This is too funny. In this ongoing quest to lose weight (almost there!), here I am reviewing a fast food joint and convenience store, completely on the polar opposite end of that equation. Ha!
Anyways, surely all you readers who either live, have lived or visited Hawaii in the last few decades have probably already seen and/or eaten Portuguese Sausage, Eggs and Rice as shown at your neighborhood McDonald’s… a local breakfast fave! But wait, is that a couple slices of fried SPAM on there, too? Why yes! Which is actually known as their “Local Deluxe Breakfast Platter” (shouldn’t it be simply called “Plate?”)…
Photo courtesy of broke-da-mouth.blogspot.com
After an early morning brisk walk down Waikiki beach last weekend, I dropped by the McDonald’s on Kuhio Avenue. Being starved, plus after, for the most part, eating nothing but cereal, fruit, Bok Choy Salads and Tofu the whole darned work week, I said ah screw it, I want THAT! Besides, I feel my metabolism is now in revved-up mode (with weight numbers to back me up), that I’ll easily burn this one off.
After not having a McDonald’s breakfast plate ever since I can remember, I went all out and got the McD’s “Local Deluxe Breakfast Platter”, which includes 2 scoops of perfectly steamed white rice, fried scrambled eggs, Portuguese Sausage and SPAM, currently running $5.69 in Waikiki. Whoo-hoo, load ’em up, baby!
Shoots, with all these “supersized” fast food deals, they might as well offer the “Bambucha Local Platter”, including all that, plus bacon, hash browns and 2 slices of buttery toast. Oh yeah! lol
I don’t know what it is about McDonald’s take on it, but their rice is almost ironically some of the BEST darned steamed white rice I’ve had ANYWHERE. It’s so good! Nice ‘n pillowy, with the perfect texture, pure tasting (no burnt flavor) and PIPING HOT! Of all the major burger chains, while I’m so not a fan of their burgers, McD’s definitely are at the top of my list for BEST FRENCH FRIES. And with that, their breakfast platters have of all things, the BEST RICE! Their scrambled eggs (which are said to be pasteurized whole eggs) are also nice and buttery (made with margarine actually) and cooked just right, not being too runny or dried out. SPAM is SPAM, and you can tell this is the real deal (definitely not the low sodium version as far as I could tell), not no knock-off stuff. And finally, while I didn’t ask, I’m pretty sure their Portuguese Sausage is Purity brand, as it has that slight sweetness to it that Purity is known to have over the other brands. One of my favorite brands by far.
Summing it up, I give McDonald’s “pescetarian-diet-out-the-window-for-the-moment” Local Breakfast Platter a resounding 5 SPAM & Portuguese Sausage Musubi!
Before I leave here, I just want to reminisce a few other local faves you can find (or could have found while available) at your neighborhood Hawaii McDonald’s that I’ve reviewed in the past…
What’s an interesting trivia about McDonald’s regional menu selections is, if what’s been written on Wikipedia holds true, you can credit Maurice “Sully” Sullivan, the late founder of Foodland, for convincing Ray Kroc, the late mastermind behind the McDonald’s empire, for putting Saimin on the McDonald’s Hawaii’s menu. A first for ANY McDonald’s around the country in straying from their national corporate menu. “Sullivan convinced Kroc to expand McDonald’s menu for the first time in its corporate history to include a local “ethnic” food”. With that, you can also thank “Sully”, Washington Saimin and Boulevard Saimin for regional menu items such as the McFalafel, McShawarma & McAloo Tikki Burger, just to name a few. How McCool is that!
