Local Kine Grindz

This week, we’re exploring the local grinds on the island of Maui, one of my favorite islands away from home. Maui holds a special place in my heart because my mom was from there. I have lovely memories staying at my maternal grandparents’ house in Wailuku and visiting with relatives whenever I’d visit. As a child, we got our second dog from Maui. His name was Charlie. Boy, was he a menace. But he was a good watch dog. Always protecting us and our family home.

Several years ago, I got to try the famous Sam Sato’s in Wailuku. It’s a small, family-owned business. The restaurant gets pretty crowded, but the wait is worth it. They’re known for their dried noodles. This week’s featured image has a variety of popular dishes from Sam Sato’s: dried noodles, saimin (similar to ramen), cheeseburger, and BBQ beef stick. Can I say, ahhh-mazing? Loved all the food. It was so yummy. It hit the spot.

These days when I visit Maui, I like to play tourist. My favorite places to visit are:

  • Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
    • It’s a beautiful and peaceful place, full of zen and nature.
  • Maui Ocean Center
    • I always love going to an aquarium.
  • MauiWine
    • Mmm, wine! Can you say wino? MauiWine is not too far from the lavender farm.
  • Sightseeing in Lāhainā/Front Street
    • I love Lāhainā and walking through Front Street. I love seeing the largest Banyan tree in the U.S.
  • Tasaka Guri Guri
    • My childhood favorite snack. This is a must have every time I visit. Guri guri is a dessert that’s between an ice cream and sherbet. Tasaka’s has two flavors: strawberry and pineapple. Both are quenching, but my favorite is the strawberry. Strawberry, all the way!
  • Whaler’s Village
    • A beautiful shopping mall in Lāhainā, with yummy restaurants, like Leilani’s on the Beach. Have a meal and a drink while watching the sunset fronting the beach.

My friend and her family recently visited Maui and told me about her visit to the goat farm. She shared how fun it was. That’s on my travel list the next time I’m in town again. Surfing Goat Dairy|Maui Goat Farm. I LOVE goat cheese and can’t wait to try them fresh. Yum!

Next time you’re in Maui, visit all these cool places, including Sam Sato’s:

1750 Wili Pa Loop
Wailuku, 96793
808-244-7124

Travel safely! Wear your mask!

FS x

Greek Geek!

I love a non-traditional Greek salad. I’ll explain in a bit. Mediterranean cuisine, especially Greek, is my top five favorite ethnic foods. I also love Greece, the country itself. I’ve only been there once. I went on a Mediterranean cruise and traveled to various parts of Italy, Greece, and Turkey. It was my first international trip and it was an incredible experience. That trip holds magical memories. As soon as I step foot on Greek land, I felt connected to that place.

Did you know there’s thousands of Greek islands, but only about 170 are inhabited? That’s insane! During my trip, I’ve visited: Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. My favorite was Mykonos. It was so beautiful there. Whenever I see the Mamma Mia! movies, it always reminds me of my trip many years ago. It brings back such beautiful memories. I’ve thought about living there. Maybe when I retire. Mykonos seems like a retirement-friendly island. Maybe I could run a hotel like Meryl Streep’s character did in Mamma Mia! Hehe!

Our featured dish this week is a traditional Greek salad. I mentioned above that I love non-traditional Greek salad. I was introduced to what I thought was authentic Greek salad before my travels to Greece. It became one of my favorite go-to dishes when I’d dine at Greek restaurants here in the islands.

Here’s a story for the books of my first dining experience in Greece. I was so excited to try the Greek salad at a restaurant in Athens. Well, when I got my order, I was so disappointed. As you can see in the image, there’s no lettuce in that salad. It contained the ingredients I’m not necessarily too fond of: bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. I thought there was a mistake. Nope, turns out that was the correct order. I learned that authentic Greek salad does not contain lettuce. I attempted to do research, but could not find the reason behind why there’s no lettuce.

It wouldn’t be wrong to add lettuce to a Greek salad. It just wouldn’t be the traditional salad that is served in Greece. It’ll be like a Greek-American salad. Personally, I love lettuce and it will always be part of my salad make-up.

The only ingredients I enjoyed from that authentic salad were the feta cheese and red onions. I didn’t care for the kalamata olives back then, but in the recent years, I’ve learned to enjoy it. Gotta like that salty bite.

