I took this photograph May of 2019, on one of our last days back home in Honolulu Hawaii. The Sun was just going down and the colors grabbed me and chocked me up.
With tears rolling silently down my cheeks I sang …
Who would have known at the time that I probably will never return.
It’s been a very difficult year for everyone, but Hawaii has been hit extra hard and I’m certain that we won’t be able to go home again for a very, very long time.
“… one fond embrace, until we meet again.”
I posted a ways back about standing atop Pikes Peak in Colorado and found myself singing America The Beautiful, out loud mind you!
Well, one of my blog followers had made mention the she’d like to read more about this series… Krystle, you’ve inspired me, mahalo, thank you friend!
There are many times that a song will pop into my head, especially when we’re traveling.
When we go home to Hawaii, there are more than I could count.
This is a photograph of my Husband that I took of him standing on the Beach on Oahu, our last day there back in 2015.
I was sitting at the Shore Break with huge Crocodile tears welling up in my eyes. Thank goodness DH didn’t see that, or hear my voice breaking as I softly sang to myself, Honolulu City Lights.
“… Bring me back again …”
In Hawaii, we have a big chain supermarket called Foodland.
Recently, they started carrying prepared meal kits in their Foodland Farms store at Ala Moana Shopping Center.
We went here several times, and I gotta tell you guys,
I’m so glad that we do not live on Oahu any longer,
because I would be here all the time, and spend a fortune!
What a fabulous store! (take a look at the website)
I love Foodland in general, they are my grocery store of choice
when we’re back home.
Their Poke Bar is the best on the Island, for sure!!
(we went every day, and I’m not kidding, to buy fresh Poke)
Anywhos, here’s some of what I found:
These just some of the Main Dishes offered at Foodland, and they change them up from time to time. The price runs between $14.99 all the way up to $21.99.
Let’s not forget about a Side Dish. And again, they change periodically… you can se the prices of these 😉
Having taken a look the ingredients, I’m thinking I just might make some of these myself.
Twenty-five years ago today, I was so very lucky to marry my best friend.
Here’s to another 25 years together.
If you’re a regular here at My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert, you already know that I am a simple local gal from Kaneohe Oahu Hawaii; one of my past times in ten years or so since leaving my birthplace, is to try to re-create dishes of my youth.
You may also know that I have conquered my quest to copycat Zippy’s Macaroni Salad, a local staple.
ON THE MONEY!
In my last post, I was telling you about Zippy’s Fried Chicken. We had what we thought was the best supper yet, but wait!
I had some chicken leftover, imagine that … so I expanded on that … I made some Mac Salad, a fresh pot of Rice, some warmed-up-from-frozen-Zippy’s Chili that I brought back from Hawaii this past May, and the rest as they say is legend!
First, let me apologize for being absent for so long, but, we’ve been awfully busy. To start with, we spent the month of May on Oahu Hawaii to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary… we had the best time! I mean, who wouldn’t?
I brought back a 50 pound suitcase FULL of goodies that can only be found in Hawaii. One of the items was from Zippy’s Restaurant, Fried Chicken Mix. Yeah, so what you’re probably saying to yourself… oh no my friends. Zippy’s Fried Chicken is some the best both DH and I have ever had.
I guess about December of last year, Zippy’s came out with Fried Chicken Mix, as well as Mochiko Chicken Mix, Pancake Mix and their own blend of Coffee. WELL! As soon as we got ourselves going in Honolulu, we had lunch at Zippy’s, and what do you think I bought? That’s right… two packages of their Fried Chicken Mix.
For dinner tonight, I made us what some might call a Zippy’s Mini Fried Chicken Plate
Oh my gravy all over my two scoop rice (that’s OMG! in my world)!! That was just like having dinner at Zippy’s, and I’m not kidding you!
This was a test run to see if I could replicate this meal that we love from back home and I hit this one out of the park! So … next time we’ll make a Chicken and Chili Plate !!!
Lunch at Zippy’s, back in May 2018
Here’s how much we love our Spam® AND Diamond Bakery Soda Crackers
Oh my gosh!! We make leis out of just about anything! It started out as Cracked Seed or See Mui and now you’ll find leis fashioned of dollar bills or even small nip bottles of hooch!
You see that blue one to the left? that’s made with small snack-sized Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, love that too!
Now there’s a real Food As Gift idea
No, this lovely tray of assorted Tropical Drinks was not all for us! HA! 😀
We went over to our favorite place to listen to live Hawaiian Music, the Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef Hotel and there was a very large group of Japanese visitors having the best time. It turns out they were a Halau, or Hula Dance Troop from Kobe Japan who were on Oahu to preform. Anywhos, I say this large tray come over to their table and I thought, geez, that’s so beautiful, all of those colors and different aromas. Maybe the next time we order a cocktail, I’ll rethink my standard glass of wine 😉
This is the Hilton Hawaiian Village Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, ONE of our favorite places for catching some rays, relaxing, swimming, visiting with family and just generally hang out.