By Braddah Lance
We got da sun. We got da beach. We got da Aloha. We live in "paradise".
Wat we don't got is kala.
For all da non-speaking Hawaiian/Pidgin peeps out there.... cash, money, moo-lah.
We already spend da most on gas, housing and practically everything else so wen it comes to grindz, I kinda trip out dat it fluctuates just da same for many items.
I was asked to make some kim chee for a "surprise" at work and most times just da won bok cabbage alone hovers between $5-7 for a 10lb batch which is about 50 cents /lb at da Korean market - da cheapest place to get 'em. At times it drops down as low as 39 cents /lb but yesteday it was a whopping 99 cents /lb which is a 100% markup from da "normal" price.
Then there was da Korean radish which normally is about 70 cents /lb but was a whopping $2 /lb!
Wassup Wit Dat!
Well, da radish wasn't at da Korean market cause they ran out (WWD! cause they NEVER run out) so I went to Pearl City Daiei wea I tend to notice dat they really jack up their vegetable prices.
Surah there are many factors considering price for such items but how da heck does it fluctuate like a barrel of oil?
Just like our beloved ahi poke - since wen da heck did it come $15+ /lb for not even Grade A cuts? No even get me started about plate lunches not filling up da box and yet charging da "normal" price of $8+. I swear just yesterday da "normal" plate lunch price was $5.
Ok, more like yester-year but still, it's like da prices go up but our paycheck is still da same so how da heck have we been surviving so far?
I still say da best bang for da buck of plate lunches is at Pearl City L&L - although their prices have been creeping up - wea their mini katsu curry is only $5.50 + tax and they give CHOKE! It could qualify as a regular plate lunch at some oddah places dat would charge $8+.
Even soda prices have gone pupule. Whether it be at a restaurant, take-out or a six pack - not on sale - you might as well have gotten a side order of something to eat instead.
Wat oddah items have you noticed dat has gone up? Wat are your "normal" prices for things dat you buy? Is there anything dat you trip out on cause now da price is outrageous? Wat about your favorite places to grind at - has their prices increased?
Back to da kim chee. I stopped counting aftah only two ingrediments went ovah $20.... and I use about ten.