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lurkah
November 17th, 2005, 05:24 AM
Anyone try them yet? Looks like Lee Cataluna gave them a thumbs up (http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051115/COLUMNISTS02/511150343/1120/NEWS).

Kilinahe
November 17th, 2005, 06:04 AM
I like 'em. They're sweet, but not too sweet. I love the contrast between the crunchy outside and the creamy taro.

Glen Miyashiro
November 17th, 2005, 07:02 AM
We talked about them a while ago (http://www.hawaiithreads.com/showthread.php?t=5331). Yeah, they're pretty good.

Pomai
November 17th, 2005, 07:21 AM
I'm not a Mickey D's regular, so this is new to me. Lurkah had me intrigued, so I bought some this morning.

Here's a photo I took...

http://www.96seven44.com/images/taropie.jpg

Notice that cube of white Taro in it (which wasn't very abundant). To me it has a sweet, yet neutral but slightly starchy flavor. There's a hint that it has some coconut extract in the syrup carrier, and definately food coloring to make it purple.

It costs 99 cents plus tax. Worth a try at least.

Overall the Taro Pie is good, but not GREAT. The classic Apple Pie is better in my opinion. Especiallly when you can get 2 for a dollar. They don't offer that on the Taro Pie.

GypsyLika
November 17th, 2005, 08:54 AM
Whats next McLaulau? :D

Pua'i Mana'o
November 17th, 2005, 09:02 AM
it tastes like @ss.

lurkah
November 17th, 2005, 01:04 PM
I'm not a Mickey D's regular, so this is new to me. Lurkah had me intrigued, so I bought some this morning.

Mahalo, Pomai, for allowing us to vicariously experience these things through your eyes. ;)

Here's a photo I took...

http://www.96seven44.com/images/taropie.jpg

Notice that cube of white Taro in it (which wasn't very abundant). To me it has a sweet, yet neutral but slightly starchy flavor. There's a hint that it has some coconut extract in the syrup carrier, and definately food coloring to make it purple.
Seeing the abundant lack of taro reminds me of opening a can of Van Camp's Pork and Beans and seeing that one tiny piece of bacon inside. So what you really have is a lightly coconut-flavored purple syrup with a couple of diced taro pieces mixed in and inserted into a generic microwaveable McD's pie crust...which they call taro pie because it contains some taro root DNA :p...and because it's an exotic thing, they charge twice the amount of their apple pie. Akamai buggahs. :D Still sounds ono to me. I need to check it out first chance I get.

Pomai
November 17th, 2005, 01:35 PM
Mahalo, Pomai, for allowing us to vicariously experience these things through your eyes.

Not my eyes... my camera's lens. That photo depicts the product as any given consumer would get it. Not the "dolled up" version you see on the corporate posters.

A picture's worth a thousand words... plus my 2 cents. :D

I like Gypsy Lika's McLauLau idea.

How about...
Da' McLuau Supah' Size Combo
Includes...
- McLaulau Sandwich
- Hawaiian Fries (made from sweet potato)
- Taro Pie
- Haupia Shake

Hopefully none of that would taste like how Pua'i Mana'o described it. :p

Seriously, anyone who hasn't tried it yet should. It's pretty good. You might think it's great!

Pua'i Mana'o
November 17th, 2005, 01:52 PM
Not my eyes... my camera's lens. That photo depicts the product as any given consumer would get it. Not the "dolled up" version you see on the corporate posters.

A picture's worth a thousand words... plus my 2 cents. :D

I like Gypsy Lika's McLauLau idea.

How about...
Da' McLuau Supah' Size Combo
Includes...
- McLaulau Sandwich
- Hawaiian Fries (made from sweet potato)
- Taro Pie
- Haupia Shake

Hopefully none of that would taste like how Pua'i Mana'o described it. :p

Seriously, anyone who hasn't tried it yet should. It's pretty good. You might think it's great!

<applies shot of insulin straight to the juggular>


:D

tutusue
November 17th, 2005, 02:15 PM
They were tested either earlier this year or later last year. Can't remember exactly. I tried one and really liked it, to my surprise! When I went back a month or so later, no more taro pies. I didn't see any signs at the Waianae McDs yesterday when stocking up on side salads. Of course, I wasn't really looking either. Good thing 'cuz I woulda had one! I agree with Kilinahe's review! ;)

i-hungry
November 18th, 2005, 02:04 PM
I tried one yesterday. Maybe they vary in quality here but I was not impressed. I tried a Mcdonald's taro pie in china and it was better.

i-hungry
November 20th, 2005, 06:08 PM
Talked to a McDonalds person the other day. He said that they are not going to keep the taro pies. I guess its best to get them while you can.

MadAzza
November 20th, 2005, 06:21 PM
it tastes like @ss.

George Clooney @ss or Tom Arnold @ss?

adrian
November 21st, 2005, 08:43 AM
Not my eyes... my camera's lens. That photo depicts the product as any given consumer would get it. Not the "dolled up" version you see on the corporate posters.

A picture's worth a thousand words... plus my 2 cents. :D

I like Gypsy Lika's McLauLau idea.

How about...
Da' McLuau Supah' Size Combo
Includes...
- McLaulau Sandwich
- Hawaiian Fries (made from sweet potato)
- Taro Pie
- Haupia Shake

Hopefully none of that would taste like how Pua'i Mana'o described it. :p

Seriously, anyone who hasn't tried it yet should. It's pretty good. You might think it's great!
Next ting you know, you'll see Hawaiians there cooking the food, or even worse: the employees talking pidgin while taking your order.

alohabear
November 21st, 2005, 09:26 AM
McYucko! I tried it this weekend :eek:

lurkah
November 21st, 2005, 09:28 AM
Next ting you know, you'll see Hawaiians there cooking the food, or even worse: the employees talking pidgin while taking your order.

