Original Big Island Shave Co, Inc.

Original Big Island Shave Co, Inc.
61-3616 Kawaihae Rd, Kawaihae, HI 96743


Ode to Original Big Island Shave Ice Company

This is original

That’s the name

Original Big Island Shave Ice Company

Of shave ice fame

They are so famous

People far and near

Kama’aina and malahini

Slurp with good cheer

They serve ice mounds

People come out

Cold ice and ice cream

So brok da mout!

Onolicious toppings

With portions extreme

Strawberry sundae or halohalo

With a mound of whipped cream

Sink your teeth in

A cold Noelani

Or a Kimrah Special

To share with your honey

Want something strange?

Or a bit weird?

Slurp some Green Tea

To drip on your beard

A day at the beach

Lying on the sand

Shave ice and ice cream

Go hand in hand

Or a hard day’s work

Your body is shot

Shave ice and ice cream

Just hits the spot

So come on down

To Kawaihae Road

Original Big Island Shave Ice Company

This ends my ode.


Kama’aina: Locals from Hawaii
Malahini: Tourists
Brok da mout: food is so tasty
Onolicious: a combination of a Hawaiian word, ono, the word for delicious, and the English word delicious.

Contributed by:  Jada Rufo, a former English teacher in China. She is the author of Banana Girl: An Asian American Woman’s Life in China. Although she has been back in her home state of Hawaii for four years she still finds it difficult to re-adject after living abroad for fourteen years. You can read some of her poetry right here! WordPress

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Sea Sweet

Sea Sweet
Beirut, Lebanon

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-5-42-42-pmNaeem Maalouf, like most of us, one day had a dream
To have a sweet shop of his own,
and he started this dream by having his brothers on his team
In 1966, they opened their first small bakery and their skills they combined
Although it was a success,
after some time each brother had his own goals, so they left it behind
But Naeem opened his own shop in 1976 and named it Sea Sweet
And with dedication and hard work,
it became one of the top dessert shops in Lebanon for treats
From Arabic and French pastry, to Italian ice cream,
and a variety of other selections like cakes and croissants
But the number one go to is the Kneffe,
which is what everyone in Lebanon wants
The Kneffe is well known at Sea Sweet,
especially in the morning
Most locations only sell it at certain times,
so that’s a warning
Kneffeh is a cheese pastry soaked in sweet sugar-based syrup and is highly popular in Arab countries
And here at Sea Sweet,
the Kneffeh is common in Lebanon as the bagel is in NYC
The dessert is stuffed and served in a Kaak, a Lebanese street bread with sesame seeds
It is freshly prepared,
warm and dripping with sugar syrup,
and most likely you will eat it with speed
With nine branches across the country,
Sea Sweet has a lead name in the sweets world of Lebanon
And with the same persistence it has used from the beginning,
it is sure to be a name that lives on!

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Casino Kraitem

Casino Kraitem
Berdawni, Zahle, Zahle District, Lebanon

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-48-32-pmA walk beside the Berdawni River in Lebanon on a beautiful summer day,
Passing small carriage shops that have many things to sell on display
Homemade sweets, and handmade small souvenirs
And in the background there’s low music playing that sounds good to the ears
As I walk,
a small carnival-like amusement center catches my eye
Old fashioned classics,
but with a hungry stomach I just keep passing by
Until Casino Kraitem comes into view,
an outdoor dining restaurant
With a wonderful view next to the Berdawni river waterfall,
this is exactly what I want
What makes it even better is that this restaurant is 100% Lebanese
Meaning it has any Lebanese dish you would like,
everything from A-Z
The classic Middle Eastern Mezza spread is my top appetizer food
And with service that’s professional and fast,
it puts me in a good mood!
Waiters are friendly,
always near the table to assist no matter what the need
Although I can speak Arabic,
for the foreigner,
their English is well indeed
Homemade Arak that is prepared and provided is a Lebanese tradition with dinner
And when I try the Kabob and Chicken,
that’s when I hit the ultimate winner
A fresh and natural taste that you can’t find in the States
And as I eat each small food like hummus, tabouli, and potato fries…
I keep refilling my plate
As soon as I feel like my stomach can’t take anymore…
complimentary fruits are served, a custom in Lebanon that I adore!
With the breeze from the river,
and food that brings a smile to my face
If you’re looking for authentic Lebanese food in Lebanon,
Casino Kraitem in Zahle is the place!

