What I Ate on My Summer Vacation: Best of the Rest
October 8, 2019
| Updated on October 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm
Honolulu Star-Advertiser readers visited cities near and far this summer, and captured their dining adventures in photographs. Here are some of the best submissions that didn't make it into the paper.
Phnom Penh restaurant, Vancouver, Canada: Take me back to this place and this amazing Marinated Thit Bo (butter beef)! This dish was thinly sliced rare beef on a bed of fried garlic, cilantro and house special sauce. Someone please bring this dish to Hawaii. It's to die for!
COURTESY MARIANETTE KAUAHIKAUA
Hoi-An, Vietnam: The flavors in this pomelo salad were deliciously refreshing, the pomelo combined with textures of cucumbers and crispy dumplings.
O-Sabi, Ventura, Calif.: Sashimi platter with uni, giant clam, squid, scallops, oysters, tako, bluefin tuna, hamachi, halibut, salmon, toro chuka salad and tobiko.
COURTESY EMERICK ORIMOTO
Ristorante Acqua Pazza, Venice, Italy: This is a seafood mixed plate of calamari, fish, shrimp, lobster etc ... (forgive me for the rubbish on the table ... multiple plates like these were being served to our group with plates overflowing!)
COURTESY FRANK DUMLAO
Hilton Tokyo, Odaiba, Tokyo: Breakfast at the Hilton.
COURTESY JENNIFER MCCORD
Lupe Tortilla, Round Rock, Texas: I visited my parents this summer in Texas and we had lunch at Lupe Tortilla. I ordered these gigantic chicken puffy tacos. Since it was such a hot day I had to drink lots of water, with extra lemon of course!
COURTESY DIANE WAKABAYASHI
Majang-dong Gogi Alley, South Korea: My husband and I ventured to Majang Meat Market in the summer heat. Behind the meat market is a place called Majang-dong Gogi Alley, full of Korean barbecue restaurants. We picked the restaurant with the most locals. The service was great and the food was even better. The people were so nice to us and even gave us lots of free things to try! The meat was so fresh and the banchan (side dishes) were delish! The meat was cooked over a grill in our table with real charcoal ... no gas stuff here! We left so full! They give you a probiotic yogurt drink on your way out to help you digest your meal.
COURTESY CINDY FUKUNAGA
Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream, Seattle: I read about Shugs on social media and put it on my list of places to try on my annual visit to Pike Place Market in Seattle. The S'More sundae is as wonderful as it sounds and the presentation is spectacular. It is made from creamy vanilla ice cream, rich hot fudge sauce, and topped with graham cracker crumbles. The star of the show are the fluffy house made marshmallows which a server flambés tableside into a gooey delight. Yum!
COURTESY CLARENCE IZUO
Aurea Fatima Hotel Congress, Fatima, Portugal: We were completely surprised upon walking into our hotel room to find a trio of baked goodies waiting for us. Of course we had to split the middle one to provide equal shares for both of us. It was a nice gesture by the friendly and caring staff.
COURTESY DEBBIE MUN
Pok Pok Restaurant, Portland, Ore.: We wanted to try this restaurant because the chef owner Andy Ricker is a James Beard award winner. We ordered the pork belly curry, flank steak salad, and thsee Vietnamese Fish Sauce chicken wings. Everything was good but the chicken wings were the best and we can see why it’s his signature dish! Garlicky, spicy, with a sticky carmelized crust, these wings were great!
COURTESY LESLIE B.
Time Out Market, Miami: Cauliflower elote, lime cream, queso cotija, and toasted corn, from this eatery at Lincoln Road Mall Eating House.
COURTESY CLARENCE IZUO
Amorino Gelato, Madrid, Spain: My wife, Cecelia, had a craving for gelato from Amorino Gelato. You can order each petal in a different flavor if you wish. This one had pistachio, mango, caramel and coconut.
COURTESY CONNEY HANCHETT
Hatch Yakitori+ Bar, Los Angeles: Black Fried Rice, topped with a layer of mushrooms.
COURTESY SHARI SIMMONS
Umi Hikarin, Himi, Japan: Part of a breakfast buffet at and elegant hotel in a sleepy coastal town.
Yogi Gyro, Santorini, Greece: The European trip of a lifetime led us here. Less than 3 euro for a pita gyro. We inhaled one with pork, one with lamb, cheddar bacon fries and a Coke to wash it all down! Don’t let the reasonable price fool you, it was best pita gyro in town. — Karina Koda
COURTESY RUSSELL WACHI
Chengdu, China: Kona crab.
COURTESY CHAD TAKEHARA
Paseo Caribbean Food, Seattle: Roasted pulled pork shoulder, aioli, cilantro, romaine, jalapenos and caramelized onions. Pretty much everything you want between two pieces of bread. The best sandwich I've ever had.
Japadog, McArthur Glen Outlet Mall, Richmond, BC, Canada: Had trouble choosing one so I bought two. Tried the Okonomi (kurobuta sausage with bonito flakes) and the Yakiniku Rice (BBQ beef with flavored rice on top of a arabiki sausage).