Now that we’re a few days into the Eat Local Challenge, I feel it necessary to talk about the oil/spice issue. The truth is, I haven’t tried many oils that are actually made here yet. I’ve had Oils of Aloha‘s mac nut oil a few times with salad dressings and it is delicious! And you’d think with all this coconut there would be at least one local cooking-quality coconut oil maker… but I have yet to find one. I do love coconut oil though, and I eat it regularly 🙂 I’m definitely going to take more time to research and test local oils soon!
Which brings me to spices. I am one of the lucky few who can say that I eat local salt. Literally. When I was a kid, I used to pick salt up from the rocks and my dad would put it on the steaks he cooked (yes, I come from a carnivorous family). There are a couple of local spice companies that particularly stand out for me–both from Maui!
One, is actually the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm (one of my most favoritest places on the island for many reasons!). They make an incredible Lavender Gourmet Seasoning that we put on many things, including roasted/grilled veggies, chicken, etc.
The other is the Volcano Spice Company, who just opened up a store in quaint Makawao town about a year ago:
Ben and I have been devouring our Jamaiian Blend spice jar and decided we needed to go pay Uncle Kevin a little visit this past weekend to stock up on spices. We wound up getting two more spices and a hot sauce! Just in time for the Eat Local Challenge! 🙂 And I love that Chef Kevin has stocked his shelves with mostly (I’m talkin about 95%ish) local products–including jewelry, drawings, and coffee!
Sometimes when we feel like our walk around the block is unappealling, Ben and I will take the 5 minute drive to Makawao. We love getting lost in the nooks and crannys of the small historical town and finding fun stuff in all the shops.
And sometimes, randomly, we also see signs for Polo games!
As it turns out, a lot of people come out on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy a good polo match…
Surprisingly, I knew a few people and we had a good time learning about how the game works.
To be honest, all I know is that there are people on the horses with mallots and their goal is to hit a ball (made of compressed styrofoam) between the posts, haha. It really takes skill! My favorite part was the homemade scoreboard!:
(mostly because no one was around to watch or update it… hehe). Plus all the horses were really beautiful :). Most of all, it was something that Ben and I have been intrigued by since moving back a few years ago. Sure I was raised upcountry, but Polo never interested me growing up. Now we can cross it off our bucket list!
Whereever you live, are you making it through your bucket list?