Holy Crap. I’ve never been so FULL in my entire life. I feel as if my skin is stretched to its maximum limit and will burst any second. Don’t I sound appealing! What happened to me on this wonderful Wednesday (other than getting 5 Bagazilion pounds heavier)? Alas, wonderful things. My friend Sabine just happened (don’t we all wish this kind of stuff “just happens” to us!) to be the daughter of world renown pastry chef Hans Weiler and she being the super nice person she is, introduced me to her father.

He currently runs Hawaii’s premier pastry supply shop after retiring from a lifetime of baking (he baked for the king of Morocco!). I first met him when purchasing my very own pair of chef’s pants and shoes. Meeting Hans confirmed my belief that people who love food are not only good and happy people, but they are indeed the coolest type of people in the world. Oh man. I just used the word “cool.” How 7th grade! I was recently invited to help at his booth at the Hawaii Lodging, Hospitality & Foodservice Expo. A food show? Who would dare turn down such an offer!
Our booth, which was marketed as a division of Y.Hata & Co. showcased the uses of various pastry supplies and mixes. It was indeed tiring work, standing on your feet the entire day, but time flies when you’re piping pineapple-haupia mousse into little dark chocolate cups and arranging a glorious rainbow of pastries. The best part is being surrounded by food people. All the people, buyers and exhibitors alike, had at least one thing in common. They know food. And love food. And that simply makes any trade show better!

On to the issue of the day. Keep in mind that this is a FOOD show – the purpose of which is to eat. And hoo boy, we had plenty of samples to boot! That’s where the problem/blessing comes arises. Imagine over a hundred booths that looked very similar to this:

(This was the first and only picture I took today – god knows the camera was no longer of primary importance once the sampling began).
What’s a girl who really loves to eat supposed to do? INDULGE!!! And off I went. Ho, I dunno what was wrong with me. You’d think I was a starving cave man or something. I wish I had more pictures, but I was too busy relishing in the joys of the mere quantity of high quality samples that I completely neglected to take pictures – who wants seared ahi on their camera? Though not to fear! The show runs till tomorrow afternoon and while I’ll still eat plenty (I never seem to learn my lesson) I will do my posts justice with more pictures!

Well this is just for my record, but if you’d like to know, here’s what I ate throughout the day:

kalua pig on pistachio potato cake
rack of lamb
some really good vermont smoked cheddar mac & cheese with bacon
wasbi poke
ahi sashimi
pesto turkey panini
chocolate cream pies
crab cakes, three way
bread pudding!
a million macarons
chocolate pound cake
lilikoi mousse
chocolate torte
blondies, brownies and the like
breads: boudin sourdough, cranberry walnut, rustic country white, cormeal bread, dark rye, spelt, cheddar and blueberry
Ben & Jerry’s was there, I couldn’t help it
And so was Kozy Shack…they deserve something for bringing commercial rice pudding to the US!
lots of fresh lychee…and mango, papaya and pineapple
onion rings
lobster risotto
bluberry danish
Tropilicious (local ice cream company) in green tea, lychee, kona coffee, lilikoi and haupia
various coffee blended drinks from five different booths
an “italian ice” company
chocolate chip muffin
more than my share of petit fours
matcha mousse
lobster ravioli
maui onion tarts

Oh no. That even LOOKS like a lot in writing. But mind you, they were “sample” portion, so I didn’t have that much. I think. It kind of defeats the purpose of “sample size” when you have two or three of each sample.

Needless to say I didn’t need dinner. (But I had a small one anyway…hehe :)) Well I was just so excited about the show that I wanted to give a brief rundown. Actually, I was so bursting with excitement that my parents got very tired of (or maybe they were envious!) my insanely enthusiastic ramblings and so I must blog on it. I pass the burden on to you. Lol. It’s not really a burden, is it?

I’ll be back tomorrow with pictures – I promise! And I promise to not overeat!

  • J. Lo
    July 13, 2006

    Lobster risotto….mmmmmm…..that really caught my eye! Speaking of which, since when did Hawaii start serving macaroons? Anyway, I get back on the 27th of July. We have to start planning our meals, man! :) By the way, did I hear you correctly? OLIVE OIL gelato? I have to try it to believe it, I guess. Lol. And speaking of ricotta, I’ve taken to eating spoonfuls of ricotta and sugar lately….don’t know why….weird new obsession, I guess. But it’s good.

  • Robyn
    July 13, 2006

    I want the bread!It’s okay to overeat at a FOOD EXPO! :) Although I probably can’t ever go to one…man, that variety is scary. And tasty.

  • anonymous
    July 13, 2006

    Oh my! Nothing much else I can say….

  • anonymous
    July 13, 2006

    just overeat…and describe it to us!!

  • anonymous
    July 14, 2006

    what a wonderful quantity of food…even in samples! but all really fun to read about…yes, like ed says…just overeat and describe it to us :) have fun!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 14, 2006

    Hey Justin!The Pacific Place and Sweet Street started macarons this year – not as much variety, but they are pretty good!Hey Robyn,But when you go 2 days in a row! Ahhh, I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack, but I’d probably do the same thing again if given a chance! lol :)Hey Kirk!Oh man, I’ll say it for you, “ugggh, too much food!” :)Hey Ed!Ahh! I’m so bad – I did overeat AGAIN!Hey Pallavi!lol no worries, I did eat – and a little, er, a LOT too much!

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