I can't tell if you have something against Hawaiians, those who speak pidgin, or both. :rolleyes:

Seeing remarks like that, I find it sad that pidgin has become so frowned upon in Hawai'i these days while there are places on the mainland inhabited by transplanted locals where pidgin is spoken with relish, as often as possible, and is viewed as a proud and precious connection to their Hawaiian roots and culture, to be preserved and perpetuated just as much as hula and Hawaiian music is.

MadAzza
November 21st, 2005, 09:31 AM
It sure would be great if people were as concerned with preserving the Hawaiian language as they are with preserving pidgin, which has nothing to do with the "Hawaiian culture" in the historical sense. Many people are so proud of speaking pidgin, and they don't even attempt to speak Hawaiian beyond the basic word here and there. It's kinda too bad.

Just my .02, something I've thought about since I moved here 12-13 years ago.

1stwahine
November 21st, 2005, 09:33 AM
Next ting you know, you'll see Hawaiians there cooking the food, or even worse: the employees talking pidgin while taking your order.

My Blood is boiling! :mad: What I want to write will probably get me in trouble...so I'll put it as gently as I can Adrain. Watch it! :rolleyes:

Auntie Lynn

lurkah
November 21st, 2005, 10:41 AM
It sure would be great if people were as concerned with preserving the Hawaiian language as they are with preserving pidgin, which has nothing to do with the "Hawaiian culture" in the historical sense. Many people are so proud of speaking pidgin, and they don't even attempt to speak Hawaiian beyond the basic word here and there.

From my point of view, suggesting that I learn to speak Hawaiian is a little absurd. Let me explain. :) Pidgin, to me, has everything to do with my growing up in the Hawaiian culture of my recent ancestors (immigrant plantation worker/pidgin), which is not to be confused with native Hawaiian culture (kanaka maoli/Hawaiian language or olelo Hawai'i). I was born and raised speaking pidgin, not olelo Hawai'i, and therefore speaking pidgin is part of my Hawaiian (not native Hawaiian) cultural heritage. Pidgin was created from the need for the thousands of non-English speaking immigrant plantation workers to interact and find a common form of communication because they all lived in camps in close proximity to each other. This had nothing to do with the olelo Hawai'i of the kanaka maoli (although I think it would be really cool if I was able to learn to speak olelo Hawai'i had I the time and inclination, or the requisite brain cells left, to do so, which I don't).

I'm also not ignorant to the significant strides that the Hawaiian language has recently been taking (immersion schools, Hawaiian language-related University of Hawai'i programs and degrees, etc.) which I see as the Hawaiian language currently being stewarded in a very positive (and not so negative anymore) direction.

Pua'i Mana'o
November 21st, 2005, 11:00 AM
George Clooney @ss or Tom Arnold @ss?

I am resisting the urge to quantify @ss.

I tried these once, and bought two pies. It was too sweet, starchy and 'process-y'; not wholesome enough for my taste, which disheartened me, because I stopped going to McDs for years as I tried to make good health a priority. Their salads and other healthy fare (well, for a fast-food joint) was what got me to go back and pick from their menu. My expectation for their taro pie was much higher.

Hence, @ss.

MadAzza
November 21st, 2005, 05:42 PM
From my point of view, suggesting that I learn to speak Hawaiian is a little absurd. Let me explain. :) Pidgin, to me, has everything to do with my growing up in the Hawaiian culture of my recent ancestors (immigrant plantation worker/pidgin), which is not to be confused with native Hawaiian culture (kanaka maoli/Hawaiian language or olelo Hawai'i). I was born and raised speaking pidgin, not olelo Hawai'i, and therefore speaking pidgin is part of my Hawaiian (not native Hawaiian) cultural heritage.

I appreciate and agree with your comments. I didn't mean to direct my comments to you personally. I meant it in more of a general way. I should have made that clear. I apologize if I caused offense. I didn't mean to (yeah, for once!).

tutusue
November 21st, 2005, 05:59 PM
I can't tell if you have something against Hawaiians, those who speak pidgin, or both. :rolleyes:
[...].
I still have no idea where Adrian was coming from with his remark. When I go to McD's it's usually in Nanakuli or Waianae. Guess what... :D

lurkah
November 21st, 2005, 06:02 PM
I still have no idea where Adrian was coming from with his remark. When I go to McD's it's usually in Nanakuli or Waianae. Guess what... :D

They love the taro pies, right? :p

tutusue
November 21st, 2005, 06:06 PM
They love the taro pies, right? :p
That, too!

LikaNui
November 22nd, 2005, 06:30 AM
I still have no idea where Adrian was coming from with his remark. Ditto. I think he was kidding.
Correction: I hope he was kidding!

Leo Lakio
November 22nd, 2005, 06:33 AM
Ditto. I think he was kidding.
Correction: I hope he was kidding!
Curious as to why he hasn't come back on the thread to explain himself... :confused:

LikaNui
November 22nd, 2005, 11:44 AM
I tried one for lunch today.
Well, okay, for dessert.
The Filet Of Fish sandwich was quite fresh and good; the french fries were way way too salty. And while Mountain Dew may be the semi-official drink of Hawaii Threads, I had an iced tea.
:p
The taro pie was surprisingly good. Plenty of little chunks of taro in it, so maybe they listened to some of the earlier complaints about that here. Sweet but not too sweet. I agree with the earlier comment that I like the apple pie better, but the taro pie was just fine. A good investment of my 99 cents.
:)
And yes, they spoke pidgin. And all was well.
:p