I don’t think it is a secret that people out here like to eat. A lot. So it should be no surprise that BYU-H’s FoodFest is probably the second most well-attended community event, right after any and all Kahuku High School football games. They have a FoodFest at least once a semester. All the school’s clubs make food that is representative in some way of the club and then they sell them for tickets, which cost 50 cents a piece. Most of the clubs are nationality based: Thai Club, Samoan Club, Indian Club, etc., although there are clubs like Badminton, Diving, Exercise Science, and English as well. We were persuaded by Micah’s intern to go to FoodFest last night because of the possibility of getting tasty Thai food for cheap. We got there late, knowing that most of the clubs start dropping their prices as closing time approaches, but were dismayed that the Thai club’s food was the most expensive, and Jay, our hookup, was nowhere to be found. After circling the party a few times to get a feel for what was there and how much it would cost, we blew two dollars on four tickets (I know, I know, we were splurging, give us a break) and started haggling with some of the more desperate clubs. Singapore gave us three cans of juice for one ticket, and a take home box of mapo tofu for another ticket. India had roti advertised for 2 tickets, and we thought that was a worthwhile investment, knowing that Sister Rama, our first landlady in Laie, sells roti for $2 on payday. We waited around for 15 waiting for a fresh batch (since they were all out when we got there), only to find out that they were not selling roti stuffed with curry like we were used to, but just the tortilla-like wrap portion. You win some, you lose some. Fortunately, we ran into a friend whose eyes were bigger than her stomach and had a peanut butter rice crispy square weighing her down. We gladly eased her burden. And just as we were about to leave, Jay the Intern, came to our rescue, and, as promised, hooked us up with some tasty Thai coconut rice with mango. Mmmm mmmm good. Not a bad haul for 2 dollars, when all is said and done.
*Yea! We got the pictures working.