Despite that discouraging experience, I enjoyed other authentic Greek dishes in Mykonos and Santorini, like the lamb kabobs and gyros. They were delicious! Tzatziki sauce is the best! Seasoned yogurt sauce really pairs well with meat and pita bread. It’s very simple to make. I use plain Greek yogurt and season it with dried dill, garlic salt, and black pepper. Bam! Super easy!

I can’t wait to plan another trip to Greece. I loved the food (minus the salad, haha), the atmosphere, the landscape, and the people. The people were wonderful. In Mykonos, I remember having a lovely conversation with a local store owner. Even got a picture with her. She was so sweet.

Have a great week. We’re heading into the middle of April already. Is it me, or is this month flying much quicker than previous months this year?

αντιο σας (antio sas– “goodbye” in Greek),

FS x

Here’s a recipe to make that classic Greek salad: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/classic-greek-salad-recipe-2112069

Easter Genesis

Happy Easter and Resurrection Day! May your Easter weekend be filled with love, peace, happiness, and many blessings, today and always.

Did you know that pink is one of the colors of Easter? My favorite color as well. According to a Southern Living article (2019), pink represents hope and brand new beginnings. Perfect for the my mindset this Easter and spring season.

This year, I’ve added spring to my favorite seasons. I had an “aha” moment. We are generously given so many opportunities to “start over” and live a new life every day. Leave the past behind and continue moving forward as we learn from our mistakes and make better choices the next day. We proceed with perseverance and stay the course on this journey of life. Literally, we have a fresh pristine start every single day. Others believe that every January 1st is a fresh start as we ring in the new year. Furthermore, some believe that the new year truly begins on the Lunar New Year, which varies from year to year. A new year can also begin during the spring season and on Easter Day.

I’ve been reminded to be kind to myself and take things day by day. As New Year’s Day 2021 approached, many of us hoped and wished for a better year as the clock struck midnight. Lunar New Year came and we had those same wishes for the Year of the Ox. Now that spring has begun, I’ve learned to appreciate new life, more sunshine, and fresh beginnings. And today, on Easter Day, it feels like a new dawn all over again.

2020 was a tough year for many of us. Just the same, some of us still feel like we’re living in 2020, a year later. Still feels like Groundhog Day in some sense. I’ve experienced periods of that this year. We’re 1/3 into 2021. The year is far from over yet. I’m still believing for an exceedingly superb year. Let the rebirth begin!

One of the traditional dishes eaten during the Easter holiday is lamb, which is this week’s featured dish. According to Waring (2018), the people of Egypt experienced horrendous sickness and mourned the deaths of their firstborn sons. Therefore, the Hebrew community covered their doors with the sacrificed lamb’s blood so that God would “pass over” their homes. Hence, the meaning of Passover. As Christianity emerged, those newly converted passed on the tradition of eating lamb. Christians also refer to Jesus as the “Lamb of God, as He sacrificed himself to die for all of humanity. John 1:29 in the New American Standard Bible states, “behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Lamb is my ultimate favorite red meat. I love its gamey and distinctive taste. It’s unlike other types of meat, which makes it so unique, delicious, and special.

Cheers to a wonderful Easter season. Continue believing and hoping for all good things. That is my prayer every day for this world.

In peace,

FS x

References

New American Standard Bible. (2020). Bible Gateway. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+1.29&version=NASB

Southern Living. (2019). The real meanings behind the colors of Easter. https://www.southernliving.com/easter/easter-colors

Waring, O. (2018). Why do we eat lamb at Easter? https://metro.co.uk/2018/03/29/eat-lamb-easter-7426513/

Dim Sum Galore!

I love Chinese cuisine, especially dim sum (see featured image). I get ecstatic thinking about it. It’s comfort food to me; happy food!

A friend of mine treated me to dim sum a few weeks ago. So grateful. We finally tried Yung Yee Kee Dim Sum restaurant. I would drive past that restaurant almost daily and had been wanting to go there. They did not disappoint. It was delicious! We ordered way too much food. It was nice to take home our leftovers and eat them at home.

The restaurant even had a selection of various teas to choose from, which was awesome. We chose to try the pu-er tea, which contained a variety of fermented teas. That word fermented intrigued us, which led us to try it. We thought it would’ve tasted bitter or smelled stinky, but it was fine. Tasted like regular Chinese tea. Yum! Tea and dim sum go hand-in-hand.

Need to review a guide before eating dim sum? Check this out: https://www.dimsumcentral.com/dim-sum-menu-guide/.

