Buttermilk fried chicken – Harvey’s

Buttermilk fried chicken - Harvey's
Two large chicken breasts battered to order and deep fried, with cole slaw, mashed potato, and country gravy. $13.95
Harvey’s, San Francisco CA

Wow, this was A LOT of food! I don’t think I even started on the second chicken breast. Surprisingly, the chicken was a step above most of the food at Harvey’s although the mashed potatoes and coleslaw were of average/marginal quality. I guess Harvey’s is popular because of location.

Cliff House
Cliff House, Point Lobos Avenue.

Spicy calamari – The Prado at Balboa Park

Spicy calamari - The Prado at Balboa Park
Korean chili sauce, napa cabbage slaw. $9.95
The Prado at Balboa Park, San Diego CA

I don’t usually like fried calamari made from squid steaks because they tend to be rubbery and flavorless. These, however, were delicious! The Korean chili sauce they tossed the calamari in was SO flavorful and had a bit of a kick to it, noms! The napa cabbage slaw was also pretty tasty.

Nikigator sculpture

“Nikigator” alligator sculpture, clay tiles, glass and stone mosiac, located outside of the Mingei International Museum.

Chili marinated shrimp skewers – Bankers Hill

Chili marinated shrimp skewers - Bankers Hill
With cabbage slaw. Happy hour $3
Bankers Hill, San Diego CA

There was very little of this, but it was mighty tasty, lol! I rarely see shrimp individually skewered because they’re so small but Bankers Hill managed to present a delicious morsel. We definitely should have had additional orders. 🙂

Bea Evenson Fountain
Bea Evenson Fountain, Balboa Park.

Fried chicken sandwich – Hi Tops

Fried chicken sandwich - Hi Tops

Spicy rooster slaw, pickles, served with fries. $12
Hi Tops, San Francisco CA

I love the sandwiches at Hi Tops. They’re big and messy and packed with flavor. This fried chicken sandwich was delicious, but the chicken was a little on the greasy side. The rooster slaw was amazing though. The fries were tasty but most of them were kinda short and annoying to eat.

Pulled pork sandwich – Big Jake’s Island BBQ

Pulled pork sandwich - Big Jake's Island BBQ
Topped with homemade bbq sauce, served with coleslaw and baked beans.
Big Jake’s Island BBQ, Captain Cook HI

This was ok. I wish they would have at least toasted the bun. Since they didn’t, it got soggy pretty quickly from the bland(ish) bbq sauce. Hmm…

Black sea snails
Black sea snails, Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.

Half rack BBQ rib plate – Big Jake’s Island BBQ

Half rack BBQ rib plate - Big Jake's Island BBQ
Served with rice, coleslaw, and baked beans. $18.95
Big Jake’s Island BBQ, Captain Cook HI

This was pretty good. The ribs were tender and juicy, but I wish the bbq sauce had more flavor and punch. It tasted kinda flat. The plate was quite substantial though which I needed after our kayaking adventure. You’ll notice that the pic is kinda foggy – that’s because my iPhone fell into Kealakekus Bay (see story below)!

Kayaking in Kealakekua Bay

We spent a wonderful morning kayaking to Captain Cook’s Monument, watching spinner dolphins frolicking near us, and snorkeling around the State Park. On our way back to the pier, we noticed that a rather larger couple had capsized their kayak in the middle of the Bay and were having difficulty getting back in. After some time, the woman was able pull herself back into the kayak only to immediately fall back out. So we paddled to them and noticed they were clearly exhausted from multiple attempts to reboard their vessel. They had lost all their snorkeling gear and were just trying to stay afloat at that point. So we decide to rescue them. David, who was in the rear of our two-seat kayak, grabbed hold of their kayak with the couple in tow, leaving myslef with the only free arms to single-handedly paddle four people and two kayaks back to the pier! Needless to say, this took a LONG time and great amount of effort.

When we finally reached the pier, the couple was helped up by some of the guys working the kayak rentals and I pulled myself back onto the pier. As I did so, my iPhone that I had wedge into my life jacket for easy access to take photos and video of the dolphins, broke loose and dropped straight down into the Bay! Argh! I immediately dove down after it and finally located it at the bottom after multiple attempts. My poor baby! It still turned on, the lens was wet (hence the foggy pics), but I was worried that the damage would slowly reveal itself. When we got back to the hotel, I put my iPhone in a bag of rice that we picked up at Costco and forced myself not to turn it on for an ENTIRE night (this was really hard for me, lol)! The good news is that the iPhone still works and I still have it today. The camera lens eventually dried out. The bad news is that the WiFi connectivity got fried, but thank god I have unlimited data. Lesson learned: No good deed goes unpunished!

Shrimp tacos – Poquito

Shrimp tacos - Poquito
On jicama wrapper with pickled slaw, guacamole, and guanabana (soursop) reduction. $9
Poquito, San Francisco CA

This was very good and I loved the jicama wrapper. Great for a low-carb diet! The shrimp were nicely cooked and I simply devoured these tacos.

Smile car

“Smile” car. This killer car was parked beside the Mission Dolores. I think they spelled “smile” backwards so that it reads correctly if you’re looking at it from your rearview mirror. Hehe!