Skip to main content

"We'll just eat a lot of fruit"

This is an Erin report :) I'm officially a contributor now.

"We'll just eat a lot of fruit." I'm pretty sure I said something to that effect before we moved here. I'd heard and read that food was more expensive on the islands, but never believed it could be that much more than buying food at Andronico's in Berkeley. Also faced with the strong urge to drop a few pounds for the 356 day/year bathing suit wardrobe, I thought that we'd just cut out a lot of processed foods, and we'd stock up on produce and lean protein.

I'd failed to consider that much of what's available in the supermarkets here is shipped from somewhere in South America (via the mainland), and that I haven't seen a single cow since we've been here (we did see plenty of "free range" chickens at the roadside cafe on the north shore - Owen spent much of our lunch hour chasing them among all of the tables). Anyhow, I have found myself faced with a grocery shopping challenge: wanting to support local, sustainable agriculture yet met by the grocery budget constraints of a one-income family. Grocery shopping adventures have so far included:

  • Foodland in Waikiki: way overpriced. no one should ever pay $8.99/lb for grapes
  • Costco: usual for everything except produce. that $12.99 flat of strawberries is $6.49 where I'm from (and I'm pretty sure they're from California)
  • Times Supermarket: I feel we've hit the jackpot with this one. My mom and I stumbled upon it yesterday afternoon - no sign other than a "t" with a winking smiley face. Something about its boxy shape made me make a quick u-turn and pull into the parking lot. Fresh caught mahi-mahi fillets $3 each and milk for less than $8/gallon. Also, Ewa grown green beans for $1.29/lb and Hawaiian-grown pineapple (Foodland's pineapple was from Ecuador). OH! and local sweet potatos - their skin has a purplish hue :)

On my food to-do list are:
  • Manoa People's Open Market. This is the neighborhood farmer's market that happens Monday mornings from 6:45-7:45 AM. I am still pretending to sleep at this time.
  • Veggie box from natural foods store in Kailua. It's about a 20 minute drive, but I heard through the grapevine (Australian Astronomer) that they distribue local and organic veggie boxes for $25/week and the pick up is Friday. Perhaps Fridays will become our day in Kailua...
  • Get a garden started at our new place!

Comments

karinms said…
Hi Erin! This is really interesting. I request more posts about what you guys are eating! I can't believe the pinapple at Foodland's was from Ecuador. That seems crazy. Is there a pineapple season? How has the local pineapple been? Mmmmm, pineapple. Mmmmmm, fresh caught mahi mahi. :-) Fresh fish may be the ticket in terms of lean protein. I bet you get some nice sushi there. I saw some info about CSA on hawaii at www.localharvest.org Anyways, great post! Looking forward to more!! -Karin
karinms said…
P.S. I am into the second series of poses at yoga!!
erinjohn said…
woah karin! yeah for more postures! congrats! so are you doing the sun salutation A&B, or are you beyond that now? i'm so excited that you're into it :) i found a yoga place here and the teacher is amazing. i'm going to try and get up early and go tomorrow!
mama mia said…
That late night trip to Foodland, Waikiki was a downward spiral, leading up to a tearful, "I miss my stores!" that just about broke my heart. I am glad to see that you have risen to the shopping challenge, as would any self-respecting Pousson gal. Still thinking about that yummy salmon salad you fixed for lunch....now I am off to the kitchen for some "ceweeol niyot".
Amy said…
"ceeweol niyot"? Can we get an Owen translator in here?
JohnJohn said…
"ceeweol niyot" = cereal with milk

Duh! :)

Popular posts from this blog

The Long Con

Hiding in Plain Sight

ESPN has a series of sports documentaries called 30 For 30. One of my favorites is called Broke which is about how professional athletes often make tens of millions of dollars in their careers yet retire with nothing. One of the major "leaks" turns out to be con artists, who lure athletes into elaborate real estate schemes or business ventures. This naturally raises the question: In a tightly-knit social structure that is a sports team, how can con artists operate so effectively and extensively? The answer is quite simple: very few people taken in by con artists ever tell anyone what happened. Thus, con artists can operate out in the open with little fear of consequences because they are shielded by the collective silence of their victims.
I can empathize with this. I've lost money in two different con schemes. One was when I was in college, and I received a phone call that I had won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bahamas. All I needed to do was p…

An annual note to all the (NSF) haters

It's that time of year again: students have recently been notified about whether they received the prestigious NSF Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Known in the STEM community as "The NSF," the fellowship provides a student with three years of graduate school tuition and stipend, with the latter typically 5-10% above the standard institutional support for first- and second-year students. It's a sweet deal, and a real accellerant for young students to get their research career humming along smoothly because they don't need to restrict themselves to only advisors who have funding: the students fund themselves!
This is also the time of year that many a white dude executes what I call the "academic soccer flop." It looks kinda like this:


It typically sounds like this: "Congrats! Of course it's easier for you to win the NSF because you're, you know, the right demographic." Or worse: "She only won because she's Hispanic."…

Culture: Made Fresh Daily

There are two inspirations for this essay worth noting. The first is an impromptu talk I gave to the board of trustees at Thatcher School while I was visiting in October as an Anacapa Fellow. Spending time on this remarkable campus interacting with the students, faculty and staff helped solidify my notions about how culture can be intentionally created. The second source is Beam Times and Lifetimes by Sharon Tarweek, an in-depth exploration of the culture of particle physics told by an anthropologist embedded at SLAC for two decades. It's a fascinating look at the strange practices and norms that scientists take for granted.
One of the stories that scientists tell themselves, whether implicitly or explicitly, is that science exists outside of and independent of society. A corollary of this notion is that if a scientific subfield has a culture, e.g. the culture of astronomy vs. the culture of chemistry, that culture is essential rather than constructed. That is to say, scientific c…