Red dragon & Reward rolls – Barracuda Sushi

Red dragon & Reward rolls - Barracuda Sushi
Reward Roll: deep fried shrimp, soft shell crab, cucumber, crab roll topped with salmon and avocado with tobiko and unagi sauce. $12.95
Red Dragon: Unagi tempura and cucumber roll topped with spicy tuna, tomato, jalapeno, spicy miso sauce and tobiko-garlic chips. $14.95
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Red dragon & Reward rolls - Barracuda Sushi
The rolls at Barracuda are always pretty tasty and large, but you’d expect that at this above-average price point. I do like that they offer plenty of fried (tempura) roll options for my fat-craving self, lol! Their flavor combinations are also inventive and varied.

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Spicy tuna roll – Rikki Rikki

Spicy tuna roll - Rikki Rikki
With green onion, cucumber, avocado. Happy hour $5.95
Rikki Rikki, Kirkland WA

I think that spicy tuna rolls are always a safe option for me because the addition of sriracha to the chopped tuna seems to cover up some the imperfections the roll may have, lol! It’s not the classiest roll, but I think it’s delicious. :)

Metal and glass fence
Decorative metal and glass fence, Ballard.

Tuna dip and chips – State Bird Provisions

Tuna dip and chips - State Bird Provisions
Garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato, capers, potato chips.
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

Dining at State Bird is kind of a trip because I sometimes expect the hipsters pushing the food carts around to yell at me in Cantonese or Mandarin. Instead, they kindly explain every dish and patiently wait to hear if you’d like any. What a trip, lol!

Mencia wine - State Bird Provisions

Mencia, D. Ventura, Vina do Burato, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2011. $10

Lilac hibiscus flowers
Lilac hibiscus flowers (Alyogyne huegelii ‘Swan River’, Malvaceae), Castro Street.

Olive oil poached tuna sandwich – King’s Highway

Olive oil poached tuna sandwich - King's Highway
Toasted baguette, red onion fennel salad, nicoise olives, hearts of celery, Kennebec chips. $14
King’s Highway, Palm Springs CA

Wow, this sandwich was pretty big! It was more of a very chunky nicoise tuna salad on top of a split baguette than a proper sandwich. I’m not complaining because it was delicious, but it was not what I expected. The fresh potato chips were also very yummy.

Water - King's Highway
Water.

Boomers in Cathedral City
Boomers in Cathedral City. We went go karting here, lol!

Spicy ahi tempura roll – Matchbox Palm Springs

Spicy ahi tempura roll - Matchbox Palm Springs
Ahi tuna, ginger, garlic, nori, sticky rice, black sesame, wasabi sauce. Happy hour $11
Matchbox Palm Springs, Palm Springs CA

Hmm, this wasn’t very good. It was too salty and the tempura coating was rock hard! I was actually surprised by this because most tempura rolls have a tendency to get soggy. That was not the case here – that coating was tough to chew through. The roll had no finesse and just ended up being a salty gut bomb.

Entrees – Wayfare Tavern

Butcher's filet - Wayfare Tavern
Butcher’s Filet: shallot confit, bone marrow bordelaise, crispy onion, marjoram. $28
Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco CA

This filet dish was SO rich and delicious! The meat was really tender and flavorful and the shallot confit was amazing!

Seared tuna special - Wayfare Tavern
Seared Tuna Special: roasted baby carrots and turnips, root puree and herbs.

Organic fried chicken - Wayfare Tavern
Organic Fried Chicken: buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crispy woody herbs, lemon. $24

The fried chicken was probably everyone’s favorite entree at the table. It was SO flavorful, juicy and tender. The breading was super herby and the chicken was perfectly cooked!

Sonoma duck - Wayfare Tavern
Sonoma Duck: mustard green tortellini, chanterelles, double consomme, poached winter citrus. $30

Super spicy tuna roll – Sushi Delight

Super spicy tuna roll - Sushi Delight
Spicy tuna, jalapenos and cucumber topped with spicy tuna and tobiko. $11
Sushi Delight, San Francisco CA

I get the feeling that people generally discount Sushi Delight as a legitimate sushi restaurant because it’s attached to The Mint, but I like the place. They serve great tasting sushi at great prices. Yes, their rolls aren’t the most authentic but they’re not purporting to be. Despite what others think of this place, I’m a fan!

Place setting - Sushi Delight
Place setting.

5 color sushi bowl – Island Gourmet Markets

5 color sushi bowl - Island Gourmet Markets
Ahi, salmon, yellowtail?, imitation crab, spicy tuna, avocado, shiso, pickled ginger, wasabi. $6.85
Island Gourmet Markets, Waikoloa HI

I’m amazed at how much better the grocery store sushi is in Hawaii than in California. And it’s cheaper! We’re getting robbed on the mainland!

Makalawena Beach
Taking in some sun at Makalawena Beach, Kekaha Kai State Park.