Pupusa de chicharron – La Santaneca de la Mission

Pupusa de chicharron - La Santaneca de la Mission
Filled with pork served with curtido. Each $1.75
La Santaneca de la Mission, San Francisco CA

Pupusa de chicharron - La Santaneca de la Mission
Mmm, I like the pupusas at La Santaneca. They have a great texture and they’re pretty tasty. They’re also super affordable so you don’t feel guilty pigging out, hehe!

Cliff at Ocean Beach

Cliff at Ocean Beach.

Crispy pork street tacos – Velvet Cantina

Crispy pork street tacos - Velvet Cantina
Cilantro chimichurri, tomato tomatillo salsa served on soft corn tortillas with pickled cabbage. $4
Velvet Cantina, San Francisco CA

For a small bite, this street taco definitely packed a punch. It had lots of flavor and the chunks of carnitas were tender and delicious, noms!

Colorful cactus mural

Colorful cactus mural, Potrero Hill.

Fish tacos – El Chupacabra

Fish tacos - El Chupacabra
Beer battered cod, cabbage, white sauce and pico. 3 on soft white corn tortillas served with tortilla chips and limes. $6.99
El Chupacabra, Seattle WA

These tacos were a little sad, so that’s why I’m glad they were only $6.99. The fried fish didn’t taste so fresh and the corn tortillas were cold and limp. The white sauce wasn’t even white! As elusive as a chupacabra, so was the pressence of a decent fish taco!

Salsas - El Chupacabra

Different salsas at the table (you’ll need them!).

Paper lanterns
Paper lanterns above the bar.

Chicken cabbage salad – Dinosaurs

Chicken cabbage salad - Dinosaurs
Shredded chicken with green and red cabbage, carrots, daikon, and rau rum. Served with crushed roasted peanuts, fried shallots, and a sweetened lime-fish sauce dressing. $5.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

I liked this salad, but the chicken wasn’t as good as the kind they put in their banh mi’s. But everything tastes better with that lime-fish sauce on top!

Horses at Fort Funston
Horses at Fort Funston Beach! Thank goodness my doggie doesn’t chase after them. 🙂

Street tacos – Escena Lounge & Grill

Popcorn shrimp taco - Escena Lounge & Grill
Popcorn shrimp with cabbage slaw and salsa. $3
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

These tacos were pretty tasty and at $3 a pop they made the perfect afternoon snack! I know it’s kinda ghetto for me to admit it, but the popcorn shrimp was probably my favorite. I don’t eat a lot of fried seafood so perhaps I just had a craving for it that day, hehe.

Chicken tinga taco - Escena Lounge & Grill
Chicken tinga with guacamole and salsa. $3

Carne asada taco - Escena Lounge & Grill
Carne asada with guacamole and salsa. $3

Mt. San Jacinto hike
Mt. San Jacinto hike, looking back down into Coachella Valley.

Ceviche taco – South Beach Bar & Grille

Ceviche taco - South Beach Bar & Grille
Mixed seafood ceviche. Served on a soft flour tortilla with cheese, red cabbage, salsa fresca and white sauce. $3.25
South Beach Bar & Grille, San Diego CA

Hmm, this was kinda gross! It had a weird flavor and a mushy texture. Not one of their successful tacos, yuck.

Lady slipper orchids

Lady slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum spp., Orchidaceae), Balboa Park Botanical Building.

Phad pak ruam mid – Original Thai Cuisine

Phad pak ruam mid - Original Thai Cuisine
Thai garlic seasoned vegetable stir fry with shrimp, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, onions, zucchini with a touch of garlic. $15.95
Original Thai Cuisine, Kailua-Kona HI

This tasted pretty good. The shrimp were tender and the garlic sauce was flavorful. They included plenty of vegetables so that made me happy.

Hulihee Palace
Hulihee Palace, Ali’i Drive.

Garlic kimukatsu set – Kimukatsu

Garlic kimukatsu set - Kimukatsu
With cabbage salad, rice, miso soup, Japanese pickle, and choice of special sauce. $19
Kimukatsu, Honolulu HI

This kimukatsu flavor was pretty good, but a little greasy again. I really enjoyed the dipping sauce and the Japanese pickles were delicious and totally assuaged my salt cravings. The miso soup also had strips of fried tofu in it which was tasty!

Cabbage salad - Kimukatsu
Cabbage salad.

Steamed rice - Kimukatsu
Steamed rice.

Miso soup - Kimukatsu
Miso soup.

Japanese pickles - Kimukatsu
Japanese pickles.

Salt and spring onion sauce - Kimukatsu
Salt and spring onion sauce.

Tea - Kimukatsu

Tea. Complimentary

Lollipop plant (Pachystachys lutea, Acanthaceae)
Lollipop plant or golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, Acanthaceae), Ainahau Triangle Park.

Black pepper kimukatsu set – Kimukatsu

Black pepper kimukatsu - Kimukatsu
With cabbage salad, rice, miso soup, Japanese pickle, and choice of special sauce. $19
Kimukatsu, Honolulu HI

This was the first time I’d ever tried kimukatsu, and it was very tasty! It’s made with thinly sliced pork cutlet stacked into 25 layers, covered in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried for 8 minutes. It sounded intriguing so I had to try it. It thought it was really flavorful and tender, but it was a little on the greasy side probably because they fry it on a low temperature. The set is quite large so I was definitely full afterward.

Cabbage salad - Kimukatsu
Large bowl of cabbage salad for the table.

Steamed rice - Kimukatsu
Steamed rice.

Miso soup - Kimukatsu
Miso soup.

Japanese pickles - Kimukatsu
Japanese pickles.

Ume shiso ponzu - Kimukatsu
Ume shiso ponzu sauce.

Asahi beer - Kimukatsu

Asahi draft. $5.50

Tahitian dancers
Tahitian dancers, Canoe Pageant, Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie.