We have to give AOL Travel credit for crafting an eye-catching title. We thought we would be getting familiar with  Obama’s insider picks when we saw “Hawaiian Food: Where to Eat like the President on the Mainland.” But the post is really about how aspects of the archipelago’s food culture have traveled to the mainland by way of his influence.

A tenuous connection between the president and the “trend” he jumpstarted notwithstanding, we found it useful to have a refresher on Hawaiian cuisine and a few tips on where to find them on the mainland. The list begins with loco moco, a comfort plate of hamburger patties, gravy, and eggs over easy over rice and a scoop of macaroni salad. For those with less robust appetites, there is a sushi-like roll called Spam musubi, filled (as the name suggests) with marinated and pan-fried Spam.

Many will recognize poke, even if they don’t know it by name. That’s because interpretations of the cubed raw fish “marinated with sea salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili oil and sesame seeds; onions, tomatoes, macadamia nuts and other local ingredients” can be found on quite a few appetizer menus across the country. And for the main event, there is the luau-friendly kalua pork, slow-cooked in an underground pit called an imu. 

For sweets, look to popular treats Portuguese deep-fried pastry malasada and shave ice, flavored with various syrups and accompaniments like ice cream and adzuki beans.

[via AOL Travel]