I always order these dim sum dishes:

  • siu mai (pork hash with shrimp)
  • har gow (shrimp dumplings)
  • char siu bao (steamed BBQ pork buns)
  • salted egg custard buns
  • look fun with shrimp
  • pan-fried turnip cake
  • choi sum
  • chicken feet

These are my ultimate favorites. We were too full to order dessert. Although, the salted egg custard buns resembled a dessert dish. My favorite dessert dim sum dishes are:

  • egg custard tart
  • almond float
  • red bean soup
  • jin dui with black bean (sesame ball)

I found this article about 15 dim sum dishes to make at home: https://www.thespruceeats.com/dim-sum-recipes-you-can-make-at-home-4684644. How fun! I would love to try making my own homemade dim sum dishes. It’s going to be awesome and more meaningful because it’s homemade.

My first ex-boyfriend’s parents were originally from China. His mom shared her traditions when it came to meals. She shared that in her culture, jook, or rice porridge, is eaten for breakfast and dim sum is eaten during brunch or lunch. For dinner, she would always make a meat and vegetable dish with rice. Her cooking was the best! It was hearty and scrumptious. I miss it. I would always look forward to eating out at a Chinese restaurant with them, as well as staying over for dinner to have her delicious home-cooked meals.

O’ahu’s got a handful of delicious dim sum places. Check out Yung Yee Kee Dim Sum.

1411 Kapi’olani Blvd.
Honolulu, 96814
808-955-7478

Lastly, I’m praying for a kinder and compassionate world. It hurts my heart that random Asians are being attacked. We need to cultivate kindness and love towards our neighbors. We may not like or get along with everyone, but we shouldn’t ever hate on them. We can pursue respect and maturity.

Happy Holy Week!

Be blessed,

FS x

Wear Green; Don’t Get Pinched!

Happy Belated St. Patrick’s Day! I hope everyone had a safe and fun celebration despite us still being in a pandemic. The pandemic in Hawai’i is improving. Bars recently have gotten the green light to reopen again. Of course, with precautions and abiding by CDC guidelines. We have a few Irish pubs in the downtown/Chinatown area that were happy to open in time for St. Patty’s Day.

It’s tradition in my family to eat fresh corned beef and cabbage (see featured image), plus carrots and potatoes during the week of St. Patty’s Day. Yum! My dad makes the best Irish meal. I always look forward to eating this. It’s so delicious! I love drizzling mustard all over my dish. Perfecto!

In an article I read on Martha Stewart’s website, the Irish actually eat bacon (aka ham) and cabbage (Vaughn, 2020). Corned beef became a popular ingredient to this staple dish because it was cheaper than bacon back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the Irish came to America (Vaughn, 2020). Very logical. Well, I’d take fresh corned beef over ham. I’m not so much of a ham and pork person.

I wear green on March 17th to avoid getting pinched. I also have shamrock earrings and a necklace that I’m always excited to sport during this time of year. It’s said that leprechauns are a reason why people wear green on St. Patty’s (Davidson, n.d.). The tradition says wearing green makes you undetectable to the leprechauns, as they like to pinch anyone they can see (Davidson, n.d.). Those rascals! Some people believe the color green will bring good luck, while others wear it pay tribute to their Irish heritage (Davidson, n.d.).

Happy Spring! May this season blossom with new beginnings, new goals, new dreams, and new life.

Bloom where you’re planted,

FS x

References:

Davidson, R. (n.d.). St. Patrick’s day. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/st-patricks-day

Vaughn, K. (2020). How corned beef and cabbage became a St. Patrick’s day staple. https://www.marthastewart.com/7690010/corned-beef-cabbage-st-patricks-day-history

Happy Pi 𝝿 Day, 03/14!

Today, we’re featuring a ground turkey pot pie (see image) to celebrate 𝜋 day! Pi, a mathematical term, is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159, or 3.14, as most commonly known.

Did you know that pi has been computed to over one trillion numbers beyond its decimal point? It’s an irrational and transcendental amount, and will continue infinitely without recurrence or sequence. That’s pretty trippy! The number goes on and on and on… Wow! That’s math for ya. Very mysterious and beguiling!

Visit https://www.piday.org/ for more information.

I’ve always found math fascinating, especially beyond simple arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. There’s so much in the mathematical world that I don’t know about. I learned from a former tutor that there’s math beyond calculus. I always thought calculus was the end of math. Nope! There’s so much more out there. It’s amazing!

