HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – First, it was the Filipino longganisa and tocino makers that were up in arms against the World Health Organization (WHO) for releasing a study that concludes processed meat causes cancer.
Now, all of Hawaii is protesting against the international organization for one reason: SPAM musubi.
SPAM, of course, is the canned processed meat manufactured by Minnesota-based Hormel Foods. Like all other processed meat products, SPAM is preserved by using a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrate, which WHO says is responsible for causing cancer.
SPAM musubi is a popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled SPAM on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori dried seaweed in the tradition of Japanese omusubi.
Inexpensive and portable, SPAM musubi are commonly found near cash registers in ABC stores, refrigerated sections of supermarkets and hole-in-the-wall food outlets and trucks all over Hawaii.
Even the McDonald’s chain stores in the islands serve SPAM as part of their island breakfast menu of SPAM, Portuguese sausage (another cancer-causing food), eggs and rice.
Hawaii residents are planning to form a human chain along the entire stretch of Waikiki Beach this Sunday to register their protest against WHO.
“Leave our SPAM alone,” one Filipino Hawaii resident exclaimed as he ordered his island breakfast at McDonald’s on Kalakaua Avenue.
CHICAGO, Illinois ( The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Starting on October 6, you will be able order your Sausage or Egg McMuffins or hotcakes at McDonalds — all day!
The fast-food giant is finally giving in to customer pleas to extend its breakfast menu beyond the current 10:30 a.m. cutoff, The Washington Post reports.
Previously, McDonald’s argued that its 14,000 franchise restaurants don’t have the capacity to make breakfast and everything else on their menu at the same time. But with the slump in sales and growing competition from other fast food chains, McDonald’s says it can no longer afford to ignore its customers.
However, the all-day fare won’t include everything on the McDonald’s regular breakfast menu. Depending on the location, sausage burritos, hot cakes, Egg McMuffins and biscuit sandwiches will be served.
How about the Spam or Portuguese island breakfast served at McDonald’s locations in Hawaii? Nope, says McDonald’s. “It will be too difficult to be slicing and frying spam and Portuguese sausage, scrambling eggs and cooking rice at the same time as preparing sandwiches and burgers.”
In protest of the decision to exclude the rice breakfast favorite of the islands, Hawaii residents and tourists will be picketing McDonald’s outlets on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island every day during the week of October 5 to press the fast food chain to reconsider its discriminatory decision.
The Adobo Chronicles® will be covering the protests live from Waikiki. Stay tuned.
Tokyo, Japan (The Adobo Chronicles) – There is some real bad news for sushi lovers. Bluefin tuna, considered a delicacy in Japan and listed as endangered, has suffered a population decline of more than 96% in recent years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition, an estimated 90% of bluefin are caught before they can reproduce, crippling the species’ abilities to repopulate.
Bluefin tuna is one of the more popular of the sushi varieties.
But despair not.
U.S.-based Hormel Foods has assured the sushi-consuming public that there is more than enough supply of SPAM, the main ingredient in SPAM sushi/musubi.
SPAM musubi is very popular in Hawaii and over the years, it has gained enormous following elsewhere in the U.S. as well as in Japan – thanks to ABC Stores (found in every street corner of Waikiki) that sell this delicacy to the delight of Japanese tourists that make up a huge percentage of Hawaii visitors.
Consumers who prefer the original tuna version of sushi will still find it in most sushi bars and Japanese restaurants worldwide, but for a hefty price, averaging $265 per small plate.
So, if SPAM is not your thing, and you can’t afford bluefin tuna sushi, we suggest you stick to California rolls. There should be ample supply of avocados everywhere.