Milk ice cream with toasted coconut. Complimentary
Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines
I don’t know if this frozen dessert would technically qualify as ice cream, but it’s not a big deal. I still enjoyed eating it. It surprising didn’t have that much flavor probably because it was just milk flavored. The toasted coconuts were great for adding both texture and flavor though!
Betelnut and betel leaves, Cholon (Chinatown).
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
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.
Carabao pulled cart. This is how you get around the park.
Young coconut tart with crumble topping. 30 PHP
Rowena’s, Tagaytay PHILIPPINES
This tart was pretty good. Not too sweet and with large slivers of baby coconut in the middle. A great snack before a long drive back to Manila.
Boating it to Taal Volcano.
This chicken was pretty good, nothing special. It’s really about the salty calamansi fish sauce with chilies anyway. 550 PHP
Leslie’s Restaurant, Tagaytay PHILIPPINES
Fresh buko juice. 99 PHP
Skinny cows on Taal Volcano Island.
Figs, honey ricotta sherbet. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA
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. Oh, how I love macarons!
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, Ballard.
Chocolate, coconut, raspberry, citron, caramel, pistachio. 8,70€
Paul, Paris FR
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 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!).
Cake donut with sprinkles.
Donut King, San Pablo CA
My co-worker sometimes brings these donuts to work. I always try to control myself, but I eventually eat more than I need to. I guess I can’t be trusted around donuts! :)
Strawberry glazed donut.
Apple cinnamon donut.
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 and the Bay Bridge.
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.
Stacked rocks, Lololu Valley.
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.
White beach naupaka flower (Scaevola sericea, Goodeniaceae), Lololu Valley.
Thai coconut lemon grass soup with chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, Chinese parsley and Thai herbs. Cup $6
Original Thai Cuisine, Kailua-Kona HI
Mmm, very flavorful and filling. I enjoyed this very much.
Decorative gate at the Hulihee Palace, Ali’i Drive.