July 25 ~  True Connoisseurs Food of Paradise

"Children are the true connoisseurs. What is precious to them has no price, only value." ~ Bel Kaufman

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Hawaii is a playground for young and old with beautiful weather, beaches, and lots of delicious (ono) food. Keiki (Children) flourish in the sunshine and fill their opu (tummy) with special kaukau (food).

Tops on the list of local fast-food is saimin, a word common in Hawaii. Saimin is Japanese-inspired noodles, or Chinese mein, either ramen or soba, that swim in a hot, tasty broth.

The delicious meal made with dashi (Japanese bonito fish stock) is usually garnished with green onions, fish cake, and char siu (pork), but you can get fancy and add chicken, eggs, shrimp, whatever...

"Food is the most primitive form of comfort," observed writer Sheila Graham.

Most everyone in Hawaii loves saimin, not just kids. An inexpensive treat that hits the spot with untold comfort, saimin is featured on all Hawaii McDonald's menus. Eating saimin at the popular coffee shop Zippy's after a movie or sports event is a local tradition. Add a couple barbecue sticks to your saimin order... ono-licious!

As Mark Twain so aptly put it, "To err is human, to digest, divine."

Children are true connoisseurs of food... and life.