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Chuggy’s comfort foods

Chuggy reveals his deepest, darkest food cravings from his childhood on the Leeward side


Posted February 19, 2014 by Grant Shindo

It’s been a year since I’ve joined the Nonstop team, and during this time, I’ve eaten some of the best meals of my life and shared them with a fantastic group of people. With big changes upon us, it’s a good time to reflect and look back at the food that brings me back. Way back.

I remember playing with pogs, being frustrated with AOL’s dial-up service, blowing into Super Nintendo cartridges to make them work and watching Pokemon at four in the afternoon. I grew up on school cafeteria pizza, Koala Yummies, Snack Pack Pudding and Raven’s Revenge. Mom would cook quick and easy home meals like hamburger corn, cream of celery and tuna over rice, golden curry and chicken tofu casserole, but never Kraft mac and cheese or Chef Boyardee. I would go to grandpa’s and grandma’s house to watch cable TV, drink Coca Cola, eat Dinty Moore beef stew, TV dinners, Hot Pockets, pizza bagels and Meadow Gold ice cream cups.

Growing up on the Leeward side, I had a very different upbringing than my “townie” friends in high school. They missed out on some of my favorite eats from “our side of the island.” Although we’ll never again be able to run through the aisles of Arakawa General Store or taste the sweet nectar of Pepsi Blue or Sprite Remix, many places remain that have the “hanabata days” charm we often forget living in an age of smart phones, text messaging and cable Internet. To this day, the draw of nostalgic places like Tanioka’s, Sato’s Okazuya, Forty-Niner and Kilani Bakery still pull me in for a taste of childhood.

Long gone are the days of watching Nickelodeon while eating Gushers, but the indelible memories of food shared with mom, dad, grandpa and grandma remains. Here are my comfort food dishes that bring me back to the carefree days.

Tanioka's Seafoods and Catering (5 of 5)

Tanioka's Seafoods and Catering

Tanioka's reminds me of soccer season. Musubi was the best snack any parent could bring after a long, tiring soccer match. Nothing beat a sweet and filling Spam or mochiko chicken musubi and an ice cold Capri Sun.

Since those days, I've expanded my order to include ahi limu poke and fried rice. My favorite on-the-go meal is the mochiko chicken musubi. The chicken has incredible flavor and the right amount of sweet sauce to complete the hand-held treat. If you see my driving out of Waipahu on Farrington, expect to see my chowing down on something from Tanioka's.

Tanioka's Seafood and Catering
94-903 Farrington Highway
671-3779

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About Grant Shindo

Who is that you spot at your local restaurant, bar, food truck or pop-up? Grant "Chuggy Bear" Shindo is always on the hunt for the tastiest grub this island has to offer. Chuggy Bear not only has a passion for food, but also a desire to share his experiences through colorful and honest storytelling. Next time you're at a farmer’s market, say “hi” to Grant and find out what the next plate has to offer. You can find his favorite spots at chuggybear.com

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