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for the past 3 weeks, I have spent the end of my summer in my country Lebanon. so, aside from posts from contributors, my next couple posts will be about restaurants from there. here are some snapshots from the beautiful views in my beautiful country!


District Social

District Social
252 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018


House Cured Salmon at District Social

it is another Friday night
in New York City
and I feel like socializing

started to walk up the
street a block or two
like an interesting sight
like a demure lady refined
it’s window caught my eye

the doorman saw me staring
thru the panes
and he opened the door
and he said come in
and take a seat

I did…

and i was NOT…

i decided to sit
at the bar
the bartender was
friendly, very engaging
just like the doorman

i sat and felt

i asked for the drink list
promptly it was laid
before me
it was professionally printed
and the list was huge
the bartender let me sample
then I made my choice
a 212 Flatiron Ale
smooth with a little sharpness
just the way I like it

i was not hungry
but I asked for the menu anyway
the house cured salmon,
salmon roe, tzatziki
caught my eye
though not hungry
It would not be too much

i ordered, soon it came
and it was awesome
i’m so glad the doorman
invited me in

I topped off the night
with an IPA

and I plan to return

so if you are in NYC
on or near west 37th
between 8th & 9th
look for the District Social

if you look in the Windows
i’m sure the doorman
will open the door
and invite you in
for a sit down
and a socializing …



Contributed by: Jerry T. Johnson, a new writer to the Connecticut/New York area. Jerry published his first poetry chapbook, “Good Morning New Year!”, in 2015.  Jerry’s work has been published in Catalyst magazine (“I Be a Bad Dude”) and in Burningword Literary Journal (“The Ways of Peace”).  Jerry also performs spoken word in a variety of venues in the New York City area. You can check out his website here!

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Pasta Palazzo

Pasta Palazzo
1966 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614


Calling all pasta lovers!
Introducing Pasta Palazzo…
a pasta place that I’m so thrilled to have discovered
The ultimate comfort food in a place that’s cozy and small
The staff treats you like an old family friend,
the kind where you just show up and don’t have to call first at all
Home-cooked pasta and an open kitchen to watch the cook
So as you’re enjoying the complimentary warm bread, you can decide if you’d like to take a look
With different pasta choices it’s hard to pick just one
A go-to for gnocchi lovers…
and if you like gorgonzola, the Conchiglie Gorgonzola will leave you stunned
The pasta is served hot and fresh and ready to dig in
And with all entrees $10 or less,
each bite will give you a grin
With a place like this that’s so warm and inviting…
It’s no wonder that for 15 years on Halsted, Pasta Palazzo has made pasta exciting!

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Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant
 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-12-29-36-pmAt this table, in this room
sat all walks of life:
cigar makers, cigar smokers,
cigar box makers, All of
Ybor City mingling in
mixture of tongues, creating
Tampa every day, every meal.

Chinese influence met Spanish
back in the kitchen. Salteado
and much more filling mouths
that spoke Spanish, Italian,
German, Yiddish, and English.

Tuxedoed waiters
swirl dancer-like between
tables in unending succession
bearing delight and grace
time and time again.

Now the world comes
to the Columbia to savor
the splendor of Ybor City.


