At the Aloha Country Market counter on the Ewa end of the Consolidated Ward Theatres food counter, there's an experiment going on. Concession owner Bryan Higuchi figured maybe not everyone is a fan of hot dogs, licorice whips and Junior Mints, but they nevertheless get hungry and would prefer healthier choices.
Not a bad idea, especially when one notes that popcorn is not as benign as commonly believed. Popcorn turns out to rank at the middle of the glycemic index, meaning, it raises your blood sugar at the same rate as potato chips and Frosted Flakes, and more quickly than strawberry jam or a Snickers bar.
At Aloha Country Market, an apple, orange or banana costs $2. More popular choices are li hing apples and oranges ($2.50) and li hing mango ($3.75). But the ultimate choices are frozen chocolate bananas and chocolate-covered strawberries ($3.75). Prices may seem steep, but not in the alternate universe of theaters, where a small soda, small popcorn and hot dog will cost you $10.
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There are a couple of diverse musical events worth checking out, starting this weekend.
Listening to Indian music live is quite an experience, and I can't recommend highly enough seeing Hindustani slide guitar master Debashish Battacharya and his brother, tabla virtuoso Subhasis Bhattacharjee, at the Honolulu Academy of Arts Saturday night (see our Do It! listing on Pages 4 and 5).
And prog rock is alive and well with the emergence of Coheed and Cambria, one of this year's American bands-to-watch. The band debuts next Wednesday night at Pipeline Cafe. For more on C&C, see my feature story on the Friday Entertainment page.
While laying out our "On Stage" theatre listing on Page 7 this week, the word "children" caught my eye. It was a welcome sight, since stage productions for families have been few and far between of late. So I was heartened to read the write-up of "The Golden Slipper: A Chinese Cinderella Tale," which runs Saturday and Sunday at Kaimuki High School. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to get my daughter together with a girlfriend and have a joint family outing. It'll be a refreshing change from the movie theater. (But of course, there's still "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.")