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Ron's Favorite Foods

Mari talks about foods that she really loves to eat.
Mari: Hi, I'm Mari. I'm here with my friend Ron. Today, we're talking about food. So Ron, what's your favorite cuisine?

Ron: My favorite cuisine has to be Hawaiian food. I grew up eating Hawaiian food so every special occasion we had Hawaiian food, so now when I eat Hawaiian food, it always brings back good memories.

Mari: What exactly is Hawaiian food?

Ron: Traditional Hawaiian food is usually cooked under the ground in a hole with hot rocks and it cooks for maybe six hours or seven hours and when you take it out, it's very salty because we use a lot of salt and it tastes really good ... usually meat ... usually pork and other vegetables like taro and potato.

Mari: So then what's your favorite Hawaiian dish?

Ron: My favorite Hawaiian dish is called Lao-Lao. It's pork or fish wrapped in leaves and put inside the underground oven and it's very salty and very good.

Mari: So the flavor is just salt?

Ron: The flavor is salt and also the leaf flavor that it's wrapped in.

Mari: What's your favorite dessert or junk food?

Ron: My favorite dessert has to be cake and ice-cream together. I love to eat cake and ice-cream together.

Mari: What's your favorite ice-cream flavor?

Ron: My favorite ice-cream flavor is strawberry, and I like to eat that with chocolate cake.

Mari: Mm, sounds good. Do you like vegetables?

Ron: Not so much. I don't like to eat vegetables but I can eat them if somebody cooks them for me.

Mari: What's your favorite vegetable?

Ron: My favorite vegetable ... I don't have a favorite vegetable but I can eat vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, carrots. Those types of things.

Mari: Do you eat your vegetables raw ... like salad ... or do you prefer them cooked?

Ron: I prefer them cooked.

Mari: Thanks Ron.

Ron: You're welcome.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson

special occasion

Every special occasion we had Hawaiian food.

A special occasion can be an important event, holiday, or ceremony.  Note the following:

  1. I only wear a suit on special occasions.
  2. My father serves wine only on special occasions.

bring back good memories

It always brings back good memories.

We 'bring back good memories' when we think about good things or happy times from the past.  Note the following:

  1. Pop music from the 80's always brings back good memories.
  2. The phone album brought back good memories.


We put it inside the underground oven.

We use the word 'underground'  to talk about things below the surface of the earth.  Note the following:

  1. We took the underground train.
  2. They are building a new shopping mall underground.


There is the leaf that it's wrapped in.

When we wrap something, we fold paper, cloth, or in this case leaves around it.  Note the following:

  1. We wrapped the baby in a blanket to keep it warm.
  2. The gift was wrapped in gold paper.


I prefer them cooked.

'Prefer' means 'like'.  We often use it to compare two things.  Note the following:

  1. We prefer group work to individual activities.
  2. I prefer to sleep on a futon. Beds tend sometimes hurt my back.

Vocabulary Quiz

occasion • brings back
underground • wrap • prefer
  1. She wears that dress for every special .
  2. Then you the chicken around the cheese.
  3. That smell memories of my time in Hawaii.
  4. Many animals live .
  5. Do you chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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