Windward Food Trucks

4 Apr
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Black Bean Burger

One of the first places I ate at after moving to Oahu was two food trucks, parked on the side of the road, while driving down the Windward coast.

The first truck was Sandy Girl. They had a small, yet healthy and flavorful menu. I ordered their grilled cheese sandwich with avocado, tomatoes, and sprouts. It was AMAZING. One of the best grilled cheeses I have ever had and wish I could find this truck just to get another one.

My boyfriend ordered their black bean burger. He is never a big fan of meat substitute

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Grilled Cheese

meals, but he was so happy about this burger. He said it was flavorful and strangely juicy.

To go with our meal we got a lilikoi (passion fruit) shave ice from Country Shave Ice. It was the best shave ice I have ever had. The ice was light and so soft. The flavor was pure passion fruit juice and one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted.

This was a perfect meal to end a nice day driving down the coast…Now if I could only find them again.

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Lilikoi Shave Ice

Yamas Mediterranean Cuisine

28 Mar

Yamas Mediterranean Cuisine

1020 Keolu Dr

Kailua, HI 96734

Hours: ย 7 Days a Week 11am-9pm

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Zucchini Fries

Sushi, pizza, burgers, I have been disappointed by many a dish on this island, but the one thing that never seems to fail is Greek. Before moving here I had enjoyed a gyro or two, but since relocating I’m enjoying a my Mediterranean dishes probably weekly, and although I would have never guessed Hawaii would become my Greek paradise, I’m not complaining.

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Gyro and Garlic Fries

Yamas Mediterranean Cuisine was one of my first Greek stops on the island and it left me more than happy. My boyfriend and I started off the meal with an order of zucchini fries. The fries were perfectly crisp, the zucchini perfectly tender, and left my fingers grease free. Only thing missing was a perfect side of ranch.

We ordered their gyros and garlic fries as our main dish. The lamb was tender and flavorful. The pita was warm and soft. They added the perfect amount a tzatziki. The garlic fries were perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They were topped with just the right amount of garlic.

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Baklava

We finished our meal off with their baklava. I’ve never had baklava before so I have nothing to compare theirs to, but it was slightly sweet, slightly salty, and super nutty with a nice cinnamon touch. It was amazing!

To top it off the service at Yamas was excellent. Our server was attentive without being over bearing. He was helpful in making suggestions and quick on delivery.

A Good Burger, with the Worse Service

20 Mar

The Shack – Kailua

1051 Keolu Dr

Kailua, HI 96734

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm / Fri & Sat 11am-Midnight / Sun 11am-10pm

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Chili Cheese Fries

The Shack in Kailua was one of the first decent burgers I had after I moved here and as you’ll see those will be few and far between. Despite this being one of the few good burgers I have stumbled discovered the service here was beyond horrible, to the point where I nearly have zero desire to go back.

Before I complain about the service I’ll take some time to highlight the food. We started off our meal with an order of chili cheese fries. The chili, although not the traditional chili I’m use to having on fries was OK. It had a lot of beans and large slices of red onions. It could have used a little more cheese a little more salt, but overall it wasn’t a horrible appetizer.

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Swiss and Shroom

For the burgers we ordered the “Swiss and Shroom” burger and their Ruben burger. Both were good, and beautiful to look at, with a good amount of toppings. I will say although the “shroom” was nice and cheesy, the pastrami and thousand island dressing on the Ruben put it over the top and made it the clear winner between the two burgers. As with the fries, the beef could have used a little more seasoning, but I’ve learned in my 6 or so months here I have learned that’s an ongoing problem at local restaurants.

To drink I had a lava flow. For those of you who have not been to Hawaii and don’t know what a lava flow is, it is essentially a pina colada with strawberry sauce. The Shack in Kailua is one of the best lava flows I have had so far. Most places add too much strawberry and over mix making the drink too sweet and very artificial tasting. The Shack delivered a beautiful drink well balanced. The strawberry flavoring was not too sweet or artificial tasting and they did not add so much as to overpower the wonderful taste of a pina colada.

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Ruben Burger

Now for the bad. Although we went on a Saturday afternoon, the place was not too crowded and clearly well staffed yet. We had to wait way too long for everything and our waitress never paid attention to us. Once she took our orders and delivered our food she was done attending to us. My boyfriend ran out of soda before he was halfway through his burger yet never got a refill, although he did try to get our waitress’s attention many times. Not once did she check to see if I wanted a refill on my lava flow. By the time we finally got her attention we just wanted our check. She didn’t ask if we’d like to order anything or needed refills, not even a box. It took her over 10 minutes to get us our check.

Although a part of me would like to give the food another shot, I never want to deal with service like this again.

The Hot Spot

12 Mar
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Mini Tacos

The Hot Spot

115 W Main St

Salina, UT 84654

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm / Sun Closed

From my last two posts, it should be clear that Mom’s Cafe is my go to spot when in Utah, The Hot Spot is a super close second, practically a tie.

The Hot Spot is located right down the street from Mom’s Cafe. It is an adorable tiny drive thru, with walk up windows and picnic tables for those who would like to eat there. The menu consists of chicken strips, fries, burgers, sandwiches, burritos and tacos, as well as a massive drink menu including soda concoctions and shakes.

