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Great Road-Side Eats: Kawamata Seafood, California

12 Jun

Our drive down the Pacific Coast Highway included a stop in Dana Point to enjoy the view over the marina. As the time ticked past lunchtime, our stomachs began to grumble, and we wanted to find a nice spot to enjoy some seafood. Of course, there are several overpriced options near the marina. But we were looking for good value, not just a view.

Dana Point


If you’re willing to drive a few miles away, you’ll find Kawamata Seafood near Capistrano Beach. Come here for fresh poke bowls – salmon, tuna and octopus sashimi over a bed of seasoned sushi rice, topped with goodies like wakame salad, avocado, raw scallops, ginger, and tobiko. 

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This is a pretty bare-bones place – just a few stools indoors, and a couple of tables outside. But it’s the perfect place for a filling lunch.

Above: My regular box with salmon, tuna, and wakame over brown rice.

Above: Hubby’s large box, with salmon, tuna, scallops, and wakame over white rice. We both chose the “original blend” rice, seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, and lemon juice.

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Regular box stacked on top of the large box.

All together, our two poke boxes came to a little over $20. Not bad for poke! (Keep in mind that Kawamata is cash only, so be prepared).

Info: Kawamata Seafood, 26881 Camino De Estrella, Dana Point, CA 92624

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Late Nite Funky Tacos: Velvet Taco, Chicago

26 Sep

Maybe it’s 2 AM and after several rounds of cocktails, your stomach is growling. Or perhaps date night at a fancy but overpriced River North restaurant didn’t fill you up. Not to worry, the Texas transplant, Velvet Taco, saves the night. They’re open til at least midnight each night, and until 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.


Ironically, the velvet cake is probably the least appetizing thing there (and slightly out of place save for the restaurant’s name). Stick with the tacos, which you order individually.


Everything is yummy, seriously. You can’t go wrong! Here’s the delish fish taco:


This is casual and funky fast food, people. Don’t expect authentic Mexican here, but do expect awesome combinations of ingredients inspired by different cuisines, like Indian tikka chicken, Israeli couscous, Southern shrimp and grits, and Cuban pork. Have I made you hungry yet?

Velvet tacos

Info: Velvet Taco, 1110 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60610, USA

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What’s in a Chicken McNugget?

13 Sep

In high school, I loved McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. Crispy, meaty (maybe?), and so dunkable in barbecue or honey mustard sauce. Of course, I’ve discovered much better food over the years (not being completely broke helps), and now I avoid fast food chains as much as possible. Recently however, after a long and tiring business trip, my husband stopped by McDonald’s during a brief lapse in judgement. He brought me back a box of Chicken McNuggets…


What are in McNuggets, anyway? Turns out, there really is white meat chicken in these things, not pink goop! This is how Chicken McNuggets are made. Nevertheless, nowadays I don’t find McNuggets tasty enough to eat an entire box all at once. I ate a couple pieces and stuck the rest in the fridge. Here they are after 5 days, looking a bit sad and dry:


Were they still edible? I broke one open…the batter layer cracked open to reveal a hollow pocket, with what appears to be a bit of shriveled chicken. All I know is that when I cook chicken breast pieces and leave them in the fridge for 5 days, they don’t shrink to nothingness… I guess it’s no surprise that second on the list of ingredients for McNuggets is water (see page 10).

DSC00871Yup, definitely a food picture that doesn’t make you salivate!

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