I took Kumon at a young age. I was always ahead in my math classes at school, which was such a blessing as I reflect back. Kumon made it easier for me to understand math, especially in school. But the math got harder and eventually, I couldn’t keep up with my Kumon homework and school homework. I stopped taking Kumon around middle school. When I got to high school, I struggled in math throughout my four years. I decided to re-enroll in Kumon, in hopes that I’ll understand the material better, but it was too late. Because I wasn’t ahead anymore and was basically doing the same level of math in both Kumon and high school, it was too overwhelming and I ceased the program again.

I appreciate the Kumon program so much. I think every parent should enroll their children in Kumon for both math and reading. It really does help the student thrive and excel in those key school subjects. I also took Kumon reading for a few years, but not as long as I took the math program. I wish I stuck with Kumon throughout middle and high school, even though the math was getting harder. It would’ve helped me a lot as I learned a new math subject every school year.

While I was in high school, my personal goal was to take AP Calculus in my senior year. And during that time, I thought calculus was the end of math. I tried so hard to get there throughout my four years, but I didn’t. I made it to pre-calculus, which was a great accomplishment, nonetheless. That was a very hard class. I’m not sure how I would’ve survived calculus. Even with extensive tutoring, I just could not grasp the concepts of the pre-calculus equations. It literally felt like a foreign language to me. I felt so lost.

Moving on…. Let’s talk pies now! Literal pies that we can eat and not calculate and contemplate on. These homemade pot pies are simple to make, but do take some time. There’s a lot of prepping involved. But in the end, it’s so worth the time and effort. They’re so hearty and yummy!

I was first inspired to make these pies from an AllRecipes recipe: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/26317/chicken-pot-pie-ix/. My aunt’s friend shared the recipe with her. Overtime, I made the recipe my own, as I always do. I love modifying my recipes and give my personal touch to them. The picture above is a ground turkey pot pie. I love making my dishes very hearty. I added various veggies, including Okinawan sweet potato to the pot pie mixture. It changed the taste and texture of the mixture and made it scrumptious! Better than the original recipe.

I wish you a celebratory day with a lot of pies!! Happy eating and computing for all you math lovers!

Pai! Get it? Hehe!

FS x

E ʻAi Kākou

Aloha e! Happy March! This week’s ethnic food highlight is on the onolicious Hawaiian food. Yes! But first, I want to share about the precious gift of life and gifts of the earth, or dōterra, a Latin derivative.

We’ve been told again and again how short life is. We don’t know how much time we have on this earth. Thus, it’s important to make the most of the life we’ve been given. This weekend, I lost a friend of mine. It was a shock to many people she knew, including myself. I’m deeply saddened, but happy that she’s in a better place. The pandemic made it challenging to see my friends last year. I’m glad I got to see her a month ago. Inadvertently, it was an unconscious closure I would need today. I miss her and have been reminiscing of the memories we had over our nearly 10-year friendship. Bottom line, life is too short. Make the best of it. Live a life of hope, joy, peace, and most importantly, no regrets. We want to look back on our life and be proud of what we’ve done and how we’ve lived.

The same dear girlfriend mentioned in last week’s blog, whom I visited in the Midwest in 2019, took her first trip to Hawai’i almost a decade ago. We had a marvelous time! It was an adventure showing her around the island; where I went to school, where I grew up, and all the sights of the town. One of the places I had to take my gf to was People’s Cafe. They serve delicious Hawaiian food (see featured image). One of the best, in my opinion. I was so excited for her to try the food of the Native Hawaiian people. These are the true gifts of the earth. Of the traditional Hawaiian foods that’s served, lau lau and poi are my top faves. I love eating the lau lau leaves that wraps the meat (usually pork or chicken) and a piece of fish. It’s mouthwatering. Reminds me of cooked spinach, but better! Poi, is pounded taro, or kalo, in Hawaiian. It has an acquired taste to some. People eat poi plain, while others, like me, mix it either with my Hawaiian food, like lomi lomi salmon or Kalua pig, sprinkle sugar, or have it with vanilla ice cream, and turn it into a poi cocktail. Yum! Check out People’s Cafe!

People’s Cafe
1300 Pali Hwy.
Honolulu, 96813
808-536-5789

There is a fabulous organization on O’ahu called Hoʻokuaʻāina. They have a beautiful taro patch in Kailua. They are a mentoring program, where they teach their students about the Hawaiian culture and working in the taro patch. They sell raw kalo, kalo pa’a, and poi. The poi is out-of-this-world! The best poi I’ve tasted in my life! Plus, their poi doesn’t contain any pesticides or harsh chemicals. It’s organic and natural, and perhaps, that’s why it tastes so darn ʻono! It stays fresh for a long time. Other pois we’ve bought from the store get sour in a day or two after purchase. Sour poi is still good to eat, but I personally donʻt care for the sourness. Some people enjoy it and will wait for the poi to sour before consuming it. The poi from Hoʻokuaʻāina is still fresh a week later. Amazing!

