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Wednesday, October 23, 2013


We Eat Sausage We Love Sausage!!!!!
Hawaiians, we love sausage, we love charcuterie (SHar kootereee) it is french for sausage. Whatever, we call it sausage. I'm repeating myself here guys, time in and time out I'm saying we Hawaiian locals love sausage man! SPAM, it's a canned sausage, we love the heck out of that salty sodium laced food that can stand the test of a century literally speaking, it can't spoil, in fact eat a lot of it and when you die the mortician doesn't need any embalming fluids har har har!

Hawaiians love their beers, we love our sessions of playing music in the garage with friends and family, we love to have that hot charcoal grill alive throughout the day and night, usually the grill master is hammered by the end of the night, we love green bottles if you get my trail of red dirt. Sausage, I really don't need to say more about this food, I mean c'mon, guys in the midwest and east coast grill up Italian sausage, wieners, Polish sausage, chorizos, man Americans love freeking sausage. I love it. Love it with rice and macaroni salad. Let's move on.

In Hawaii, the sausage of choice is Portuguese sausage, and I've blogged about it before, but I have to repeat myself again...okay? It's all good folks because Uncle Ron... he loves food, yes I do... so no problems, no worries. Orite.

Portuguese Sausage rules supreme in many a Hawaiian's household, just go to any Foodland or Times Supermarket and camp out by the refrigerated section where all the different brands of Portuguese sausage are displayed, and just watch as one of the aunties or uncles load up their carts filled with Portuguese sausage, and see what else is in their carts. More than likely you'll see round onions, green onions, ginger, garlic, shoyu, and beer. Oh yeah can't forget Ahi poke. Yes, now we are talking folks.

If you want to blend in in the Hawaiian foodie culture, and not the high end foodie culture, but the everyday foodie culture, you have to know your Portuguese sausage. Here's some lessons for you Junior.

One of the popular brands coming from Hawaii is Redondo's, founded by Mr. Frank Redondo on the island of Oahu in a small town called Kapahulu in 1949, and they moved the operations near the Honolulu International Airport in I wasn't even born yet. Then in 1973 they moved to Waipahu where it's still located with a major overhaul in 1993. 

Since its inception, Redondo's LLC is the largest sausage company in the Hawaiian Islands, second to none. This company is well respected in the local community, local meaning all of the Hawaiian Islands because they keep every cent made here in the Islands. Not like some mainland hack company that will take their earnings elsewhere and not pump it back in the local arena. Here are some of the company's best sellers, and if you ever get a chance to visit Hawaii, or you've been here many times but never delved in what we eat, here it is Junior, and believe you me, this is the bomb stuff of all charcuterie.

Hawaiian Winners
This is a lb. of Hawaiian Winners, local style hot dogs, made of pork, beef, and of course there's artificial coloring, but what's wrong with some artificial coloring? Yeah I know some folks on the plant groove claims it causes cancer. Well, you can get hit by a semi-tractor crossing the intersection. Now you can boil these, fry these all sliced up with onions, or you can grill them. Some guys add this into their championship chilies.
Lisboa Portuguese Brand Sausage MILD
Fully cooked (Keep Refrigerated) Lisboa Portuguese Sausage MILD, one of Redondo's best sellers with pork and beef, spicy on the mild, this 10 oz. log can feed 4 people as sides for an egg breakfast, or use half in two omelets, however it's great. I got big ass friends that can eat 2 of these logs with rice. You can even mince these up and stir fry them with chow mein noodles.
In Hawaiian Pipi (Pee, pee) no not that kind dumb ass, but Pipi means cow, and Kaula (Cow lah) means dried, hence Dried Beef that's seasoned.
This is fully cooked, think jerky, this is our version, and Mr. Redondo did good on this one, for decades we've been eating this at tailgating parties, Final Four parties, MLB Playoffs, weddings, anything, whatever the celebration is Redondo's is there. You can stir fry these up with veggies, eat them as is, make pizzas, the sky's the limit.

There's more products but these 3 are my favorite Redondo's products. Now hold on there's more that you need to know about. My fingers are getting tired but what the heck, I'm here to shed light on you beginner on Hawaiian foods...

Rego's Purity Foods
In the late 1800's The Rego family immigrated to Maui from the Azores islands, set up making sausages and the rest is business history. If you can find Rego's Purity brands in the supermarkets, you can't go wrong. As Redondo's makes theirs taste a certain way, Rego's Purity makes theirs just as good, different but good, and just the same, their products are utilized in many a local's home for parties, cookouts, tailgating, anything, anytime, just good tasting food.
Purity Mild Portuguese Sausage
This 10 oz. log is a mild flavored sausage, great for breakfast, lunch and dinner, stir fry them with chow fun noodles and put them in ramen as well. 

So no matter what brand you get, I'm just telling you what we eat, what our foodie culture is all about here in the Hawaiian Islands, stay tuned we'll be delving in more foods later on. Some projects have been sidelined so right now I'm just blogging and that's about it. There's always something happening at a local breakfast, some funny story, some gossiping, it's all good...maybe not, but you get the picture, we're all human, we all love to eat, and bullshit around the table especially for breakfast at a local diner eating Portuguese sausage, eggs, rice and hot Kona Coffee.
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