Seared foie gras nigiri sushi – Sansei Seafood Restaurant

Seared foie gras nigiri sushi - Sansei Seafood Restaurant
Lightly seared and served with caramelized sweet onions and ripe mango and rich unagi glaze drizzle. $18.95
Sansei Seafood Restaurant, Waikoloa HI

Seared foie gras nigiri sushi - Sansei Seafood Restaurant
Omg, I may go to hell for eating this but since California has banned foie gras, I needed a quick foie fix! When I saw it on the Sansei menu, I had to order it – so sue me! Lol. And it was delicious!!! I’ve never had foie gras as nigiri before, but it worked. All the extra components were also tasty.

Chopsticks - Sansei Seafood Restaurant

Pololu Valley
Pololu Valley.

Kona fish tacos – Huggo’s on the Rocks

Kona fish tacos - Huggo's on the Rocks
Blackened mahi mahi, chipotle aioli, mango salsa fresca, roasted tomatillo sauce. Served with Manini green salad. $15.95
Huggo’s on the Rocks, Kailua-Kona HI

Mmm, these were really good and I loved all the sauces and salsa on top. The tortillas were also nicely grilled and warm. I thought it was cute that they served the plates in bamboo steam trays.

Western Hawaii
Western side of Hawaii along Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Waimea back ribs – Don the Beachcomber

Waimea back ribs - Don the Beachcomber
Baby backs coated in house rub, flame broiled and baked with honey mango BBQ glaze. Happy hour $9.95
Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona HI

I’m a huge fan of BBQ ribs! These babybacks tasted good but not amazing! I wish they were a little more tender, but since they were slathered in delicious BBQ sauce I didn’t mind too much, hehe.

Hulinee Palace gate
Decorative gate at the Hulihee Palace, Ali’i Drive.

Cocktails – Duke’s Waikiki

Duke's Mai Tai - Duke's Waikiki
Duke’s Mai Tai: Hawaiian juices with two different types of rum and orange curacao. $9
Duke’s Waikiki, Honolulu HI

Duke’s is super touristy, but it’s still nice to sit outside on Waikiki beach and enjoy the sunset. The food is middle of the road and the drinks are weak and sugary, but that’s OK because you’re on vacation, lol! The mai tai had good flavor though.

Mango-Rita cocktail - Duke's Waikiki
Mango-Rita: Jose Cuervo Gold tequila, mango, lime and triple sec. $8.50
This was more on the lime side than on the mango side and it could have used another shot of tequila. Oh well.

Duke's Waikiki sunset
Sunset from the back patio at Duke’s Waikiki.

Garlic prawns – Zadin

Garlic prawns - Zadin
Prawns lightly fried and tossed in a caramelized garlic chili sauce. Served on a bed of coconut scented rice and garnished with a pea shoot mango salad. $19
Zadin, San Francisco CA

This was flavorful, but definitely over-sauced. I love me some sauce, but these poor prawns were drowned in it and totally got lost. The pea shoot and mango salad was very tasty though.

Parrot wind decoration
Parrot wind/yard decoration, Cole Valley.

Chilled veggie summer roll – Jiao

Chilled veggie summer roll - Jiao
With sweet and sour pepper sauce. $7
Jiao, Palm Springs CA

I really liked this roll. The addition of ripe mango was great and the pepper sauce kept everything bright and fresh. We were looking for light fare so this was perfect!

Place settings - Jiao
Place settings.

Backyard lemon tree
Lemon tree in the backyard on a typical Palm Springs day.

Low gravity mango sunrise – The WestWood

Low gravity mango sunrise - The WestWood

Mango flavored mimosa. Pitcher $28
The WestWood, San Francisco CA

As mimosas in the city go, this is one of the more expensive ones and for no apparent reason. It tasted fine, but it wasn’t worth the extra cost and the carafe is even on the small side.

San Francisco sunrise

A San Francisco sunrise projects light onto our home office door.

Chips and mango salsa – Taco Mamacita

Chips and mango salsa - Taco Mamacita
Tortilla chips served with house-made mango salsa. $2.99
Taco Mamacita, Sullivan’s Island SC

Hmm, definitely not authentic tasting for Mexican food which is perfectly fine, but it actually lacked flavor too! I was a little surprised that a mango salsa could be this bland. Hey, it was only three bucks so I’ll take it!

Fort Moultrie Tour sign

Fort Moultrie Tour sign. According to the sign, Fort Moultrie was active for 171 years!

Crab and mango tartine – Papillote

Crab and mango tartine - Papillote
With avocado, radish, grapefruit, Italian parsley and spiced sauce on toasted brioche. Served with greens and ginger vinaigrette. $10.99
Papillote, Savannah GA

This was bright and refreshing, and so different from anything I’ve tried before! There were so many yummy components to this and they all tasted great together. I do wish that the salad was pre-dressed because it was difficult to toss the salad on such a small plate. The ginger vinaigrette was a nice addition though. A beautiful dish!

Coffee - Papillote

Coffee. $1.99

Revolutionary War Haitian Soldiers Monument
Revolutionary War Haitian Soldiers Monument. Walking around Savannah was quite fun and you can’t help but feel the history surrounding you. This statue is located in a cute plaza next to the City Market.

Rough cut tuna “nachos” – Mesa Grill

Rough cut tuna "nachos" - Mesa Grill
Mango-habanero hot sauce, avocado crema. $18
Mesa Grill, Las Vegas NV

Mmm, this was SO good but I think it was a little overpriced for such a small portion. I know it’s Las Vegas but this seemed overtly expensive. I loved that the tuna pieces were quite large, it made for a more substantial feel. It was difficult to tear some of the pieces apart though because the connective membranes hadn’t been cut all the way through. Kinda lame.

White and blue corn tortilla chips - Mesa Grill
White and blue corn tortilla chips.

Rough cut tuna "nachos" - Mesa Grill
A delcious bite.

Baja fish tacos – Punto de Vista Restaurant

Baja fish tacos Punto de Vista Restaurant
Breaded whitefish, lettuce, and tomato in a creamy mango sauce wrapped in soft tortillas, served with arroz habichuela (rice and beans). $11
Punto de Vista Restaurant, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

Even though this was similar to the churrasquitos, I liked it better because the fish had a better texture and was warmer than the steak. Still not a taco, but good enough.

Old San Juan at night
Looking down towards the red Puerta de San Juan (San Juan Gate) at nighttime. We walked the Paseo de la Princesa the following day. That’s the waterfront path which runs in front of the San Juan Gate.

Samosa and mango lassi – Curry Up Now

At the food truck, you can add a samosa + mango lassi combo for $4.
Curry Up Now, Brisbane CA

Samosa Curry Up Now

Yes, the outside was a little greasy, but this deep fried morsel was delicious! I’m not completely sure what was in it, but I think it was spiced potatoes, onions, garbanzo beans.

Samosa Curry Up Now

Papa Chang called these samosas “starch balls”. He was right…

Mango lassi Curry Up Now

The mango lassi (yogurt-based drink) was creamy with a little tartness. I put a little of the yogurt sauce in it. Very refreshing!