies that keep flavorful and fresh all day in the sun. You're sure to be the talk of the picnic with this fun and nutritious dish!

2 green peppers, cut sm. strips
4 chopped green onions with tops
20 radishes, thinly sliced
2 med. carrots, thin slice
4 sm. tomatoes, thin wedges
3/4 c. French dressing
2 env. unflavored gelatin
1/4 c. sugar
2 2/3 c. very hot water
1/2 c. vinegar
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 shredded lettuce
1 c. coarsely torn spinach or shredded cabbage
1/4 c. minced parsley

Combine first 5 vegetables and marinate in French dressing at least 15 minutes. Combine gelatin and sugar. Add hot water and stir to dissolve. Add vinegar and lemon juice. Chill until gelatin thickens. Drain vegetables well. Fold marinated vegetables and crisp greens into gelatin mixture.

Pour into oiled loaf pan, 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 inch. Chill until firm, overnight is best. Unmold on platter. Serves 10-12.

Special Touch: Pour about 1/2 cup dissolved gelatin mixture into loaf pan and allow to set. Make interesting pattern with radish slices, green pepper and tomato slices or strips. Spoon a little gelatin over vegetables to anchor them. Allow to set before adding vegetables/gelatin mixture.

Variation: Omit unflavored gelatin and sugar. Substitute 2 (3 ounce) packages lemon flavor gelatin and 3 1/2 cups very hot water.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Polli's Mexican Restaurant, Makawao, Maui, Hawaii

If you ever find yourself in Maui, Hawaii, hop in a Jeep and make the drive to discover Makawao. Makawao is a quaint, scenic town nestled in the uphills of Maui. Known for its cowboys and rich farmland, Makawao is the kind of place you want to wander around and get lost in. After strolling by the charming shops, make sure you stop by Polli's Mexican Restaurant for some fresh Mexican home-cooking.

Open since 1981, Polli's is a delightful little restaurant known for its mouthwatering, down-home south-of-the-border vittles. We started with some of Polli's Chips and Salsa which came with a mix of flour and corn tortilla chips and homemade salsa. The chips were perfectly salted and crisp and tasted wonderful with the salsa which was bursting with flavor. We washed it all down with some ice cold, sweet 'n' tangy margaritas. The meal was off to a perfect start!

Next we indulged in some spicy Jalapeño Poppers which were stuffed with gooey cheese, breaded and fried and served with cool ranch dressing and guacamole. We loved this dish!

For the main event we ordered the Seafood Enchilada Dinner which came with two flour tortillas stuffed with sautéed shrimp and ono (wahoo fish), topped with creamy Monterey jack cheese sauce and served with guacamole, Mexican rice and cheesy refried beans. Not only was this dish beautiful to behold but it tasted outstanding as well. WOW! The piping hot cheese sauce was delectable with a hint of white wine flavor that complimented the fresh seafood hiding inside. The rice and beans were scrumptious as well and the fresh guacamole brightened up the entire dish.

We were so stuffed after our amazing meal at Polli's and we were sad to leave knowing that it would be a long time before we can eat there again. This was hands down one of the best meals we've had in Hawaii!

Monday, May 18, 2015


Enter a McDonald's in Hawaii and you might find a unique treat not available at mainland McDonald's, Haupia Pie. Haupia is a traditional Hawaiian pudding made with sweetened coconut milk that is gelatinous in texture and typically served chilled or at room temperature. McDonald's Haupia Pie is a new take on the classic dessert with a thick, coconut flavored hot custard stuffed into a deep fried pie crust.

The flavor of the pie is very well balanced, subtle, smooth and not very sweet at all -- we adored it! And we especially loved that the pie is fried, like how McDonald's apple pies used to be on the mainland decades ago. For a hearty snack, try pairing it with some fries and a frosty soda.

If you're a fan of fast food, make sure to seek out a McDonald's when visiting Hawaii. Haupia Pie is seasonal, however, and tends to rotate shifts with Sweet Taro Pie.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BURPSI-COLA: Topps Wacky Packages Series 8 (1974)

We're havin' a gas with this refreshingly fun Pepsi spoof from the popular trading card series, Wacky Packages!

"Burpsi-Cola" Topps Wacky Packages Series 8 (1974)
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