Food Expressions 英会話・英語 アミック

Everyone loves to talk about food. Favorite foods, unusual foods, local foods, and more!

Today, let’s take a look at some idioms and sayings that use different foods.


1. “Piece of cake”

You may have heard this common expression before. When we say that something is a ‘piece of cake’, we mean that it is very easy!

Example: That test was a piece of cake! I got 100% and I didn’t even study!


2. “Cool as a cucumber”

This expression is used to describe someone who acts very calm and unbothered.

Example: My brother isn’t afraid of anything. We went to a haunted house, and he was as cool as a cucumber the whole time!


3. “Two peas in a pod”

A pea ‘pod’ is the long green shell that holds the growing peas. When we say that two people are like ‘two peas in a pod’, we mean that they are very similar.

Example: Sara and I love all the same music and movies and even play the same sports. We’re like two peas in a pod!


4. “Go bananas”

In addition to being a delicious yellow fruit, ‘bananas’ can sometimes be used to mean ‘crazy’. So ‘going bananas’ is the same as acting very crazy or showing strong emotion. 

Example: When our team won the championship game, the whole crowd went bananas!


5. “In a pickle”

When you’re ‘in a pickle’, it means that you’re in trouble or in a difficult situation.

Example: I’m in a real pickle— I told my girlfriend we would go to the movies on Friday, but I also promised my friend we would go to a concert that day! What should I do?


These are only a few of the many expressions that use different foods. Can you think of any others?


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My Favorite Local Foods in Hawaii! 英会話・英語 アミック

Living in Japan is great.  I really enjoy the food and nature.  I do sometimes get homesick though.  I sometimes really miss some of the local Hawaiian food I ate growing up.  Hawaii is great, because there is such a mix of cultures.  This mix of cultures means great food from all over the world.  Eating is a popular pastime in Hawaii, because of the great food.  Here are some of my favorite foods.




Hulihuli Chicken is one of my favorite local dishes.  “Huli” means to turn in Hawaiian, so hulihuli chicken is a rotisserie chicken, marinated in teriyaki sauce and grilled over an open fire.  The chicken is really tender and juicy.  You can usually only get fresh hulihuli chicken at a special event or through fund raisers.  Though food trucks are becoming more popular and may have hulihuli chicken on the menu.



Portuguese sausage is another one of my favorite foods.  It is very similar to kielbasa sausage, but very spicy.  It’s most commonly served sliced and fried as a breakfast side dish.  If you like spicy food, I really recommend it.  You can even get it at McDonald’s in Hawaii.



Chinese style rice cake is a dessert I love.  You can sometimes buy it at food trucks or in the deli section at supermarkets.  It is a bit different from Japanese rice cake- a bit lighter in texture and very sweet.  It’s even a bit sticky.  In university, it was a great treat after a day of classes.  I crave it even now.



One of the final foods I’ll write about is spam musubi.  This dish is a rice ball with fried marinated spam and seaweed.  It is extremely popular in Hawaii and can be found in convenience stores and supermarkets.  It tastes great and is a great energy booster.  I occasionally make it here in Japan.  It tastes just as great as the ones in Hawaii and eating it always cheers me up. 



If you go to Hawaii and you have the chance, I hope you’ll try some of these great dishes.  I’ve always thought that food is one of the best parts of culture… one of the most delicious parts anyway.  And if you do try these dishes and you like them, try saying the Hawaiian English word for delicious- “Ono”.  If you can’t make it to Hawaii, try making some of the recipes on your own.  Good luck and aloha.









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