i was thinking about lakerol today. i love to eat lakerol licorice (and many other black liquorice, if you couldn't tell from my name!). alas, foodland does not have it anymore and i don't know when they will be ordering. i'm trying to think if there is any other place i can get it (besides the interwebz) and thought, "if strawberry connection was still open Becky would order it for me".
it's been a while since i've thought about strawberry connection. they were a gourmet food store in dole cannery (and before that, in kalihi i think). they closed several years ago due to bad business. this was pre- R. Fields and whole foods. they had all kinds of neat and fancy foodstuffs and local produce and organic foods. now even normal super markets sell these products. but i don't remember anyone else at the time having this kind of amazing and new things to eat! the molasses cookies are still the best i've ever had. and they used to have a cool walk in refrigerator of produce. beautiful mushrooms and asparagus. also the first time i saw black pasta and green pasta (besides from my dad). and they had bottles of artichoke hearts and tea that came in cans, not bags.
my fond childhood memories are of my dad taking me to visit his friends at gourmet stores and kitchens.
funny, the things you remember.