Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Celebrating 70 Years of Aloha

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Spam,
Happy birthday to you!

Yep, you heard me correctly. Today is the 70th Birthday of Spam canned luncheon meat. OC called me from work to tell me he'd read about it on the front page of the paper during his morning commute. I teased him a bit and promised him I would go to the store and get him some Spam for dinner. He demurred, but encouraged me to read his post.

Me being me -- upon being told the tribute to Spam never made it online -- I of course had to check. I did not find the birthday tribute, but I did discover that Hawaii leads the nation in per capita Spam consumption! Well, that did it. I had to go to the store and buy a can of Spam. I haven't had the stuff since I was a teen, maybe in the last several (okay, several dozen) years or so, it has gotten tastier.

Once in the store I was shocked to discover that Spam is no longer a single entity, but has grown into a whole family of products! The second shock was the number of people crammed into the canned lunch-meat isle. They were all buying Spam. One woman told me she was making Spam Chili. Another woman -- this one in line with me at the check-out counter -- told me that the 25% less sodium Spam, which I was purchasing, had 75% less taste. She said that once she took a can of it home and neither her husband nor the dog would eat it.

Since I have neither husband nor dog, I haven't quite decided what I am doing with the can of Spam sitting on my kitchen counter. Perhaps I will do what another shopper in the cash register line said she was going to do and put the Spam in my cupboard to save it for the 100 year anniversary. "By then," she said, "I might be senile enough to actually eat it."

9 Comments:

Melli said...

*sigh* ... I can't believe your ADVERTISING this! *shakin' m'head*... I thought you were tryin' to get people to VISIT Hawaii... I didn't know you were meant to be keeping them away...

Pacific Blue said...

Melli -- this isn't a paid advertisement, it's just a little Hawaiian humor. Did you read OC's post? You can actually buy Spam at the fast food restaurants here. And when I lived in Vegas I went to a Hawaiian restaurant that had a "Spam Burger" on the menu.

Terrace said...

poor abused Spam... you slice it thin or thick, toss it in a skillet, cook it till it's brown, which also removes most of the fat and viola... it's now ready for a sandwich...

we used to eat it at our house all the time and didn't think a thing about it..

Pacific Blue said...

I grew up eating Spam. Gram sometimes fried it, but usually she ground it up and added pickles and mayo and made sandwich spread. All the fat retained ....

I Dive At Night said...

Hmmmm, so that's how you eat spam is it? I've never known. Lucky me!

Minka said...

wow...Spam can be used in well tasting manner, I used to think it was used to enlarge my male reproductive organs :)

quilly cooks said...

Morgan -- when you come to Hawaii to dive, Spam is indefinitely on the menu!

Minka -- YOU have male reproductive organs? Is this a confession?

Pacific Quilly Cooks said...

Argh! I have no idea who I am, where I am or what I am doing! Too many blogs!

Kate said...

I'm rolling with laughter. We lived on Oahu several years ago and are contemplating retiring there. While I never learned to savor SPAM, my children love it. SPAM musubi is a favorite around here.

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