We are counting down the days to my interview with Amy Thomas, author of PARIS MY SWEET. Rain delayed my trip to Chinatown ... so I offer you a trip to the Hickam Commissary to showcase food that you probably won't find in Paris. Almost all military bases have commissaries - food stores. The commissary originally served the military personnel stationed in remote locations. Today, they are a vital benefit for military families in high cost areas, including overseas. Hawaii is considered an overseas location and food is shipped from the mainland. But we do have a few "local" staples ....
|... including pineapples!|
|Poke (poe-kay) is raw fish salad - a popular dish at luau.|
The commissary offers fish from the Pacific Rim.
The lower right are oysters from New Zealand!
|The sushi chef is ready to make your order!|
|We have a huge aisle for Asia food.|
|Soy sauce comes in gallon sizes!|
|These are packaged snacks I often send to readers.|
|When I am in the mood for salty, I try the |
Japanese snacks, including Wasabi peas.
|When I am in the mood for sweet, I try |
dried coconut - a favorite of Katie Babs!
|Now the chocolate section ....|
|We have nany variations of macadamia nuts |
in the individual bags ...
|.... and gift boxes.|
|Here are teas I stuff into winners' packages.|
What is something "unique" in your local grocery store? One randomly selected commenter (from all the posts this week) will win a WHY HAWAII RIVALS PARIS gift box with some of the above goodies. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, February 11. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 12.
Kim in Hawaii
|The French have berets ... we have baggers in Aloha shirts.|
Most are teens saving for college!