“If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air… quaint little villages here and there…”
Here are some of the things I ate on my epic vacation to Cali: San Francisco/Monterey
Brunch, rounds one and two
Brunch, rounds three and four Pomegranate, beets, blueberry and ginger.. yum!
Soy-glazed “Wild” Salmon with Avocado and Cucumber Salad
Fresh coconut water, I’m on an island, ha ha! (left) Green papaya and grilled shrimp salad (right)
Shave Ice A mountain of shaved snow with mango, kiwi, raspberries, grapes, bananas, chewy mochi, sweet azuki bean paste, sesame powder, and condensed milk
Homemade Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Dipping Sauce
Crystal Fish Kumamoto Oysters
Crystal Fish Japanese Skipjack with ginger basil and truffle oil
Crystal Fish Red Snapper Carpaccio
Crystal Fish Softshell crab maki
Crystal Fish Scallop hokkaiyaki grilled scallops, whitefish, enoki and shiitake mushrooms
Oreo Cookie Ice Cream Mochi Pure deliciousness… creamy cookie goodness wrapped in thin rice dough.
San Diego/San Jose/Los Angeles
Naga Naga Ramen’s Calamari (top) BBQ Pork Ramen with Corn (bottom)
Head-on shrimp, crab, and clams all in the whole shebang sauce at Boiling Crab
“Make a cow happy… Eat Seafood!” ”You sucked WHAT where?”
Soon Dubu at BCD Tofu House
Scallion Pancake Wrapped Shrimp (left) Fried Egg in Shoyu, Coconut Toast and Kaya Jam (right)
Phil’s BBQ- Ribs and Onion Rings (the way they should be), followed by a trip to -itis city.
Lee’s classic BBQ Pork Banh Mi
Barbeque Pork Banh Mi Wrap (first wrap I’ve seen yet!) sesame braised pork, Vietnamese pickled daikon and carrots, English cucumber, jalapeno and cilantro aioli, Napa slaw and sesame ginger dressing
Chego’s charred asparagus grilled asparagus topped with garlic lemon chili cilantro and a dusting of Parmesan cheese
Chego’s Ooey Gooey Fries carne asada fries topped with cilantro, bird’s eye chilis, jalapenos, whole fried garlic, cheese and “mystery” sauce that tasted like kimchee ranch… a Mexican-Korean surprise.
Chego’s Tiny’s Prime Rib Bowl rice bowl with fried egg, Chinese broccoli, horseradish, fried shallots, jalapenos, medium rare Prime rib, another amazing nod to innovative fusion cuisine
Chego’s One Chubby Pork Belly Bowl Rice bowl with grilled tender pork belly, cilantro, bird’s eye chilis, sriracha, salsa verde, fried egg, Chinese broccoli, fried shallots and peanuts and wherever I could fit it in my tummy…
No trip to Cali is complete without In-n-Out, need I say more?