Thursday, June 30, 2005

You Know You Live in Hawaii When...

by Anne Zelenka
... you see an article titled "Spam can help prod people to better health" and you think it's talking about the Spam that comes 10 for $10 on sale at Safeway. Now that we live on Maui, Rick takes Spam sandwiches in his lunch bag and he recently discovered Spam Musubi--a kind of Spam sushi involving grilled Spam on top of sticky rice wrapped with nori. Hawaiians have the highest SPAM consumption rate in the world: four cans per person per year. Just another way in which moving to Maui has expanded my perspective.


Blogger dgm said...

mmmmmm...spam. a childhood staple. right up there with vienna sausage and mayo sandwiches.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous the husband said...

All right, the need to EXPLAIN myself, this from the "WIHTDH" [What Is He Thinkin' Dear Husband"]

It's expensive here and I still sorta try to stick to the Atkin's diet. Well, at least I stick to it enough that I'll read the carbo numbers and THEN have the shot of cranberry juice or slice of dinner bread when eating out anyway. WHY SPAM ?? SPAM makes me feel in control of my Hawaiian destiny. Aloha, what is that about ? It is dirt cheap so I feel like I am winning the uncontrolled cost tension on Maui. It is low carbs so I feel good later when I eat all the rice when I treat employees to a local "plate lunch" of fish over tons of rice. And, well, the folks "on-island" really do seek it out, so I feel I am supporting local culture. So SPAM I am.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

I have never had SPAM. I have had canned deviled ham, so its not like I'm a food snob.

Well, if Rick's eating Spam, Tom might want to find out what the hype is about....BTW, is either DH going to do a marathon this year -- both bagged out last year....sigh. Yeah, I put it on the internet.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love span sushi! heehee My 8 year old daughter thinks it's the best thing she has ever eaten. heehee

10:21 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I'm shocked that Hawaii is the #1 Spam consumer. I would have guessed Korea. It's the one American imported food you can find in just about any Korean store. There are even big, ornate presentation boxes of Spam that are given as holiday gifts. I never bought Spam until I moved to Korea.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Anne Zelenka said...

Sandra, I love the thought of decorated boxes of Spam as gifts! That's so interesting that Koreans are into Spam too. Before we moved here my husband said, "you know, Hawaiian locals eat lots of Spam." I thought he was just joking.

1:00 PM  
Blogger jon said...

After we paid for our kids summer camp for teenager we found it tough to recover! I totally agree with you!

8:32 PM  

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