Not to mention these here limited edition “Hawaiian” themed variations on their classic Apple Pie…
Finally for the Golden Hawaiian Arches, in case you haven’t noticed the latest PRESS post on this blog, McDonald’s of Waikele is celebrating their Grand Reopening Tomorrow, Saturday, December 8, 2012…
Moving along, lately I’ve been frequenting the 7-Eleven on Kapahulu avenue after my daily beach workout to pick up either a cold bottle of water (it’s as cheap there as it is in the supermarkets) or a sugar-free Slurpee, plus put in some gas if I need it. Where I can never help but chuckle at the wide assortment of SPAM Musubi and Manapua they have GLARING AT YOU in the face as you wait at the checkout…
7-Eleven Hawaii SPAM Musubi selections
It’s like, as I’m standing there at the 7-Eleven checkout holding my innocent bottle of water or sugar-free Slurpee, the tiny devil on my left shoulder whispers slyly direct in my ear, “Hey buddy, screw your pesky diet. You know you want one of them SPAM Musubi. Don’t they look sooo devilicious!”. Upon which my guardian angel on the right shoulder immediately reacts, runs over and kicks the devil’s @ss. lol
So let’s see here: we have your “basic” SPAM MUSUBI for $1.49 each, A TERIYAKI SPAM MUSUBI for $1.59 each, and finally a DELUXE SPAM MUSUBI, which looks like it has TERIYAKI SPAM, plus an egg omelet, plus Furikake FOR $1.69. Very reasonably priced. Surely any one of these would fill me up until the next meal, but I ain’t havin’ any of that, at least for the time being as I shoot for my end-of-year weight loss goal. Almost there!
7-Eleven has won the Star Bulletin “Hawaii’s Best” award for “Best SPAM Musubi” as far back as I can remember that award existing. Mainly of course because there’s so many darned Seven Elevens around the state, it must be top of mind. I remember trying one from here a long time ago, and it was pretty good, IIRC, however I have yet to refresh my memory on it.
Along with SPAM MUSUBI, Seven Eleven Hawaii locations also have this here JUMBO MOCHIKO CHICKEN MUSUBI, plus a new line of “Haute” Musubi, ala Manabu’s, that they call “MARU MARU MUSUBI”….
7-Eleven Hawaii Maru Maru Musubi & Specialty Musubi selections
Wow, that sure is a JUMBO Musubi! It’s as big as my fist!
While I wasn’t hungry on this visit, in a future post I’ll review their new “MARU MARU MUSUBI” trio, as they all easily fit within the confines of my current “diet” *cough-cough*…
As noted earlier, also staring you in the eye and stomach as you hold your slurpee, the daily paper and an overpriced can of motor oil (been there, done that. lol!), is this warmer display case of Manapua and Pork Hash favorites…
7-Eleven Hawaii Manapua & Pork Hash
To be honest, I’ve NEVER ever tried a Manapua (or Pork Hash) from Seven Eleven, as I dunno’, they kinda’ frighten me with their funky colors and piped-out bun shape. If you’ve ever tried it, chime in and let us know what ya’ think!
Seven Eleven Hawaii also carries a wide variety of bento and sushi selections in the refrigerator and warmer sections, almost seeming like they’re trying to compete against Shirokiya, which is no question BENTO CENTRAL. Here’s a few that were available at the Kapahulu 7-Eleven at the time of my visit…
“Fried Chicken Bento”? Looks more like CHICKEN KATSU to me.
Well, this was an easy post for Pauhana Friday. Here’s to another fun weekend. I sure need it. Whew. Another long work week. I’m beat.
P.S. Here I am yesterday (12.06.12), still hovering at 170 pounds (down from 207 lbs. back in May ’12)…
What’s funny about this photo taken in our office yesterday, is that now it looks almost like I’m “floating” in my work clothes; particularly my pants. The slacks I’m wearing are now two sizes too big, as you can tell by how bunched-up it is at my belt, and the XL shirt now looks almost like a parachute on me around my midsection. At least I have my jawline and waist back. Thank God. I also gotta’ say, I’m looking more and more like my dad as I get older. Don’t most men?
When I hit or get near 165 lbs., I’ll finally go out and shop for new dress clothes that fit me properly. Now that I think about it, if I DIDN’T eat that McMegaMonster of a breakfast platter, I’d probably already be 165 pounds. Go figure. lol Ah, just 5 pounds to go. Ganbarimasu!
In another post, I’ll show you one of my “boring” Bok Choy & Choy Sum (raw) Salads. Stuff works though. Along with the Japanese Green Tea, that’s my “magic bullet” for weight loss.