My go to meal at the Hot Spot is their chicken strips and fries. When I was little I’d get the regular fries, but during my time living there this summer I moved onto sweet potato fries, mmmm. ย The food is prepared fresh so the chicken strips always come out piping hot. I can’t recall the original fries, as before moving there this summer I had not been in Utah for almost 5 years. The sweet potato fries though were excellent. Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They really reminded me of sweet potato fries I used to get on campus at CSUF. To top it all off, their ranch is amazing!

My mom’s go to choice at the hot spot is their mini tacos. Tiny tacos drenched in cheese. I’ve never tried them, but she absolutely loves them.

If you find yourself in Salina and don’t have time for a full sit down meal at Mom’s, you have to at least let yourself drive thru The Hot Spot.

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Chicken Strips and Sweet Potato Fries

Mom’s Cafe Scones

6 Mar

Mom’s Cafe

ย 10 E Main St

Salina, UT 84654

ย Hours: Sun-Thurs 7am-9pm / Fri & Sat 7am-10pm

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If you have read my previous post (click here if you haven’t) than you know how much I adore the little place known as Mom’s Cafe. It is adorable, charming, home cooked food, your small town dreams are made of.

One of the absolute best things at Mom’s is their scones. Now these are not the traditional scones you expect. The baked, thick, sometimes fruity, pastries you find at Strabucks while you wait for your morning kick. These are deep fried, fluffy pillows of love, and probably responsible for the extra 10 lbs I moved to Hawaii with.

These scones, although still delicious, are slightly bland on their own, and because of this they are served with the topping of your dreams, (even if you have never heard of and/or tried) honey butter. It is the creamy, sweet, salty, perfectly squeezable topping that melts into that piping hot fresh scone to take all your taste buds to cloud 9.

I may sound like a Utah scone fan girl, but if you like pastries, and deep fried simplicity, you need to stop by Mom’s Cafe.

Mom’s Cafe

27 Feb

Mom’s Cafe

10 E Main St

Salina, UT 84654

Sun-Thurs 7am-9pm / Fri & Sat 7am-10pm

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Hot Beef Dip

You may not know it, but when you hear the words “small town life” or “small town diner” you are thinking of Mom’s Cafe. Located on probably one of the last corners of main street USA in a town you’ve probably never heard of, and located nowhere near anywhere you’d ever find yourself, is the restaurant which alone is worth a detour if you ever find yourself anywhere near the state of Utah. If you live there, even better. Grab a car, grab a friend, and hit the road.

Mom’s Cafe is located one town over from where I was living in Utah, the town where my grandmother grew up, and in fact is where my grandmother worked when she was young.

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Salad Bar Creation

From the outside the place doesn’t look like much and inside is dated, but in the most wonderful way ever. People know people here and if they don’t know you they will soon. The waitresses are fun, quick (for a small town) and friendly. The food is hot, fresh, and taste like something your mom or grandma would make. It’s not a place for low calories, it’s a place to relax, indulge and enjoy.

Enough raving, on to the food. My go to dish is there chicken strip dinner, and yes it’s been my go to dish since I was 10. It comes with 2 or 3 giant chicken strips, mixed veggies, mashed potatoes (sometimes served with white gravy or times chicken), a trip to the salad bar to kick off your meal and a heaven in your mouth scone, slathered in honey butter to finish it all off.

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Chicken Strip Dinner

The salad bar isn’t super fancy and at times can be a little sparse, but they always have croutons, fresh lettuce, and the best ranch dressing ever, so I couldn’t be happier. The chicken strips are fried perfectly, not too greasy, moist on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. Paired with their to die for ranch and OMG. The veggies I will skip, because they may be canned, but there is too much goodness to complain. Their mashed potatoes are perfectly whipped and whichever gravy you get you won’t be disappointed.

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Pastrami Cheeseburger

Last is the scones, which I will avoid going into much detail as my following post is dedicated just to them. They are just that good. Just t give a short summary, these are not the coffee house scones you are thinking of. These are golden brown, deep fried pieces of dough. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but paired with delicious honey butter, and I promise it is one of the best things you will ever eat. (Remember you don’t come here thinking about your waistline.)

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Chocolate Cream Pie

My mom’s go to dish is their beef dip and fries. Tender pieces of roast beef and a fluffy yet sturdy bun, dipped in salty savory au jus is amazing and quite filling. You also have the option of making it a little more philly cheesesteak like with roasted peppers, onions, and cheese. It is a different experience, but just as good. Their fries, I must admit, I was not a fan of to begin with, but after two months they grew on me. They are not the traditional crunchy fries I am used to in California, they are a little limp, but do have a subtle crunch to them and still super fluffy on the inside. Seasoned right, and with ranch, they are a great partner to a sandwich or burger.

Anaheim Packing House – Adya

18 Feb

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Location:
Anaheim Packing House
440 South Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805

Hours:
Mon – Sat 11am-9pm / Sun 11am-8pm

Eating at Adya was the first and only time I have ever tried Indian food, so I have no point of judgment on which I talk about this food.

Before I left for Utah, I met up with my old Newport Beach Film Festival team for one more night of fun and we settled on Anaheim’s Packing House.

Although I was personally not a fan of the food, the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, and service was very quick. The food delivered was fresh, hot, and quite beautiful. I just was not a fan of the flavors, but maybe Indian food just isn’t my thing.

One thing I must brag about however is their beer. I am not a beer person at all, but they have an amazing blood orange beer, that although I cannot remember the name of, I cannot wait to get back to Adya to consume it once again.

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