Author: Lee A. Tonouchi

Da 7 best snacks at 7-Eleven Hawaii right now

Lotta times when you go 7-Eleven, you might rush in for grab what you need an' den dig out. But what kine wonderful surprises might be in store if you took da time for just browse little bit? Das why…

Shaka or no shaka? Da 7 new snacks we tried

I love it when companies come out with fancy twists on familiar snacks. But will these new experimental-kine snacks have staying power? Read on for find out my 411 on seven snacks that make you wonder: What dey going tink of…

Unusual kine snacks you find at Fisher Hawaii

I love when I find unusual kine snack foods at stores you no normally associate with food. Da oddah week I came across one baked malasada muffin mix at City Mill. An'den couple days later I found da snack aisle…

Buttery garlic shrimp stay inside one burger now

I used to associate garlic butter shrimp with tourists, cuz they da ones who drive all da way to da North Shore for stop at da shrimp trucks for get 'em. But then one funny thing wen happen. Da ting…

Local comfort: Wotchoo eat with your poi?

I wuz at da store noticing how no mo' rice, no mo' saimin, cuz people buying 'em all cuz of da pandemic. But I wuz happy that still had poi. Poi is da most important-est food in Hawaiian culture. And…

Da best teri beef is teri prime rib!

I had long given up on searching for da best teri beef. To me, when you go plate lunch places, teri beef is either competent or junk. Lotta times da same restaurant might be both competent and junk cuz depends when you…

Da Top 10 stuffs Hawaii people always get from Trader Joe's

"You're from Hawaii, aren't you?" da Trader Joe's cashier asked my friend. "Why? Because I'm Asian?" my friend came self-conscious all of a sudden.  "You Hawaii people," da cashier said, shaking her head. "You always buy the same things." When…

My New Year's resolution: Try eat dis and 2 oddah tings

You going try anyting new for your New Year's food resolution?  Part of da reason I love writing for Frolic is da opportunity for personal growth. It's my chance for learn more about foods and cultures and for try dishes I might nevah oddahwise sample. I remembah…

In defense of Pumpkin Spice Spam

I wuz tracking it when da new Pumpkin Spice Spam launched this fall. Spam.com and Walmart.com, da only two places selling this limited edition Spam, sold out of 'em in less than a day. It came and went so fast…

Da Zippy's fried chicken sandwich hack

Mac Salad Chicken Sandwich? If you look da menu at Zippy's, you probably tinking, Eh, no more one Mac Salad Chicken Sandwich, Leeeeeeee! Are you tricking us? Did Frolic accidentally run your April Fool's writeup in December? Trust me, this…

Da Halloween candy personality test

People get strong emotional connections to candy. When I asked my friends what their favorite candies wuz, dey often had one story that told how come it wuz their favorite. Like my friend Puma whose parents tried to hide from…

Battle of da chili dog plates: Round 2

Q: Which chili dog plate stay more awesome? When I did my chili dog battle between Zippy's and Rainbow Drive-In, some readers complained that it wuzn't one fair battle cuz I went to da Rainbow's in Pearlridge, which they said…

KaSnack attack! Okinawan Sweet Potato Crisps

What? Small kid time, Yick Lung's Nib-bits used to be my favorite snack. Ask people from my Gen X era and they'd all probably tell you they could pound one whole bag, no problem. I not sure when exactly, but…

KaSnack attack! Diamond Bakery x Dunkin's collab donut

What? I love it when local companies team up with Mainland companies for create new hybrid products. This collab between Dunkin' and Diamond Bakery stay getting lotta publicity lately and like many people, I kinda curious too. Every single ting you need…

Battle of the chili dog plates

Q: Which classic chili with hot dog plate stay mo' ono? For me, growing up in Aiea, Rainbow's has always had kinda that townie mystique. All da kids who lived townside would talk about Rainbow's. One of da dishes dey…