Buko juice – Villa Escudero

Buko juice - Villa Escudero
I both love it and hate it that not every coconut you get is gonna be sweet and delicious. I guess it depends on how developed it is (the younger the better) so it’s pretty much a crap shoot. The anticipation to see if you get a sweet one is exciting, but you’re very disappointed if you don’t. This particular one wasn’t very sweet. But on the flip side, I got a lot of coconut flesh.
Villa Escudero, San Pablo City PHILIPPINES

Buko juice - Villa Escudero
I was a little disappointed that the coconut didn’t come with a spoon stuck into the side (for eating the flesh). I think it’s a cool accessory and a nice touch.

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Carabao pulled cart. This is how you get around the park.

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Coconut cake – Luce

Coconut cake - Luce
Figs, honey ricotta sherbet. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA

Coconut cake - Luce
This dessert was REALLY pretty, but I don’t know if everything came together seamlessly. I liked all the individual components but the flavors didn’t really gel for me. But then again I’m not a huge dessert person in the first place.

Mini macarons - Luce
Mini macarons. Oh, how I love macarons!

Pork dumpling – Revel

Pork dumpling - Revel
Green curry, coconut, basil. $9
Revel, Seattle WA

Mmm, another tasty dish from Revel. I loved the addition of green curry in the dumpling, you don’t see that very often. And the toasted coconut shavings made for a fun topping. We have SO many dumplings in San Francisco and they all start tasting similar especially if you’re at a dumpling restaurant, so I loved that these dumplings were out of the ordinary and delicious!

Abandoned tv
Abandoned tv, Ballard.

Assorted macarons – Paul

Assorted macarons - Paul
Chocolate, coconut, raspberry, citron, caramel, pistachio. 8,70€
Paul, Paris FR

Assorted macarons - Paul
I grabbed these macarons at Gare du Nord. I had bought some fancier ones from Pierre Herme as gifts. I later found that the Pierre Herme macarons didn’t survive the hot weather though, aww. :( The Paul macarons did survive. I ate some on the train leaving Paris and they were pretty good. They definitely weren’t as soft and delicate as the ones from Pierre Herme. Those were super fancy and expensive.

Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord train station. I love the public transportation in Paris, it’s SO much more extensive and efficient than what we have in San Francisco (Muni and Bart both suck!).

Tiki pork belly – Mission Chinese Food

Tiki pork belly - Mission Chinese Food
Soy caramel, mandarin orange, pickled pineapple, shaved coconut, macadamia nuts. $10
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this pork belly was SO tasty! I just wish there was more of it, hehe. The thick pieces were pretty fatty but the soy caramel sauce was absolutely addictive. I also loved the fun tropical additions.

Octopus
Octopus and the Bay Bridge.

The Big Bamboozer – Bamboo Restaurant

The Big Bamboozer - Bamboo Restaurant
A sampler of their most popular pupus: two chicken sate pot stickers, two grilled shrimp with Thai coconut sauce, and two pieces of kalua pork quesadilla. Served with rice and green salad.. $15.95
Bamboo Restaurant, Hawi HI

Wow, this was a lot of food! But the item that I was most excited about, the chicken sate pot stickers, were the least memorable – lame. Everything else was pretty good and had good flavor. I sadly likened this to an Applebee’s sampler platter though. All the food was just piled onto a small plate and it didn’t look very appetizing.

Bamboo napkin ring
Bamboo napkin ring.

Stacked rocks
Stacked rocks, Lololu Valley.

Toasted coconut ice cream – Waimea Coffee Company

Toasted coconut ice cream - Waimea Coffee Company
Tropical Dreams Ice Cream. $3.50
Waimea Coffee Company, Waimea HI

This ice cream was gross! It was uber soft and had a nasty texture. If I wanted a milkshake, I would have ordered one. It’s a flat-out abomination to serve ice cream this soft! Lame.

Beach naupaka flower
White beach naupaka flower (Scaevola sericea, Goodeniaceae), Lololu Valley.

Crispy coconut crusted black tiger shrimp – Duke’s Waikiki

Crispy coconut crusted black tiger shrimp - Duke's Waikiki
With spicy lilikoi sauce. $10.95
Duke’s Waikiki, Honolulu HI

This had good flavor, but it was a bit greasy – lame. The sauce was very subtle tasting. (lilikoi is Hawaiian passion fruit). Our bartender was super cool though so that made up for the mediocre food. :)

Place setting - Duke's Waikiki
Place setting.

Waterfall and alpinia

Waterfall and alpinia flowers (Zingiberaceae), Polynesian Cultural Center.