Three Minutes With Mykel Banda


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When and why did you move to Hermiston?

As long as I could remember, I moved back and forth from Hamilton, Texas, and Hermiston, Oregon.

Where is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

I’d have to say the hospital’s cafeteria. My brother worked there and changed a lot. Now, his protege took over and the food is awesome and they have specials all the time.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Competitive gaming. Trying new foods. Hiking and swimming.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

Seeing the growth and change from years ago to now. The youth standing, getting involved and making changes.

What was the last book you read?

“Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain

What website or app do you use the most?

Reddit and Duolingo

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I’d have to pick Japan. The rich deep culture and history astound me. In short, for the food, fashion and culture.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Went to a kid’s baptism and they had a feast after. I was with my brother and a girl I liked. I ate 20 tacos, and I couldn’t hear or see anymore. I guess it was impressive because she’s with me six years later.

What is one of your goals in the next 12 years?

Have a start-up company with a friend or franchise.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Getting something I drew put into a magazine.

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