We begin today’s grindz of the day from where? From da’ beginning! As well as you may ask. lol Seriously, yet not really, today let’s compare Frito Lay’s “Maui Style” Shrimp Chips vs. Marco Polo Brand Shrimp Chips. Oooh, this is DEEP! So complex! Not to mention EXPENSIVE!… counting both of ’em, all $4 bucks worth! lol
If you haven’t tried shrimp chips before, they’re not as “gross” as it may sound, and actually quite addicting. If done right, they don’t and/or shouldn’t taste “shrimpy” in a pungent or “sea foodie” way, but more of a mild accent to its overall flavor profile. They’re very light, airy (porous) and crispy. You can also buy shrimp chips in their uncooked state (shops in Chinatown carry it), which look like colored “pellets” if you will, where once they hit the the hot oil, they immediately puff up, similar to Pork Rinds.
Looking at the two next each other, it’s obvious the Lay’s “Maui Style” Shrimp Chips are much more “puffy”, while the Marco Polo Brand on the left looks more dense.
Tasting it, the Marco Polo Brand is definitely more “shrimpy”, to the point that, if you don’t like the SOUND of “Shrimp Chips”, then you might not like the taste at first bite. However once you eat a few, you do get used to its “shrimpiness”. Is that a word? lol It’s also definitely more on the dense side, texture-wise, yet still light and crispy overall.
Compared to the Marco Polo Brand, the Frito Lay’s “Maui Style” Shrimp Chips are – as they appear — much lighter and puffy in texture when you bite into them. They’re also seasoned better with salt, giving it an addictive quality that makes you want to keep eating them. As for “Shrimpiness”, very, very subtle, where even the most picky “I hate seafood!” type of eater would probably approve of these and scarf the whole bag.
The verdict? “Maui Style” Shrimp Chips for the win!
Speaking of “Maui Style” Chips, YES, the original Kitch’n Cook’d Maui Potato Chips are still around, albeit, currently available (for the most part) exclusively on Maui…
Back to Zippy’s, we have Diner E’s “Grindz of the Day” for lunch today, his go-to fave’, the Chili Burrito Plate. Whoah cuz, not da’ 3 scoops rice with da’ Tex-Mex grindz, eh? lol Diggin’ the yellow chili pepper they throw in there. Nice “local” touch, Zippy’s!
Then we’ve got Diner A’s full on “local ‘kine grindz” combo’ ‘kine action, pairing a Zippy’s SPAM Musubi with Portuguese Bean Soup? Dude, BRILLIANT! When he walked into the office the other day and plopped that on his desk, I nearly fell off my chair, thinking, “Dude, you are a GENIUS!”
I seriously would NEVER have thought of doing a SPAM Musubi and Podagee Bean Soup combo!
What actually surprised me as much as the combo itself, was that Zippy’s sold SPAM Musubi. I never knew that! That was actually the first time Diner A tried their SPAM Musubi, which he gave a thumbs-up. Winnahz! Of course Zippy’s Portuguese Bean Soup totally rocks, where you can totally taste the signature smoked flavor in the broth from the ham hocks it’s made it with. Porky Portuguese Bean Soup goodness down to the last drop… AHHHHHHH! *rubs tummy with lip-smackin’ satisfaction*
Speaking of combos, one of Zippy’s most popular is their Chili Chicken Plate.
By now you regular readers know my Zippy’s go-to fave’ is non other than their Zip Pac. I LOVE IT. Yet what I appreciate as much as the ono grindz itself, is the “reusable” plastic container Zippy’s now uses for most of their takeout plates, including the Zip Pac. So it went from that, to this homemade breakfast bento I made myself for work recently…
Yep, that’s my own stuff I prepared, reusing Zippy’s Zip Pac container to pack it in, no pun intended. Specifically, an egg omelet filled with grated and melted cheddar and Mozz’ cheese, along with two slices of fried Bacon-flavored SPAM, served over a bed of Tamanishiki Gold Gohan (cooked in my totally awesome Induction Heat Zojirushi Rice Cooker), along with a two slices of Maui Takuan and Beni Shoga. Woot-woot!
Moving along, this next subject isn’t about food, it’s about a “visitor”. You may remember a past post I did earlier last year on the “The Moth Superstition”, where when a moth — usuallly the large “black” ones — appears in your home, some folks believe its an embodiment of a loved one who recently passed away coming to visit you and say goodbye before they move on.
Well, very recently a dear Aunt of mine passed away (age-related health causes), and sure enough, last night a HUGE black moth flew into my place, and STAYED there for the past two days.
And again, this moth was HUGE, measuring 5½” across its wingspan. What’s interesting is, I think they’re blind, as they don’t move at all when you approach it. Only if you make a really loud and abrupt noise or try to touch it, does it “wig out” and fly, well, like blind a bat! It flies into the walls like it can’t see where it’s going. Really strange.
It first flew into my living room and stayed on the ceiling for hours. Then it flew into the kitchen and hung out there. Then the next day it flew into my bedroom, then into my bathroom. Do they scare me? Only when they fly, because they look and act freaky while doing that, being they don’t know where they’re going, and “fly” like it’s “wiggin’ out”. lol
Am I freaked out? No, not at all. Giant black moths have flown into my house to “visit” every time a close loved one passed away, including all our family dogs.
Now, do you think I believe in the moth superstition? You bet! Of course! I don’t call those “visits” by giant black moths in my home coincidence, that’s for sure!
Back to da’ grindz, we’ve got Mac ‘n Cheese from Honolulu Beerworks, home of THE BEST IPA on the island! Dude, I swear, their HI PA is MO-NEY! B-B-BANK! Oh, the Mac ‘n Cheese is pretty dang tasty, too! They definitely nail it!
Speaking of beer, it just won’t be a brew pub without observing Oktoberfest! From left to right, that’s Honolulu Beerworks servers Sam, Mark and Malissa sportin’ the spirit. “Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Oi Oi Oi!”
Let’s close this with one of my favorite pictures from last weekend’s totally off-the-chains 2015 Hawaii Prince Oktoberfest…
Reason I like this shot — besides the lovely Fräulein — is a corporate senior manager (super awesome guy and GREAT boss!) who used to work for our company used to exclusively call me “Pomeister” (we were office next door neighbors), so I always get a chuckle and think of him whenever I see a bottle of Jagermeister. I should create my own hard liquor line and name it “Pomeister”. “I’ll have a Hefeweizen and a shot of Pomeister, please.” lol