Foodland has a local history, for Sully Sullivan, who came to Hawaii from Ireland, opened his first market at Market City in 1948. It is the largest locally owned supermarket chain in the state with 33 on four islands. The other local big one is Times Supermarkets.
Foodland Farms, their flagship operation at the rebuilt end of Ala Moana Shopping Center, just opened in August. It's large and especially features take-out food, with an R. Field (their Beretania market just sent me an e-mail today asking me to pick up my 54 bottles of Stanford wines) Wine Bar serving high end appetizers and wine, a European-style rotisserie, upgraded bakery, major poke (marinated Hawaiian chunks of raw fish) station and HI (symbol for Hawaii) Steaks. Here are a few views beginning with the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk across the parking lot:
home-made tsukemono, Mickey's and ounce of hot sake:
As I drank only a third of that beer, with one ounce of sake, these drinks cost way less than a dollar. Okay, those were a few local simple thankful pleasures.
Dow will today again break it's all-time record of 19,024.
Globally, one of the items in the right column shows that the price of oil today remains below $50/barrel. Click on the 5y icon and you can see that for the past two years now petroleum has been at half what it was (more than $100/barrel for several years). Why is this a simple thankful pleasure? Our economy is booming mostly because of this cut-rate price of energy. It will jump someday, of course, and then will follow, as occurred in the early 80's and again in 2008, a painful recession.