At the request of a dedicated bike commuter and client, I hosted an open house for my current and recent past lady clients. We met at my house and shared stories while eating Hawaiian-style luau grinds (food to you haoli's). The menu was an adventure to us all, and everything tasted ono (delicious); although some took longer than expected to make and some didn't take shape as the recipe promised (user error OR Sam Choy expertise absent). We had things such as kalua pork, poke patties, haupia Squares, Spam musubi, grilled hala kahiki (pineapple), and mango bread.
A big Hawaiian mahalo to Miranda, Pat, Gretchen, Danielle, Sarah, Lori N., Lori H., Kate, Victoria, Erin, Lucy, and Ceecie (who traveled all the way from North Carolina to attend!) for honoring me with your smiles and laughter on September 30th. A special mahalo to Lori N. for making Spam Musubi and roasted sweet potatoes to share. We are lucky to have Lori as our resident Hawaiian who helped create our luau-style menu. Mahalo to Matt for making the kalua pork and grilled pineapple and helping with the shopping and last minute details. My resident chef, Nicholas, helped with the poke patties; they didn't turn out as expected, but his ingenuity earns him an A+ and all of us, satisfied tummies. And Ceecie, what an honor to receive the pleasure of your company for the few hours you spent in Minnesota just for this occasion, a heartfelt mahalo nui loa to you.
Mahalo to everyone for talking story, laughing, and eating! I feel truly grateful.