Contributed by: Arthur Turfa, a second-generation American who has lived in several states and in Germany. Originally from Pennsylvania, he now lives in the Midlands of South Carolina. His poetry reflects his travels, people he has met, and his careers in the Church, education, and the military. His first book of poetry, Places and Times, was published by eLectio Publishing in 2015. Currently he is editing a second book of poetry. He has been published also in various US and international publications. You can read some of his work right here! BloggerFacebook

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Fat Ricky’s

Fat Ricky’s
16703 Harlem Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477

It’s da Italian neighborhood feel
like whena we were walkin down sideawalks
smellin spagetti with freasha sauce through da windows
aint nuttin like authentic, homemade food
you know, whena butter is real butter and a tomato isa fresh
Now imma gonna tell you, we lika Fat Rickys pizza.
If you didn’t knowa Elmwood Park in them days
I feel sorry for ya, you missed out on what good food was
like old Johnnies beef with biga fat Al piling it on high
and Biancalana’s serving da traditional, white garlic dressing
before they turned ‘banquet’ up.
Itsa shame everythin changes ya know
but gotta say da ol boys ain’t in charge anymore
so don’t haveta worry about da back rooms
talka as loud as ya want now and enjoya good meal
in udder words, nuttins gonna happen if
you don’t order from Fat Ricky’s, know what ima sayin?
No one isa gonna breaka your arm or busta your nose
but if ya want da taste of the good ol times
good food and drink, da proper way of pizza
ima tellin you dis is it and where I come from
our word is whata promise is but remember,
don’t eva discuss business at table!


Contributed by: Tammy Tereza, a fellow Chicagoan who grew up in Elmwood Park. As you can tell from her poem, she knows the Italian-Chicago accent really well! You can find her on Wordpress here! WordPress

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Pete’s Pizza

Pete’s Pizza
3737 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

My kind of pizza, in my kind of town
Pete’s Pizza!
If you haven’t already,
this is the spot to come on down
Established in 1950 and still carrying on the tradition after 60 years
An Italian family restaurant,
so much history runs deep over here
A name that’s grown in many Chicago households
From parents to their children,
a place where many memories have been told
Homemade lasagna and spaghetti,
are just some classic Italian dishes that you can choose
With food as good as this,
there’s nothing really to lose
The new decor makes it perfect for a nice big Italian feast
A very classy ambience that’ll have you feeling comfortable in your seat
Besides the classic Italian food, there’s one thing I need to mention
The deep dish pizza!
This is what gets all of my attention
With a homemade sauce that has a bit of sweetness to it
Made with the right amount of everything you need inside…
you’ll be sure to stuff down every bit
Once I start with the pizza there’s no stopping me!
Five minutes in and I’m already on slice number three
Some argue that the best pizza in Chicago can be found right at Pete’s,
the only way to find out is to put yourself in that hot seat!

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Dizzy’s – A Finer Diner

Dizzy’s – A Finer Restaurant
511 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Melt in your mouth Dizzy's waffle

Screeching brakes on F-Line
huff and puff up the steps
away from the
scrum of underground bustle
pupils dilate to bright daylight
Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 7th Avenue
nostrils rewarded with waft of fine food fare

Black and white checkered floor tiles
contrasted with canary yellow walls
adorned with funky local art
reminiscent of an original 50’s diner
Dizzy’s – definitely not the same-old-same-old

Chef duo Matheo Pisciotta and Ben Hoen offer
Eggs Ben A Dizz, Power Breakfast,
Sirloin burgers, Turkey Burgers, Salmon burgers
Veggie burgers served with seasoned fresh-cut fries
Dizzy’s Crab cakes,
Bourbon BBQ Salmon, Tuna MacDaddy,
Belgian Waffles melt in your mouth

Skinny Hoen is Laurel to
portly Pisciotta’s Hardy
Hoen says “portion control!”
partner pats his paunch
“I’m Italian, pile it on!”
Make eaters feel the “bodanza!”
Pisciotta is the accelerator
Hoen is the brakes

Not just any old long-counter
greasy-spoon joint
Here, comfort food is is made from scratch
presented with flair.
Dizzy’s is the ‘finer’ diner, bar none.


Contributed by: Jennifer Graham, an author and blogger. She is a consummate foodie who loves to engage all her senses in the act of cooking and dining. She derives great joy from growing her own herbs. Her adorable six grandchildren make her laugh! You can find her on social media right here! WordPressFacebookTwitterLinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+

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