Com ga xao xa ot – Little Saigon

Com ga xao xa ot - Little Saigon
Spicy lemon grass chicken with onion, green bell pepper, garlic and dried chilies. Served with rice. $6.95
Little Saigon, South San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love lemon grass chicken! This could have been spicier, but it definitely hit the spot!

San Francisco Bay

Airplane taking off over San Francisco Bay.

Tom kha khai – Original Thai Cuisine

Tom kha khai - Original Thai Cuisine
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
Decorative gate at the Hulihee Palace, Ali’i Drive.

Tom yum khung – Original Thai Cuisine

Tom yum khung – Original Thai Cuisine
Thai spicy lemon grass soup with shrimp, mushrooms, red onions, tomatoes, Chinese parsley and Thai herbs. Cup $6.50
Original Thai Cuisine, Kailua-Kona HI

We decided to switch it up with food and find out how Hawaiians do Thai! We had mixed reviews. The soups were really good and flavorful. $6.50 is normally a lot for a cup of soup, but they’re actually the size of bowls. We didn’t know this place was BYOB otherwise we would have brought a case, lol!

Mokuaikaua Church

Mokuaikaua Church, Ali’i Drive.

The Pork banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Pork banh mi - Dinosaurs
Grilled lemongrass pork, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Floral mural, Church Street
Floral mural, Church Street. This section of th emural has butterflies, some plants in the Geranicaceae, Polemoniaceae, and Lamiaceae families.

The Rookery cocktail – Basil Thai Restaurant

The Rookery cocktail - Basil Thai Restaurant

Camarena Reposada tequila, Mt. Gay rum, blood orange, lime juice, lemongrass simple syrup, soda. $10
Basil Thai Restaurant, Charleston SC

This cocktail had a great combination of sweet, tart, refreshing, and flavor. I love color in my cocktails and this one had a beautiful soft peach color.

Ripley Point Marina
Ripley Point Marina. I’m not sure if I’d stay on this side of the river on future visits, but it was good to try it.

Ga quay chao – Ben Tre

Ga quay chao Ben Tre
Baked five spice chicken marinated in lemongrass and rich herb sauce, served with rice, salad, and fish sauce. $11.25
Ben Tre Vietnamese Homestyle Cuisine, South San Francisco CA

Ga quay chao Ben Tre
I’m not sure if this was actually baked, it had a semi-fried texture to me. Maybe it was just finished in the oven. But it was very flavorful and delicious. A bit on the salty side especially if you add the fish sauce, but I think Vietnamese food tends to be salty anyway.

Mixed hot pot curry – Do Brazil

Do Brazil's hot pot
Shrimp, chicken, and mahi mahi in a mild curry, served with white rice, wasabi, and pickled ginger.
Do Brazil, Gustavia, SAINT BARTHELEMY

Do Brazil's hot pot
This dish was ok, a bit on the bland side. I did appreciate the presentation and the large pieces of protein inside.

Elephant door handles
Decorative elephant door handles. The houses and buildings around Gustavia were very cute, and for the most part bright. These antiqued handles looked great against the white doors.