Hoʻokuaʻāina has partnered with St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai’i and hosts monthly webinars on rooted wellness and shares their organizationʻs mission and values. The founders of the organization and interns discuss ancient Hawaiian culture and how their ways of daily living and cultivating the foods they ate provided a great deal of foundation and an eye-opening revelation to wellness. The interns also share how their experience on how working in the taro patch has changed their lives and gave them a greater appreciation of the land and the Hawaiian culture. Here’s an article discussing kalo: https://www.hookuaaina.org/about-kalo/. I have a greater appreciation for the Hawaiian culture and its delightful food. Being born and raised in Hawai’i, I took it upon myself to learn the Hawaiian language. Even though I’m not of Native Hawaiian descent, I felt it was important to learn the language. Iʻm a native to this state and I want to gain a deeper understanding of the Hawaiian words, culture, and history.

Happy eating! Live life to the fullest. Live well. Live healthy. Lead with love, kindness, happiness, understanding, and forgiveness.

A hui hou, until we meet again.

FS x

Navajo Tacos & Dreams

In the fall of 2019, I went to visit one of my dearest friends in the Midwest. It was an eye-opening trip, as I got to learn more about the Native American population. I instantly became interested in their culture and values. In 2020, I enrolled in a doctorate course on cultural psychology, where I wrote my final paper on the Native American culture. As soon as I learned about the final assignment for the course, I instantly thought of the Indigenous People. I was excited for this assignment and couldn’t wait to start my research. I learned even more about these marvelous people. I have much respect for them. My paper covered the reasoning behind my interest to research about Native Americans, their history, family structure, immigration, acculturation, assimilation, incorporating cultural dynamics for therapists, and suggestions for family therapists.

While in my girlfriend’s hometown, I got to try Navajo tacos (featured image). It was very delicious AND filling. It was very similar to eating a taco salad, except the ingredients were on a fried bread. I found a recipe link from Allrecipes.com: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/247201/navajo-tacos/. I plan to replicate this dish and share it with my loved ones. I would also love to try more Native American foods when it is safe to travel again. While Hawai’i has a melting pot full of diverse people and food, we do not have many Native Americans who reside here, nor have any American Indian restaurants.

A few years ago, I’ve been intrigued by dreamcatchers, which originates from Native American culture. My dad introduced them to me many years ago as he had a collection of them in his bedroom. I began a small collection of my own around my house. I even have a few pairs of earrings! They’re such beautiful talismans. It is said that the dreamcatchers protect people from nightmares and bad dreams: https://www.onetribeapparel.com/blogs/pai/meaning-of-dreamcatchers. Let us all have happier dreams!

Happy March and almost spring! We’re one-forth into 2021. It’s mind-blowing!

FS x

Lunar New Year Celebrations & Good Luck Wishes Continue…

Happy Sunday! As previously stated last week, today’s ethnic food feature is a popular dish eaten to celebrate the Lunar New Year (LNY). LNY or Chinese New Year (CNY) is celebration across 15 days. Yea!

This week, I’m taking a trip down memory lane to Singapore. I’ve been to the country twice. This year marks 10 years since my first trip to Singapore. Time truly flies. Feels like I was there yesterday. Singapore is a beautiful country- and clean. Smaller than O’ahu, believe it or not, but is more populated by an additional three million people. I can’t fathom the thought of Singapore having more people than O’ahu. O’ahu is pretty crowded with about one million of us residing here. The two times I traveled to Singapore, I hardly saw any people while I was out in public. Although, I traveled to the country before and during the Lunar New Year, respectively. So, maybe a lot of citizens took a holiday and traveled out-of-country.

I learned that during this huge holiday celebration, this is the one and only time families get together and celebrate. It’s a BIG deal! It’s the once-a-year party/reunion everyone looks forward to. I’ve been to one celebration in 2011 with a friend’s family. It was wonderful to be in another country, experiencing a holiday that is so important to them. Their Chinatown was beautifully decorated and multiple festivities were occurring. A much different feel from how LNY is celebrated in Hawai’i, even though we have a huge Asian population in our state.

