Abalone style calamari – Hula’s Island Grill

Abalone style calamari - Hula's Island Grill
With lime-ginger sauce and soy glaze, rice and mango salsa. $5
Hula’s Island Grill, Santa Cruz CA

This tasted ok, but the squid steak had a super squishy texture which I didn’t like. I liked the sauces they used and the addition of rice and mango salsa though. It was also nicely fried so it wasn’t greasy.

Orange-yellow hibiscus flower
Orange-yellow hibiscus flower (Malvaceae), The Mystery Spot.

Wafu salad – Izakaya Takonoki

Wafu salad - Izakaya Takonoki
Baby spinach, radish, tofu, tomato with sesame shoyu dressing. $8.50
Izakaya Takonoki, Honolulu HI

This was ok, nothing special. I actually would have preferred it if the salad came tossed and with smaller pieces of fresh tofu.

House chardonnay - Izakaya Takonoki

House chardonnay. $5.50

Sunset at Waikiki Beach
Sunset at Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

Shrimp noodle rolls – Tai Wu Mr. Fong’s Restaurant

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Thick rice noodles filled with shrimp and served with sweet soy sauce. These are yummy! $4.50
Tai Wu Mr. Fong’s Restaurant, Daly City CA

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View of the Pacific Ocean from Skyline College, College Road. The community college has a great vista where you can park and look out onto the ocean.

Grouper fish taco – The Taco Spot

Grouper fish taco - The Taco Spot
Six inch soft corn tortillas with cilantro soy aioli, shredded lettuce, grated cheddar cheese, and tomato-cucumber pico salsa. $2.95
The Taco Spot, Charleston SC

This taco was pretty good. The grouper was tender and I enjoyed the cilantro soy aioli. The flavors were surprisingly delicate, but very tasty. It was also on the small side, but I guess I’m just used to tacos from The Mission where they’re gigantic!

Array of hot sauces - The Taco Spot
Array of hot sauces. The counter is lined with a large selection of hot sauces. Some of the tacos are less flavorful than others so the addition of these condiments helps, hehe.

Pineapple Fountain, Charleston Waterfront Park
Pineapple Fountain at the Charleston Waterfront Park. I’ve been to Charleston several times and I love this park. It’s very relaxing and beautiful.

Baked monkey roll – Saru Sushi Bar

Baked monkey roll - Saru Sushi Bar
Baked California roll topped with salmon, masago (capelin roe), scallions, spicy mayo and sweet soy glaze. $14
Saru Sushi Bar, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this warm roll was SO delicious! I thought that because it had so many things on it including a spicy mayo and soy glaze that I wouldn’t be able to taste all the ingredients, but I was wrong. You could definitely taste the CA roll and salmon too, yum! I would order this again.

Noe Valley Farmers Market mural, 24th Street
Noe Valley Farmers Market mural, 24th Street. I don’t actually know what this mural is called and I should really figure out who painted it. The mural is located in the parking lot that hosts the Noe Valley Farmers Market on Saturdays. I think it’s absolutely beautiful and it extends on both sides of the parking lot.

The Special banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Special banh mi - Dinosaurs
Roasted pork, fancy pork loaf and pork pate with pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $5
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Wow, pork three ways all in one sandwich! This isn’t the healthiest sandwich out there, but it sure is one of the tastiest – yes, please!

Sea lions at Pier 39
Sea lions at Pier 39. I know this is cheesy, but the sea lions are a major tourist attraction in San Francisco (Lou Seal is the mascot for the SF Giants, btw). They swim into the Bay and sunbathe on the floating docks along Pier 39 – kinda cool.

The Spicy Tuna banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Spicy Tuna banh mi - Dinosaurs
Chunk light tuna with spicy mayo, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Omg, Dinosaurs is my new favorite banh mi sandwich shop near my neighborhood! (Saigon Sandwich still rocks it out in the Tenderloin.) I was surprised that this used canned tuna (I didn’t know what to expect), but I really loved it! These sandwiches are cheap and deliciously awesome!

Colorful graffiti mural, Market Street
Colorful graffiti mural, Market Street. I love the vibrant colors of this artwork found in an alley off Market Street.