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North Shore Grindz: Kahuku Shrimp Trucks Edition

North Shore Grindz: Kahuku Shrimp Trucks Edition

One of the highlights of our Hawaiian holiday was a day trip to Oahu’s North Shore to experience its beautiful beaches and to dine at its famous shrimp trucks.

After working up an appetite swimming and sunning all afternoon, The Astronomer, Luscious, and I hopped in our rental car and cruised along Kamehameha Highway toward Kahuku, a town known for its shrimp aquaculture. We hit up three trucks this early evening: Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp, Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck, and Giovanni’s Original White Shrimp.

Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp - Kahuku | North Shore

Our first stop was at Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp, a stand located adjacent to the owners’ shrimp farm. Talk about unbeatable freshness!

Fumi's Kahuku Shrimp - Kahuku | North Shore

Luscious previously dined here and raved about Fumi’s top-notch cooking.

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Jonathan Gold’s Scouting Report #5: Mariscos El Cristalazo

Jonathan Gold's Scouting Report #5: Mariscos El Cristalazo

Marvelous mariscos in La Puente. Filing my fifth Scouting Report, “Mariscos El Cristalazo serves seafood in a monster martini glass” on the Los Angeles Times‘ Daily Dish.

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Boston Lobster – San Gabriel

Boston Lobster - San Gabriel

If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, than the folks at Newport Tan Cang Seafood must be absolutely tickled about the opening of Boston Lobster.

While the restaurant’s name might lead one to expect lobster rolls served on split top buns and towers of gloriously fresh oysters, the focus here is seafood prepared with a Vietnamese-Chinese bent. From what I hear through the grapevine, a former cook from Newport opened the restaurant, hence the similar bill of fare.

Boston Lobster - San Gabriel

The Astronomer and I, along with the Astronomer’s fabulous sister Rosalind, dropped in for dinner on a recent Friday night. While the wait at nearby Newport would’ve been painfully long, we were seated straightaway at the peak of dinner hour. Score one for Boston Lobster.

Boston Lobster - San Gabriel

To compare apples to apples, we selected a slew of dishes that we would normally order at Newport. The clams with Thai basil ($11.95) were just as good as their Newport counterparts, brilliantly briny and fragrant from plenty of fresh herbs and garlic.

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I ❤ Pokē: Five Honolulu Spots that Hit the Spot

Foodland Hawaii

Shave ice is terrific, Spam musubi and plate lunches too, but if I had to choose my favorite grindz, it would be pokē—no doubt about it! Delicious things happen when super-fresh local seafood meets Asian aromatics. Mmm…

Foodland Hawaii

Using Dylan’s fantastic guide as a starting point, along with some good ol’ advice from locals in-the-know, The Astronomer and I were treated to the freshest, most flavorful pokē throughout our Hawaiian stay. I couldn’t get enough of the stuff and required a daily fix, at least.

Here are the five spots that really hit the spot, in alphabetical order:

Foodland – Multiple Locations

Foodland Hawaii

This local chain of grocery stores boasts an incredible seafood section stocked with beautifully prepared pokē sold by the pound. As evidenced by the two images posted above, Foodland truly is “Hawaii’s Home for Pokē.”

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