One of the popular dishes that is eaten during the LNY celebration is yusheng (see featured image). It’s a must-have. All the restaurants offer this on their menu. Yusheng is a mixed salad that includes ingredients symbolizing good luck, that are neatly organized on the plate. Everyone participates and mixes the salad. It’s been said that the higher you toss the salad, the greater the good luck. I was fortunate to experience eating this delicious salad twice, in 2011 and 2015. It was truly memorable.

I found a website that lists all the ingredients needed to make this salad- and its meanings of why it represents good luck. Very fascinating. I love what individual foods represent for different cultures. In many ways, this is what brings people together. Moreover, this is how we learn about and from one another. Through culture, through food, through history, and through story-telling. It’s so wonderful.

Yusheng ingredients:

  1. Raw fish
    • Abundance and prosperity.
  2. Pomelo, which is a very big grapefruit
    • Good luck. Optional to add.
  3. Pepper and cinnamon powder
    • A wish for prosperity. Optional to add.
  4. Oil
    • Drizzled onto salad in a circular motion. This is to symbolize that money is coming in from all directions.
  5. Carrots
    • Good luck.
  6. Green radish
    • Eternal youth. Optional, but recommended to add if serving salad to elders.
  7. White radish
    • Brings good business opportunities.
  8. Crushed peanuts
    • Hopes that your household will be filled with valuable possessions.
  9. Sesame seeds
    • Hopes for your business to flourish in the coming year.
  10. Golden crackers
    • Great wealth.
  11. Plum Sauce
    • Poured all over the dish instead of just one spot for the desired stronger ties with loved ones.

Happy celebrating! Have a wonderful Year of the Ox!

FS x

References:

Giant Singapore (2021). Yusheng ingredients you need to use for luck & prosperity. Retrieved from: https://giant.sg/yusheng-ingredients-you-need-to-use-for-luck-prosperity/

Shaloha with Love

It’s a long weekend packed with three big, diverse holidays- Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day! How cool is that?! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced three back-to-back holidays in one weekend. I find it so exciting!

Today is Valentine’s Day! One of my fave days to celebrate. I love the colors, especially the reds, pinks, purples, and whites. I love the balloons, hearts, flowers, candies, and cards. Everything about V-day brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. Affection and appreciation shouldn’t be celebrated just today, but everyday! Furthermore, Valentine’s Day isn’t only a day for couples to celebrate their love. It’s for everybody! Singles, family, friends… To my gal pals, it’s Galentine’s Day! Let us all celebrate in a special way. Love, appreciate, and self-care!

Did you know that V-day originates from the Roman priest, St. Valentine, back in ancient Roman times? There’s a long history of how V-day became to be the day we know today. A lot of has changed over the many centuries. I found this article explaining the history: https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2. There’s also some other links that lead to other articles about V-day in that link, such as interesting facts about St. Valentine’s and Cupid.

The other week, I finally tried the food at Shaloha, an Israeli joint in Kaimukī, across my alma mater. I had the privilege of returning to campus and spending the day there while I took care of some car issues at a repair shop nearby. It brought back a lot of memories to be back on campus again. I felt like a college student again. During lunchtime, I had planned to get a sandwich at Subway, which I hadn’t had in a long time. It was also the only place I knew that was nearby the my university. But then I saw Shaloha, which was in the same plaza as Subway, and was determined to try some new food. There were so many good choices off the menu at Shaloha. I decided to try the shawarma pita sandwich (see featured image). I instantly thought of the post-credits scene in “The Avengers.” That was the what they ate after fighting a crazy battle. Haha! It looked so good, I wanted to try it. Boy, was that sandwich packed with so much filling and taste. I was so full by the time I finished it. It was delicious, too. Their pita bread was made fresh, from scratch. So hearty! I could feel the love that was put in the entire sandwich. I need to go back again. I want to try the plates next. I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. It’s in my top five faves.

Shaloha made it into the Urban Dictionary. Too funny! https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=shaloha. It’s basically a joint Jewish and Hawaiian word put together to mean “hello,” “goodbye,” and “peace.” Genius!

Shaloha is located at:
3133 Waiʻalae Ave.
Honolulu,, HI 96816
https://www.shaloha4u.com/
808-744-4222

Next week, we’ll feature a dish celebrating the Lunar New Year. Can’t forget about welcoming the Year of the Ox. LNY is celebrated over 15 days. Whoo!

Until then, be safe and have a glorious holiday weekend.

Peace,

FS x