Madison is quite the picturesque college town. Derek’s been exploring his neighborhood near Glen Oak Hills Park. Here’s what it looks like — for now. Wait until winter.
But whenever I go to the annual Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park, I feel the uchinanchu spirit come over me.’
And it’s usually at the food booths.
Okinawans know how to eat. And this year’s offerings proved it, with a lineup that included shoyu pork, yakisoba, sōki soba (ソーキそば) and, of course, andagi. More than 100,000 of them.
This year, though, there were a couple of new items: taco rice — a popular Okinawan dish that combines rice with taco-seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa — and fundagi — a combination of andagi with funnel cakes.
There’s so much to do — and eat — it’s no wonder the festival is held over two days.
Here’s what the first day of this year’s festival looked like:
Welcome to the Okinawan Festival
The 29th annual Okinawan Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Kapiolani Park.
A brat and soda at Cub Foods — a grocery store chain in the Midwest with a “no fills, sack your own groceries” attitude — is only $1.75. Take that, Costco!
Me, too, actually, and right now I could use a drink. (Or a massage. Right now it’s a toss-up.)
I figure many of you — whether you’ve just completed your second week in college or survived a marathon meeting where nothing got done — you probably deserve a bit of unwinding.
So here are some of my favorite spots to hang out after work, with some of my favorite nosh items.
Get out there and eat, folks. Have a great weekend!