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A Delicacy from Overseas

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Dena Mosovat ‘26
Bella Dupreez ‘26

One of the only good things about arriving at school early is getting to eat some delicious breakfast served in the commons by Sage Dining Services.

With the many options presented everyday, it can sometimes be difficult to choose what to get. That being said, there is one breakfast item that not all Gorman students seem to know about that we are lucky to have as a breakfast option in the commons—the Spam musubi.

Spam musubi can be described as a piece of Spam that has been marinated in a sweet, savory sauce that lies on a bed of white rice all wrapped up in seaweed. It originated in Hawaii and became a thing during World War II, when canned spam became a more prevalent food item due to its cost and preservability. It’s a light handheld item that can make a quick and easy breakfast before school.

Markie Modaffara ‘26 expressed a similar thought on Spam musubi, “I like it because it’s a nice little snack before class in the morning, when I don’t have time to make breakfast before school.”

Aside from the great taste of Spam musubi, its presence as a food option for breakfast is significant because it helps introduce students to another culture’s food that they might not know about.

The fact that it is only served before school as a breakfast item does seem to diminish its ability to be recognized, because many students do not arrive with sufficient time prior to their first class of the day to go to the commons and grab something; however, if it were served not only during breakfast, but after school and/or even during lunch, more students would get the opportunity to try it, and spread the word about how tasty it is.!

Bella Dupreez ‘26, also voiced her love for the food, “I love spam. I lived in Hawaii for two years when I was young and even ate it in California. It’s just something I grew up on, and it’s super filling and easy to eat.”

Overall, the hidden gem of the student commons breakfast menu, Spam musubi, offers Bishop Gorman students a delightful and culturally rich option to start off their day. While some may not be familiar with this Hawaiian treat, its unique blend of flavors makes it a great snack item to eat while students rush to get to their first class on time.

To ensure a greater awareness of this menu item, expanding its availability beyond breakfast hours could be a great solution, allowing this delectable snack to eventually become a cherished favorite among the Gorman community.

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