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posted by Artw at 3:31 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I heart Sarah Vowell so hard. Plate lunches, on the other hand, harden my heart. So I am torn.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:37 PM on March 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


No, they just harden your arteries.
posted by mek at 3:46 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I love Sarah Vowell, and my wife is from Hawaii. Sarah Vowell writing this book is completely, totally improbable. I can't get past it, seeing as how I spend my wedding reception in Hawaii being lectured about haoles by natives.
posted by nevercalm at 3:54 PM on March 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


"Why" does a "best-selling" author put so many "words" in quotes?
posted by thylacine at 4:03 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sorry, I guess that was just the 2nd link and not her writing.
posted by thylacine at 4:03 PM on March 26, 2011


1. I am very excited about this book.

2. That plate lunch link made me salivate so hard, like "I feel sorry for myself because we're having burgers off the grill tonight" hard.
posted by padraigin at 4:06 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I prefer my Youtube histories of Hawaii to come from a cadre of communist cartoon cats, but that was cute also.
posted by wreckingball at 4:08 PM on March 26, 2011 [5 favorites]


Those plate lunches look so good! We have a similar tradition, but with fewer variations. It's called the garbage plate and it is probably the single greatest drunk chow ever.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 4:10 PM on March 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


I remember taking my parents on a tour of 'Iolani Palace. After the tour guide did her thing, I explained to my parents that the construction of the palace itself basically bankrupted the little Kingdom. And then the monarchs proceeded to travel the globe and collect royal orders from various European and Asian monarchs, again at the expense of their islands which needed everything the world had to offer except, perhaps, enamel trinkets from Japan. For some reason the royals are still revered. Never made much sense to me.
posted by 1adam12 at 4:48 PM on March 26, 2011


adam, please watch wreckingball's video link. hawaii never needed a goddam thing from the rest of the world. that's why they called it paradise.
posted by kitchenrat at 5:02 PM on March 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


I remember visiting Iolani Palace while it was being occupied by secessionists. I wasn't arrogant enough to lecture them about their own history, but listened to what they had to say about their personal experiences of living in Hawaii. How could I dare claim I knew anything about the place, let alone more than they did, from what I'd read in a book?
posted by mek at 5:06 PM on March 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


I didn't realize Hawaii was dedicated to eating nothing but maxwelton chow. Man.
posted by maxwelton at 5:08 PM on March 26, 2011


Waikiki Spam Jam. Wow.
posted by escabeche at 5:12 PM on March 26, 2011


That all looked really fucking tasty.
posted by jonmc at 5:25 PM on March 26, 2011 [3 favorites]


Just what accent does she have? Is it correct to call it "flat"?
posted by orthogonality at 5:28 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just what accent does she have? Is it correct to call it "flat"?

She's from Oklahoma. I'm not sure if it's typical for the area.
Her voice became famous as Violet in The Incredibles
posted by eye of newt at 5:42 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


*drooling

Thanks for the interesting post.
posted by nickyskye at 5:54 PM on March 26, 2011


So many of those look so good! The photography was lit really well, but are these pretty reasonable representations of the "average" plate lunch? Are short-cut beef ribs really that popular?

Thanks for introducing the idea of plate lunchs to me, Artw!

Never would have considered the white rice+macaroni salad combo, nor the spam+egg+gravy, salsbury steak+white rice, and I definitely need to make spicey fried tofu with candied anchovies tomorrow.
posted by porpoise at 6:39 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just saw her read from the book last night!
posted by msbrauer at 6:55 PM on March 26, 2011


After weeks of craving spam musubi, now I want lau-lau. Sheesh.
posted by annathea at 7:05 PM on March 26, 2011


I miss plate lunches. There used to be a little stand at the Queen's Surf, and my mom would always give me money for a teriyaki beef plate lunch. Two scoops rice - I didn't like macaroni salad.
posted by rtha at 8:01 PM on March 26, 2011


For those of you who don’t know, that would be Poi on the top left, Haupia on the top right, Helena’s AWESOME Pipikaula (dried and fried beef) on the bottom left, and Hawaiian Beef Stew on the bottom right.

Goddamn. I literally just ate dinner and couldn't be less hungry, but this is making me salivate.
posted by rtha at 8:04 PM on March 26, 2011


People actually crave poi?
posted by Artw at 8:06 PM on March 26, 2011


Never would have considered the white rice+macaroni salad combo

If that's not enough starch for you, there's also macaroni potato salad. ALL THE STARCHES ON ONE PLATE.
posted by padraigin at 8:34 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


She's from Oklahoma. I'm not sure if it's typical for the area.

Keep in mind she made stops in Bozeman and Chicago on the way to NYC, so that tweaked her accent a bit, but yes, she sounds exactly like what an Okie from Green Country sounds like. At least the ones from outside of Tulsa. She drags out "Braggs" like it has three a's, and that it exactly how you say it if you're from Northeastern Oklahoma.

Keep in mind, though, that with Oklahoma's cultural drift away from the Midwest and towards the South the regional accent has begun to change ever so slightly. When I've flown between Oklahoma and Alabama the last few years I've noticed how the accents are starting to sound alike, where before you could always pick out an Okie -- they'd sound like a St Louis native who'd lived in Dallas for 10 years.
posted by dw at 8:39 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh god, yes, Artw.
posted by rtha at 9:00 PM on March 26, 2011


Why can't all history lessons look so tasty?
posted by nickthetourist at 9:25 PM on March 26, 2011


How did plate lunch become the food historically related to the Sandwich Islands?
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:50 PM on March 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gawd what an annoying voice. Here's hoping she sticks to books.
posted by bardic at 9:56 PM on March 26, 2011


Interestingly (?) padraigin, I've experienced a wide and varied constellation of Cantonese potato-macaroni-mayonaise/miracle-whip-salad aplenty in my mother-was-a-square-dancer/Chinese-choir-time.

Just never felt that white rice was needed a mac salad side, even when it was available.

White rice and coleslaw? I've done that more than occasionally in college.

Oh gawd; I seasoned a bunch of cut-up chicken breasts with my dry button rib recipe, with extra hoisin, and it looks like a spot stereotype of everything pictured - only in chicken; any suggestions on how to introduce this to a hawaiian pallet/conciousness?
posted by porpoise at 10:40 PM on March 26, 2011


People actually crave poi?

My wife grew up eating poi with sugar and milk, like lots of people eat oatmeal. She loved it.

And the mac salad thing, for me, was a total revelation. Now whenever we go to a party, I make a huge tinfoil tray of it, local style...macaroni, mayo, mustard, finely chopped onion, a dozen hard-boiled eggs, peas, a little garlic powder, salt and fresh cracked pepper. It's always the first thing to go, and if I make two trays, people have stolen them from the party throwers and took them home. Hilarious.

Oh gawd; I seasoned a bunch of cut-up chicken breasts with my dry button rib recipe, with extra hoisin, and it looks like a spot stereotype of everything pictured - only in chicken; any suggestions on how to introduce this to a hawaiian pallet/conciousness?


Do it with spam.
posted by nevercalm at 5:51 AM on March 27, 2011


I miss Zippy's and the plate lunch places. The loco moco not so much, but it's quite an experience.

Regarding Sarah Vowell's accent, I didn't recognize my neighbors in it. Some of them are more twangy than others, though.

Still trying to figure out the Orange Julius teriyaki burger.
posted by dragonplayer at 12:27 PM on March 27, 2011


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