Makawao General Store, Makawao
Sometimes a Saturday night is ripe for talk of revolution, Dylan on vinyl and a sixer of dank beer. Blood on the Tracks and Highway 61 Revisited should constitute at least part of the Dylan component. The type of beer you choose is also vitally important. I’d typically go with something hoppy or dark, though I was led in a different direction on one recent Upcountry venture. The aforementioned blueberry beer (which is brewed by Anheuser-Busch just so you know) is a good introduction to beer for girly girls who are weaning themselves off wine coolers and frozen daiquiris.
Mashed sweet potatoes
Down to Earth, Kahului
Okay, so they’re not completely blue. In fact, they have more of a purple tinge to them. But I’m sure under certain types of lighting they look more or less blue. I just can’t bring myself to include plastic blue foods in this list—artificial color is a scary thing. Who am I to say that a food item should be chemically “enhanced” to the degree that it looks radioactive? Anyway, this is a tasty and ultra-nutritious side dish that has a smoky flavor. I might even venture to say it has poi-like undertones. This is definitely one of those things you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
Dog & Duck, Kihei
This is what I should have picked up last Saturday, but I tend to be adventurous. Again, not blue, but I refuse to give in to the Curacao cartel just yet. The label is blue and that’s good enough. This is one of my favorite beers (though admittedly it’s brewed by Coors). It’s inspired by Belgian wheat ales, with a golden-orange hue and a rich, subtly sweet and spicy flavor. I prefer it from a tap, but a bottle will do in a pinch. The key is to stick an orange slice on the rim and squeeze a drop or two of juice into your pint. Delightful.
Sweet potato tapioca
This takes on a different tone of blue than the above-mentioned non-beer entry. I don’t usually do desserts, but fans of coconut milk and sweet potatoes should probably take notice. This is a thick, sweet deal that, unlike bubble tea, requires consumption by way of a spoon. It’s a suitable alternative to ill-conceived substances like blue Jell-o.
This spot was slated for the blueberry bagel featured at a café near my office, but I’m a bit carbed out at the moment. Plus I avoid them for pretty much the same reason I avoid most food. Because of science. But good music is incapable of adversely affecting one’s thighs. Especially “Blue Condition,” a slow yet solid track on the phenomenal album Disreali Gears, sung by drummer Ginger Baker. Unlike nearly every other track on the album it lacks screaming Clapton solos. But its lyrics are pretty damned instructive: “You must be enterprising in your ways/or you will hear no laughter nor see the sun/life would be one disaster all the way through.” Well, that’s one way to ward off the blues. MTW