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Gilligan’s Beach Shack (Hawaii 2017): Garlic Shrimp and Shoestring Fries

There’s always free entertainment in Waikiki… if you know where to look. Whether it’s the torch lighting ceremony, the shows at the International Marketplace, or the ever popular fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Speaking of which, We were checking out the fireworks on our second-to-last day in Waikiki and decided to grab some food from Gilligan’s Beach Shack.
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Five Star Shrimp (Hawaii 2017): Garlic Shrimp

The last time we were in Oahu, we were thrilled to find garlic shrimp smack dab in the heart of Waikiki at Pacific Garlic Shrimp, right outside the Pacific Beach Hotel, because it meant that we didn’t have to travel all the way to the North Shore for some tasty garlic shrimp. As it turned out in our visit this year, the Pacific Beach Hotel was undergoing renovations which meant no garlic shrimp in front of their location.
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Pacific Garlic Shrimp (Hawaii 2016) – Why Go To The North Shore?

Okay, so everyone that comes to Oahu has probably heard about the awesome shrimp trucks that they have on the North Shore. But if you’re staying in Waikiki, it’s a bit of a far trip just for a couple of shrimp. That’s not to say the North Shore doesn’t have other great things to look at (or great places to eat). It’s just that it’s not always convenient to drive up to the North Shore when you get a hankering for garlic shrimp.
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Magoo’s Burgers (Hawaii 2016) – Passionfruit and Watermelon Shave Ice

It’s been three years since our first hike up Diamond Head. At the time, I told myself that I’d never do it again. But I suppose time does heal all wounds.
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Le Tigre Cuisine – Food Truck

After finishing our rather too subtle meal at Shishinori, we noticed that the Le Tigre food truck was parked right in front of the Wholefoods on Cambie.
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Grilled Cheese Grill and Euro Dish (Portland) – Food Carts

One place that we knew we had to try during our visit to Portland wasn’t a specific restaurant. Rather, it was the food cart scene. Portland is renowned for the number of food carts that they have (approximately 600 compared to Vancouver’s roughly 100 food carts). But does more mean better?

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PNE 2013 – Reel (Deep Fried) Mac and Cheese

We’ve been going to the PNE for years… it’s one of the constants in Vancouver in late August.  Over the years, it seemed like things had progressively gotten worse… almost to a point where we were considering not going this year.  Read the rest of this entry

Yolk’s Breakfast – Duck Confit

I haven’t tried many of the food carts in Vancouver but I have tried out Yolk’s when they were at the Farmers Market and knew that I wanted to try out one of their famous egg creations. Read the rest of this entry

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck – Hawaii 2013

Our drive up to the North Shore was on a cloudy day with periods of hard rain.  After a brief visit to Kualoa Regional Park to see Chinaman’s Hat (Mokoli’i), we headed up to Kuhuku to check out Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck.  Read the rest of this entry

Magoo’s Burgers – Hawaii 2013

One of the most prominent landmarks in Waikiki (besides the endless number of ABC Stores that dot the area) is Diamond Head which is a volcanic tuff cone that looms over the city.  It’s also a popular hiking location because of the expansive views that it affords from the rim of the crater. Read the rest of this entry

Yolk’s Breakfast – Chicken n’ Waffles

February was Food Truck Fest at Vancouver Farmers Market and I dropped by on the last Saturday.  As it turned out, the day was pleasantly sunny (but still bitterly cold).  My sights today was to visit Yolk’s and try out some of their wares.

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Cartel Taco at the Waldorf

As I mentioned on my last post on Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck, The Waldorf has been holding an East Van Food Fest every Sunday.  It was super hot the week that we visited with very little shade (save for the large parking lot billboard that was casting a narrow but pleasant shadow). Read the rest of this entry