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Monday, November 28, 2011

GAS STATION FOOD FINDS!

Only on the Islands of Hawaii will you find sushi and spam in the same store, let alone in the same packaging! Spam has found its way into the hearts and minds of Hawaiian culture- but certainly not mine! Spam is a processed meat product sold in small cans manufactured by Hormel in Austin Minnesota of all places! Spam is so gelatinous, you can cut it with a butter knife. Hawaii and Guam consume the greatest quantities of Spam in the world.  Spam became popular in Hawaii during WWII when meats we hard to come by and which cost an arm and a leg. Spam was a cheap alternative. Spam atop rice in a sushi roll is called, musubi. I told myself I had to try spam at least once in Hawaii, so I bought a musubi roll at a gas station. I ate a small corner of the spam and immediately felt sick to my stomach, the flavor is unlike any meat I know of and the consistency reminded me of cat food from a can, gooey and thick with gelatinous fat! I am glad I can now say that I've tried spam and that I will NEVER do it again :0. 


The other photos shown, represent the unique varieties of snacks offered at all gas stations in Hawaii. Needless to say, these Hawaiians have a slightly different palate from that of Mainlanders!!  




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