Do people still say ‘holla’? Is it still cool to say ‘holla’? Gahhhh…. I’ve recently visited Las Vegas and stayed with my family there. And, yes – they do NOT live on the strip. I’ve discovered my greatest love in Las Vegas while I was there. It wasn’t the fancy, blingy, schnazzy newer hotels, or the ungodly abundance of overpriced all-you-can-eat buffets….nor was it the 24/7 ding-ding-ding-ding’ing of the slot machines. I fell in love with all the Filipino food venues in and around the Las Vegas metroplex! That’s something we don’t have here in North Texas, so it was a very pleasant surprise for my eyes. My soul was in heaven slurping on a chilly halo-halo from Jollibee on a 115 degree, sun-blazing, hot day. Halo-halo is a popular chilly dessert in Filipino cuisine. Yes, I said it was cuisine! When I was a kid, my dad used to make halo-halo by using a steel ice block shaver, and he would work so hard shaving that 1-foot by 6-inches block of ice. The result was very thinly shaved ice. It was light and fluffy like snow. I can just imagine my dad now…laboriously pushing down on the metal shaver back and forth on the ice. I can hear the sound it made….shhhhh, shhhh, shhhh. Ah, can put me to sleep with that sound.
In a cup, add some sweet beans, coconut gel, palm nuts, sliced jackfruit, coconut, cantaloupe, ube (sweet purple yam), top with the shaved ice, drizzle some evaporated milk and BOOM….halo-halo. If you want to get fancy, you can top it off with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream.
So, halo halo hits the spot for me. It tastes delicious, and it also brings back sweet memories of my childhood….enjoying a tasty cup of halo-halo with my family. That is the sweet life. And for that, I’m gonna say because it feels good, whether it’s cool to say or not….but HOLLLA for halo-halo!